I can’t express my excitement whenever the Oscar nominations are announced. It’s another step closer to my favorite annual celebration of cinema and the only award show I care about. In more recent years it’s become a tradition for Colin, Sean and myself to try and see all the films nominated for Best Picture. Which sounded like a daunting task with 10 films nominated, luckily I only have one more film to cross off my list.
So ten nominees for Best Picture huh? I guess it’s to make up for people being pissed about past snubs for films like The Dark Knight and WALL-E but if you ask me it’s not that they don’t nominate enough films, they just nominate the wrong films. Looking at this years group I think they made a lot of interesting choices.
1. Avatar: No surprise here coming in with a whopping nine nominations, not to mention winning the top prize at the Golden Globes. Avatar will probably sweep the technical awards but I don’t imagine it’ll scoop up anymore than that.
2. The Hurt Locker: Also nominated in nine categories The Hurt Locker is shaping up to be the film to beat. The skillfully acted, culturally relevant, war drama is completely worthy of the most prestigious award in movies, I’m definitely pulling for it.
3. Precious: This was another early shoe-in for a nomination. It may be too dark to win best picture but it’s easily one of the most powerful films of the year.
4. Up in the Air: Completely worthy of being in this category I loved Up in the Air but it’s starting to look like more of an outsider as Hurt Locker’s popularity grows. If anything it’s got a good chance to win adapted screenplay.
5. Inglourious Basterds: It’s so cool to see the Academy honor such a stylistic, over-the-top, Tarantino outing. It’s probably got the worst chance to win (in the top five) but I’m so glad to see that the Oscars can be hip every now and then.
6. Up: Only the second film to ever be nominated for best picture (after Beauty and the Beast) it’s about time that animated films got more recognition. Though I hardly think this should of been the film to re-break that barrier (that should of been WALL-E) but I’m glad the door is now opened for anything.
7. An Education: You always got to round out this category with a slower British film, so I’m not surprised to see it here. I wasn’t that taken aback by it but film’s like this seem to be Oscar staples.
8. A Serious Man: If it wasn’t for this ten nomination dealy-o, this film would of never received this honor. It’s a great entry from the Coens but a little too low key for most audiences. I was a little disappointed Michael Stuhlbarg didn’t get a nomination but this will do just fine.
9. District 9: How cool is that? This is a big shocker and I just love it. To see one of the year’s best blockbusters get Academy Award recognition? Yeah that’s pretty awesome.
10. The Blind Side: Almost a bigger surprise than D-9 is the recognition of this family drama. I haven’t seen it so I can hardly judge but I bet there’s other film’s more deserving of this spot. This kind of attention only makes Sandra Bullock’s potential road to Oscar Gold that much more likely. I guess she’s become the frontrunner.
It’s a lot to take in so I’ll end it here in a beat. Aside from “Best Picture” I can’t say there’s a lot that jumps out at me. Jeremy Renner is a pleasant surprise for best actor but I ain’t complaining. I’m glad to se “The Weary Kind” nominated for best song… I don’t know where I heard it couldn’t be nominated, anyways it better win. Until I write another Oscar themed post before the big day this is the Ottman reporting, good day.