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And the Oscar nomination goes to... everyone


There are a lot of very happy, very tired people in Hollywood this morning, chugging double shot caramel nonfat macchiatos while waking up everyone on their speed dial with shouts of "We did it! We're up for Best Picture!"

Yes, the Academy Award nominations were announced this morning and the only super interesting part of presentation was seeing how the academy's new policy of nominating 10 films for Best Picture would work out in real life. You see, when the Oscar folks told us all that they were doubling the number of nominees from 5 to 10 in the motion picture industry's biggest category, the announcement was met with both joy and apathy. Joy for the films that missed out in a crowded race in years past and apathy for the chance that when stretched to find 10 great films, a not-so-great one would get in (and possibly win the whole thing).

So, I give you the list of nominees. What did you see? What didn't you see? What do you think should win? And what do you think shouldn't be on the list in the first place?

The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ’Push’ by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up in the Air


supercowbellninja 8 years, 2 months ago

I actually like the expanded list as it give some "smaller" films a chance at an Oscar - if this were just five, then so long Hurt Locker, Precious, District 9 and Blind Side.

That said, how in the world does Sharlto Copley from District 9 NOT get a nomination after that performance??

sad_lawrencian 8 years, 2 months ago

These nominations are horrible. Only four nominations for J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek"? (It was the best movie of 2009, in my opinion). And no nomination for best picture? The Oscars are meaningless. I do not plan to watch them this year.

Sarah Henning 8 years, 2 months ago

Good points, Supercowbell and Sad! Sharlto Copley and "Star Trek" definitely deserved more recognition!

jniccum 8 years, 2 months ago

The expanded list is not without its charms. But it doesn't matter if you ballooned the list to 20 pictures, there are still only four that have a shot of being named Best Picture: Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds and Up in the Air.

AnnaUndercover 8 years, 2 months ago

Love the opening line of your great little post!

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 2 months ago

very happy to see that district 9 got several nods-- including best picture. its definitely a dark horse in the running. i am glad it is getting its props tho-- it was a very good film.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 2 months ago

For the best use of dialog containing the words "sauerkraut sammich", the winner is "Basterds". And the crowd goes wild!

Danielle Brunin 8 years, 2 months ago

sad and sarah,

Totally agree. I thought Star Trek was extremely well made and have yet to find someone who didn't like it. Even those people who knew nothing about Star Trek liked it. Arrgh!

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 2 months ago

i didn't think that basterds was tarrantinos best work and i am not sure about the best director nod BUT he definitely deserves props for that screenplay!

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 2 months ago

supercowbell, i agree w/ what you said about mr. copley's performance in districrt 9.

you wanna know something? i almost cried at the very end-- you know the very last scene? such a well done movie. i'm glad to see it wasn't slept on.

jniccum 8 years, 2 months ago

Pywacket: They have some wacky points-based system worked out to avoid that very problem. Here is the best explanation of it that I found online: "Once the 10 nominees are named, voters will rank the films from 1 to 10. All the No. 1 votes will be counted, and if no film has more than 50 percent of the vote (which will certainly be the case), the last-place film will be eliminated and the voters who voted for that film will have their No. 2 votes counted instead. That process will continue until one film has a majority of the votes."

kcgregory 8 years, 2 months ago

For full disclosure I have not seen An Education or Precious. Having seen the others and other films not listed, The Blind Side should be nowhere near any list of "best pictures". I liked Fantastic Mr. Fox better than Up, but both are deserving. Where The Wild Things are was the biggest snub. No nominations and it was the best film I saw all year.

MrNoGuac 8 years, 2 months ago

I'm pulling for “District 9”. I found it to be a very well made and disturbing movie (In a good way).

I really enjoyed “Inglorious Bastards” but I don't think its best picture quality. Granted, it did have best picture quality acting, IMO.

If "The Blind Side" wins, the terrorists have won. I bet Michael Oher agrees with me.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 2 months ago

i didn't even want to see the blind side. it looked sappy as hell and i can't believe the accolades its getting! maybe i'll give it a chance a couple of years from now.

i want to see the fantastic mr. fox. i heard that's an excellent film.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 2 months ago

i want to see precious. never was a big monique fan (of her stand up comedy in particular) but it looks like she hit that part out of the park!

acg 8 years, 2 months ago

Mine too, autie, as well as paranomal activity. I wonder if they're ever coming. I loved District 9! What a great, freaky flick.

Althea Schnacke 8 years, 2 months ago

I was surprised to see "Up" was nominated, which shows that the expanded list does give some less obvious but still excellent movies a chance. Has an animated movie ever gotten a nomination for Best Picture before, let alone a win?

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 2 months ago

beauty and the beast was the first full length animated movie to be nominated for best picture (it didn't win). the next year, they created the category for full lenth animated feature.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 2 months ago

on my to see list:


The Fantastic Mr. Fox


The Hurt Locker

Up in the Air (loves me some georgie boy!)

I still think Avatar was overrated. Aesthetically very pleasing but so very contrived

Boeing 8 years, 2 months ago

Coming back to the Basterds, I am very happy to see Christoph Waltz (aka Hans Landa) up for best supporting actor, which (I believe) he won at the Golden Globes. He nailed that role and was the best actor in that movie, without a doubt. Tarantino even said it was the best part in any of his movies.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 2 months ago

i liked christoph but his character didn't seem terrible enough. lol i know that sounds weird but i was thinking more schindler's list and less hogan's heroes. i guess, in a way, his character was a combo of them both. he did order that family to be executed, but along w/ that sinister vibe he had almost a goofiness as well. especially in the last couple of scenes. i thought they were borderline silly.

Mary Darst 8 years, 2 months ago

The only one we have seen is "bastards". it was good but not the best movie I've seen. Autie you will love bastards and the sammach.

jedifunk 8 years, 2 months ago

Wait, someone said that Hurt Locket wouldn't make it into a field of five? Are you high? That's been the frontrunner for the past few weeks. Get with it, chop chop.

jedifunk 8 years, 2 months ago

Also, Mel, the category for best animated feature was created in 2001. Not just one year, but a whole decade after Beauty's nomination.

AnonymousBosch 8 years, 2 months ago

Up was horribly depressing and hardly worthy of a best picture nod. Best Animation maybe, because Pixar still has the best animation around. However, it starts with a depressing premise and never lets go. Way to make us all miserable about our lost opportunities in life, and way to depress all the grandparents who took their grandkids to see this film expecting, well, something UP-beat and fun.

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