Alan Arkin

Unexpected: Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow snubbed in Director in favor of Benh Zeitlin and Michael Haneke.

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There’s not a lot of real depth to the characters since this is an ensemble piece and every person gets just a little screen time and serves a distinct storytelling purpose, but Affleck gets winning performances out of all his actors.

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In Game of Shadows, Ritchie and his screenwriters give Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law (as Holmes and his sidekick Watson) more witty dialogue and funnier situations, which is what keeps the whole high-energy affair from becoming total overkill.

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