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Official Academy Awards Nominations 2010 Thread (Announced)


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#41 of 300 TravisR

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Posted February 02 2010 - 08:51 AM

Personally, I'm kinda surprised that The Hurt Locker is a front runner for the Oscar. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a very good movie and everyone who hasn't seen it should check it out but it didn't really stand out as the Best Picture to me. Although I didn't really see a movie that did scream Best Picture this year (I'd like to see Inglourious Basterds or Up win but I don't think that will happen).

I saw The Hurt Locker over the summer so maybe I should rent it and give it another shot.

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Posted February 02 2010 - 09:17 AM



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I totally disagree. The Globes had to reach to nominate The Proposal of all things. And Nine, which didn't deserve one of these 10 spots (and thankfully didn't get one). Why place restriction based on genre?
Well, I don't disagree with you, Brandon /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif">...because my statement--which you quoted--is lukewarm at best.  My emphasis was to the point that I'd rather they made no change and just nominated the best five films. 

I guess I was thinking two groups of five might be better than one group of ten.  I don't really think so...but I'm just not liking the "group of ten" concept.  It smacks of "fun ball" youth baseball leagues (where they don't keep score).  Don't want anybody to go home feelin' bad...

Oh...and about restrictions based on genre...I can't even think to bring myself to catalog my DVD/BD collection by genre...I'd go mad trying to classify some of my titles. 

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted February 02 2010 - 09:24 AM

I'm just wondering how many of the actual Academy voters will have seen "The Hurt Locker", as it had a exhibition half-life of junebugs, even with the onslaught of screeners and whatnot.  "Avatar" probably has more viewership than the rest of the 9 other nominees combined, but will it make it dent in the ordinal voting system for best picture? 

Personally, while "The Hurt Locker" was ranked high on my Top 10 list by default (kind of a weak year), it's not one of those movies I'd want to revisit anytime soon, the same with the game of gotcha that was "Inglorious Basterds", but that's just my personal reactions to these highly lauded films. 

If I ever needed to stay in a fetal position for a while, sure, I'd pop in "Precious" and let it do it contortionist magic on me.  Wasn't as crazy about "Up in the Air" has others, though UP was good, again, I think I'm just over Pixar's somewhat formulaic heart-tugging panache. 

"The Blind Side" falls into that populist-surprise-money-maker of a movie, a story Hollywood loves to see happen in real life, but it's not a film I'll remember 10 years hence.  "District 9" is this era's "Robocop", likely to be remembered, but not a truly great film, but with enough vision to look forward to its director's next film. 

"An Education" is buoyed by a fine leading lady performance, but undermined by its script in the last act.  Haven't seen "A Serious Man" yet, but I'll try to do so this month. 

So, that leaves "Avatar", again, not imbued with the most "seemingly original" script this year, but its execution and restraint is brilliant, and it'll be a film I remember for years to come.  So, I'm won't be surprised if "The Hurt Locker" wins best picture, but it won't be the one I'll be rooting for this year.


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Posted February 02 2010 - 09:27 AM



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My emphasis was to the point that I'd rather they made no change and just nominated the best five films. 

I guess I was thinking two groups of five might be better than one group of ten.  I don't really think so...but I'm just not liking the "group of ten" concept. 
 
Well I for one am glad there are 10 nominations, if they had stuck with 5 I have a feeling with my luck they would have picked the 5 films I had very little interest in. /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif

As a life long fan of science fiction I'm just glad there was one year when 2 sci-fi films were up for best picture. I don't think it would ever have happened otherwise.


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Posted February 02 2010 - 09:31 AM

I was thinking the other day that this year could shape up as something similar to what happened in '94.

2010:  Avatar beats Inglourious Basterds.

1994:  Gump beats Shawshank/Pulp Fiction.

Really "big" movies beat the critics favorites.

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted February 02 2010 - 09:36 AM



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Well I for one am glad there are 10 nominations, if they had stuck with 5 I have a feeling with my luck they would have picked the 5 films I had very little interest in. /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif
Just think, Steve.  If they had created a list of 100 nominees there would have even been that many more of your favorites in contention--like Transformers 2!     /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif





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Posted February 02 2010 - 09:43 AM

Mike, I would have been happy to see Star Trek up there too, but 3 sci-fi films would have been pushing it. /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif

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Posted February 02 2010 - 09:49 AM



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I was thinking the other day that this year could shape up as something similar to what happened in '94.

2010:  Avatar beats Inglourious Basterds.

1994:  Gump beats Shawshank/Pulp Fiction.

Really "big" movies beat the critics favorites.
True, except The Hurt Locker is the critic favorite.  It is the best-reviewed film of the year:

http://www.metacritic.com/film/awards/



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Posted February 02 2010 - 10:31 AM

Re: Bullock

I like her as a person and an actress for the type of films she does but I personally think this performance might be good for her but I can't see it as one of the best of the year and certainly not THE best of the year.  Again, I still need to see several of the nominations but if Bullock's performance really is one of the best or the film is one of the ten best then there must be serious problems going on right now. 

Again, I understand people loved the film and movie but I don't see it on too many people's lists of the best of the year so it's inclusion just make the overall idea of 10 noms look even worse to me than it did when it was announced that they were bumping up the number.

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Posted February 02 2010 - 11:03 AM

I'm rooting for The Hurt Locker as "Best Picture" and  Kathryn Bigelow as "Best Director". Also, while I know it won't happen, I would love to see Anna Kendrick take home the "Best Supporting Actress" win.

Big thumbs down on the snubbing of Moon and (500) Days of Summer, especially with junk like The Blind Side making the cut.

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Posted February 02 2010 - 11:37 AM

I think it was inevitable if not obligatory that a piece of populist cornpone would make a 10 field cut.  

"We're not all film snobs", the Academy declares.


Still, The Blind Side being nominated isn't as stenchridden as Diablo Cody getting nominated and then winning for the abominable Juno.  Cody winning the Oscar is as offensive as Milli Vanilli winning a Grammy.  People are going to look back and say, "WTF?"

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Posted February 02 2010 - 11:39 AM

I'm, frankly, a little surprised here for all the love for (500) Days of Summer.  I hadn't heard all that many good things about it.

I will now make a point to check it out. 

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted February 02 2010 - 11:51 AM

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Cody winning the Oscar is as offensive as Milli Vanilli winning a Grammy. 

Unless it's revealed that Cody didn't actually write Juno, that's not a good anology.

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Posted February 02 2010 - 12:01 PM

That Milli Vanilli won the Grammy was a clear indication that people were sleeping at the wheel.  The scandal afterwards did not change the fact that they shouldn't have been nominated much less voted to win.  It really doesn't matter whether or not Cody was a plagarist or had her script ghost written -- it was a big pile of stinking poo and shouldn't have been in any consideration for a nomination.  Even her EW columns are barely readable.

There's nothing wrong with the anaolgy unless you insist on having the part about not acutally singing included.  Can't Milli Vanilli just be an example of sucking alone?




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Posted February 02 2010 - 02:58 PM

Yeah I'm pretty Astounded by District 9, why not just nominate Star Trek Then, I mean both were interesting Fun Films, District 9 added Social commentaries, but hardly either was Best Picture Material. And Sandra Bulloch, please she plays the same character in every movie she's in, maybe save for Crash I forget did she win for that?

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Posted February 02 2010 - 03:01 PM


Could it be up for the Best Lens Flare Category /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif
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I'm mostly okay with the noms this year, even though it does seem a strange choice for District 9 to get a nom for best picture, save for two...no visual effects noms for 2012 and Transformers ROTF? /img/vbsmilies/htf/confused.gif

Especially for 2012, the visuals in that movie were freakin' insane! On a sidenote, I really don't see how the visuals in Star Trek were any better than either of those films, yes it was a great movie but as far as visuals go those other two had it beat IMO.


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Posted February 02 2010 - 03:05 PM

I would agree that the Hurt Locker would be a good choice for Best Picture, Avata was a good flick But Dances with Wolves Did win Once already.

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Posted February 02 2010 - 03:16 PM

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Can't Milli Vanilli just be an example of sucking alone?

 

Yeah but that's still not a good anaolgy because Diablo Cody doesn't suck.

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Posted February 02 2010 - 03:31 PM

Let's face it, she only got the nom because of the stripper turned screenwriter backstory. She's a talentless hack.

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Posted February 02 2010 - 03:32 PM



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Yeah I'm pretty Astounded by District 9, why not just nominate Star Trek Then, I mean both were interesting Fun Films, District 9 added Social commentaries, but hardly either was Best Picture Material. And Sandra Bulloch, please she plays the same character in every movie she's in, maybe save for Crash I forget did she win for that?
No, she wasn't even nominated for Crash.  I agree that she often plays the same character but I thought she was great in The Blind Side.  I held off seeing it until about two weeks ago because I thought it just looked like another Erin Brockovich.  I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the film.  If a friend had not really pushed the issue, I probably wouldn't have bothered to see it at all.  Bullock really nailed the part.  If you see any interviews of the woman she portrayed, it becomes even more apparent.

I think 10 or 20 years from now, there will be a big difference as to how District 9 and Star Trek are looked back upon.  I thought Star Trek was fun, but I think District 9 is far better. Star Trek was a fresh, contemporary take on an existing franchise and Abrams did a terrific job.  District 9 was more thought-provoking, yet every bit as entertaining.