UNDERRATED: 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

It's a little puzzling in a best picture category big enough to nominate "War Horse" and "Midnight in Paris" that there was no room for this taut, almost startlingly grown-up thriller. A contender for adapted screenplay, for original score and for <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003339" title="Gary Oldman" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/gary-oldman-PECLB003339.topic">Gary Oldman</a>'s understated performance as a crafty espionage vet, the film deserved more notice for its oppressively brown '70s sets and the careful direction from "<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV00000244" title="Let the Right One In (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/let-the-right-one-in-%28movie%29-ENMV00000244.topic">Let the Right One In</a>'s" Tomas Alfredson.
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It's a little puzzling in a best picture category big enough to nominate "War Horse" and "Midnight in Paris" that there was no room for this taut, almost startlingly grown-up thriller. A contender for adapted screenplay, for original score and for Gary Oldman's understated performance as a crafty espionage vet, the film deserved more notice for its oppressively brown '70s sets and the careful direction from "Let the Right One In's" Tomas Alfredson.

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