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Weekend Watching: ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Getting Chummy With Oscar?

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UPDATE: 2/25/2013: The Oscars winners are in, and although Silver Linings Playbook didn’t fare as well as some people predicted (Peter Travers not included), the lovely, though not very graceful, Jennifer Lawrence did leave with the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Congratulations Jennifer!

UPDATE: 2/24/2013: I finally watched Silver Linings Playbook over the weekend, and I loved it. Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman was spot on when he said the film portrays mental illness in “natural and poignant terms.” Nothing seems forced, cliche, or – above all – stigmatizing. I highly recommend it. Highly.

OSCARS 2013 UPDATE: Peter Travers, movie critic for Rolling Stone, has released his 2013 Oscar predictions in a video, which I won’t suggest you watch because, frankly, it’s exhausting.

So, because I love you more, here’s a run-down:

Travers predicts and/or suggests:

  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) will beat Bradley Cooper for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
  • It’ll be toss up between Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress in a Leading Role, but seems to lean toward Lawrence.
  • Robert De Niro was only nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role because “he was good for the first time in 20 years,” and thinks Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) will take home the Oscar.
  • Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) will beat Jacki Weaver for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
  • Steven Spielberg will win Best Director by default because the people who should’ve been nominated (namely, Ben Affleck for Argo) weren’t.
  • Argo will take home the Oscar for Best Picture.

So, how about you, readers? Have you seen Silver Linings Playbook? Do you think the actors, director, and film itself will receive more love than Travers predicts?

(Read on for the original post.)

Dig out your fanciest digs, kids, because it’s that time of year again!

We Americans are right in the thick of award season, and one of the biggies – the 2013 Oscars – is right around the corner.

Lincoln, Flight, Les Miserables, Django (even though I failed at sitting through all of that one) – there’s no doubt 2012 gave us lots of award-worthy films.

However, perhaps the film getting the most Oscar buzz this year is Silver Linings Playbook, the star-studded flick that tackles one of the most delicate and often poorly portrayed issues in entertainment: mental illness.

Fortunately, most of the buzz around Silver Linings is good. More than buzz, it’s been outright praise.

It is the first film I’ve seen in years that portrays mental illness in such natural and poignant terms. – Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman

According to PopMatters, Silver Linings Playbook is the first movie in 31 years to receive Oscar nominations in all four acting categories. A healthy chunk of the film’s Who’s Who stars — Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro — are up for Best Leads and Best Supporting, respectively. The movie itself is up for Best Picture and Silver Linings director David O. Russell, who has a personal connection to the film, could go home with an Oscar for Best Director.

It’s not just us groundlings applauding, though. Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman (if that name rings a bell, it might be because he’s a professor and chair of psychiatry at Columbia University and, oh yeah, the president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association) says Silver Linings “has the power to be an antidote to Cuckoo’s Nest.”

In the aftermath of the senseless tragedies that just keep on coming and the stigmatizing hysteria that came with them, we desperately need a compassionate reality check against our exaggerated fears of people with mental illness. Because they are not “the other,” “strange” or “foreign” people. They are us.

Silver Linings Playbook tells the story of a person, family and community in which individuals suffer from mental disorders much the same way as people do in the real world. It is not so much a story of mental illness as it is about two people who happen to struggle with mental illness — among many other things — and their relationships with family and community.

I think that’s where so much of the movie’s success might come from — the way the characters, rather than the mental illness, are the stars.

I haven’t gotten to the movies to see Silver Linings Playbook yet (shame on me, I know), but it’s still in theaters and I’m proposing well all get out there this weekend to catch it in time for the 2013 Oscars next Sunday night.

If you do, come back and let us know what you thought!

Weekend Watching: ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Getting Chummy With Oscar?

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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