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  1. On some certain way, it can be interpreted that way. We have not been told the story of Rat Cook for nothing. And even though I doubt Martin will ever do "divine punishment" we have enough to conclude that it was such a big "no-no" that nothing good would come for those involved in RW.
  2. Do remind me how did Tywin end. His son, a glorious specimen of a man and a knight, is a cripple with terrible reputation. His daughter has been dragged naked through streets. His house is in disarray, his brother has been just killed by his enemy and his other son, the son that he hated and the one that killed him is plotting against the rest of the family. Everything Tywing worked has gone down the drains.
  3. This. For years, we have been arguing this. Tywin breaking the social code of conduct in Westeros, especially with condoning the breaking of the guest right. True, he won the war, but how many millions of people would die in future wars because negotiations and mutual trust in respecting certain rules are off table now. That is why Freys and Boltons "need" to be punished. Because the damage is not just in killing some Northerners. The damage is in breaking the rule that probably saved millions,
  4. In order to prove that she is poisoning Robert, you need to provide us with either the motivation or to argue that she just wants him dead because she is a sociopath. Given that we can safely assume she is not a sociopath, we need a motivation and that is where this opinion about poisoning him crumbles. Sansa doesn't see Robin dead and given that we have a very close insight in her mindset, one can't, at least logically, conclude that she harming Robin with the intent of killing him.
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    The relationship between Sansa and Robert Arryn

    Seven hells, no. There is no sexual chemistry between them. However, Robin is becoming more and more dependent on Sansa/Alayne, It is naive infatuation mixed with the need of someone protecting him like his mother did. On the other hand, Sansa does care about him even though he is infuriating child. She is far better in mothering Robin than Lysa ever was. I would not be surprised to see him survive the series. In this book series, the weaker they are... It is a cultural thing. I see you come from Croatia. For us (I come from Serbia), marriages between first cousins is unimaginable. We even use terms "brother/sister by uncle" to emphasize how close we are. But, in Medieval Europe and in Westeros, these marriages are OK.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    That was also my conclusion... Gendry being Cersei's son should have been my first clue
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    Outlander II: Sing me a Song...

    Outlander returns on November, 4th
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    I have no idea. I listened to his videos just for entertainment...
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    So, according to youtuber Fire and Blood and his outline for 8x05, Sansa... This reeks of fanfic...
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    Outlander II: Sing me a Song...

    I am just looking for the safe return of Lord John who will save their asses once again
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    Oscar News: Popular Film Category

    I don't know many people who are seriously following Academy's work that would claim that. Simply, there is a need for some improvements and modernization. It needs also to get more diverse. But simply, these changes can't happen at the cost of artistic integrity. Yeah, I would agree with that. The issue is that Academy doesn't realize that the approach to TV has changed. The ratings are no longer indication of popularity and simply the way we watch TV has changed. That is true, but also with streaming, torrent downloads and early DVD releases make movies far more available than it was 10 or 15 years ago. Just like we have changed the way we watch TV shows changed, the way we watch movies also changed. Family movies like superhero adaptations or animation movies have the advantage there but overall, and this has been talked about many times on forums, we have started watching only blockbusters in cinema. So, it is a bit more complicated. But, yeah, I do get that $100M is getting closer and closer to being niche. Certainly, but it would also be wrong to say that those movies (that earned $300M+) are ignored. There are 15 Best Picture nominees that earned $300M+ (out of 71 movies) since 2010. And that is only one category. I feel as this was the good opportunity to talk about making popular movies better. But, it seems it is a missed opportunity. We should really talk why, in God's name, these movies are less and less interesting to the Academy. And why they have become just crowd-pleasing features and not something serious cinephiles would enjoy.
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    Oscar News: Popular Film Category

    Let we look at the money v quality Academy awarded since 2000. 2000 - Gladiator wins Best Picture. Gladiator is the second highest grossing movie of the year. Of five nominees, all 5 earned above $100M on box office. 2001 - A Beautiful Mind wins the Best Picture. On Box Office, movie earns $313M. Of five nominees, LOTR: FOTR earned the most money, being the second highest grossing movie of the year. The other three weren't so lucky, with only Moulin Rouge earning more than $100M 2002 - Chicago wins the Best Picture. On Box Office, movie earns @303M. LOTR: TTT was the highest grossing movie of the year and a nominee for Best Picture. The other three nominees all earned above $100M. 2003 - LOTR: ROTK became the second highest grossing movie in history, second movie to go above $1B, winning 11 Oscars, including Best Picture. All four other nominees earned more than $100M. 2004 - Million Dollar Baby wins Best Picture, grossing $216M. All 4 nominees earned more than $100M, with The Aviator earning the most among nominees with $213M. 2005 - Crash wins Best Picture, earning $98M. Only two movies out of five nominees grossed more than $100M - Brokeback mountain and Munich. 2006 - The Departed wins Best Picture, earning $291M. Four out of five nominated movies earned more than $100M. 2007 - No Country for Old Men wins Best Picture, earning $171M. Two other nomineesS - Atonement and Juno earned more than $100M. 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire wins Best Picture, earning $378M. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button also earned above $300M. The only other nominee that was above $100M was The Reader. 2009 - The Hurt Locker wins Best Picture, earning only $50M. Academy expands the pool from 5 to 10 nominees. Two nominees, Avatar and Up were among Top 10 highest grossing movies, with Avatar being highest grossing movie of all time to this date, earning $2,7B. Up earned $735M. Of other seven nominees, two went above $300M - Inglorious Basterds and The Blind Side, and one earned more than $200M - District 9. Lastly, only one other nominee earned more than $100M - Up in the Air. 2010 - KIng's Speech wins Best Picture, earning $414M. Out of nine other nominated movies, two were among Top 10 highest grossing movies of the year, with Inception earning $825 and Toy Story 3 (being highest grossing movie of the year) earned slightly above $1B. Out of seven other nominated films, four grossed above $100M, with Black Swan earning more than $300M, True Grit and The Social Network earning more than $200M and The Fighter earning more than $100M. 2011 - The Artists wins Best Picture, earning $133M. Out of eight other nominated movies, one earned above $200M - The Help, while 5 earned above $100M - The Descendents, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball and War Horse. 2012 - Argo wins Best Picture, earning $232M. Of other eight nominees, one - Life of Pi, earned above $600M, two earned above $400M - Django Unchained and Les Miserables and two movies earned more than $200M - Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook. 2013 - Out of nine nominees, 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture, earning $187M. Only one nominee cracked Top 10 of highest grossing movies of the year - Gravity with $723M (being n. 8). Of other six nominated movies, one - The Wolf of Wall Street got above $300M (almost closing to $400M). Two movies - American Hustle and Captain Phillips earned above $200M. Philomena earned $100M. 2014 - Birdman wins Best Picture, earning $103M. That year, Academy nominated 8 movies. Out of seven nominated movies, one (American Sniper) earned more than $500M, one movie, The Imitation Game, earned above $200M and two other earned more than $100M - The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Theory of Everything. 2015 - Out of 8 nominated movies, Spotlight wins Best Picture, earning $98M. One nominated movie made the Top 10 highest grossing movies of the year - The Martian with $630M (being n. 10). The Revenant earned more than $500M, Mad Max: The Fury Road earned above $300M. Two movies earned above $100M - The Big Short and Bridge of Spies. 2016 - Out of 9 nominated films, Moonlight wins Best Picture, earning $65M. La La Land earned more than $400M, two movies earned more than $200M - Arrival and Hidden Figures, and two other movies earned more than $100M - Lion and Hacksaw Ridge. 2017 - Out of 9 nominated films, The Shape of Water wins Best Picture, earning $195M. One nominated movie, Dunkirk, earned above $500M, one, Get Out, earned above $200M and three earned above $100M - Darkest Hour, The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The bottom line is that we can't call "niche" a movie that is earned above $100M. And given the list, it is not like Academy awards unknown films. They don't award highly popular movies, yes, but it is not like they haven't awarded those when deserved. Not to mention that this list only focuses on movies that got Best Picture nomination. If we also count movies being nominated for Best Directing, Script, Actor and Actress, or fully expand, we will see that it is not like popular movies are not present during their award season.
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    Oscar News: Popular Film Category

    True. How many of these small independent movies were saved from "falling down into nothingness"? Getting Oscar nomination isn't just about prestige, it's also a huge financial deal. People tend to go and see those movies. Even here in Serbia, every year we have a film festival with those movies - Oscar nominees that didn't get released in cinemas. It is a wonderful opportunity to watch those movies and see that Hollywood is not just about superheroes. The problem is that people care about Oscars. At the end of the day, no one cares about Screen Actors Guild Award or Golden Globe. People care about Oscars. And when you allow public opinion of liberal California to be deafening, you have a lot of problems. When two, three years ago we have problems with acting nominations and the lack of African American nominees, people blamed Academy. We needed Whopi Goldberg to remind us that this is not Academy's problem, but actually industry's. You can't award what is not there. And whoever said that, like poor old Charlotte Rampling, got vilified. Instead of returning the ball to the studios' corners and asking them why aren't more African Americans in the movies, we got debate about gold statuettes. And now same thing happens. Instead of Academy clearly saying "No, they don't deserve to be nominated" we get this. The worst part is that some circles in Academy hoped for "Black Panther" nomination that would solve two problems - the lack of African American nominees and the popularity issue. Unfortunately for them, "Black Panther" proved to be mediocre movie undeserving of possible Oscar nomination. So, the conundrum continues and ABC/Disney/Marvel came up with the perfect solution. For them. Not for Academy, not for the viewers, not for anyone, as for that matter. Just for them.
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    Oscar News: Popular Film Category

    I am well aware of what Academy is and how "game" works. They play it ever since Harvey Weinstein created it. It indeed became a popularity contest and the fact that each year is dictated by the narrative, suggests it. I understand what they want with the new category, but it is completely wrong way. Instead of streamlining the show (who has 5 hours to watch movie awards these days, anyway) and making it culturally relevant, they create an award that is a slap in the face to everyone working on and watching the movies. As Ran pointed out, that is simply not the case. Yes. the popular movies don't get awards like Titanic and ROTK did, but they are not ignored (and to be honest, popular movies nowadays are nowhere special and good as the two mentioned). Dunkirk earned half a billion dollars last year worldwide, In 2016, Arrival earned around 200 million, La La Land was above $400M. In 2015, The Martian earned more than $600M, The Revenant earned around $500M. These are not small movies, or niche. Simply put, blockbusters these day are visually exquisite (and they always get nominations for those), but the plot and acting is simplistic, the director do solid work, but nothing groundbreaking. Overall, they are entertaining but far from anything that needs to be specially awarded. For years, people in industry asked for either Best Casting Director or Best Ensemble. This entire talk reminds me of Chris Rock's joke about "black categories". Instead of pushing for more quality films and "punishing" studios when they make terrible movies, we are now supposed to give them Oscars? We have gone from awarding Scorsese, Eastwood, Forman, Spielberg and Copolla to pushing for awards for the likes of Michael Bay and Zack Snyder.
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    Oscar News: Popular Film Category

    Exactly. And also creates a lot of problems for entire industry and even us as consumers. Do movies even need to be good? Do Marvel, DC or Disney need to put up a good movie? Shall we see the likes of "Twilight" or "50 shades" in this category? Instead of aiming for the Oscars with movies that can't be ignored by awarding bodies, we get this. Academy does embrace popular movies. Two blockbusters hold record for most Oscar wins and when someone does a great job, they do tend to nominate them. And not just in peripheral awards. Last year, "Logan" was nominated for its script. Matt Damon was nominated for "The Martian". I am sorry, but whoever claims that Academy is not recognizing popular movies already, is really not paying attention.
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