Tuesday, February 02, 2010

OSCAR NOMINATIONS ARE ANNOUNCED; BIG YEAR FOR POPULIST ENTERTAINMENT

Well, the big news is that Avatar and The Hurt Locker got 9 nominations including Best Picture, and Inglourious Basterds got 8. Also among the ten Best Picture nominees were both Up in the Air and Up, with the latter also up for Best Animated Feature. The full story is here.
Overall, I'm glad to see some populist movies (Avatar, Inglourious Basterds, Up, The Blind Side, District 9) get well-represented in the nominations. My big beef with the nominations last year was the fact that so many populist movies that were actually supported by popcorn-eating moviegoers got ignored and shafted (The Dark Knight in particular, but there were a few others).

Not that it should come down to a popularity contest, but it sure seemed the overwhelming majority of movies that got nominations last year were ones that excited Oscar voters but no one else. Anyway, it looks like there isn't such a disparity between the Oscar nominations and what the public wanted to see last year, and I'm glad to see that.

Then again, maybe this was simply a bad year for "Oscar-season"-type movies aimed at Oscar voters.

In other news, Sandra Bullock has been nominated for both Best Actress Oscar (The Blind Side and Worst Actress Razzie (All About Steve)

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