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Hey folks, Harry here with the Oscar Nominations about to come in. It's 2 minutes till they begin to be announced... allegedly... Let's all tune in to our personal live news choice - I'll be back with the noms shortly! Harry here again. I was going by the countdown on the Academy's own website, but that countdown apparently meant NOTHING - as NOTHING HAPPENED WHEN IT GOT TO 0. So let's see how long it takes, they're 6 minutes late already. Man, I hope this won't be another DVD Column debacle. Anne Hathaway will be doing the announcements... Tom Sherak is the other announcer... Best Picture AVATAR THE BLIND SIDE DISTRICT 9 AN EDUCATION THE HURT LOCKER INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS PRECIOUS A SERIOUS MAN UP UP IN THE AIR
I'm just shockingly pleased to see my pick for best of 2009, DISTRICT 9 nominated. If it, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, UP or AVATAR wins I'll probably freak out.
-- BEST ACTOR Jeff Bridges, CRAZY HEART George Clooney, UP IN THE AIR Colin Firth, A SINGLE MAN Morgan Freeman, INVICTUS Jeremy Renner, THE HURT LOCKER
Honestly, as much as I love Jeff Bridges, I was not blown away by CRAZY HEART. Same with Clooney in UP IN THE AIR - a film I like less and less as time goes on. Here, I pretty much have to hope that Jeremy Renner wins it. Tis a real shame though. The two best performances, SHARLTO COPLEY for DISTRICT 9 and TOM HARDY for BRONSON, were snubbed.
-- BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Matt Damon, INVICTUS Woody Harrelson, THE MESSENGER (and ZOMBIELAND ahem) Christopher Plummer, THE LAST STATION Stanley Tucci, THE LOVELY BONES Christoph Waltz, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Very happy to see Tucci get a nom. Woody Harrelson would give the greatest acceptance speech. But Christoph Waltz owns this award, right?
-- BEST ACTRESS Sandra Bullock, THE BLIND SIDE Helen Mirren, THE LAST STATION Carey Mulligan, AN EDUCATION Gabourey Sidibe, PRECIOUS Meryl Streep, JULIE & JULIA
I'm just gonna root for Carey Mulligan. She was amazing.
-- BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Penelope Cruz, NINE Vera Farmiga, UP IN THE AIR Maggie Gyllenhaal, CRAZY HEART Anna Kendrick, UP IN THE AIR Mo'Nique, PRECIOUS
Really can't believe Penelope Cruz didn't get a nom for BROKEN EMBRACES which was my favorite role of the year of the femme variety. Let's root for Maggie Gyllenhaal, just because we collectively whack it to THE SECRETARY.
-- BEST ANIMATED FEATURE CORALINE FANTASTIC MR FOX THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG THE SECRET OF KELLS UP
With UP pulling a Best Picture nomination, it kind of forces it to be the favorite in this category. And for those of you wondering what the hell THE SECRET OF KELLS is:


-- BEST ART DIRECTION AVATAR - Art Direction: Rick Carter & Robert Stromberg. Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS - Art Direction: Dave Warren & Anastasia Masaro. Set Dec: Caroline Smith NINE - Art Direction: John Myhre. Set Dir: Gordon Sim SHERLOCK HOLMES - Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood. Set Dir. Katie Spencer THE YOUNG VICTORIA - Art Direction: Patrice Vermette. Set Dir. Maggie Gray
I'm gonna root for THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS, because that stunningly beautiful work of genius MUST GET SOMETHING!
-- BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AVATAR, Mauro Fiore HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, Bruno Delbonnel THE HURT LOCKER, Barry Ackroyd INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Robert Richardson THE WHITE RIBBON, Christian Berger
Go Robert Richardson!!!
-- BEST COSTUME DESIGN BRIGHT STAR, Janet Patterson COCO BEFORE CHANEL, Catherine Leterrier THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS, Monique Prudhomme NINE, Colleen Atwood THE YOUNG VICTORIA, Sandy Powell
Kinda hard to imagine that COCO BEFORE CHANEL won't win.
-- BEST DIRECTOR AVATAR, James Cameron THE HURT LOCKER, Kathryn Bigelow INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Quentin Tarantino PRECIOUS, Lee Daniels UP IN THE AIR, Jason Reitman
Bigelow's DGA win pretty much guarantees her this award, but you never know for sure. I feel it's between Bigelow, Cameron and Tarantino.
-- BEST DOCUMENTARY - Feature BURMA VJ THE COVE FOOD, INC THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG & THE PENTAGON PAPERS WHICH WAY HOME
THE COVE will take this.
--- BEST DOCUMENTARY - Short CHINA'S UNNATURAL DISASTER: THE TEARS OF SICHUAN PROVINCE THE LAST CAMPAIGN OF GOVERNOR BOOTH GARDNER THE LAST TRUCK: CLOSING OF A GM PLANT MUSIC BY PRUDENCE RABBIT A LA BERLIN -- BEST FILM EDITING AVATAR, Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua & James Cameron DISTRICT 9, Julian Clarke THE HURT LOCKER, Bob Murawski & Chris Innis INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Sally Menke PRECIOUS, Joe Klotz
Go Julian Clarke!
-- BEST FOREIGN FILM AJAMI, Israel EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS, Argentina THE MILK OF SORROW, Peru UN PROPHETE, France THE WHITE RIBBON, Germany
Go Argentina!
-- BEST MAKE-UP IL DIVO, Aldo Signoretti & Vittorio Sodano STAR TREK, Barney Burman, Mindy Hall & Joel Harlow THE YOUNG VICTORIA, Jon Henry Gordon, Jenny Shircore
Go Barney, Mindy & Joel!
-- BEST MUSIC (Original Score) AVATAR, James Horner FANTASTIC MR FOX, Alexandre Desplat THE HURT LOCKER, Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders SHERLOCK HOLMES, Hanz Zimmer UP, Michael Giacchino
Giacchino will not be denied! Though if he is, it should be by Zimmer or Desplat.
-- BEST MUSIC (Original Song) "ALMOST THERE" - THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG "DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS" - THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG "LOIN DE PANAME" - PARIS 36 "TAKE IT ALL" - NINE "THE WEARY KIND" - CRAZY HEART
Somebody save us.
-- BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM FRENCH ROAST, Fabrice O Joubert GRANNY O'GRIMM'S SLEEPING BEAUTY, Nicky Phelan & Darragh O'Connell THE LADY AND THE REAPER, Javier Recio Gracia LOGORAMA, Nicolas Schmerkin A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH, Nick Park
Has Nick Park ever lost when nominated?
-- BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM THE DOOR, Juanita Wilson & James Flynn INSTEAD OF ABRACADABRA, Patrik Eklund & Mathias Fjellstrom KAVI, Gregg Helvey MIRACLE FISH, Luke Doolan & Drew Bailey THE NEW TENANTS, Joachim Back & Tivi Magnusson
I'm really fond of THE NEW TENANTS personally.
-- BEST SOUND EDITING AVATAR - Christopher Boyes & Gwendolyn Yates Whittle THE HURT LOCKER - Paul N. J. Ottonsson INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - Wylie Stateman STAR TREK - Mark Stoeckinger & Alan Rankin UP - Michael Silvers & Tom Myers
Go Everyone!
-- BEST SOUND MIXING AVATAR, Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson & Tony Johnson THE HURT LOCKER, Paul N.J. Ottosson & Ray Beckett INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti & Mark Ulano STAR TREK, Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson & Peter J Devlin TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, Greg P Russell, Gary Summers & Geoffrey Patterson
Go Everyone Not Working on Transformers!
-- BEST VISUAL EFFECTS AVATAR, Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham & Andrew R Jones DISTRICT 9, Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros & Matt Aitken STAR TREK, Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh & Burt Dalton
Well, wouldn't it blow your mind if the tiny $40 million movie won this category? They should. But there's no way in hell AVATAR won't run off with this deservedly.
-- BEST WRITING (Adapted Screenplay) DISTRICT 9, Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell AN EDUCATION, Nick Hornby IN THE LOOP, Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche PRECIOUS, Geoffrey Fletcher UP IN THE AIR, Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner
IN THE LOOP should win, but won't. They'll probably give it to the intolerably soulless UP IN THE AIR.
-- BEST WRITING (Original Screenplay) THE HURT LOCKER, Mark Boal INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Quentin Tarantino THE MESSENGER, Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman A SERIOUS MAN, Joel & Ethan Coen UP, Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter. Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
If somehow THE HURT LOCKER doesn't win Director & Picture, it'll win this. Though I have to pull for Quentin, The Coens and Pete Docter. Right?

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  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Fiffth

    by TheGreatHomsar

    Woot.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Or first, whichever xD

    by TheGreatHomsar

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Bam Bam and Duece Bigelow's sister

    by BacardiRocky

    deserves to be nominated, but doesn't deserve to win.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Wang is second!!!!

    by OceanWang

    Or third!!!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Avatar will probably take everything

    by red_weed

    sucks to be competition

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Avatar...

    by topfivevideo

    if avatar gets a best picture nod this will be the end if western civilization as we know it... although with ten best pictures.. it will be hard for it not to get nominated

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    C'mon District 9...

    by Shermdawg

    YES!!!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    crap

    by fxmulder35

    Trek shoulda been there.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Yeah, sorry but AVATAR is no Best Picture

    by BenBraddock

    It just isn't. The story isn't there, and great FX do not (should not) a Best Picture make.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    what no Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen love?

    by BacardiRocky

    Damn you Michael BAY!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    "Trek shoulda been there."

    by Shermdawg

    Haha, no.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    The Blind Side nominated for Best Picture?

    by American Mythos

    Oy...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Another DVD column debacle? We can't wait that long...

    by SoylentMean

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Hurt Locker

    by BacardiRocky

    I really feel Hurt Locker was the most overrated film of the last year. Only get the attention due to it being a war movie directed by a woman.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    at least AVATAR DIDN'T get nominated for WRITTING

    by j2talk

    at least AVATAR DIDN'T get nominated for WRITTING there is SOME justice

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    PRECIOUS!?!?!?!?

    by topfivevideo

    are you fuckin' kidding me

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Excellent!

    by Obscura

    intelligent choices, nice mix. Also, UP! as a best picture nom, excellent. although doesn't that invalidate the animated feature category?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    There may be SOME justice

    by c4andmore

    But no spell check.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    I'd like to see the tallies for the best pic race this year.

    by Shermdawg

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    UP Blew. Would rather watch Planet 51 again.

    by Zardozap2005

    Seriously, when is Pixar going to grow up and give us a decent animated Action flick? The Incredibles came really really close, but then threw in too much of the family angle to make it perfect.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Blindside for best picture?

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    I know that there are 10 noms now but I'm a lot more shocked that made the list than Avatar making the list. <p> On the flipside, it was really cool to see UP get a best picture nomination.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    up for best film AND best animated film?

    by KoozyK

    that seems... odd.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    As cool as it is...

    by Jubal_Early

    ...to see sci-fi/fantasy films finally getting some love from the Oscars (Lord of the Rings won, I believe making it the first of its kind to do so), simply knowing that AVATAR will be nominated means it's pretty much going to be a boring Oscar night. No surprises, most likely. It'll take everything, and Jim-Jims will be up on stage every five minutes. But for all my heartfelt debates that the film is not name-a-mountain-after-me great, I am glad to see the genre getting some respect. FINALLY.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    I hate that they went to Ten Best Picture Noms.

    by BacardiRocky

    I guess this is to make up for The Dark Knight getting shafted last year, but I still think it blows. They could have easily left off Precious, Blind Side, Hurt Locker, District 9 and Up.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Actually, nothing got nominated for WRITTING.

    by American Mythos

    Is that even a category? I keed, I keed.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Avatar for the Sweep.

    by Zardozap2005

    Just calling it now. And if Cameron says "I feel like the king of the world...again." I'll laugh my ass off.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    I agree

    by IamHERE

    After seeing most of these as academy screeners leaked online, I would love to see The Hurt Locker come out on top.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Rather UP for Best Picture than UP IN THE AIR

    by BenBraddock

    I just don't get it, that film was ok, but nothing special. UP was on the other hand fantastic.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Jay Leno is worse than The Blind Side

    by PTSDPete

    Good fucking grief.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    THE HURT LOCKER will win four

    by ColonelFatheart

    Picture, director, editing, one of the sound awards

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Do you people even follow Oscar talks?

    by tlyel37

    Why are people surprised at Precious, Up, and District 9's nominations? Precious and Up have been locks for months and District 9 has bee slowly picking up steam for awhile. Avatar was also OBVIOUSLY going to get nominated, come on. The big surprises here: The Blind Side, obviously. Maggie Gyllenhaal's nod. In The Loop's writing nod. The Secret Life of Kells. (500) Days of Summer getting snubbed in the OG screenplay category.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    What were the SFX nominees?

    by SoylentMean

    That's what I care about.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:55 a.m. CST

    AVATAR will win four, too

    by ColonelFatheart

    Visual effects, production design, cinematography and the other sound award.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Visual effects nominees: AVATAR, D9, STINO

    by ColonelFatheart

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    tlyel: THE BLIND SIDE has been picking up steam, too

    by ColonelFatheart

    That wasn't much of a surprise. The others you listed were indeed, though.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Avatar deserves the SFX Oscar, that's it.

    by SoylentMean

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST

    The Blind Side over

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    Star Trek? or The Fantastic Mr. Fox???? WTF is wrong with Academy Voters?? Are they really so hard up for it that they'll just nominate whatever movie the public goes to see??? I'm surprised Taylor Lautner isn't nominated for best Supporting Actor.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Take Trek over Blindside

    by shutupfanboy

    I would probably take it over Avatar too.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I hope BASTERDS shocks the world

    by ColonelFatheart

    Harvey's going down, so he's gotta come out bloodthirsty and especially dirty for his guy Quentin, right? Come on, Harvey, use your dark powers for good this time.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Blind Side was almost as bad as Slumdog Millionaire

    by SoylentMean

    almost. There's no way Blind Side will win best picture. I'd say the serious contenders are Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds(my pic), and Up in the Air. The rest are just there for show.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Ten best pictures = studio lobby

    by ricarleite2

    We need those DVD covers to bear the words "ACADEMY AWARDS BEST PICTURE nominee". Also, the only real wasy prediction here would be Christopher Waltz. SADLY Avatar will show up as the big winner, proving that eyeball fucking is the tendency on Hollywood, and content = crap.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Did everyone forget

    by Yum Yum Gibson

    Away We Go? Maya Rudolph blew it out of the box...Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida wrote a sharp script...At least D9 got nominated.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    No real surprises

    by sansara07

    Pretty much what everyone was saying beforehand. Glad District 9 got a nod, DELIGHTED Sta Trek got nothin in the major categories.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    D9

    by Mr Soze

    No way on God's green earth will it win but it's good to see it on the list.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Prediction

    by Wordage

    Up in the Air will win best picture. Avatar was a hit with the foreign press because they could relate to the themes, but Up in the Air is a very American movie which captures the current climate, and the Oscars loves sentimental pap...so Up in the Air will take best picture.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Precious

    by JMH1973

    Has there been any backlash/ridicule over the ridiculous title of "Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire"? I can't even take it seriously as a movie with that handle. Did anyone associated with the movie step up and kindly suggest it be called - oh, I don't know - how about Precious? Just wonderin'.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Avatar isn't Best Picture material...

    by ZoeFan

    Script wise... but this movie is the reason we as a country will be inundated with 3D movies and TVs in the years to come. Therefore it will probably win Best Picture.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    The Blind Side for Best Picture???

    by SifoDyasJr.

    No. Just… no.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Tarantino deserves the directing and screenplay win.

    by SoylentMean

    I'm still not entirely sure what is so damn spectacular about Bigelow's direction in the Hurt Locker, except that she possesses a vagina. Tarantino deserves the makeup Oscar for not winning for Pulp Fiction.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    The difference between Clooney and Bridges

    by American Mythos

    Does Clooney even make movies for fun anymore? Besides the awful Leatherheads and the Oceans movies (which are really just an excuse for a bunch of rich best friends to get together and party it up overseas), it seems like he's aiming for an Oscar in every choice he makes these days. Bridges on the other hand -- I doubt he even expected Crazy Heart to appear as a blip on the radar this awards season. I like Bridges. He's been out of the mainstream (or at least the leading man category) for far too long. Hopefully Crazy Heart (and Tron Legacy) put him back on the map for a long long time.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Star Trek

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    No Saw 6?

    by theDORK

    Rather surprising to me, given the slew of best picture Oscars sitting on the Lionsgate Film executives' mantles, from the earlier films in the Saw series.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    I would have supported a nod for Maya Rudolph

    by SoylentMean

    for Away We Go. A phenomenal performance.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Who even cares about the Oscars anyway? It's all politics

    by Coughlins Laws

    After so many robberies in the past, especially Micky Rourke gettin F'ed in the A last year, who can take these awards seriously? And Avatar or an animated movie being nominated for Best Picture? Really? I don't care how good some people thing Up was, it shouldn't have been nominated for Best Picture. My problem with comparing animated movies to real movies is that they get cheap laughs. They get laughs that you wouldn't laugh at had they used real actors or real situations. The emotions you get are not real. They're synthetic. It's cheating, in a way. Even though most movies use tricks and CGI to get you to feel or experience the point the filmmakers are trying to make, using an entirely animated movie makes for impossible situations...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    ColonelFatheart

    by tlyel37

    I dunno, Sandra Bullock's definitely been skyrocketing in the awards season but I didn't see one oscar site with The Blind Side anywhere CLOSE to it's top 10 and the Globes are the only precursor who also nominated it for BP.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    I saw up in spain..

    by emeraldboy

    I loved the opening of up. and that scene where the old man is looking at the scrap book, which contains life was heartbreaking. but the rest of the movie did noting for me. serious man. I have not seen. I would love to see qT win. what a shock that would be, qt wins best pic and best director. the opening of Basterds was great. when waltz was not on screen I found the movie to be dull. pitts attempt at italian was hilarious. serious man, I have not seen, and I havent seen the hurt locker either. I would happily never sit through again.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Don't Be Silly

    by juwamba

    Of course Precious would garner nominations, it was a critical darling. Avatar getting a nod was a certainty. I'm glad to see District 9, Inglorious Bastards become nominees as well. Wow, Up is the first animated best picture in damn near 20 years.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    And the winners are:

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    I hope Crazy Heart is to Bridges what Tender Mercies is

    by SoylentMean

    to Robert Duvall.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Moon got robbed!

    by SifoDyasJr.

    Sam should have been nominated for both best actor and best supporting actor for his performances in Moon.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    CORALINE

    by kolchak

    Was easily the best animated film. It's going to get fucking robbed by Up again.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    The Blind Side nod is a travesty

    by blackwood

    TRAVESTY!<p>I am stoked about the District 9 nomination though.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Best Picture: Avatar

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow <p> Best Actor: Jeff Bridges <p> Best Actress: Sandra Bullock <p> Best Supp Actor: Christoph Waltz <p> Best Supp Actress: Mo'nique <p>

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Well I guess Up is gonna win Best Animated

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Because if it doesn't than the Oscar voting is real screwy. How can the only Animated film to be nominated for best picture lose in it's own category, in which none of the other films were considered "best" picture?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    I don't know, I could really see an upset for SFX.

    by Shermdawg

    What Blomkamp did with a comparatively shoestring budget was extremely impressive in it's own right. And by recognizing it over Cameron would kind of send a message to Hollywood that they can and should be a bit more conservative with their spending. Because lord knows, not every special effects blockbuster is gonna pull Avatar/TINO type money.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Tisk

    by juwamba

    Sherlock Holmes and Paranormal Activity got no love.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Are those the real noms or Harrys pics?

    by D.Vader

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    I canit believe nobody's mentioned MOON

    by John Maddening

    Best movie of the year, as far as I'm concerned. Should have nominations for Picture, Actor, Editing, and Visual Effects.<br><br> Seriously, ten BP noms and it's not on there? Ridiculous.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Avatar is almost exclusively a special effect

    by SoylentMean

    therefore, it will win. I was just glad to see Transformers: The Traveling Minstrel Show's Revenge didn't get a nomination for fx.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    my bro saw up in the air and noted...

    by emeraldboy

    how clooney is getting. go the Irish, btw. secret of kells got nominated for For best animation.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Star Trek had more story problems than Avatar

    by Chewtoy

    ...And no great "Oscar" performances like (apparently) Sandra Bullock in The Blindside, hence it doesn't get any big nominations. Now, personally, I think the cast of Star Trek was the best thing about the flick, but there's no role there than anyone seriously would have expected to earn a nomination. The screenplay was a mess while Avatar, though utterly predictable, was well-paced and solid through-out without forays into randomness and major logic gaps. While I'm not overly fond of Avatar (It's pretty, and does the job it sets out to do, but it's not one of my all-time favorites), I do appreciate Cameron's ability to do effective storytelling within a massive blockbuster... something that has seemingly been absent from the genre for years now.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Best original score?

    by Johnny T Williams

    Any love for Coraline?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    All I care about is that Coraline beats Up

    by JackLint

    But that will never happen

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Yes

    by juwamba

    I'm glad to see District 9 point its fucking tentacles at a nomination.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    The absense of Moon

    by blackwood

    I read somewhere that for some reason it wasn't eligible. I'll try to dig up the link.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    I STOPPED CARING ABOUT THE OSCARS IN THE EARLY 90'S....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Really? At this point is this anything but a dog a pony show? Who fucking cares anymore?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    What's with all the Up hate?

    by tlyel37

    Bottom line, film is film. If the Academy didn't think animated films were fit to be nominated in the Best Picture category, they wouldn't be eligible. In my opinion, Pixar is the only studio that consistently puts out quality films anymore. Pixar is making the best films in Hollywood. Very few films have been able to engage me in the way that WALL-E and Up have. I only wish they would've nominated WALL-E last year over The Reader. What the people at Pixar understand more than anyone else is that film is first and foremost a visual medium. The entire first act of WALL-E is an education in visual storytelling. Same goes for the opening 10 minutes of Up. That's why they've transcended the usually derogatory tag of "Animated film." Congratulations to Pixar for finally being recognized by their peers as the cream of the crop in their field: film. Not just animated film, but film.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    well

    by juwamba

    The Academy never said a best animated film COULDN'T be nominated for best picture...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    I thought District 9 was decent but I actually

    by kikuchiyoboy

    prefer Moon to Avatar and D9. But then again I prefer to all those other films. <br> <br> Moon was tight little film. Just an all around well acted and well crafted film if I say myself. How is Sam Rockwell not nominated? <br> <br> Hell it should get best art direction over Nine.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Up, Caroline and Fantastic Mr. Fox

    by kikuchiyoboy

    are all fine films in general. I'm pulling for Mr. Fox just because it reminds of the kids shows that I used to watch.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Having said all that, here are the winners....

    by Coughlins Laws

    Best Picture - Up In The Air<p>Best Actor - Jeff Bridges<p>Best Actress - Sandra Bullock<p>Best Supporting Actor - Stanley Tucci<p>Best Supporting Actress - Maggie Gylenhaal<p>Best Animated Picture - Avatar(j/k, it's Up)<p>Best Art Direction - Avatar<p>Best Cinematography - Avatar<p>Best Costume Design - The Imaginarium of Doctor Pernassus<p>Best Director - James Cameron

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    The only thing that would make this Oscar geek love complete

    by American Mythos

    would have been a best supporting actor nod for Leonard Nimoy. He's the only thing I really loved about Star Trek. I like the rest of the film, but it probably falls to fifth on my list of favorite Trek films. But the grace and dignity with which Nimoy carries himself is almost regal. Without him there probably wouldn't be much to rewatch there.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    The Moon conspiracy

    by blackwood

    Apparently, it's SONY's fault. They didn't send out screeners, or something.<p>http://tinyurl.com/y9af4bv<p>

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    (500) Days of Summer COMPLETELY snubbed?

    by tlyel37

    that's the biggest travesty here.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    As far as Best Animated goes...

    by Chewtoy

    How awesome to see such a range of styles in that category. I haven't seen all of them, so I can't comment on their worthiness, but 2 stop-motion, 2 traditional "hand drawn", and 1 CGI flick? Who would have seen that coming after years of CG dominance at the box office?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    No Moon? Sam Rockwell at least deserves some recognition.

    by Wolfman Nards

    Truth.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    WHAT A LOAD OF RANCID HORSE SHIT

    by BringingSexyBack

    No love for (500) Days of Summer? Are you fucking kidding me? Unadulterated horse shit. <P> I haven't seen Red Cliff yet, but for those who have - doesn't that movie deserve some Oscar appreciation? I guess China's fallen off Hollywood's radar. <P> What a joke.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Are you kidding me? Sherlock Holmes?

    by Johnny T Williams

    For best original score? and no Coraline? Ok... can someone explain to me, as if you were talking to a 5 year old, what's the difference (in terms of process) between what Zimmer did with Dark Knight and what he did with Sherlock Holmes? I'm pretty sure he used "Aditional Music" from other dudes as usual.. No Coraline? that just sucks..

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Coughlins Laws

    by tlyel37

    no WAY Up in the Air wins BP. It's already peaked and gone. It's a toss-up between The Hurt Locker and Avatar, and if they end up splitting the vote then Inglorious Basterds will sneak in and win it. Stanley Tucci COULD win but I think they're going to stick with Christoph Waltz. No WAY Maggie Gyllenhaal wins, it's a shock she was even nominated. That one is still Mo'nique's.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    THYLE37

    by BringingSexyBack

    You said it all man.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Wow. A couple notes.

    by Rhuragh

    TWO sci-fi films in the Best Picture category? WOW. So impressed. If only they'd done this a few years ago so that CoM could have gotten a nod. <BR><BR>Other items of note: wow, a foreign film gets a nod in Cinematography (The White Ribbon)? Most impressive. When was the last time that happened? Peter Pau for CTHD? Oh, no, wikipedia shows that Zhao Xiaoding got a nomination for House of Flying Daggers. Interestingly, in 2000, along with CTHD, Lajos Koltai got a nomination for Malena. So, there were TWO foreign films nominated for Cinematography in that year. Also for Cinematography, wow, no nomination for Deakins this year? Oh, he only filmed A Serious Man. Damn. <BR><BR>Hrm, I just thought of something. Is this the first time a married (or divorced, in this case) couple have both received Best Director nominations in the same year? Cameron and Bigelow are nominated for Avatar and Hurt Locker, respectively. <BR><BR>Oh, so happy to see the nominations for Christoph Waltz, Carey Mulligan, George Clooney (I'm calling it now, he wins it unless Freeman dies before the voting is finished), Jeremy Renner, An Education, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Hurt Locker, District 9, Inglourious Basterds, and A Serious Man. <BR><BR>Oh, the foreign films category. I have a lot to see this year. The White Ribbon was the only one of the five that was on my radar.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Snubs???

    by TarzanHibachi

    No RDJ for Sherlock Holmes? he was the Golden Globes winner fer craps sakes. No Sam for Moon? No ZOE~<3 for 500 Days? I smell shenaingans!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack

    by tlyel37

    Thanks. But in regards to what? Haha.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Meryl Streep

    by Giant Ape Balls

    If she made a short where she just pissed in a bucket, I reckon she'd still get a nomination.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Oh yes.

    by Rhuragh

    So glad that STINO got snubbed in all the categories outside of technical production. Brings a smug smile to this old school Trek geek's face.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    An article a few weeks back about how Sony mishandled Moon

    by SifoDyasJr.

    http://tinyurl.com/yz7cpzp

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Moon Was Crazy Good

    by kevinwillis.net

    Sam Rockwell definitely should have gotten a best actor nod. What other actor completely carried a movie like Moon this season? Nobody.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    AVATAR STORY

    by StonedWriter88

    i feel the need to say this to you fools. the story of avatar is basically a remade version of that same story we've all seen a million times. we knew the whole thing from the preview. hardly anything new in context of the plot, not details. yeah, true. wait a second....wait, i remember another movie that just came out. that used the same story avatar did, the one that's been done a million times. it was called THE NEW WORLD by TERRANCE MALICK. its one of the most respected and well made films of the decade. what is funny, is that when you hate on avatar for the unoriginal plot, its the exact same as hating on the new world for that reason. and anyone who knows anything about movies, would laugh at you if you hated on the new world the way you hate on avatar. and they should laugh at you for hating on avatar which is what im doing.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    And JettL Is Back

    by kevinwillis.net

    Man, I missed him. Finally, we can get some real scoops. ;)

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    STINO?

    by tlyel37

    what's it stand for? I'm apparently ignorant.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    THEYL37

    by BringingSexyBack

    About (500) Days of course!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    HAHA hooray that

    by blackwood

    Avatar's crappy, crappy song didn't get the nod. MY HEART WILL GO ON MOTHERFUCKER.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Ahh yes.

    by tlyel37

    I thought it was a lock for a screenplay, and it had an outside chance at a BP nomination. Instead, The Blind Side gets that. o_o

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Star Trek In Name Only

    by blackwood

    STINO

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Sony Screwed the Pooch on Moon

    by kevinwillis.net

    That was an excellent movie. Everybody who hasn't seen it, go rent the DVD.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    StonedWriter88

    by tlyel37

    You ARE stoned aren't you? Calling The New World one of the most respected films of the decade would be like considering The Blind Side one of the 10 best films of 2009. Oh wait...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    The Best Animated category was created (IMO) because...

    by Chewtoy

    Year in and year out since about 1990, there have been outstanding animated features that earn great critical acclaim and yet, if they didn't have a "best song" entry, oscar viewers wouldn't know they even existed. There weren't any technical awards for animation (given on oscar night), they don't earn "best actor" nods, most of Hollywood doesn't know what an animated film's director does, "adult" fare usually grabs all of the scriptwriting nods, and "Beauty and the Beast" was the only animated film to ever earn a "best picture" nod. <br><br> If a group of films are consistently earning some of the highest critical acclaim each year and yet never nominated for anything, it's fair to say a new category may be in order. Personally, I think they should have found some way to award "best animation" without it being "best animated film" so as not to make it seem like some kind of double-dipping when one does actually break into the "best picture" race as well.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Gee what a surprise...

    by rutgersjaffo

    Avatard for Best Picture is a fucking joke.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    SWINO

    by c4andmore

    The Phantom Menace. HA.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    thanks blackwood

    by tlyel37

    I've never seen one Star Trek film or show. Yet I love it when it's referenced in other media, e.g. that brilliant Futurama episode.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    dsitric 9? good shit hollywood

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    I'm sorry, but District 9 was one of the best film(period) to come out in 2009.Highly entertaining, and great message, all wrapped up in some bad-ass sci-fi lettuce wraps! Also,I'm confident the DISTRICT 9 director will at least get the oscar for screenplay.Hurt Locker was amazing a well, so I say it's down to these 2 for the REAL oscar win for BEST PICTURE. Avatar WAS amazing, but no best picture.I understand all the hype and attention around it, but it doesn't deserve to win it. Perhaps CAMERON for BEST DIRECTOR(or bigelow)...that I CAN'T argue.He is a master at his craft, so he WOULD deserve that.But not best picture.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    My predictions

    by ricarleite2

    Not what I wanted to win, but what I feel will win. Picture: Avatar. Actor: George Clooney, Sup Actor: Christoph Waltz. Actress: Meryl Streep, Sup Actress: Mo'Nique. Animated Feature: UP. Art Direction: Avatar. Cinematography: Inglourious Basterds. Costume Design: Imaginarium. Director: Jason Reitman & James Cameron (tie). Editing: Avatar.Make up: Star Trek. Music: UP. Song: Almost There. Sound Editing: Avatar. Sound Mixing: Avatar. VFX: Avatar.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    District 9 appears on this list

    by barnaby jones

    but no Days Of Summer or Moon. What a fucking joke.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Also, some notable missing films

    by Rhuragh

    Everyone here is all over Moon missing from the nominations, and I agree, Rockwell should have been nominated for Best Actor, and the film itself for Best Film, or at least Best (original?) Screenplay. However, there are a few other films missing nominations: <BR><BR>Public Enemies (It's not Best Picture material, but no costumes, sets, cinematography, or anything else? Really?) <BR><BR>The Bad Lieutenant POCNO. Seriously, no nominations for this? <BR><BR>The Road. This movie deserves nominations for Best Picture, and Best Actor for Viggo at the very least. I'm sure nominations for Costumes, Art Direction, and Adapted Screenplay can be justified too. <BR><BR>What about Where The Wild Things Are? Doesn't that deserve a nomination somewhere too? Adapted Screenplay perhaps?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    ED HELMS GOT ROBBED

    by gusborwig

    Stu's Song by Ed Helms(from The Hangover) should have been nominated for best original song. I can understand why the academy didn't put it on the list, it is the oscars and not the peoples choice awards. I think a lot of people would have loved to see someone sing that song on stage.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Also Avatar will probably get what Dark Knight shouldn't got

    by barnaby jones

    A fist full.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    OTOH, how about that Jermey Renner for Hurt Locker

    by TarzanHibachi

    That kid is going places, he was eating up scenry since SWAT.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    That should be ' Should've' ^

    by barnaby jones

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    I agree with Rhuragh

    by Davidhessstation

    Public Enemies had some of the best costumes, set designs and sound effects this year. I am shocked Terminator 4 or 2012 didn't get anything for visual effects. I wasn't a big fan of those two but the effects were better than what I expected. Big Fan deserved a screenplay nomination as well.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    The only thing Where Thge Wild Things deserve

    by barnaby jones

    is to be flushed with the rest of the shit, used tampons/condoms/needles etc.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Love the Up Nomination in Best Picture.

    by Pohpat

    And praise be the Academy for not nominating Star Trek in the Best Picture category. I seriously could not believe that pundits were putting it's name out there as a contender to sneak in to list of 10. Admittedly, the fact that they also nominated the Blind Side which takes away any good will they momentarily built up for themselves.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Avatar for best Anitmated Picture!

    by TarzanHibachi

    Here's your Recycled Blue Plastic Academy Award, Mr. Cameron, Dont try to smoke it....

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Kells does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    THE SECRET OF KELLS is gonna clean up in every category it's nommed for.<p> Mark my words. THE SECRET OF KELLS is coming.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Bigelow is almost cert for Best Director

    by sansara07

    She won the DGA which is as good an indicator as you can get, and being a woman will only boost her chances. Best Picture, however, is extremely diificult to predict. The smart money is on Hurt Locker, but Avatar's box office will make it impossible to ignore. Then Up In The Air is the dark horse, the critic's darling. I still say Hurt Locker will get it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I could tell you THE SECRET OF KELLS but then i'd have to kill you.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    THE SECRET OF KELLS isn't actually something you can be told.<p> To know the secret you have to see it, you have to feel it, you have to smell it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    THE SECRET OF KELLS is so secretive that the Masons, the Knights Templar, the Nation Of Islam, and the Illuminati have all filed injunctions to prevent it being revealed.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Jeremy Renner is definitely going to last.

    by kikuchiyoboy

    He was awesome in Assassination of Jesse James. He was also good in The Unusuals tv show.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    gusborwig, ED HELMS FTW!!!FACT!!!

    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Robin Williams

    by Yum Yum Gibson

    deserved a nomination for World's Greatest Dad. Too bad that performance was nullified by Old Dogs. That man gives an inch and takes a mile.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Rhuragh.. I think that covers it. BLIND SIDE?!

    by Maxer

    I mean.. I guess it's only the second most predictable movie I saw after Avatar, and since Avatar got nominated so should Blind Side. But Bullock should win for actress.. she was that good. <br><br> Honestly though, no Moon AT ALL is a travesty. My God.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    EPIC SPOILER - THE *SECRET* OF KELLS can be found here:<p> http://www.aintitcool.com/node/1633

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    No Avatar for Best Picture. No way in hell.

    by Maxer

    Anything other than the Blind Side would be better. I'm personally pushing for District 9 and Up (the underdogs) even though I think Inglourious Basterds will win.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    D9, best pic, Chris Waltz, Supp Actor

    by dr sauch

    But why is the star of D9 not nominated for best actor???

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Sharlto Copley...

    by Rhuragh

    ...will get his chance at a Best Actor statue after this year's A-Team. <BR><BR>I keed, I keed.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Great that D9 was nominated, but no Sharlto nom

    by kafka07

    Surely Sharlto Copley did a far better job than Colin Firth, come on. I'm happy that Food, Inc and The Cove are nominated for best documentary.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    UP STORY

    by StonedWriter88

    i've said it before. up had a montage at the beginning that was genuinely moving for many adults. were they so moved by it, that they failed to realize the rest of the movie was about an old guy in a house filled with balloons that floats to the rainforest with a talkative scamp in tow, and once there they meet talking dogs and a silly bird and a megalomaniac? in other words, it was just a kids movie. just another random silly crap kids movie like hundreds of others. it had a 5 min heartfelt montage at the beginning. you're all sounding like pussies.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    JettL, I have to test if it's the 'real' you. Answer me this question:<p> 'What movie won't they talk about in Frank Langella's house?'

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    THE SECRET OF NIMH is NOTHING next to THE SECRET OF KELLS.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    The Academy should burn if Hell if AVATAR wins Best Picture

    by SpyGuy

    At least THREE of the other films nominated for Best Picture were better than AVATAR, but since AVATAR raked in a shitload of box office, it's a sure bet to win. An utter travesty in the making.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Oh, I forgot another missing film...

    by Rhuragh

    Although I didn't care for it personally, I'm surprised Miyazaki didn't get a nomination for Best Animated Film for Ponyo in either 2009's Oscars or this year's (Japanese release was in 2008, US release in 2009).

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    burn IN Hell

    by SpyGuy

    I loves me this spiffy edit feature!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Really happy about Jeremy Renner

    by CherryValance

    And DISTRICT 9 of course. Still can't believe it made it. :D

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    When I first found out the Secret in THE SECRET OF KELLS I went through six different coping stages.<p> I ended up at a psychiatrist who's professional opinion was that learning the secret had 'broken my brain'.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Why is District 9 under ADAPTED Screenplay?

    by jabb

    I thought it was all Blomkamp's. What is the source material?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    AVATAR?! Seriously?

    by The Edges Hat

    Does anyone else think that this film is the Emperor's New Clothes. Technically stunning but a shite film! Can't believe The Dark Knight wasn't nominated last year, but chances are this shite will. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs was better than Up. Also...where the fuck is Let The Right One In in the foreign film category?!? Was that last year's? It only came out last Spring here in Scotland...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    sharlto copley...

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    SHOULD'VE gotten an supporting actor(even though he carried the film)Oscar nomination.Its tough to see IF he will shape up as a long-standing hollywood actor..so I'm sure this factored heavily.but I think he was AMAZING in district9. Oh well, at least it got 2-3 nominations..so I'm okay with that.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Jabb

    by Rhuragh

    According to Wikipedia, Blomkamp made a short-film originally. I guess they're counting it as an adapted screenplay for that reason.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    District Fucking Nine, Baby

    by FluffyUnbound

    That is really, really nice to see.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    blind side

    by StonedWriter88

    you may not realize it, but the academy is offering an olive branch to the simple minded masses of the world, with their 10 noms and more successful fare. maybe they finally realize how stupid it is to be snobby when hundreds of millions were interested anyway. you see the type of people that made the blind side a huge hit probably don't understand why that indie stuff is so 'good'. the academy realized they shouldn't continue to ignore normal people. you fools shouldn't either. avatar will win pic and director.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    The Hurt Locker

    by fiester

    Should win. Best and most vital film of the past year by far.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Where the Wild Things Are

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    If anything I'm very surprised that it didn't receive any nominations. I would have picked it over The Blind Side and maybe a best director nomination for Spike Jonze or atleast art direction.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Jabb, D9 was a short first.

    by FluffyUnbound

    He adapted his own short.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Alright, I'm happy D9 got some love.

    by Darth_Kaos

    It just sucks that Avatar's going to win best visuals. Even though we all know hands down D9 should win it. The work on that movie was waaaaay more realistic than the cartoon smurfs of Avatar. Compare them side by side. It's all about money to the academy. Hope Kathryn Bigelow beats JC. Her movie was actually original.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    no PONYO for animated?!

    by 1st and only

    ..oh and UP is smaltzy crap! Idiot people. Coraline for the oscar damn you!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    top 10 - add in Moon and 500 Days of Summer

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    remove Blind Side and Precious and thats a really good top 10. <p> Though I still think 10 is crazy, for the 5 I would have gone with Avatar, District 9, Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds and Up in The Air

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Ahh...

    by jabb

    ... an interesting technicality. Still, good to see it on the list at all. Thank you, Rhuragh and FluffyUnbound.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    So, expanding Best Picture to 10 films means

    by YackBacker

    Shit like THE BLIND SIDE gets nominated. Great.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Let The Right One In...

    by Rhuragh

    ...was eligible in 2008. However, it wasn't picked because it wasn't even Sweden's submission for that year. They picked a film called "Everlasting Moments" for their nomination. Everlasting Moments did make the short-list, but was not one of the final five nominees.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Moon deserves recognition

    by syn_flood

    far more than the actually quite mediocre Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    StonedWriter

    by tlyel37

    were they so moved by it, that they failed to realize the rest of the movie was about an old guy in a house filled with balloons that floats to the rainforest with a talkative scamp in tow, and once there they meet talking dogs and a silly bird and a megalomaniac? How is that anymore ridiculous than the plots of Avatar, or District 9? The fact is, that opening prologue, along with the later scene of Carl looking through the scrapbook, and just the way the whole film was written in general, gave it an emotional anchor that most family films don't have. Just because most family films are crap doesn't mean that one that is finally done extraordinarily well deserves to be looked down upon.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE was the best movie...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I saw last year.<P>And therefore this list is bullshit.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    StonedWriter

    by tlyel37

    "were they so moved by it, that they failed to realize the rest of the movie was about an old guy in a house filled with balloons that floats to the rainforest with a talkative scamp in tow, and once there they meet talking dogs and a silly bird and a megalomaniac?"</br> How is that anymore ridiculous than the plots of Avatar, or District 9? The fact is, that opening prologue, along with the later scene of Carl looking through the scrapbook, and just the way the whole film was written in general, gave it an emotional anchor that most family films don't have. Just because most family films are crap doesn't mean that one that is finally done extraordinarily well deserves to be looked down upon.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Granny o Grimm

    by Chaplins_tache

    in case your wondeing what ganny O' grimm is about, here' sthe link ot the short. http://www.grannyogrimm.com/#/home Best of luck to all the lads on "The secret of Kells" as well. ah, me old classmates.. why did i quit 2D?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Precious

    by JamesT

    The Academy being the Academy you know Precious will probably sweep all of the awards it's up for..

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    the academy is worthless if avatar doesnt win

    by StonedWriter88

    what is the academy honoring? what reason do films exist? entertainment? art? who do they consider? fans? insiders? i cant think of a movie to come along in a long time, that has so many people agreeing that it is so good, talking to their friends about it and seeing it again. why? because its art, entertainment? in the end, it succeeds where every film wants to, in bringing in millions of people to see it, many of whom are then very satisfied and talk about it and want to see it again. it's totally undeniable. how could a movie beat it? what are the other movies doing better? the academy knows how to avoid frontloaded crapfests like transformers, which the public doesnt. however a movie staying at the top for weeks on end, like blind side, or avatar, rarely happens, and when it does it can only mean that THE PUBLIC GENUNINELY LOVES THE MOVIE. and ultimately, that is the goal of almost every film, whether they admit it or not. if its not, its probably narcissistict indie art fare, in other words, worthless.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Why no Ponyo on the Cliff for animated feature?

    by gigaloff

    Was it out in 08 or something. My film of the year for 09 anyway.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    WHERE THE FUCK IS MOON?

    by SpawnofAchilles

    Not surprised at all that it go snubbed but come on. Great practical effects work. Best (two!) performances of the year by Sam Rockwell.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Moon was robbed

    by KnightBorn

    Interesting link to how Sony decided to not back Moon and didnt send out screeners to the oscar voters. But I don't really blame Sony, you have to decide which movies give you the best chance for your studio to do well and back those movies, if you back too many, you dilute your own pool. No, I blame the lazy voters. Why do you need a fucking screener dvd before you decide to vote on something? I know for A list stars, it might be hard to get out the theater but I have to believe an overwhelming majority of Oscar voters would have had no trouble getting out to a few movies this year. Hell, many of the nominees are out on DVD already, no screener necessary. Its like they need to be spoon-fed and want a nice little stack of studio screeners to pick from. Moon deserved better.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Fookin ell man! I agree with Harry....

    by masteryoda007

    Sharlto Copley gave the best performance in my opinion (and easily the most quotable performance) but I will have to go for Renner to win best actor. I hope Bigelow gets best director. She has been guys kicking balls for years now with great pictures like Near Dark, Point Break and Strange Days (Fookin Classic man). I thought Cristophe Waltz was good but he does act kind of faggy when he is spouting the "its a bingo" line.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Too Close To Call

    by BeyondStatic

    Best Actor is too close to call. Love that Stanley Tucci is nominated. Sandra Bullock may get an Oscar... ugh. "Up" is pretty much guaranteed the Animated Feature award since it is nominated for Best Picture, though "Coraline" stands a good chance. Cinematography is a tough race. "Avatar" is the obvious choice, the rest don't seem like "achievements" to me. Costume Design: Colleen Atwood. Need I say more? Give Tarantino the directing Oscar! Though Cameron will likely take it, I really hope it goes to Kathryn Bigelow - "Hurt Locker" was phenominal! "District 9" gets the editing Oscar as a consolation prize. And while I'd love to see Michael Giacchino get an Oscar, I think Horner's gonna walk away with best score. Give "Precious" the Adapted Screenplay Oscar, since it is unlikely to win anything else. And let's give Tarantino the Original Screenplay award. No one writes like he does! Best Picture: "Avatar," though "The Hurt Locker" is a very close second. Will the academy vote for Sci-Fi this year? Clearly the global population has...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    response

    by StonedWriter88

    its not really more ridiculous that d9 and avatar. i think d9 started exciting then went in an idiotic direction. it deserves the nod less than all other pictures on the list. besides maybe up which really is just kid stuff except for the montage. i mean the kids dont care about that montage, i dont see how adults can care about the rest. i couldnt. avatar is ridiculous and predictable at the same time, but goddamn if i wasn't excited to be on that ride. for all its fantasy and unoriginality, avatar felt more real and new to me than pretty much everything else. up felt like a kids movie. d9 didnt make sense.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Men Who Stare at Goats? Where is it?

    by Sith Witch

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    biggest upset....public enemies

    by StonedWriter88

    its one of those great films that the shepards didnt tell the sheep to like, so it faded. but it's a great movie, better than most of the 10 pic noms.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Can't Believe...

    by GhostKiller

    PRECIOUS got nominated for Director AND Screenplay?! The acting was solid, but everything else was piss poor. Especially the writing.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Hey JettL1993

    by BeyondStatic

    Can you get me a job editing those tributes? Over the last 3 or 4 years all the montages have kinda sucked. (Sorry if you worked on any of them.) I could edit better in my sleep, and I'm available for hire!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    That Poor Girl from Precious Will Need a Special Seat...

    by frakthetoasters

    ...She may take comfort that so does Hollywood bigshot Harvey Weinstein....

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Also out this morning, The Razzie nominations!

    by Rhuragh

    Worst Picture: <BR> All About Steve <BR> G.I. Joe <BR> Land of the Lost <BR> Old Dogs <BR> Trannies 2 <BR><BR> Worst Actor: <BR> All Three Jonas Brothers <BR> Will Ferrell <BR> Steve Martin <BR> Eddie Murphy <BR> John Travolta <BR> (I'm kind of surprised they didn't nominate Cage for Bad Lieutenant, depending on your point of view, his work in the film is either brilliant or terrible.) <BR><BR> Worst Actress: <BR> Sandra Bullock (for All About Steve, thank you, Razzies, this is more than adequate payback for the Blind Side Best Pic nom) <BR> Miley Cyrus <BR> Megan Fox <BR> Sarah Jessica Parker <BR><BR> The Razzies are also doing a worst of the decade round-up this year. They have three categories: Worst Picture, Worst Actor, and Worst Actress. The nominees are: <BR> Worst Picture: <BR> Battlefield Earth <BR> Freddy Got Fingered <BR> Gigli <BR> I Know Who Killed Me <BR> Swept Away <BR><BR> Worst Actor: <BR> Ben Affleck <BR> Eddie Murphy <BR> Mike Myers <BR> Rob Schneider <BR> John Travolta <BR><BR> Worst Actress: <BR> Mariah Carey <BR> Paris Hilton <BR> Lindsay Lohan <BR> Jennifer Lopez <BR> Madonna <BR><BR> To see the rest of the Razzie noms, go here: http://www.razzies.com/history/30thNoms.asp <BR>The categories are on the left menu bar.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    As I predicted

    by Bruce of all Trades

    half of those movies don't even belong on that list.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Sandra Bullock? Really????

    by frakthetoasters

    Besides being in the generic-seen-it-all-before sports movie The Blind Side she was in two awful, cheesy, stupid Romantic Comedies, one with Ryan Reynolds the other with Bradley Cooper. She's not going to win.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    AVATAR is the ONE RING

    by frakthetoasters

    All other 9 films are pretty much frakked. Why? Money talks.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    *the best picture list

    by Bruce of all Trades

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Precious

    by blackwood

    Why the hate? I thought it was powerful and affecting. I doubt it will win anything except Best Supporting Actress for Mo'nique, but I think it deserves the recognition.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    James Cameron Should Be Punched in the Groin If...

    by frakthetoasters

    ...after Accepting the Oscar for the Wealthiest Director he shouts: "I'm the King of the WOrld....again!"

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Fuck Sony for shitting on Moon

    by SpawnofAchilles

    Fuckin' suits.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    BeyondStatic

    by Rhuragh

    JettL is a performance artist, a.k.a. "troll". Please don't engage him.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Avatar

    by mexicant

    does not deserve to win an oscar for best film (neither does cameron deserve an oscar for best director). It serves its purpose as an entertaining (albeit too long) pop corn flick but that's about it (and in my opinion that's no small compliment these days), and it certainly deserves to win big at the technical oscars. The reward for avatar is the crazy amount of money that is being made every day.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Oops.

    by Rhuragh

    I missed Beyonce in this year's Worst Actress Razzie noms. That's why there are only four actresses listed there.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    "Go Argentina!" indeed

    by Argentino

    "El Secreto de sus Ojos" is a solid film, check it out. It shows a terrible part of argentinian history and it's characters are perfect depictions of argentinians. Also, it displays some interesting american influenses, so it's a totally friendly film for the average moviegoer.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    What if Cameron wins

    by SpawnofAchilles

    And says "I see you, and I thank you...I'm the king of the world...again!"

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    WTWTA

    by filmsavior

    Unreal that The Blind Side gets nominated and Where the Wild Things Are gets completely snubbed. No matter what you think about WTWTA, you have to agree it was 1000x better on all levels than The Blind Side. WTF.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    having said this

    by mexicant

    maybe it's time the academy creates a new category for films done mainly with green screen technology but cannot qualify as animation

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Avatar is the best movie in the last 20 years

    by Spacezilla

    Nothing NOTHING as made such an impact on not only myself, but millions the world over. Not a day goes by I am not replaying scenes from Avatar in my mind.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Star Trek In Name Only?

    by GreenRiver

    Better STINO than "Old School Trek", ie Star Trek that has a pathetic box office, gets laughed at by critics, and remains a cultural relic enjoyed only by insular fanboys.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    ENOUGH WITH SANDRA BULLOCK

    by Giant_Dick_Bag_Filled_With_Taco_Meat

    I'm really supposed to take her seriously now? The Blind Side was a by-the-numbers movie and a win will only encourage her shitty acting.<br><br>Just stop it with her already.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    An Education?

    by Giant Ape Balls

    Stirling performances throughout but Best Film? My arse.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    mexicant....

    by ZoeFan

    Excluding Avatar, what movies this year fit into that category?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Only Thing More Pathetic Than Bullocks Nom...

    by Crow3711

    Is the fact that she might actually fucking win. Disgusting. And The Blind Side getting a best picture nom is just pandering to the masses like nothing I've ever seen. That movie was a piece of shit, made for tv, hallmark movie of the week. Made me want to barf everywhere. Even my girlfriend, who loves happy movies, thought it was manipulative fucking crap, and that shocked me. The whole ten best pictures thing is retarded anyway. There are always two frontrunner, and three movies being honored that dont really have a chance. Now, there are two frotn runners, and EIGHT PITY NOMS of films that stand zero chance of winning, just to get "popular" movies in the category so people will actually watch the show. That's called fucking selling out. in fact, its the definition. The Blind Side is forever a BEST PICTURE NOMINEE. That is fucking offensive to real cinema lovers. These nominations are history. They make the films matter forever. And now the blindside will, somehow, matter forever. someone fucking kill me.

  • I mean Avatar will win unfortunately...D9 is a superior film, but have to appease the masses. I mean there's people out there that liked Extraordinary Measures, which really should have swept the Razzie Nominations.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    UP IN THE AIR was fantastic. Stop the hate.

    by MMacKK

    And yeah, we get your a fanboy. But Would a little objectivity hurt?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Duh

    by Life Proof

    Avatar's going to clean house. It's the new Titanic.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    StonedWriter88

    by The Ringwraith

    You probably don't know how controversial you're being there, but I have to say I agree! When it comes to the oscars, we have the ask ourselves what is really meant by "best". Best does not mean the smartest. Best does not mean the most socially relevant. Best not mean the most cynical or the most bleak...nor does it mean the most uplifting. It can mean any or all of these things at different times in different years. Avatar is not as, well, lets say "deep" as some of these other films (at least it might not appear to be on the surface), but the fact is depth is not a necessity for a good movie, and indeed not for an Oscar contender. Every now and then a ground-breaking crowd-pleaser comes along and unites audiences and critics. Ben Hur, Spartacus, Braveheart, Titanic, Gladiator, LOTR:ROTK...Avatar stands alongside these often-simplistic, crowd-pleasing epics as a worthy awards contender. To condemn it for being less arty, less verbose and lofty than its contenders is to assume the Oscars is about awarding certain types of films, and I for one think some branching out is a good thing. So if Avatar wins best picture, I think thats just fine and dandy. It deserves it as much as any other film on that list, just for different reasons.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Zoefan

    by mexicant

    maybe this year not so many (this is an euphemism for "I don't know") but in the future I guess it will be always more film.

  • Those were the two big snubs,for me.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Did anyone criticizing Precious actually watch it?

    by HalJordanSuperstar

    I find it hard to believe that people who actually saw the film are upset that it was nominated. I think it deserves to be there more than several other films nominated.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    zoefan

    by mexicant

    In any case what I meant is that in a certain way films that rely so heavily on special effects (beowulf, star wars prequels, avatar, etc.) will become a growing part of the film industry, and altough (I recognize that this is highly subjective) I do not tend to considere them normal films, I think they might be worthy of praise on their own.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Hey Capone, ever re-think this statement?

    by I am_NOTREAL

    11/20/09 - "But most of the acting talk surrounding this film has been about Bullock's surprisingly underplayed portrayal of Leigh Anne Touhy--by all accounts a proper Southern lady with a ferocious mama-bear streak when it comes to her family. She's strong in will, meticulous in appearance, and will walk through fire (or in the case of Michael, the projects) for her kids. Bullock doesn't play up the accent or the attitude, and it's a quality performance however you measure it. But all of this talk of awards is nonsense; don't believe it. If you're a Bullock fan who has grown weary of her terrible romantic comedies and likes it when she plays it straight, you'll be in heaven with this THE BLIND SIDE. But this is not a game-charging performance. We're not getting a side to Bullock we've never seen; we're getting one we don't see often. It's a step in the right direction, but she's not winning or getting nominated for squat for this role." Maybe when she's holding the Golden Boy? Not saying she deserves it, mind you...just saying.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    JackSlater4- Cameron explained the smoking

    by castaway

    Cameron said that Sigourney's character smoking just went to show that she cares more for her Avatar body than she does her own. I don't mean to defend Avatar to the hilt since I only thought it was okay. Up In the Air is soulless Harry? Really? I got more out of it emotionally than I did The Blind Side, which was not as awful as I thought it would have been but still just a reasonably well done Hallmark movie. Sandra Bullock winning for that will be like when Julia Roberts robbed Ellen Burstyn back in 2001, all I got from Erin Brockovich was that she pushed up her cleavage and cursed a little bit. I was kinda hoping Linkin Park would get nominated for Best Song just because their T-formers 2 song reminded me of The Final Countdown, but I am happy as hell that Miley fucking Cyrus did NOT get nominated for Best Song like it was thought she could have. Also Watchmen should have been nominated for 1 or 2 technical awards or best adapted screenplay. I also like the movie Up but think it's strangely greedy that it should be nominated for Best Picture, but I guess Avatar blurring the animation line and how genuinely good Up is helped push it into Best Picture (with Up, for me, Disney made up for the piece of shit that was Beverly Hills Chihuahua, had to watch it for a family get together and I could not fucking finish it. Worse racial stereotyping than Skids and Mudflap were in T-formers 2.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    IN THE LOOP! IN THE LOOP1IN THE LOOP

    by nobletoast13

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    My guesses...

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I unfortunately feel a groundswell for Bullock in the actress award. Unless Meryl's campaign kicks into high gear, Sandy takes it and looks embarrassed. Maybe even some new wrong-name rumors a la Marisa Tomei. Best Supportings are pretty much slam dunks, Mo'nique and Waltz - whisper of a chance for the Harrelson upset, but that's it. Actor is Bridges as a career award, and why not? Clooney shouldn't be getting another one while Bridges sits there 0 for 5. Director goes to Bigelow and the big prize to Avatar so there are basically co-best pics and the Academy can reach a happy medium between critical success and populism.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    IN THE LOOP! IN THE LOOP!

    by nobletoast13

    In The Loop was easily the best movie of the last year and defiantly deserves to win screenplay. As for (500) Days of Summer? It was as all a thoroughly enjoyable movie but I’m glad it hasn’t been nominated for shit like the Smiths lift scene. And no love for ANVIL! in the documentary section?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    not that i hate desplat but

    by thefoggiest

    didn't jonny greenwood get snubbed because his score had one song not written exclusively for it?. Mr. Fox had external music throughout. that said, desplat did do a great job.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    mexicant...

    by ZoeFan

    I don't want to start an argument with you. However, my point of proving you wrong was to show that shit movies shouldn't just be nominated to be nominated, especially with made up new categories. Thanks for playing.

  • The Blind Side won't win, but it still gets a nomination, so, here are some other films that got nominated and didn't win, and that are, presumably, just as good as The Blind Side! <BR><BR> There Will Be Blood, Letters from Iwo Jima, Babel, Good Night and Good Luck, Brokeback Mountain, Master and Commander, Lost in Translation, The Pianist, The Two Towers, Fellowship of the Ring, Traffic, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Thin Red Line, L.A. Confidential (what the fuck happened to Curtis Hanson? he hasn't done anything worth watching since Wonder Boys), and Fargo. And that's just from the last 15 years. How about further back? How about Raiders of the Lost Ark, Apocalypse Now, Barry Lyndon, Chinatown, A Clockwork Orange, Doctor Zhivago, and Doctor Strangelove. <BR><BR>The nomination for The Blind Side must be a fucking joke. They'll reveal the _actual_ film that got nominated in that spot later today.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    The Blind Side is this year's...

    by ZoeFan

    Crash

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Come to think of it...

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I am kind of surprised that (500) Days didn't get a best picture nod. I thought it was good but not great, but Up in The Air wasn't any better.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Precious deserves no HATE and is rightly nominated.

    by The Founder

    Most here bitching about it didn't even see it but as usual on this site it's cool to make jokes and bash films with a majority black cast. It was a good film which is hard realty in America. Can't say the girl playing the lead character deserves to win Best Actress but I will say that Monique deserves the best supporting win. Wouldn't be upset if it won for Best picture but it's not my pick in that catagory.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Coraline vs. Up

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    Why is Up nominated for two, and Coraline is nominated for one? I liked Up. I watched it once, and have had no interest in watching it since. It's Wall-E good, but not Incredibles great! Coraline gets played once a week, and the soundtrack gets heavy rotation when I'm surfing the Netz. It better get the Best Animated gold guy.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    ZoeFan

    by Rhuragh

    I hope you're not right, because if you are, The Blind Side is winning the statue. :( <BR><BR>Also, my previous subject line should end with, "according to the Academy."

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    RedCliff does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    RED CLIFF = Best Foreign Language Film of the last ten years.<p> Why the fuck isn't this nominated?<p> I know it's release schedule has been slightly unusual, but it didn't get the nom last year so I expected it to get it this year (the Western release came out in 2009).<p> As much as I loved AVATAR and DISTRICT 9, I will go on the record to say that I enjoyed RED CLIFF more. It's right up there with LORD OF THE RINGS for scale, beauty and sheer epic film-making.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Zoefan

    by mexicant

    I agree with you and as I have explained in a previous post I don't even consider Avatar (nor any of the movies I mentioned) to be a particularly good movie. However you must recognize that a time might come when movies which do not feature any real actors and are not filmed but created trough computer technology will be considered good.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    The Founder, is Mariah Carey black? I've never quite known?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    District 9!

    by Judge Briggs

    Should win best pic. And Vera Farmiga should win BEST ASS in many, many years award ... in "Up in the Air." Wonderful, wonderful butt.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Thank goodness Star Trek didn't get the nod

    by D.Vader

    Great movie, loads of fun, but maaaaan, way too many plotholes to be considered Beat Picture material.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai

    by blackwood

    Mariah Carey comes from Black and White people.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Rhuragh...

    by ZoeFan

    Except for the win The Blind Side is this year's Crash. It's getting HUGE late momentum.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Nobody saw Moon

    by I am_NOTREAL

    which is why it's not on there. Seriously, it had a lower profile nationally than Hurt Locker and nowhere near the same reviews. As for Away We Go, I know we're supposed to love Dave Eggers and think everything he does is genius, but the script wasn't all that great--too broad with a parade of caricatures and very little insight. Nothing special in the long run.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Please

    by SebastianHaff

    do not allow Up in the Air, Hurt Locker, or Blind Side take Best Picture. Up in the Air is typical hipster "deep"filmmaking, trying so hard to be meaningful it forgets to just be a good fucking movie. It was cute at first but got old by the time I was home from the theater. Hurt Locker - fuck, the guy running off base to do detective work himself? Come on. It was impressive, not Best Picture worthy. And Blind Side? Seriously? We should beyond that mung as an entire species. Any of the other picks would be fine with me. They're all great flicks in my opinion. Which makes it true.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    A Prophet

    by nobletoast13

    I havnt seen any of the other nominees in the foreign cartegory but I loved the fuck out of A Prophet when I saw it last week.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    mexicant

    by ZoeFan

    Up is completely computer generated. That's a good movie. But it already has it's own category... Animation.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Up not even best animated film

    by Bass Ackwards

    As muchas I love Pixar, they're going to win the animated award simply out of habit and laziness on the voters part. People will vote for Pixar, instead of the film, which was good but not great. The Fantastic Mr Fox is much more deserving of the award this year. But I'm also suprised to see Up In the Air has turned such a lukewarm response by so many. I loved that film, still do. Glad to see District 9 got the special effects nod over Transformers. And agree with Harry, makes me a little sad not to see Penelope Cruz's performance from Broken Embraces up there. I also think Firth shouldewalk away with the best actor award, but that's one of the few categories where I think all five nominees are pretty great and deserving.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    "Academy Award Nominee Sandra Bullock"

    by Royston Lodge

    That's going to look really weird on future movie posters.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    mexicant, to put what you're saying in perspective AVATAR - comfortably the highest grossing movie of all time - has taken $2.04 billion dollars.<p> The CALL OF DUTY video game franchise has exceeded $3 billion, and has done so on a fraction of AVATAR's 237 mill budget.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    AVATAR is totally a potential best picture

    by Adelai Niska

    It's the best looking work in a visual medium. And the simple, predicatble story is told VERY WELL, not only earning those predicatble moments but making them awesome. Much better than the typical oscar-bait movies, which are just as predictable but a thousand times less fun to experience.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Also, missed opportunity to fuck with everyone

    by Bass Ackwards

    When presenting the award for best picture it MUST go like this: "And the winner is...Up!...in the air...that's right votes are still being counted and the winner is still up in the air, we'll know in a few moments here..."

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Zoefan

    by mexicant

    Exactly. But if you have a movie about a white rich girl who falls in love with a poor gay man from Nigeria and at the end they both die with aids, would you consider this to belong in said animation category (especially taking into account taht said movie woul look completely real and lifelike)?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Not a _single_ nomination for MOON?!?!

    by robogeek.com

    By far the most egregious Oscar oversight this year. (Runner-up: no love for Ponyo.)

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Butts on seats should not = Best Film

    by sansara07

    Then Trannies 2, New Moon and Star Trek should have got nods as well. We're assuming that the Academy members understand film better than the masses that will eat up any chance of movie escapism they can get from their boring lives.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Cobra Kai

    by mexicant

    I'm not seing your point

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I don't wanna see Cameron doing his "I'm the king of the world"

    by ratpack223

    It's okay to nominate AVATAR...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Cobra-Kai

    by Bass Ackwards

    Best Foreign Film is a weird category, each country only gets to submit one film for consideration, and it's up to that country to decide which film. Neither China nor Hong Kong choose Red Cliff as their film (not sure which country was responsible for it's production).

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Avatar

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    sucked. Just saying. All you people who hated the Star Wars prequels that actually think that Avatar is any better are on crack.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    My points:<p> THE SECRET OF KELLS has got such a mind-blowing secret that it will break your brain.<p> Mariah Carey is neither black or white. But fuck. What an awesome rack.<p> RED CLIFF is the best foreign language movie in years, and yet has not even been nominated.<p> The combined box office of *all* ten nominated movies (including AVATAR the highest box office taker of all time) would still trail behind CALL OF DUTYs. Wake up Hollywood. You're not the biggest kid in the playground anymore.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Hans Zimmer should win

    by Gungan Slayer

    Sherlock Holmes was one of my favorite film score of recent years. It was such a lively and refreshing score that complemented the film very well.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Vampire pussyfication loses out :) epic LOL

    by theDannerDaliel

    Best Actress In A Supporting Role:Maggie Gyllenhaal Best Actor In A Supporting Role:Cristoph Waltz Best Actress In A Leading Role:Meryl Streep Best Actor In A Leading Role:Jeremy Renner Best Director:Kathryn Bigelow Best Original Screenplay:The Hurt Locker Best Adapted Screenplay:District 9 Best Foreign Language Film:El Secreto De Sus Ojos Best Animated Film:UP Best Picture:The Hurt Locker Best Cinematography:Avatar The rest: I could care less really.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I doubt Cameron will do King of the World

    by I am_NOTREAL

    because Bigelow will most likely win director after getting the DGA...maybe Cameron gets up there for the big trophy, but I don't think he replays his Titanic remark because even though everyone misunderstood it the first time he's had to try to live it down for 12 years.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    JackSlater4

    by ricarleite2

    Don't recall a documentary being nominated for best film, maybe an old Jacques Custeau film was. But foreign films do get best picture nominations every now and then.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    The Secret of Kells

    by blackwood

    Looks beautiful. I vaguely remember hearing about it ages ago - glad it's back on my radar. Love the design.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    That's a Crime!

    by BlackBriar

    Leaving Sharlto out of the best actor. A crime I say!!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    James Horner for best score for Avatar?

    by skimn

    They should just give him two statues with the names Star Trek II and Aliens etched on them.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Bass Ackwards "Neither China nor Hong Kong choose Red Cliff as their film"<p> I simply don't believe this. RED CLIFF had a staggering 15 nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards. It's also the highest grossing film of all time in China, beating both Titanic and Avatar.<p> No way in hell this doesn't get chosen as their Foreign Language 'entry'.<p> One billion Chinese can't be wrong.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    JackSlater4

    by Rhuragh

    Yes, foreign films are sometimes nominated for Best Picture. For the sake of argument, I'll assume you mean foreign _language_ films (otherwise we have to start figuring out whether films like The Queen count). Letters from Iwo Jima (mostly in Japanese, as I recall) was nominated in 2006. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was nominated in 2000. Life Is Beautiful was nominated in 1998. I don't believe any documentaries have been nominated for Best Picture, but that's probably going to happen in the next few years given ten nomination slots. If they had expanded the category earlier in the decade, I imagine there are half a dozen or so documentaries that would have been nominated. The Fog of War immediately springs to mind (one of my top 20 films of the decade).

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    District 9 is overrated

    by Suskis

    I loved District 9, but it was not that original. I liked it in many ways, but it was quite predictable. Very good CGI for the budget but I can't say it was fully satisfying.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I know it's heresy

    by I am_NOTREAL

    but I just didn't think District 9 was really that great. I'll never watch it again. It was good, creative filmmaking for sure, better than Hollywood average at a fraction of the usual bloated cost, but the last act went on way, way, way too long. I honestly got bored with it. How many shots of alien weaponry liquefying people does one need, anyway? 5? 10? How many false escapes need to take place in a 20 minute stretch? And if I guy sprayed in the face by some alien goop and my fingernails started falling out, I'm going to the doctor. I know Wikkus was supposed to be a moron, but really.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Ringwraith

    by FluffyUnbound

    Ben Hur and Spartacus are not simplistic popcorn epics. I'll give you Titanic. Braveheart and Gladiator I'm on the fence about. But Ben Hur basically applies the "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" trick to every theme in the New Testament, and Spartacus is one of the most serious politically-themed films ever made, once you look past the togas. Calling Spartacus is a feel-good shallow popcorn epic is like calling Full Metal Jacket an action movie.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    In the history of cinema...

    by Lucasblows

    Nothing has been more overrated than Avatar. Nothing.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Un Motherfucking Prophete

    by Garbageman33

    Best film of the year. Foreign or otherwise. Glad it got nominated and depressed that it's going to lose to The White Ribbon. That fucking trailer makes me want to punch a baby. Preferably a b&w baby.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Cobra-Kai

    by Bass Ackwards

    Itsnot like I made that up, the list Foreign Language submissions are available all over the net, feel free to look it up yourself.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Bigalow, Bigalow, Bigalow, Bigalow, Bigalow, Bigalow etc

    by Dr.DirtyD

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Inglorious Basterds...

    by Supernatural_Canary

    I may be in the minority, but Inglorious Basterds has diminished in my eyes the further I get from it. Some things about it I really liked: Christoph Waltz’s performance is absolutely superb, and several scenes play beautifully, unfolding in complex layers of interaction and reaction until the shocking conclusion. <p> But at the end of the film I was left with the impression that I had just watched a bunch of wonderful scenes that somehow didn’t gel into a particularly great overall movie experience. <p> I guess I also didn’t particularly love the theatre sequence at the end. <b>SPOILER!</b> Aside from the fact that I found it to be a moment of unmitigated silliness, I was strangely unmoved watching Hitler’s face explode in a hail of machine-gun fire. </b>END SPOILER.</b> Maybe I have a problem deriving pleasure from this sort of “what if” scenario of alternate history as pop-culture entertainment. <p>Inglorious Basterds is, without a doubt, QT’s best film since Jackie Brown. And I certainly don’t mind that it’s nominated for Best Picture. But I would be just as disappointed if either this won as I would if Avatar won. Neither seem like Best-Picture material to me.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Zimmer's HOLMES score was better than Horner's AVATAR

    by SpyGuy

    I've been listening to Zimmer's SHERLOCK HOLMES score every few days since I picked up the CD. Horner's AVATAR score was instantly forgettable even while watching the actual movie.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one...

    by darthvedder81

    ...that thinks "Avatar" wasn't just boring or bad but actually terrible. I thought Avatar was a terrible, terrible movie. I can't think of one thing I liked about it. It's James Cameron's worst (and I include Titanic and Piranha II in that statement).

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    Red Cliff was not nominated...

    by Rhuragh

    China and Hong Kong apparently felt other films were more important. <BR><BR>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_submissions_to_the_82nd_Academy_Awards_for_Best_Foreign_Language_Film#Submissions <BR><BR>You'll need to fix the URL, of course.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    With d9

    by emeraldboy

    I was awed by those shots with the space ship hovering over Jo'berg. wikkus annoyed me as a character. the film got to buzzy at the end. it was too rushed and too scattered.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Lucasblows

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Fail.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    With d9

    by emeraldboy

    I was awed by those shots with the space ship hovering over Jo'berg. wikkus annoyed me as a character. the film got to buzzy at the end. it was too rushed and too scattered.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    darthvedder81 you are not alone.

    by Lucasblows

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    How The F Was THE DARK KNIGHT Not Nominated In 2008?!?!?

    by LaserPants

    TDK have been nominated and won Best Picture EASILY. Given the list above, it's ABSURD that it wasn't and didn't.<br><br>Btw, D9 is THE MOST overrated movie of the decade.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I know nobody gives two craps about sound...

    by natecore

    but Drag Me To Hell was screwed today.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    loaf and death

    by jon pertwee

    came out in 2008. it was shown at xmas on tv by the bbc or channel 4. how is it in this list and not 'lost and found'?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    D9 = Most Overrated Film of the Decade

    by LaserPants

    A good opening ten minutes (with strong social commentary) followed by a nonsensical 80 minute long action movie. MOON kicks the crap out of it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Why Wasn't MOON Nominated, Btw?

    by LaserPants

    It kicked the living shit out of D9, which, lets face it, was okay at best.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    James Cameron is a genius...

    by Lucasblows

    ...he somehow tricked people into paying millions of dollars to watch Pocahontas performed by blue space cats in 3-D. I suppose he deserves an award for that alone!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Bass Ackwards and Rhuragh, cheers for that link. Im not railing against anyone here, im just railing against the world!<p> It seems bizarre that RED CLIFF wasn't the submission. It's a very Western-friendly movie and with John Woo being a 'known face' in Hollywood they'd have had a far, far stronger contender with that movie than with the one they chose (which ultimately didn't even make the nom shortlist).

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Thank you, skimn

    by Mr Incredible

    Horner is a fucking hack and deserves nothing. Why Cameron keeps giving this guy work is a mystery..no, I know why. Cameron steals ideas from other people: http://tinyurl.com/y85mm8g http://tinyurl.com/yfhqq9j http://tinyurl.com/yhwnmzw Birds of a feather.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Avatar must lose...

    by k88dad

    ...if for no other reason than to keep Cameron from taking over the world.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    ponyo wasn't nominated

    by jon pertwee

    because it came out in 2008. just like the wallace and gromit short. something smelly here. and how on earth are moon and where the wild things are left out?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    An Education

    by Kief_Ledger

    I know it's not the type of movie people on this site like, but I thought it was an enjoyable film that was deserving of its best picture nomination. Also, Molina was brilliant in it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    No Raspberry love for After Last Season?!?

    by DarthFloyd

    Upset! There is no justice!!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    every fox film that comes...

    by emeraldboy

    out usually gets kicked into the ground by this site. but not avatar. fox is the most hated studio on this site. for reasons which allude me. and yet nobody has picked up the fact that cameron has just handed the studio billions of dollars. Technically Its a great movie. but on a purely technical level. camerons die hard fans lable anyone who criticises this film as a hater. and yet come the next comic book. this will spray shit all over fox and its board of management, with harry only happy to jump in the ring box fox black and blue, for "childhood memory defilement" and yet there is complete silence about cameron shoving money into the fox till for the seven weeks. I think we all have our favourite films of the year. I know what mine was and I am not saying.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    MOON looked, felt like an episode of ST: VOYAGER

    by zillabeast

    I'll give Sam Rockwell props for being mildly entertaining here, but lets face it, Moon was about as JV as it gets.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Agreed, Lucasblows

    by LaserPants

    For all his faults, and they are legion, Cameron really knows how to appeal to the zeitgeist. Personally, I loved Avatar, even if it was heavy-handed and obvious.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    <p>

    by PeanutButterSlut

    Precious: Chronicles of Precious: Electric Bagaloo: Sands of Time: Based off of a novel, which are these book things, written by a ladt named Sapphire: Reloaded..... <p> Damn, shoulda called it 'precious'

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    No awards for where the wild things are..

    by emeraldboy

    means that once the henson creature shop gets ignored. bastards. well at least they ignored that creepy Micheal jackson doc thing. good for them. I truly miss jim henson.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Precious title

    by PeanutButterSlut

    Should have been nominated for best screenplay

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    TWO Sci-fi movies, a Pixar movie, and QT all up for Best Picture

    by zillabeast

    And motherfucking LOST is back tonight!!!! EVERYONE here should be getting sloshed with joy right about now!!!!!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Who really cares.

    by krabat

    The Oscars are the Grammys of movie awards now anyways.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Surprisingly down to earth Best Picture list

    by MattmanReturns

    Several of those are movies that everyday people liked, instead of arthouse stuff that no one saw. I never expected to see District 9 on the list.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Go Secret of Kells! Fuck that derivative

    by Dingbatty

    Pixar trash. Or FMF, if SOK doesn't win.<p>Been looking forward to seeing it, and have been one of the few to mention it here in talkbacks in the past.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    I think Shakespeare in Love gets a bad shake

    by Bass Ackwards

    due to having been a best picture winner. Everyone qualifies it as being overrated now, but I've rewatched that film a few times since first seeing it and have actually grown to enjoy and appreciate it more with each viewing. Its a complete film, great characters, fun, tightly scripted, romantic, and heart breaking. Its genuinely a pretty great film and think I think its a shame that gets muddled in the politics of whether it should or shouldn't have won an Oscar. And of the film's that were nominated that year, I'd still argue in favor of Shakespeare, it was up against Saving Private Ryan, which had two great battle scenes and a lot of meandering, Life is Beautiful, which was a nice, but flawed film, Thin Red Line, which was a little too detached for my tastes, and Elizabeth, which, embarrassingly I haven't seen. Of course all that aside, the actual best film of 1998 was Rushmore, but of the films that got nominated I think Shakespeare is just as fair a pick as any of those films.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    btw

    by PeanutButterSlut

    Precious was shit. A bunch of behemoth fat black women being fat and black. I'll just watch Tyler Perry garbage if I wanna see that. <p> I have nothing against African Americans, but I find it offensive when something is so clearly not aimed at me (I do not enjoy most "100% black cast lets kill whitey movies") yet it's shoved in my face sand people are like "omfg, best pic of the year guyz!". <p> Other mentions <p> Hurt locker: GARBAGE. But lets whack off on it because a woman directed it???? <p> Up: CRAP. Fuck Pixar. <p> D9: A depressing, overrated POS alien movie.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Hurt Locker is no Best Picture

    by krabklaw

    If you're going to go by the criteria that since Avatar doesn't have a good story then it doesn't even deserve to be nominated, then The Hurt Locker shouldn't be nominated either. That movie has almost no story and the characters are strictly cardboard.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    avatar-the new world

    by StonedWriter88

    the new world is one of my top ten favorite movies, and i love how it shares a similar plot with avatar, now like my favorite movie. it is a classic plot because its good and real.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Wow, Harry REALLY missed the point of "Up in the Air."

    by Lenny Nero

    I think he's mad that he didn't get what he was expecting. Soulless my ass. Cruel maybe, but not soulless.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    THIS IS AN OUTRAGE

    by BringingSexyBack

    and it's fucking balls, to boot.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    best actor-jony depp public enemies

    by StonedWriter88

    best movie with no shot at oscars-drag me to hell

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    I Loved THE NEW WORLD Too

    by LaserPants

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Why Dist 9 instead of Trans 2 for Vis?

    by jeffh4

    I mean, I think what was done on a $30 million budget was amazing on District 9, plus a 1000x better film. But T2 was just superior in visual effects. Let's put it this way. If you had to watch T2 again (probably at gunpoint), the only parts you would FF to are the robot fight scenes. For Dist 9, the visual effects are just as good as the acting parts. Would you rather watch an HD compilation of robots smashing each other or a battle suit stomping around on jeeps?, just for pure visual effects popcorn enjoyment?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Most pathetic list of nominees ever

    by superunknown85

    Avatar- 150 minute video game Inglourious Basterds- braindead "homage" film District 9- 110 minute video game Everything else was routine and unremarkable. Ray Bradbury was right: movies are just getting worse and worse.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    The Geeks are finally fighting over Geeky movies with Oscar Noms

    by zillabeast

    The end is here!!!!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    StonedWriter88

    by Rhuragh

    I believe you meant to say "The Road," instead of Drag Me To Hell.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    A matter of loaf and death

    by TheFunkyEnigma

    Was first shown over hear in the u.k christmas 2008.....so surely it is a year out for an oscar nom?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    mexicant...

    by ZoeFan

    If it were animated, yes I would. Just because a film is animated, that doesn't mean it has to be at a kid's sensibilities. Beowulf in my mind is animation, Avatar is not. The difference being there's real human interaction with motion capture characters on screen in one. The other is all motion capture and there for is animation.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    UltraTron

    by LaserPants

    Your bizarre and revealing gay fantasy involving myself notwithstanding, yes, MOON was WAY better than D9. Not the least for which it was an excellent character study about loneliness and isolation. I guess that *could* be gay, if the dude was gay and dealing with his gayness in loneliness and isolation. I didn't read that in the film. Perhaps you did? Probably something to do with your own raging closet homosexuality. It's okay, man, "don't ask don't tell" was lifted. You can let your rainbow flag fly.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    This is probably the shittiest Oscar year in some time now

    by Bruce of all Trades

    A bunch of cornball, cliche'd, self-idolizing masturbatory shit like Avatar and The Blind Side. And really, Up was a good movie, but why nominated for best picture when a category for animated features already exists? Now it's practically got two "best movie" nominations. Glad to see some smaller flicks, with no superstar power or enormous budgets behind them getting recognized, though. Like District 9 and Hurt Locker (although District 9 doesn't really deserve a best picture nom. I'd have rather nominated Star Trek - yeah, I'm serious - or Moon; especially Moon).

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Star Trek is getting too many nominations

    by AsimovLives

    And ST and Transformers 2 nominations for best sound and/or sound design is a laugh!! If anything, those movies are lessons in how not to use sound in movies.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    THE BLIND SIDE: THIS YEAR'S LITTLE MISS CRASH

    by BringingSexyBack

    In the words of Tommy Williams: <P> Fuck this place! FUCK IT!!!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Christopher Plummer

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    That's Christopher Plummer's first nomination, isn't it? About time, he;s one of my favorite actors. I've never heard of that movie though. And Helen Mirren is nominated for it as well. I'll need to check it out.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    I LIKE MOON AND DISTRICT 9 EQUALLY

    by BringingSexyBack

    Please don't call me a bi.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Hrm.

    by Boone

    <p>Where The Wild Things Are should have at least gotten a nomination for Lance Acord's cinematography. And even if Up won Best Picture (it won't), Fantastic Mr. Fox still deserves to win Best Animated (it won't).</p> <p>Would have loved to see Best Screenplay nominations for Away We Go and (500) Days of Summer. And Maya Rudolph for best supporting actress, but Mo'nique (what exactly is the apostrophe there for?) will probably win either way because she didn't wear any makeup.</p> <p>Why do Zimmer and Horner still get nominated, anyway? When is the last time they actually wrote a new piece of music? Their forgettable, white noise scores rarely detract from the movies they're in, but there are much more interesting composers who deserve to be recognized.</p>

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    I am baffled by the love for Moon's practical effects.

    by El Mamerro

    Don't get me wrong, I loved the movie. But the second that moon rover showed up rattling and shaking like the 2-foot cardboard model it was, it made me appreciate the hell out of how far CG has come.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    THE BLIND SIDE is really

    by ColonelFatheart

    DRIVING MISS DAISY 2010.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    The real race is the Visual Effects Category

    by ZoeFan

    First off, Star Trek has no chance. Given that, what is the true meaning of Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Is it effects that create a whole new world and point to where film is going with Avatar. Or is it the film with the $30 million budget that looks like a $120 million budget with District 9. To me, maybe the most contested category if politics aren't involved. And on a side note, natecore stated Drag Me to Hell was screwed not getting a Best Sound nod. Sound definitely makes Drag Me to Hell top notch, but what movie in those categories would that not be the case? Possibly Up.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Headgeek - Nick Park has lost

    by filmcoyote

    but he lost to himself. He was nominated for A Grand Day Out (teh first Wallace & Gromit) which lost to Creature Comforts. So technically Nick Park has lost from a nomination, but never to someone else!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    MOON WAS OLD SCHOOL SCI-FI GOODNESS

    by BringingSexyBack

    And it's a plausible take on the morality of cloning. I'm not saying it's Oscar caliber but it's a pretty good film. Can we not appreciate a good acting performance anymore? Are we putting effects ahead of acting now? Say it ain't so.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    In the Loop!!!!

    by TheWaqman

    Fuck Up in the Air.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    IN THE AIR, UP IN THE LOOP

    by BringingSexyBack

    What is with these stupid titles?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    EVERYTIME THEY ANNOUNCE THE NOMINATIONS

    by BringingSexyBack

    I just wanna stab someone in the head.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    On the bright side, it's great so see DISTRICT 9...

    by AsimovLives

    ... with so many nominations. Best yet, nominations which aren't usual for a science fiction movie. The studio executive fuckers who drove Neil Bloomkamp out of HALO must now feel like complete assholes. Because they are.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I KIND OF FOUND MOON'S PRACTICAL EFFECTS REFRESHING

    by BringingSexyBack

    Not everything has to be HD CGI neat. Look at my desk. It's a mess. That's how the world is.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Sandra Bullock could win both Oscar and Razzie

    by Coughlins Laws

    in the same year. Has that ever happened before? I know Halle Berry won an Oscar and a Razzie just one or two years apart, but I can't recall anyone winning both the same year...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Blind Side

    by KevinMuller

    Why? Paint by numbers film with a PERFORMANCE by Bullock. Seriously, she did her job in it, nothing more.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Blind Side

    by KevinMuller

    Why? Paint by numbers film with a PERFORMANCE by Bullock. Seriously, she did her job in it, nothing more.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    The special effects of MOON are indeed amazing

    by AsimovLives

    In fact, i was more suprised and amazed at the special effects of MOON then AVATAR.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    As far as why not Avatar, because it wasn't the best movie

    by Coughlins Laws

    last year. Not even close. It was fun and amazing to look at, but can anyone honestly say it was the best movie they saw last year? Maybe if you've never seen another movie before...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    SOMETIMES I JUST HATE FEELGOOD MOVIES

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Best visual effects oscar will undoubtedly go to AVATAR, which is kinda strange when you weigh up whether or not it ought to be in the 'animated' category (by that I mean large sections of the movie were entirely cg).<p> I mean can or should an animated movie win best fx?<p> I'd also have given the nom to TERMINATOR SALVATION over either TREK or D9. D9 had great effects 'for the budget' - but we dont rate movies on how much they cost.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    no nom for jeh

    by brabon300

    what a shame

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    YOU KNOW, WHEN ZOOEY DOES THE BAYONETTA MOVIE

    by BringingSexyBack

    All they have to do is put her in the leather outfit, load the guns and let her work it. No effects necessary.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    District 9 is a towering slab of mediocrity

    by Liberty Valance

    A ham-handed apartheid parable that degenerates into a generic, nonsensical action movie in its last half hour. Jesus get over that fucking movie already. And this just in: VFX aint hard to pull off when all you gotta do is create ONE alien model and slap a red shirt on the Prawn protagonist because it's the only way the audience can tell him apart from all the others. There are TV shows out there with better VFX than D9 for fuck's sake.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Zoe "Neytiri" Should Have a nomination for Best Actress.

    by Spacezilla

    Seriously. I thought her acting was awesome. Let's just stop the bullshit for a second. Her acting was really great. <P> I really am sorry for any of you that don't love Avatar. I would never want to be your friend or brother (or your son or Dad for that matter). <P>Should win Best Picture and Cameron should get Best Director. He definitely worked a shitload harder and was far more creative then anyone else on this list. <P>Avatar for the motherfucking win.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I'M SO OVER THESE PRETENTIOUS HOLLYWOOD WANKFESTS

    by BringingSexyBack

    I'll still watch it, but I'm over it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Christopher Waltz is a lock or I'll murder everyone

    by MacReady452

    Precious will win everything cause the Academy loves that shit.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    WWWAAAIIIITT!!!!! ZOE WASN'T NOMINATED?!?!

    by BringingSexyBack

    FUCKING BALLS

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    What the fuck?

    by Series7

    Harry dissing Up In the Air. Thank god maybe he hasn't gone made. That movie blew so much ass.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Much love for the Coraline score.

    by najork

    My fav of any I heard this year. Avatar's music and sound design were unforgivably bland.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Question to my fellow AICN talk backers

    by KevinMuller

    Fuck the whole 10 best list...what are the 5 that should only be nominated off that list. 1. Avatar 2. Up in The air 3. The Hurt Locker 4. Inglorious basterds 5. An Education

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    KevinMuller

    by Series7

    Yeah An Education feels like its got a HUGE TB following? Seriously fuck that movie, and Up In the Air.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    MOTHERFUCKING MOTHERFUCKER

    by BringingSexyBack

    In what fucking reality does Zoe not get a nomination for Avatar? Did Sony forget to submit her for consideration? Seriously at this point no actor should even try anymore. All you have to do is put in a mediocre perf and let your PR people do the accolades thing. FUCK THIS PLACE!!!!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    damn_dirty_ape...

    by ZoeFan

    Quite simply because it wasn't The Best Picture this Year. I'm not against a "commoner" type movie winning Best Picture if it deserves it. Avatar's dialog in Best Picture terms, is trash. Which is exactly why it didn't get a Best Screenplay nod. Though Avatar will win, my Best Picture is tied between Inglorious Basterds and Up with The Hurt Locker in a close second.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Avatar could get left out in the cold here...

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Hurt Locker could walk with Pic & Director, it's not up for any writing or acting, and the only thing it really looks like a lock for is visual effects (and possibly art direction). Let's not forget, the King of the World hasn't exactly endeared himself to his peers, either the last time on the Academy's podium or in general. I'm not sayin' he's blackballed or anything; I'm just sayin'... might not have much to crow about beyond the more technical side of things (which is probably where it deserves to be anyway).

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    how come 2012

    by Series7

    Didn't get shit? <P> And how did Star Trek get a Makeup nom???? Galaxy Quest is a billion times better then that movie.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    I Only Mentioned MOON Because It Was WAY Better Than D9

    by LaserPants

    D9 started with a decent social critique... for 10 minutes, and then quickly abandoned it in favor of a mediocre (and nonsensical) action movie. MOON, on the other hand, was a tense, clever, spooky, and cool sci-fi mystery / isolation study that kept me guessing and utterly enthralled. Maybe it doesn't deserve an Oscar nod, but if D9 got one? I mean, cmon. Oh, and I reckon Avatar is going to win even though it doesn't deserve it. I thought it was a really cool movie, and I loved it despite how heavy handed and obvious it was, but I wouldn't call it Best Picture.<br><br>Again, if TDK wasn't nominated and didn't win, then NONE of the flix on this list should. TDK being much better than all of them.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    "Intolerably soulless"

    by Powerring

    I kind of felt that way about Indecent proposal and unfaithful as well. You sit though the movie and walk out feeling like shit. In each case, the female character is a soulless whore that reminds us that some folks in this world simply have no regard for fidelity, and lie thier way though life. It also illustrates that women are every bit as ruthless and deceitful as men.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    CHILDREN OF MEN >>> D9

    by LaserPants

    It actually had the courage to follow through on the social commentary rather than abandon it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    ULTRATRON

    by BringingSexyBack

    I agree about Watchmen. Great movie, great cast and some damned fine acting.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    THOUGH IMAX DOES MAKE EVERYTHING SOUND GOOD

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    EVERYTIME THEY ANNOUNCE THESE NOMINATIONS

    by BringingSexyBack

    I end up with spittle everywhere.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Mr Incredible...

    by WONKABAR

    Very cool links. Thanks

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight is definately on the all time

    by ZoeFan

    Most Screwed List. TDK is a way better film than Avatar. One can argue that Cameron created something never seen before. But I argue that when it comes down to it, TDK is a better film. By the way, 2 films on my most Screwed List is Cinderella Man and Goodfellas. On a side note, the film that beat out Goodfellas for Best Picture.... Dances With Wolves (AKA Avatar).

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    I Loved AVATAR

    by LaserPants

    But we are all in agreement that it was heavy-handed and obvious, right? Just making sure. It definitely restored my faith in Cameron; a man who I completely lost faith in when he excreted T2 and ruined everything awesome that the first one set up. But, either way, after AVATAR? I'm a believer again. Can't wait for the sequel (in which I hope we get to see a darkside to the Na'vi; they can't ALL be noble and pure, there has to be some taint there too.)

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    cinematography. wait what?

    by movieManiac

    A single man, prolly one of the most visually arresting films of late didn't get a cinematography nod? Or an art direction nod?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I AM HAPPY FOR JEREMY RENNER THOUGH

    by BringingSexyBack

    But it would be nice if Viggo got some respect too.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Clint Mansell

    by Series7

    Is the new Danny Elfman minus the BO success. <P> Michael Giacchino is the new John Williams minus the staying power.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Totally Agree TDK > Avatar

    by LaserPants

    TDK truly is the most screwed film of all time. I have no idea why it was snubbed so badly. It should have swept the 2008 Oscars.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Series7, you're right about STAR TREK's make-up oscar...<p> I'm trying to think how it justified it and all I can come up with are half-a-dozen pairs of pointy ears and a tin of green paint.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Fuck JEREMY RENNER

    by Series7

    He was fine in THL, but its typical Renner. If you think he's performence was amazing, just means you haven't seen enough Renner. Mackie was much better, especially a second time through. Because you know Renner's story goes no where, where Mackie is the fucked up conflicted one.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    According to B.O. Mojo, if history repeats itself...Avatar

    by jsscript2007

    Lifted from B.O. MOJO... The Best Picture nominees in order of gross are Avatar, Up, The Blind Side, Inglourious Basterds, District 9, Up in the Air, Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, The Hurt Locker, A Serious Man and An Education. Five movies grossed over $100 million (three of which were blockbusters) and five movies grossed less. The nominees run the gamut from all time blockbuster Avatar's $595.8 million to specialty release An Education's $8.8 million. All told, the ten Best Picture nominees have grossed $1.5 billion thus far, averaging $151 million per nominee. The last time the average gross was near that range was 2003, when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was nominated, while the 2004-2008 average ranged from $37 million to $49 million. Based on recent history, one could presume that 2009's bottom five nominees were the ones the Academy really wanted to nominate, while the top five were the bones they threw to the public in a bid for higher ratings for the Oscar telecast. However, good box office has historically been key to winning Best Picture, which usually goes to the movie with the first or second highest gross among the nominees: that would favor Avatar over The Hurt Locker, despite both pictures tying for the most nominations at nine apiece.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I'd love to see Star Trek win something

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Plus I hope The Hurt Locker wins nothing, what a shit movie that really was!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    jsscript, don't most academy voters watch the nominated films at home on DVD? Cos that would favor THE HURT LOCKER over AVATAR (stripped of its imax 3d impressiveness).

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Re: Moon's "practical" effects

    by skimn

    Did no one see the extra features? There's a ton of GCI in Moon, but it's subtle, which may make its use of CGI even more impressive, kind of like Zodiac.<p>And this is the Academy shaking up the Oscars? Throw a couple of fan favorite films in the 10 picture best picture mix? The acting categories are still from films that only a handful of people have seen (like Capote, Last King Of Scotland, etc.) I'm not saying it has to be the Peoples Choice Awards, but c'mon.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    LaserPants

    by Series7

    Release Date Release Date Release Date. <P> I think Gladiator is the only SUMMER movie ever to win the Oscar.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    as a long-time Oscar watcher...

    by maxwell's hammer

    ...i certainly have up years and down...but with 10 nominees and Avatar and District 9 getting BEST PICTURE (??WTF??) nominations, all sense of legitimacy has gone out the window. The Oscars have officially become the Grammys.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Cobra Kai

    by jsscript2007

    I'm confident most voters are movie lovers and went and saw Avatar at a theater. The discs just give you a chance to really scrutinize in private.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    No Screeners for AVATAR

    by Series7

    They had to go to the theater.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    AVATAR!!!!

    by BERSERKR

    DOES NOT DESERVE BEST PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! beyond special effects, what is it? NOTHING!! i thought the movie was just ok, and i wasn't even all that impressed with the special effects, the more accolades this movie gets the more i am gonna start hating it, it does not deserve it, if Dark Knight didn't get a best pic nod this certainly doesnt deserve it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Ultratron, watch closer Pitt was channeling Karl Childers

    by skimn

    "an' I want my scawlps..an'..mmmmmm..taters..yup taters"

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Avatar screeners went out three weeks ago.

    by jsscript2007

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    And

    by BERSERKR

    what? no Ponyo nod for best animated? now thats messed up.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    I don't know why people

    by Series7

    Are mad about D9 or Up getting noms. Lets face it, the Oscar bait this year fucking blew ass. Up In the Air? An Education? Nine? The Lovely Bones? Fuck Precious wasn't even Oscar bait until Oprah saw it. <P> Its seems like if they had put Moon in there there would be less complaining. D9 was better then Moon. <P> Once you've seen Moon once there really is no reason to revisit it. And I saw it in a theater ALL BY MYSELF, think about that? Thats like OPTIMAL Moon viewing.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. David Brown

    by Speed Fricassee

    Has this been covered yet? I'd imagine Quint's glorified obit is on the way, just to try and prove to us that he's the biggest JAWS fan ever (which he isn't).

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Sorry, Avatar screener came out January 15th

    by jsscript2007

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    jsscript2007

    by Series7

    Really? I heard no screeners?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    District 9 Fuckers!!

    by Stalkeye

    Props to Blonkemp (whatever his fucking name is.) for making his own film after MS fucked him over the HALO movie project. It's obvious that cameron is already successful via the overatted Avatar and before that, the titantic,Terminator,Aliens,etc.<p>I hope it's an offset and D9 steals big however I doubt it when measured against the other contenders.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Zoe didn't get nominated for an acting Oscar cause she didn't

    by Coughlins Laws

    act in Avatar. She did a voice. Should Mike Myers or Eddie Murphey have gotten Oscars for Shrek?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Series 7 I believe I read it on Niki Finke,

    by jsscript2007

    that very day, because I was having a conversation with a friend who was going through his screeners complaining he missed Avatar. I told him what I had just read and just now double checked my email to confirm the release date. Maybe it never happened. I'll go back to DHD and see if I can find her original posting.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    I Loved WATCHMEN, But...

    by LaserPants

    It was a film made for a very narrow audience and never really transcended that audience to warrant an Oscar. I couldn't see how anybody who didn't read the graphic novel could possibly understand what was going on, or the context for what was going on. It was a cult movie from the word go. It was great and all, but still a little too clunky and awkward in parts to warrant an Oscar. That said, it's still better, to me, then most of the films nominated (except for Avatar; I thought Avatar > Watchmen). But I'm biased; I love the comic.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Sam Rockwell

    by Drsambeckett1984

    His performance in Moon was one of the acting performances I have seen for many years.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Series 7 Avatar Screener info as per Niki Finke Jan 15th

    by jsscript2007

    When it comes to Oscar screeners, they’ve saved the biggest for last. Fox has finally mailed out screeners for Avatar, in 2D format. (Not to worry: Cameron told me recently that he shot the film to succeed in 2D, which is how it will be initially released in DVD to consumers.) The James Cameron blockbuster arrives in Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences member mailboxes any moment. Most screeners arrived in December so voters could catch up on films during the holidays, but Fox held back until Avatar crossed the $1 billion mark. Also, Fox wanted more time to encourage voters to see the pic on a big screen in 3D, and did its best to ensure that Academy screenings were packed. And then there were the studio's concerns about piracy at a time when the film was building its box office. But holding back the screener wouldn't have impacted piracy anyway, judging by a recent Times of London report that named Avatar the fastest-pirated movie with 980,000 illegal downloads in its opening week.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Come to think of it, Cruddup or Jackie should have gotten a nom

    by Stalkeye

    for Watchmen, but as it is the film was heavly panned by both critics and whining fanboois!<p>it was no masterpiece by any means but surpasses most of the shit that came out late spring-summer.

  • It's not that good. I feel any competent filmmaker could have made that movie. Even one from 24.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I NEVER READ THE WATCHMEN COMIC

    by BringingSexyBack

    So I went into the movie totally green. And I loved it. It worked as a mystery, as superhero deconstruction, what have you. It's brilliant in every way. Snyder is one of the great unsung masters.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Coughlins Laws

    by Series7

    If Helen Mirrin just did a voice in a film...she'd get an Oscar. Thats a fact.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Dumb & pretty usually works fine for me

    by belasco_house

    but Avatar was boring

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    jsscript2007

    by Series7

    Cool. I'm gonna call my local morning radio show and fucking punch them threw the phone. Granted thats what I get for trusting radio for movie news, radio people know nothing about movies.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Moon > The Plotless Suspense Cliche War Movie

    by Flip63Hole

    Fuck Bigelow. Overrated hack. And vagina, schmagina. Unless I see one, I'm sure she has a penis...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Avatar was entertaining, TKD, not so much.

    by Flip63Hole

    What I saw of TDK, anyways, I still fall asleep EVERY time it's on HBO or Showtime HD...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Avatar vs Stargate SG1

    by vadakinX

    I remember an episode of SG1 (stay with me, I do have a point) where Daniel Jackson and an alien called Shakah (spelling is wrong but whatever) are called in to negotiate a peace treaty with the locals. <p> Basically, the humans wanted something called naquida (again, spelling is wrong) which is a mineral not native to Earth but it's location was in a sacred place for the locals (the Unas). So the humans risked war with the primitive but powerful locals for the valuable resource but Daniel Jackson and Shakah (also an Unas) managed to negotiate a treaty whereby the humans would stay away from the sacred ground and the Unas would mine the mineral for them. <p> What's the point? Well if TV show writers could figure out that you just have to ask the locals for their help, why couldn't Cameron? Sure you can have them say no and move on but it's stupid to not at least ask. <p> James Cameron - great at spectacle, poor at common sense and story. Avatar is no Best Picture. Heck I'd have nominated The Road ahead of it. Glad District 9 got some recognition though.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    UltraTron, re: WATCHMEN music

    by ColonelFatheart

    That is not the movie's original score when Manhattan lands on Mars. It's a pre-existing piece by Phillip Glass. Great music, but ineligible for the Oscar.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    I literally laughed out loud...

    by Jaka

    ...when I saw that Avatar was nominated for Best Pic. Not because I don't think it should be, but because of all those people who wasted hours (if not days) of their lives posting hate filled diatribes about how bad it was going to suck. How it wasn't going to make ANY money. How it was going to be in theaters for one week. How it would NEVER win ANY awards. Where are you people now? Or rather, how's the view from your hole?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Harry should know by now...

    by MKkm65

    Harry should know by now, as should everyone else, how the academy votes. this year is going to be predictable as usual. AVATAR or THE HURT LOCKER is going to win Best Picture and either one of these films is going to win Director as well. AVATAR will sweep all the technicals, UP will take animated and Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Christopher Waltz and Monique' will take the acting catagories. The academy is and always has been for the most part predictable.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack

    by Stalkeye

    Try downloading the Watchmen digital comic from itunes. That way you can compare the comic to the film adaptation. Since I read the graphic Novel eons ago, i think Zac did a great job as much of the source material was not lost in translation.The squid would have looked silly had he implemented it in the film.Same goes for Tales of the Black Freighter (which is available as an animated short on the supplemental DVD)<P>BTW didja finish Bayonetta yet? It's a good game but way too much "fan service" WTF is she a Witch or a Stripper?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    If Cameron had balls?

    by jsscript2007

    What a joke statement. He's got more balls than any in Hollywood. He puts everything on the line every time and delivers.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Avatar sequel

    by Jaka

    I actually hope it takes place in other environments. Outer space, other planets, messed up Earth, etc. I have no problem with seeing the Na'vi and their home world again, but just seeing that exclusively in the sequel would take away from the first film for me.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Rockwell got screwed

    by BillyLo

    As nice as it is to see District 9 get some attention, the Academy still finds a way to ruin any respect I might give them. Moon was brilliant. At the very least thought Sam would get a nod. Also love the idea of Blindside being nominated so the Sarah Palin loving, WalMart demographic feel like they got a horse in this race too. Genius.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I do not, and have never, whacked it to the Secretary

    by Itchy

    Maggie Gyllenhall is absolutely fugly. Sad turtle looking train wreck. If you wank it to her, you are probably a homosexual-American. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Zoe Saldana got snubbed

    by DOGSOUP

    Fuck dem Oskars

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Coughlins Laws: That was more than a voice

    by ColonelFatheart

    It was her movements and facial expressions, too. I understand why someone may not want to award a mo-capped performance, but your criticism is reductive.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Stalkeye

    by Jaka

    Tales of the Black Freighter has been "cut into" the Ultimate Watchmen (or whatever they called it) release and it worked just fine. I wish the animation was a little better, though. I've agreed with removing the squid from day one, but I don't think making Doc Manhattan the villain works.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    flip36hole, how can you compare a movie you didn't even

    by Coughlins Laws

    see in the theatre to a movie you did see? The Dark Knight needed to be seen on the big screen. If you only saw it for the first time on TV and didn't even try to watch it, you didn't give it a fair shake. So, don't come here and debate something if you don't have all the facts at your disposal...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Itchy

    by Series7

    Yeah i'm with you, her penis kind of gets in the way of enjoying anything about that movie.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    500 Days of Summer Should Win for

    by Itchy

    Best use of the incredibly hot Zooey Deschanel. Outside of that, it sucked. And she needs to consider taking on a serious role ... preferably one that requires her to be a stripper or prostitute. Because I'd like to see her in leather.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Flip63Hole is trying to be the next DGDB...

    by ZoeFan

    The major difference is DGDB's opinions were valid most of the time. TDK boring...OK.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    No Cloudy/Meatballs for animation? Poo

    by belasco_house

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Do you also think that Andy Sedarkis (sp?) should've won

    by Coughlins Laws

    for Gollum? Do you think Frank Oz should've won for Yoda? All we heard was her voice. You can't tell if the facial expressions were what she really did. Even if they were, she had digital help with her performance. If Robert DeNiro had 60 CGI pounds added to him in Raging Bull, wouldn't that be cheating?<p>Motion-capture performances shouldn't be considered for Oscars, PERIOD.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Itchy

    by Series7

    Ok you lost me with Zooey. Sure she's ok, but she's not a huge step up from Jakes brother. Plus she needs to be punched in the mouth a few times and told to shut the fuck up with that annoying sound of hers.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Coughlins Laws Wake up.

    by Spacezilla

    Zoe did NOT Just DO THE VOICE. Avatar is Performance Capture. She did a performance and a great fucking one at that. There are Youtube clips showing her Acting some of which gives me fucking goosebumps (the scene when she is yelling at Jake).

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    who cares about hurt locker

    by joevfx

    why does everyone think that movie is so great? its such a generic " crazy guy in army doesnt care about his life" movie. its so cookie cutter. its has all the pieces. crazy guy that breaks all the rules, friend that does things by the book, and nervous guy scared for his life and just wants to go home. you can care less about the characters in this move. like, come on, this movie is mediocre at best. Jarhead was such a better, Alt war movie and that didn't win anything. if Hurt Locker wins, its so obvios they are giving it to her cause a woman never one best director before.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Sorry, Andy Serkis was Gollum. Don't know where I got

    by Coughlins Laws

    Sedarkis from. Either way he didn't deserve an Oscar...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    I'm not saying Saldana deserves an Oscar;

    by ColonelFatheart

    I'm saying that there's more to a voice there. And, yes, I think Serkis should have been nominated for his work as Gollum. Was it cheating that John Hurt wore all that makeup for THE ELEPHANT MAN?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    where is my Samurai Jack animated movie?!?!?

    by future help

    please Genddy!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    The Blind Side being nominated is proof..

    by SlimButNotreally

    ...proof that you dont need 50 movies nominated for Best Picture. Holy crap, take out Avatar, The Blind Side, and Up. Or at least replace them with movies that have a shot like In the Loop and Moon.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Motion Capture isn't a True Performance

    by ZoeFan

    It can be manipuated. Actors that do Motion Capture characters shouldn't be up for Oscars.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    This scene Right here Best Performance of the Year

    by Spacezilla

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOHPCI_9-eQ&feature=related Great fucking acting. Stop it Haters, stop your hatred. Enough with the bullshit already.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    OK, it's performance capture. It's still not seeing her acting

    by Coughlins Laws

    I shouldn't have to watch a youtube clip of rehersals to know if an actress did a good job. Sorry, voice actors don't get Oscars...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I meant manipulated...

    by ZoeFan

    Must learn to type.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    why are people surprised at 500 days not being anywhere?

    by slappy jones

    its a standard quirky indie hipster wankfest with annoying performances stuffed with typical hipster nonsense waxing nostalgic for things they were not old enough to be nostalgic for. it was horseshit.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    In a movie. If an Actor is wearing some kind of Alien Makeup, ca

    by Spacezilla

    I say yes. This, this is digital makeup. The actors don't need to sit in a makeup chair for hours buts the same thing. Surely you must see that?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    In a movie. If an Actor is wearing some kind of Alien Makeup, ca

    by Spacezilla

    can the actor win for best Actor? I say yes. This, this is digital makeup. The actors don't need to sit in a makeup chair for hours buts the same thing. Surely you must see that?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Yeah hopefully we'll get a nice shot

    by Series7

    Of Daddy's boy all pissy about not getting any awards. Please don't give that scumbag best script. <P> Seriously a movie using firing people as a back drop to a lame love story in which one of the main characters quits her job and gets a new one like its no problem? Thats a huge fucking problem.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    zoe saldana is terrible in avatar.

    by slappy jones

    how in the fuck can anyone seriously believe she was snubbed for her ridiculous performance? if you seriously believe that she was robbed of an award for best acting then your opinion is a joke and you know absolutely nothing at all about anything.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    zoe saldana is terrible in avatar.

    by slappy jones

    how in the fuck can anyone seriously believe she was snubbed for her ridiculous performance? if you seriously believe that she was robbed of an award nom for best acting then your opinion is a joke and you know absolutely nothing at all about anything.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    I have to type slower, damn...

    by Spacezilla

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    No Ponyo???

    by Traumnovelle

    Fuck is the Book of Kells? Was Princess and the Frog really THAT good to knock a GORGEOUS Miyazaki film out of the running? I didn't see it, but I can't believe it was. <P> That's some bullshit. <P> Anyway, Bigelow's got the Best Director on lock and Avatar will win Best Picture. As much as some people think it doesn't deserve to, it WILL win Best Picture. <P> Oh and where's Anthony Mackie for Best Supporting? He fucking killed it in Hurt Locker. As good as Renner was, Mackie's the real star.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    MKkm65, your list of certain winners is interesting.<p> Why not put your money where your mouth is then and splash some cash at the bookies?<p> Or is it easier to be 'right' when you've nothing at stake?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Is it cheating when an actress wears

    by ColonelFatheart

    a prosthetic pregnancy belly? Or should she actually time a pregnance for filming?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Hey slappy jones

    by Spacezilla

    You just won the Go Fuck Yourself Award. Congrats (now go fuck yourself) <P>

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Prerelease Avatar Bashers

    by 1geezer

    Nobody will want to see blue smurfs! Going to be a huge flop! Cameron no longer knows what people want to see! Bla Bla Bla. Just stick with the pron guys as your comments made you out for the know nothing asses you are. Nobody here will ever take you for someone truely interested in film again. You know which kids I'm talking about.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    To bad Zoe Saldana didn't get a nomination.

    by Ganymede3001

    She gave one of the best performances ever in Avatar.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    slappy jones

    by Series7

    I thought that two, but the movie really held up on second viewing. Can't say the same for Garden State and Eternal Sunshine. Those people were SO indie hipster fresh that you couldn't releate. The people in 500 Days felt real. Realer then anyone in Up In the Air (well save for Danny McBride and his wife).

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Jack, Oscars for voice acting would be great

    by ColonelFatheart

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Although the actors actual faces were not on screen

    by jsscript2007

    their acting performance was. All the reactions and emotions were as legitimate as any actor who weres even one stroke of a make-up brush, let alone prosthetic make-up. I completely agree the Avatar performances aren't Oscar caliber, but if better actors played those roles I might have a different opinion.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Ganymede, you have to be joking.

    by ColonelFatheart

    I loved AVATAR, and I thought Saldana was very good. But one of the best performances ever? Are you fucking kidding me? Have you seen any other movies?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Oscars? Awards? Who cares?

    by the_beard_of_Chuck_Norris

    I have been done with the Oscars ever since "Shakespeare in Love" beat out "Saving Private Ryan" for Best Picture. <p> "Saving Private Ryan" is still relevant today and I guarantee has been discussed more than "Shakespeare in Love". People will still be discussing "Saving Private Ryan" 60 years from now. Since it came out it has been my favorite film. I still watch it at least once a year around Memorial Day (June 6th). <p> We use to have the MTV movie awards for giving the geek-films the awards. Remember "T2", anyone? Even Linda Hamilton won for hottest babe (over an extremely hawt Tia Carrere in "Wayne's World")However, once they gave "Napolean Dynomite" (a movie produced by MTV) the best film award I was done with them as well. I had lost the little respect I had for what their award had become. <p> Here's the thing people... <p> If you love a movie... love that movie. Winning, losing or being nominated for an award should not change the way you feel about a film. It does not "validate" your movie. Many bad films win awards. Many awesome films get passed on. <p> My favorite film of this past year was "The Hangover". Does it not being nominated for an Oscar mean I have to stop enjoying it? Nope. And nothing anyone can say will make me change my mind on this or any movie I love.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Neytiri Has Become One OF the Most Beloved

    by Spacezilla

    Characters in any movie. Look at the outpouring of love for this character on Youtube and fansites. Just pull your heads out of your asses and wake up.<P>Biggest reason for this is the amazing performance that gave her life.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    How about best Trailer of the year?

    by jsscript2007

    Trailers are so important and then discarded like a used condom. I'd sit through a couple of hours honoring the best. (trailers, not condoms.)

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Avatar was a great technical showcase, nothing more

    by belasco_house

    Zoe Saldana's performance stood out, but you could easily replace the whole cast for AvaTwo and it wouldn't matter

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay 26,900,000

    by Spacezilla

    And 26,890,000 Damn you Michael Bay posts

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    You searched for aliens?

    by jsscript2007

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Avatard

    by Lucasblows

    I love how everyone points to the box office as evidence that Avatar doesn't suck. NEWS FLASH: Shitty movies can make money. Look at Transformers and the Star Wars prequels. If of those pieces of shit were released in the winter, in 3-D and had box office competition like When in Rome, The Tooth Fairy, Edge of Darkness, Legion and Extraordinary Measures, they would have made this much money too. Avatar sucks. Shitty script (SHOCK! No nomination) and shitty characters (No noms there either). The best picture nomination is purely due to the hype and popularity it has received. Hopefully Katherine Bigelow can take down her ex-husband's boated neon cat turd.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Actually Jaka..

    by Stalkeye

    I thought the idea of Dr. Manhattan taking the blame for Ozzy's scheme was a good twist as Doc had no longer wished to be amongst Humans and by going along with the plan,it more than reinforced his decision to leave earth (especially when having reached "Godhood".) and maybe unifying mankind..<p>...well atleast before Rorshach's Journal sees print. (0;

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay must be Alien

    by Spacezilla

    From some fucked up Bizarro worlld filled stupid coke sniffing Aliens. Its the only explanation.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Seriously

    by EliteStance

    From that list the big ones seem to me to be: Best Director - Bigelow Best Film - The Hurt Locker Best Actor - Jeff Bridges or Colin Firth (which I guess being about a gay man many of you won't actually watch). Best Actress - Carey Mulligan or Gabourey Sidibe Supporting Actor - Waltz Supporting Actress - Maggie Gyllenhaal Best Editing - The Hurt Locker Best Effects/Technical - Avatar for most I'd love to see Where the Wild Things are in there somewhere, for sure it should be in the Cinematography running, but I guess it's not to be.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    If Avatar Bombed at the box office...

    by Spacezilla

    It would still be the best movie this year, you soulless prick.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Jeremy Renner should be Mad Max

    by HarryBlackPotter

    He's awesomely badass in Hurt Locker.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Beard of Chuck Norris

    by TheSlimyMudhole

    June 6th is not Memorial Day. But otherwise I agree with your sentiment.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Christoph Waltz, Best Supp. Actor, HANDS DOWN!

    by Watch_The_Birdie

    Oh, and Avatar should win Best Picture. It was a very beautiful movie, and, let's admit it. That Na'vi girl Neytiri is really fucking Hot, Am I Right?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    jsscript2007

    by Series7

    Best trailer, easy Where the Wild Things are. A movie in which the trailer SHOULDN'T have been the best part but it was. <P> Worst Inglorious Bastards. QT is the dip ship know it all of trailers and all of his other trailers are fucking awesome, but this lame direct to video looking thing I couldn't take serious enough to muster up the money for a cinema view. Thats why I still haven't seen it, long wait on Netflix. <P> Though after seeing Kill Bill again and loving it when I didn't really care for it in theaters I wish I had seen IB in theaters. OH well QT should've cut a better trailer.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    It's not just box office success ...

    by ColonelFatheart

    ... it's also broad support from critics and audiences. AVATAR has scored the trifecta. Now whether an individual likes it is obviously subjective. I love the movie, but I can accept that people do not. But you cannot challenge the objective truth that AVATAR has surpassed expectations beyond even the financial arena. It is well-loved by people across the spectrum.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with Jeremy Renner

    by theDannerDaliel

    he hung up.......still think he wins

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    The Blind Side for best picture? sigh...

    by BadMrWonka

    and no Coraline for original music is HONESTLY one of the dumbest things I've seen happen since I've been aware enough of the Oscars to pay attention. seriously, that was the best soundtrack of the year, by FAR. and not even a nomination? fucking ridiculous.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Wearing prosthetics and Motion Capture are

    by ZoeFan

    2 different things. Charlize Theron in Monster is still responsible for everything you see on screen. That's not the case with Motion Capture. Again, with Motion Capture things can be manipulated. If Zoe doesn't smile enough for James Cameron in a scene. He might not notice it until editing at which point it can be manipulated by a computer. At that point it's not acting.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Avatar fx vs Moon fx

    by ewokstew

    Someone further up the posts made a valid point. When you have enough money to spend and do whatever you want FX wise, well, hell...I guess the effects are going to be spectacular. Moon, for as little money that was spent on the film, were far more impressive. Many years ago while filming Terminator, Cameron said that when you don't have enough money to play with it on a film it makes you more inventive. So I guess when you have too much money it makes you un-inventive? Yeah, Jim. You're right about that.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    ZoeFan

    by Series7

    That was prosthetics in Monster? I thought they just told her no makeup?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    SOME GOOD ONES, NOTHING GREAT.

    by uberman

    The only movie that surprised and entertained me this year was BOOK OF ELI. Best movie of the year by far for this viewer.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Stoned Writer88...

    by ufoclub1977

    The Academy awards are supposed about insider industry perspective on the films... not like The People's Choice Awards!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Avatar sounded like it was written by an elemtnary kid

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    With character motivations out of a Steven Seagal movie.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Given that Avatar has made $2 billion worldwide...

    by Jared

    Cameron could ask for a budget of $800 million for his next film and he'd get it. Not even joking.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Series7...

    by ZoeFan

    Believe they added a little prosthetic to her face, especially her chin.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Stalkeye cont.

    by Jaka

    It doesn't work for me, and I'm at a loss when trying to explain why. Possibly because I'm one of those people who had been reading the comic book for twenty years prior to seeing the movie. While that's also the reason why I could see the squid not working at the end of a major, big-budget movie, the switch to Doc as the "baddie" always leaves me feeling let down. The end of the movie in general is a let down for me. Don't like how much Ozy was changed and I don't like the actor who played Night Owl 2. In general I dig the movie and have purchased two versions on DVD. It just wasn't as "holy shit!" as I wanted it to be and the end disappoints me.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    uberman

    by Series7

    Come back next year when your comment is relevant.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Well, actually, Nicole Kidman won an Oscar for a fake nose

    by Coughlins Laws

    But at least that didn't change anything about you actually seeing her. But let me ask you this. If she was voicing a purple unicorn with an elephant trunk, should she still have been nominated in your eyes? She played a made up Alien from another planet. It's not acting. It's fantasy...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Book of Eli???!!!!!!!

    by ZoeFan

    That's a trolljob if I ever saw one.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Oh, Come On, UltraTron

    by LaserPants

    She wasn't THAT ugly. Def a little fugly, though. They def coulda got a hottie, but instead went for "believable." Heeeey, I think I just realized why they picked her...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Greatest part of Jeff Bridges' performance...

    by Lucasblows

    ...in Crazyheart was acting like, even at 57 years old, that he'd still want to fuck Maggie Gyllenhaal.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Whack it to SECRETARY?!?!

    by JackBauer@CTU

    SPEAK. FOR. YOUR. SELF.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    Cameron vs. Bigelow for the Directing Oscar?

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Have divorcees ever competed against each other for an Oscar before?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    I have to agree about the ani-whack potential...

    by Jaka

    ...of Secretary. Maggie is a great actress, but she is not whack material in this or any other alternate universe. And the sex in that movie isn't really hot, either. It's disturbing and purposefully so. Methinks Harry likes to be dominated.... which is not really something I want to think about now that I've written it....

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    I think Cameron will definitely win Best Director...

    by Coughlins Laws

    Unless his unlikeability and arrogance has pissed too many Academy Members off...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    *anti

    by Jaka

    Obviously

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    No 500 Days of Summer? Seriously?

    by sonic3305

    Throw Avatar or Blind Side off Best Pic and (undying love for Pixar aside) bump Up off Best Screenplay, 500 Days deserves SOMETHING.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    The Sad Old Man Parts Of UP Were Great (And Truly Sad)...

    by LaserPants

    the goofy adventure that followed, however, was kinda dumb. Good message, though, I guess, and I liked the relationship between Old Dude and Fat Kid w/ Absent Father. I liked it, but I didn't love it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Jeremy Renner best actor? the guy from Senior Trip?

    by Mel_Gibsons_Nazi_Dad

    Had I not seen Hurt Locker I wouldn't believe it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    I admit to having not see that Secretary movie

    by OptimusCrime

    But the idea of jerking it to Maggie Gyllenhal is absurd. She is, hands down, the ugliest woman I have ever heard referred to as "beautiful". Also, she is one of the ugliest women generally. Ugly not just by Hollywood standards, but by last call at a dive standards as well.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    TDK wasn't cheated

    by So What?

    Apart from Ledgers performance it wasnt all that great.Sorry.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    LaserPants

    by Jaka

    I agree. I really enjoyed Up, but I think it's the weakest Pixar film since Bug's Life.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Has no one seen A Serious Man?!

    by pleasebanme

    What the fuck is with you people? This is one of the absolute greatest films the Coens have ever made (it easily stands side-to-side with No Country For Old Men) and there hasn't been a single mention of it on this TB. Yes, it blows that Avatar got nominated for so much. Avatar fans - good for you. Avatar did what the Dark Knight couldn't (and deserved far more), it got a Best pic nod. But all of you complainers that are so pissed about Avatar and the Blind Side, and everyone else that find Basterds or District 9 or Hurt Locker overrated should actually check out the one true masterpiece of this year that's listed for Best Picture right under your noses.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    has to be a joke... no moon???

    by MariusXe

    ... but first... shut the fuck up! tdk was exactly all that great. you are just to stupid to know good cinema when you see it. about the nominations: Not nominating Moon as best picture shows me again what a joke the oscars are. It was by far the best movie last year. by far! and also avatar wasn't all that good. it was nice and entertaining, but it was just pocahontas in space. it was nice looking but that was it. if avatar wins best picture I get a hategasm! I really pull for hurt locker in most categorys. It wasn't best movie of the year but close. FUCK AVATAR

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Moon

    by Tomarru

    Finally saw it 2 nights ago and totally dont get what all the fuss is about. It was so much more predictable than Avatar and a lot of what went on made next to no sense. There wasn't much there to keep me entertained, it had neither drama nor suspense.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    TDK is truly the most screwed ever.

    by GeneralJackCosmo

    It didn't even get a fucking *nomination* for Best Picture. I understand how a "comic book movie" would have a hard time winning, but to not even nominate the fucking thing, when it was better than every other nominee last year? Seriously...in ten years, no one is going to be talking about any of the movies that were up for the award last year, and they will still be raving about how great TDK was. Forget about superhero flicks: that shit was the best crime epic since HEAT. At least the original STAR WARS was *nominated*.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Harry's remarks about UP IN THE AIR

    by CaseyMcCall

    Sorry. That makes your opinion almost completely useless as a barometer of taste. (All this comes from love, Harry, you knows it)

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    An Education: OVER-FUCKING-RATED!!!!

    by tomwaitsisgod

    Period

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    pleasebanme

    by ColonelFatheart

    I did see A SERIOUS MAN. I loved it and was pleasantly surprised it pulled off a best picture nomination. It's not my favorite Coens movie, but its brilliance shouldn't be denied.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    PS: THE ROAD

    by tomwaitsisgod

    GETS NOTHING!!!????? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??????

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    No, haven't seen A Serious Man

    by Jaka

    And I still haven't seen Moon. And I have no desire to see the Hurt Locker. I've seen pretty much everything else nominated in all the major categories, though.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Avatar

    by movieman742

    I'm pulling for Hurt Locker to sweep the major ones but I just want to say this. Everyone who keeps bitching about Avatar being unoriginal, welcome to hollywood. Everything is from something else. Here is Hitchcock.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG43hjICE2U Watch, listen, learn. Clearly you can change the look of originality to make something compelling. And I am not an Avatar Lover, or anything, the bitching is quite funny.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I agree about Waltz

    by Jaka

    As much as I'm happy to see a QT film getting love on all the award shows, I was really underwhelmed by Inglorious Basterds. Don't see anything so spectacular in Waltz' performance that he should sweep Best Supporting Actor. But hey, if it helps QT get more films done on a more expedient time frame I can't really hate too much.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Hollywood award shows =

    by veritasses

    vanity at it's worst. The rich and powerful celebrating how much better they are then the other rich and powerful. Well deserved, well deserved...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Performance capture is similar to the actors

    by skimn

    that were rotoscoped out for animated features dating back to early fucking Disney. Its truly old wine from new bottles. The digital animators add any physical nuance to a character. As Mark Harris stated in EW recently, "Nora Ephron did not program Meryl Streep to make Julia Child's shoulders sag with remembered grief when she's crushingly reminded that she'll never have children..Jeff Bridges lets his analog gut hang out and his undigitized weariness (along with 40 years of experience) inform his work in a way that's pretty much the essence of what a first-rate screen actor can do..Avatar deserves applause for many things, including its huge leap in making CG creatures plausible by turning its cast into face-voice-and-body puppeteers. But that's a breakthrough in animation, not screen acting."

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Star Wars was nominated for Best Picture in 1978

    by sansara07

    and it didn't win. And it was at least three times the phenomenon Avatar was, and it didn't have a relentless $150m studio marketing campaign behind it. If SW didn't win I don't think Avatar deserves to.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    They should get Shatner to read the Best Picture Winner

    by SifoDyasJr.

    And… the winner is… Up… (pan to the Pixar crowd getting out of seats) …in the Air.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Seriously, where the hell is the David Brown obit?

    by ColonelFatheart

    The man was a titan.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    No Ponyo????

    by Googam_Son_of_Goom

    Ponyo was light years better than Frog Princess. (and Ponyo was far from Miyazaki's best work) This entire list of noms saddens me because you can feel the Oscars being purchased by the studios more easily than ever before. It's like they are not even trying to hide it anymore.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    here are my winners

    by peopleintrees

    Best picture: Inglorious Basterds Best actor: Colin Firth Best sup actor: Christoph Waltz Best actress: Carey Mulligan Best sup actress: Anna Kendrick Best animated: Mr. Fox Art direction: Avatar Cinematography: Inglorious Basterds Costume Design: CoCo before Chanel Best Director: Quentin Tarentino Best Documentary: The Cove Film editing: Inglorious Basterds Best foreign film: Un Prophet Make-up: Star Trek Best music: Mr. Fox Visual effects: Avatar Writing (adapted): District 9 Writing (original): Inglorious Basterds

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    ...I want UP IN THE AIR to lose just to see the look...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...on that director boy's face again.<P>Hi-larious!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    The Lock...

    by tailhook

    Kathryn Bigelow. No way the voters don't pick the woman, especially given a movie she made that was quite worthy. She will win Best Director and it puts Hurt Locker the movie to beat for Best Picture.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by Alientoast

    It must be hard for so many of you to be so darn bitter about everything. Sure the Oscars are the "ultimate" movie award, but it's been clear for years that it's skewed so why not just move on? On that note, Ponyo not being included under best animated was odd. Although I have to personally admit that while the animation was stunning, I liked many of Miyazaki's previous works more (Spirited Away, Laputa, and Mononoke especially). I felt the movie could have been condensed somewhat...the end felt kinda dragged out. But that's just my opinion!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The OSCAR's are rigged!

    by Violator90

    Only half of these nominated films deserve to be on the list. The rest are just absurd. I have to agree with some people here, UP was not that greet. It was ok but nothing like the early works that Pixar came out, which truly deserved nominations. But AVATAR for Best Pic?!?!? Really? For FX, and sound it deserves nomination I won't argue that, but not Best Pic-No. Fucking. Way. THE DARK KNIGHT really deserved it but was snubbed so now they think giving it to a picture that made as much or more so but with a weaker story is right. Then I lose all interest in these fake "awards". As some one said, its all politics and seeing some of the nominees that don't deserve it I have to agree with that statement.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    I Liked INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

    by LaserPants

    But no way does it deserve a nomination or win. I enjoyed it, thought the dialogue was excellent, but it didn't really gel together, imho. It felt like a collection of random, well crafted scenes that didn't necessarily fit together all that well.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    I agree with some of you regarding Ponyo

    by Spacezilla

    I thought it was really great. I had this special feel to it. It had a lot of heart. It should have been given a nod.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    If the Oscars were rigged...

    by Lucasblows

    Dark Knight would have been nominated last year. That was the whole reason they expanded the category to 10 films this year.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Harry gets a nomination for most procrastination on a DVD column

    by SoylentMean

    in a category of one, he's guaranteed the win.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    AVATAR for Best Animated Film

    by jedihillis

    Yes you know you were thinking it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    JackSlater, I remember when T2 swept

    by ColonelFatheart

    the MTV Awards. That's when there was a modicum of "coolness" at MTV. I can't imagine a movie like T2 scoring big at those awards anymore. Fucking TWILIGHT ... Fucking kids ...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Ingourious Basterds should win for Picture, Director, Screenplay

    by SoylentMean

    and of course, Best Supporting Actor and Cinematography. I think they were right about the extra 5 nominees for Best Picture bringing in a bigger audience, and I can guarantee that a shit ton of people are rooting for Sandra Bullock. <P> Me, I would have nominated her for Best Supporting Ass way back when she was in Demolition Man.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    How is Avatar eligible for a cinematography nod?

    by SoylentMean

    By that same reasoning shouldn't Up be nominated as well? It was all done in a computer for cryin' out loud!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    HAHAHA SUCK PRAWN COCK, BAY & EMMERICH

    by Vesuvio

    SUCK IT GOOD.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Ingourious = Inglourious, deal with it

    by SoylentMean

    Besides, the word is already misspelled.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    10 Nominations? No way! Streamline this shit!

    by Onin Solstice

    Blind Side? Really? Time to go back to 5 noms and weed out the crap.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Avatar cinematography

    by Jaka

    Avatar has quite a bit of real people filmed on real sets beautifully and perfectly integrated into the CGI. That's how it qualifies for best cinematography.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Manipulated performances.

    by Boone

    <p>"Real" performances get manipulated all the time. First of all, you have a director telling the actor what to do. You shoot multiple takes of the same line, and one gets chosen over the others. The editor can even blend takes and setups using different coverage, or cutaways and inserts. </p> <p>But these days, digital technology is increasingly being used to blend different takes, and even change the direction actors are looking, hand position, etc. Fimmakers are discovering new ways to tweak performances even long after an actor is off the picture</p> <p>It may or may not be a stretch to say that a mocapped performance is the exact same as a filmed performance, but it still takes a real actor to pull it off. And the line between real and not-so-real is getting more blurred every day.</p>

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    The Hurt Locker is overrated, it's good, but overrated

    by SoylentMean

    Renner's midnight jaunt off base really took me out of the movie, which was touted as being extremely realistic. He'd still be sitting in the stockade right now for pulling that shit. <P> And I'm pretty sure his character's hotdogging antics would have been brought up to superior officers at the very least.<P> The movie had some cool shit in it, but it didn't thrill me.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Jaka, really? You mean with all the mo-cap dots and such?

    by SoylentMean

    Avatar is a fuckin' technical achievement of the highest order. As a film fan I admire and respect what it has brought to the table in terms of visual FX. <P> But it has no place in the Best Cinematography category. On this issue, I'm right. It's truth.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Now I know hurt locker will win.

    by Powerring

    because of retarded assholes like Drsambeckett1984 and flip that have zero taste or ability to discern great moviemaking from a cartoon. How anyone could be so uniquely clueless and make such wrong judgement is beyond science.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Blomkamp's Acceptance Speech

    by Anything But Tangerines

    I wunna thaink thi fookin prouns fo this awod. Withote yeu this film jyust woodn't be pussible. An I wunna thaink thi mech-syoots. I'm the FOOKIN KING OF THI WOORLD!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Fantastic Mr. Fox should have gotten Best Adapted Screenplay

    by riskebiz

    That is a snub. Personally, I hope the next time I hear the word "Precious" is from Gollum in The Hobbit.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Where is all the A Serious Man love?...

    by DanielKurland

    I finally LOVE a Coen brothers movie, and it's barely nominated. Also, Fantastic Mr. Fox was so, so deserving for Adapted Screenplay. They did so much with it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Boone

    by ColonelFatheart

    You're right. Not to diminish actors, but great performances are also the result of editiorial choices. Not to mention hair, makeup, prosthetics, lighting, framing, etc.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Soylent, have you even SEEN Avatar?

    by Jaka

    Because I say a good 45 minutes of it is regular old humans walking around regular old sets. That has nothing to do with mocap dots. The fact that it blends so seamlessly with the rest of the film DOES qualify it for a cinematography award. On this issue, I'm right. It's truth.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    No screenplay nom for Avatar? Oh, wait...

    by RockMSockM

    It didn't have a screenplay. Totally forgot that, as I did the entire movie the moment I left the theater.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Avatar pro/con people get too worked up about it.

    by snakecharmer

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Best Cinematography = RED CLIFF<p> Why do I keep saying RED CLIFF deserves to be nominated for stuff, well, because it does!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    isn't Avatar pretty much Titanic all over again?

    by BadMrWonka

    game changing special effects, huge box office, recycled, uninspired story, long running time, etc.<p>and Titanic won...what makes us think Avatar can't?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    I'm not worked up about it at all

    by Jaka

    And in fact I don't LOVE Avatar, I LIKE it. I wish there could be more acceptance for that point of view. All I'm saying is that I don't think it's a big deal that it received a Best Cinematography nom. There is a lot of cinematography in that film and it all looks great.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    QT

    by DennisMM

    Is probably rolling around on the floor in every newspaper he could buy, masturbating as he cackles. "IB" best picture and best director? Geezus.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    And clearly a lot of people DIDN'T foget Avatar...

    by Jaka

    ...the moment they left the theater. Because they make lame comments about it every. single. chance they get. Must have stuck in their minds pretty clearly.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Spacezilla:

    by RockMSockM

    "Not a day goes by I am not replaying scenes from Avatar in my mind," huh? I guess I can relate. I did the same thing with TRON. But I was 9. And it had better writing.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    BadMrWonka, because AVATAR is space opera

    by ColonelFatheart

    with mo-capped blue people, while TITANIC was every bit the old-fashioned extravaganza Hollywood just loves.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    If just one of you boys decides to rent or buy RED CLIFF as a result of my posts then i'll have spread a little glory around...<p> Seriously, if you're a fan of epic battles, gory swordplay, soaring soundtracks, and beautiful cinematography then pls check this film out. It's a staggering achievement that makes most of these ten Best Picture Noms look very ordinary in comparison.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I concur, Maggie G. is one fugly bitch.

    by Stalkeye

    I'll take batshit Rachael Holmes over Mags anyday for TDK.i also cant believe that someone would be that hard up to knock her ass up.I love Pussy but dayuummm!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    THE LOVE HURTS LOCKER

    by BringingSexyBack

    Jeremy: "So ... you're married." <p> Summer: "Yeah. Crazy, huh?" <p> Jeremy: *Pulls pin*

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Jaka, yeah I saw Avatar. Great SFX.

    by SoylentMean

    But are you really backing that horse for Cinematography? WTF?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Up for best picture

    by Semen Stains

    why Wall E wasnt nominated last year ill never know.Up aint gonna win but it would be pretty damn cool if it did.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    If they're gonna give us 10 Best Pic noms, give us 5 for...

    by SoylentMean

    SFX. Dammit.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Inglourious Basterds, District 9, or Up

    by SoylentMean

    winning Best Picture would be acceptable. Avatar would be understandable. Anything else would be a fuckin' travesty.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    ...and have a nice SAFE Oscar!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Predictable noms just like always!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    The BEST FOREIGN FILM IS????????

    by ZodNotGod

    I DON'T GIVE A FUCK!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    I've yet to see Precious, Up in the Air, An Education...

    by SoylentMean

    and A Serious Man. Of those remaining to be seen only Up in the Air looks like a chore. It doesn't appeal to me at all.<P> Maybe if there were some Godzilla related turbulence during the film...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean, regarding the award

    by Jaka

    It really has no baring on my life and therefor holds no real meaning to me one way or the other. But from what I know about making movies, even those of Avatars ilk, yes, I think it deserves to be nominated. That moving looks incredibly beautiful and huge parts of it still had to be filmed, regardless of how much of it is CGI.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Whether 'Avatar' or Cameron win or not....

    by Cervantes

    ....the fact is they both proved to be money-making 'game-changers' after all!<P>The future is 3D from here onwards, and Cameron's opus deserves every plaudit it gets.<P>Nice to see 'District 9', 'Inglorious Bastards' and 'Up' getting noms for the big one too....although not too much 'Star Trek' love from the Academy I see....not even in an expanded field of 10 noms for the big one.<P>AsimovLives is vindicated, and his efforts on this site have been rewarded!<P>Still, there's always a chance that J.J. and his writers can 'alternate' things all over again for their next outing....a

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Red Cliff on NetFlix

    by Jaka

    It's not available yet but it has multiple versions to choose to "save" for when it is. Anybody have a suggestion as to which one I should save to my queue?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Cervantes - Avatar did change the film business.

    by snakecharmer

    The presentation of film is changing forever because of Avatar.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Best Sound Mixing

    by Sillypuddy

    I hope Transformers wins just to piss Harry off!!!!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Avatar deserves any award it gets

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    I can't help but laugh at all you people bitching here, your so off base it's laughable. In typical nerd fashion, as soon as something becomes a mega-hit, it's officially "da most overrated eva!". Seriously do you asshole listen to yourselves? Give me a fucking break. Cameron made a blockbuster film to give the masses a wonderful cinematic experience, and he has succeeded beyond anyones wildest dreams. Yeah, it's not high-art, it's not reinventing the wheel with it's narrative or dialogue, but so what? Honestly, Tarantino's so-called "witty dialogue" was much more grating then any single line in Avatar. Taking FX out of the picture, Avatar is a GOOD film, no question about it. It was structured masterfully, and there was never a dull moment. Think about it, a near 3 hour blockbuster film, with what, 30 minutes of action, tops? A movie that wasn't afraid to spend the majority of it's running time endearing us to characters, and setting up their epic journey in a way where audiences cared for them. It also brought up some really intelligent ideas, messages, and debates. <P> Now I would never point to box office as a mark of a quality film, but the Avatar phenomenon can NOT be ignored. Think about it, what was the 2nd highest grossing film of the year? Transformers 2, a SHIT film, and the box-office shows that. How you ask? Well it made about 2/3s of it's money in the first week. Had it been a good film, it could have had a run at some records itself. But the fact is, it was garbage, so as soon as people knew that, it dropped like a rock. Avatar on the other hand, started out below 80 million, and never had a weekend higher then that. But the movie was GOOD, people talked, people went back, and low and behold less then 2 months later, the film is shattering every record in the book. I mean, dropping 12% in it's 7th week. Fuckin a! You can throw all of the 3D and IMAX you want at the world, if the movie does not connect with audiences, YOU AIN'T BREAKING RECORDS! All the pretty FX in the world don't matter if you don't have characters to connect with. Best of all though, Avatar brought the sense of wonder back to cinema that's been missing for FAR too long.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    ....

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    I don't think Avatar was the best film ever, hell it's not even close to the best Cameron film. But compared to the other nominees this year, it IS the best achievement in cinema. It WILL affect the future of cinema way greater then any other film. It was a harder undertaking then any other film, one that took almost half a decade to make, and could have been (as about 90% of you all predicted) one of the biggest disasters in the wrong hands. Plus, out of all of the real contenders, The Hurt Locker was vastly overrated - no plot, so-so character development. Basterds had it's moments but overall was sloppy, and nowhere near Tarantinos best work. Up In The Air was just plain fucking boring, and would be the WORST BP winner ever....I can't comment on Precious, but I highly doubt it deserves a Best Picture award. That said, The Hurt Locker will win Best Picture, and it will probably win Best Director. But who cares? Cameron didn't make Avatar for critics, he said himself he was done trying to impress them. It's not his fault he cannot make a bad movie, and critics ate it up. Box Office helps, but I can assure you this film was a lock for nominees way before the numbers got this high. It's just sad how jaded some of you are, especially when Avatar is exactly the film that probably made most of you fall in love with cinema in the first place. Avatar IS the reason cinema is so great...true escapism. Now your all just as bad as these art-house critics who need every fucking movie they see to be The Godfather before it's deemed "worthy". Sad.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    an education

    by jon pertwee

    is actually really good. too bad it won't win, but then it could be a sleeper....

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Avatar doesn't deserve any awards

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    because it sucked, story plot script acting dialogue characters all mediocre at best <P>avatard 82% (for 3DCGI) RT score. Star Trek and Iron Man had a 95% RT

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Oscars routinely gets it wrong..

    by tigerking7979

    Mickey Rourke not winning best actor last year is a great example. I can't believe avatar got nominated for best pic and best director. All the effects awards avatar deserve. But the mess of story that avatar was, and these oscar fools nominating for best picture, strips them of any remaining credibility the had left

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    avatar true escapism?

    by tigerking7979

    when i was watching the movie I was like when am I gonna escape from the horrible story telling that happened through out the movie, unfortunately it didn't happen until the movie was over. Avatar was one of the biggest dissappointments I ever had for a movie

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    AVATAR will take Best Pic

    by Logan_1973

    Looking at the (somewhat overinflated) pool, AV seems to me to be the only real Home Run. LOCKER is great, but probably too gritty for a Best. Basterds has just as many bad points as does good, and Up in the Air looks to get more acting nods.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Coughlins Laws

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    You don't have to see a YouTube video to validate something that exists, it exists either way. It's your choice if you want to be ignorant about it. The fact is that the performances in Avatar of the Na'vi and avatars were done completely by actors (minus the ears and tails). The movement and facial expressions are translated 100% from the actors to their CGI characters, and that is one of the biggest breakthroughs in Avatar. It's dubbed E-motion capture, instead of just motion capture. Andy Serkis was used as a reference for Gollum, the face wasnt all him as it is here. There are plenty of behind-the-scenes clips comparing live-action to the final product and I can assure you it is exactly the same. Even when Jake is holding for his dear life on his first banshee ride, every movement was HIM, basically holding onto something and being tossed around in the studio. It is a valid way of acting, akin to what stage actors would have to do in a play - pretending. And when you consider that it makes Zoes performance especially remarkable. Essentially, it's just digital makeup, that's all. You can continue to believe it's not worthy, but that's just your misguided opinion.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Avatar deserves technical awards...

    by TheWaqman

    for sure. As for best picture, I'd rather it go to Hurt Locker, but I wouldn't be pissed if Avatar won. Best director has to go to Bigelow. Screenplay for In the Loop. <p> P.S. Fuck Up in the Air.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Mandrake, what the hell did Avatar achieve?

    by SlimButNotreally

    You claim it was the biggest achievement. If the Oscars are the box office awards then why have a show? It didnt revolutionize in any way. Cameron didnt invent 3D, just acts like he did. He didnt invent motion capture. Gollum was more impressive than the cat people were and that was over half a decade. <BR><BR>All Cameron did was remake Dances with Wolves but used blue cats instead of Indians...and found a bunch of leftover props from Aliens laying around and threw those in for good measure. Hell, he even got another sassy latino military chick. He's a complete hack, but people are idiots and fall for this shit. You're evidence of that.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    In the Loop is fuckin' insanely paced banter

    by SoylentMean

    almost non-stop. I couldn't stop laughing.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    UP being nominated for best feature and best animated feature

    by palooka_boy

    Doesn't logic dictate that if Up is one of the 10 best pictures of the year, and no other animated features are in the Best Picture category, Up is by default the Best Animated Feature?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    That Avatar and D9 are nominated in those categories...

    by Shepdog

    How much further down can the bar be lowered? Inglourious Basterds, I get (great movie and Christoph Waltz was simply brilliant) but were there really that many turds produced during the year that pieces of shit like Avatar and D9 are being nominated? Fall of the Roman empire.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    My favorite part of the mech suits in Avatar. The fuckin' knife

    by SoylentMean

    I don't care what you think about Avatar but when have you seen a robotic suit all of a sudden pull out a knife and stab a fuckin' alien panther to death? Never. That's what I thought.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Avatar!? Can we get off this love train now?

    by Onin Solstice

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Anyone from Australia here?

    by SimonDunkle

    Did The Hurt Locker get a theatrical release over here? Seemed to have gone under the radar a bit.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Although I Haven't..

    by Karuma

    ....seen four of these I am disappointed that the movie I consider the best of the year was not included and that would be "Where the Wild Things Are". Compelling, offbeat, and intellectually satisfying, while being a poignant therapist's couch of underlying angst, remorse, and insight. Real yet oddly surreal. I think the reason that it is not on the list is because no one knows what to make of it. I wish I were a psychiatrist so I could understand it better.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    I'm surprised that D9 got nominated

    by Watch_The_Birdie

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    District 9 sucked

    by Rupee88

    so wrong it got a BP nom

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    THE DARK KNIGHT...

    by Master Bruce

    was way overrated. The best part is Heath Ledger's performance...take that out & what's left? No one ever talks about Bale's Bruce Wayne, and he's supposed to be the main character! Nowhere near as good as the Frank Miller or Alan Moore comic book stories that inspired it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    The Hurt Locker

    by Anything But Tangerines

    The Hurt Locker is certainly one of the more bizarre films of last year (and the year before). I felt alienated and detached from the whole thing. I was not riveted for one second and there was no real tension except between me and the rest of the audience. I couldn't believe this was an actual script. I do applaud it however for a pure experience of bewilderment, unintentional or otherwise. I wouldn't praise the screenplay or anything else for that matter because the film never seemed to be confident or consistent. There was a better way to make this picture.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    IF THEY HAD 10 BACK THEN: GUMMO WINS BEST PICK!

    by AzulTool

    The "chair-fight guy" wins best supporting actor!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Titanic won. Avatar will win.

    by strosmer

    For the record, I liked Avatar, but I'd like to see Inglorious Basterds take home BP, or at the very least Original Screenplay. They could even toss Best Director to Tarantino without a BP win, but I feel Avatar is going to do a near sweep. My other vote for BP is A Serious Man. It's actually the most deserving of the nominees, but the Coen Bros have won multiple times before, and I really want to see Tarantino get his due. He won't. But here's hoping.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Gummo....

    by Jaka

    ...........ughh!!! Suckage.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    IF THEY HAD 10 BACK THEN: TDK STILL GETS SCREWED!

    by AzulTool

    It gets edged out by "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"...Jesus, typing out the actual title of that crap is a real pain in the ass.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Avatar had a weak ending. Can't win best pic.

    by Onin Solstice

    The fact that Cameron pussied out and had the Navi win and stick it to the "evil" humans is a major story capitulation. If the Navi had lost it would have carried more weight and resonated with many people. Happy endings are for noobs.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Avatar will win.

    by Laserbrain

    Please that crowd, Oscar. <p>And next year how about opening up the field to twenty best picture nominees. That way an even greater spread of casual cinema-goers can have their undemanding tastes cynically validated by the Academy in the pursuit of ratings manna.<p>And find some love for online content, why don't you. Youtube is "motion pictures" too!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    AVATAR SHOULD NOT WIN!

    by quaritchrulez

    What a shame that a movie such as Avatar should be in consideration with movies such as Hurt Locker or Up in the Air.. Dont get me wrong I Loved Avatar but the Plot is not worthy on best pic it would take away the prestige of the award if Jim Cameron is handed another best pic. If Avatar wins if would further the point of Money talks

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    AVATAR SHOULD NOT WIN!

    by quaritchrulez

    What a shame that a movie such as Avatar should be in consideration with movies such as Hurt Locker or Up in the Air.. Dont get me wrong I Loved Avatar but the Plot is not worthy on best pic it would take away the prestige of the award if Jim Cameron is handed another best pic. If Avatar wins if would further the point of Money talks

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    SimonDunkle

    by Ellms

    It comes out this month i think. It wasn't going to come out at theaters but a huge push by people were made. I'm still waiting to see a specific date though.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Avatar is part one of a trilogy.

    by snakecharmer

    Cameron said he has a whole arc planned out. I really don't know were he's going to go with the sequel.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Hurt Locker.....

    by archer1949

    And then everything else. No other movie on that list even came close. If there was any justice in the world, Bigelow will sweep and then ram her Oscars up the ass of that bloodless android ex-Husband of hers. But that probably won't happen and the institutionalized fellatio of Ferngully 2: Dances with ThunderSmurfs will continue unabated.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    I'm going with THL for Best Picture but stick a tenner on...

    by workshed

    ...'A Serious Man', as an outside bet, cos now academy voters are going to have to see that Coen Bros classic. I don't know anyone who's seen it and didn't come away praising it to the roof. I've seen all the films nominated and i think ASM will be the one that comes into play in the last week.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Watch A Serious Man

    by pleasebanme

    It has more ambition, originality, humor, sadness and humanity than all other nine nominees combined. Other than Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds (two imperfect but highly satisfying films), nothing comes close to deserving a Best Picture award, and to even mention it in the same breath as Avatar and Up In The Air (especially in regards to the term "creativity") is truly absurd. And yet no one will give this quiet masterpiece a chance. I GUARANTEE you this will be the least watched film of the ten amongst both Academy voters and casual filmgoers. These fuckers gave you The Big Lebowski, Fargo, and No Country For Old Men! Watch it and bask in the all-too-uncommon bliss of pure, unique artistry.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Sorry, I just got here

    by igregory

    but don't you need to have a dvd column before you can have a dvd column debacle. This is turning into the 24 of websites, something I used to look forward to but just don't care about anymore. Hell with the reviewing even, is it that hard just to tell us what fucking movies came out on dvd this week?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Sorry, I just got here

    by igregory

    but don't you need to have a dvd column before you can have a dvd column debacle. This is turning into the 24 of websites, something I used to look forward to but just don't care about anymore. Hell with the reviewing even, is it that hard just to tell us what fucking movies came out on dvd this week?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Whoops, double post

    by igregory

    it's like I work here and just don't care anymore!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Blind Side??? No MOON

    by Termahaters

    Moon by far one of last years best. Rockwell also best performance i've seen last year.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Moon is still a "Long Wait

    by SoylentMean

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    on Netflix

    by SoylentMean

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    The bastards.

    by SoylentMean

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    Out of ten nominees, 85% talk back is about Avatar

    by jsscript2007

    And the for and against it winning seems to resemble the debate prior to the movie's opening day.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    Avatar NOT best picture; Cameron MAY BE best director

    by hst666

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    HURT LOCKER will win

    by iwontwin

    K BIGELOW got this....but my favorite film is A Simple Man...what a great film.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    sorry

    by iwontwin

    A SERIOUS MAN...a simple plan

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    HEY HARRY, YOU SAID...

    by hollywoodsummers

    for the Best Sound Oscar to route for everyone that didn't work on Transformers 2, and while I understand that sentiment, I just wanted to point out that one of the mixers named Gary Summers on Transformers was also nominated in the same category for Avatar. He's my Pops so just giving a shout out.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    DISTRICT 9 > AVATAR > HURT LOCKER

    by BurnHollywood

    DISTRICT 9 and AVATAR are strikingly similar stories (a coincidence), but I lean towards D9 because the story was told more creatively. The movie takes a real chance in making the protagonist a realistically selfish douchebag, so when he finally throws in with the prawns, it's more meaningful. Also ends on a nice, untidy compromise/mystery.<p> That said, I still love AVATAR, and find it a more worthwhile viewing than HURT LOCKER, which had a wildly uneven story. Bigelow also undermined the movie's substantial gravitas by getting a little too creative with her lead's skillset (he's a bomb defuser, a sniper, detective AND a special ops, depending on his mood that day).<p> Best of the year (IMHO) was MOON, but Sony fucked it (and Rockwell) by not sending out screeners, so that's that.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    AVATAR>DISTRICT 9

    by iwontwin

    No offense, but I didn't really care what happened to that unlikeable protagonist. He was like a weasel. Avatar had a more sympathetic charater, a grunt, simpleton...who was pushed around his whole life...a perfect heroic archetype.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    PONYO CAME OUT IN 2008!

    by jon pertwee

    get over it please.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    pleasebanme: Are you me?

    by Skyway Moaters

    Are we perhaps "twin sons of a different mother"? Because what you have said about "A Serious Man" is EXACTLY what *I* would have said if I was presently in full command of my facilities and had a more coventional way of accessing AICN. Bravo Mr. "Soul Mate"! <p> Coughlin's Laws? If you EVER feel like sharing your opinion on these boards again, kindly set yourself on fire so that we may be saved the trouble of flaming your idiotic observations. <p> Cobra Kai: The: "Does not exist in this dojo" schtick continues to be extremely banal and irritating. PLEASE STOP. Otherwise I have no problem with your posts,and wish you all the best. <p> JettL? You have gone beyond the pale. "The Schtick" wasn't terribly original or amusing six months ago, and irritates like a burr under a saddle by now. Reinvent yourself son: IT'S NOT FUNNY! <P> Hmmm... who else? Too many dickheads to count, much less reply too. Namarie Mellyn, Trubba Not... <p> Oh yeah, BSB! go fuck yourself. "500 Days of Summer" sucks ASS. You are an abject JACKASS, you Michael pedophile fucking Jackson loving piece of disingenous shit.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    iwontwin

    by BurnHollywood

    That's cool...opinions vary. Just wanted to point out, though, that it was (again IMHO) a much greater risk artistically to make the actual HERO of the story (the prawn Christopher Johnson) a supporting character. Wikus wasn't a hero...he only takes one heroic risk in the entire movie, but it's enough for the prawns to rescue him as one of their own.<p> As a story about a people trying to free themselves from their predicament, it shifted the burden of action to the people (the prawns) THEMSELVES, as opposed to having them rescued primarily by the actions of an outsider, as in AVATAR.<p> This more accurately reflects the experience of the black South Africans, for a more respectfully structured metaphor.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    What's with Harry's hate of "Up in the Air?"

    by lotharius3rd1118

    Thought that was a pretty teriffic movie! Solid performances, very funny, and often surprising. I would be totally fine with it winning the main prize this year. However, almost any movie released last year would be a better Best Picture nominee than "The Blind Side." I saw it. I took my mom. She liked it. I didn't think it was half bad. But it's still the same manipulative, inspirational, sports-themed, racially-charged claptrap that we've seen nonstop since "Remember the Titans" made it big at the box office. And I really hated "Precious." I said it. I walked out of it! Only the second movie I've ever done that with.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Skyway Moaters

    by BurnHollywood

    "The: 'Does not exist in this dojo' schtick continues to be extremely banal and irritating. PLEASE STOP."<p> Word.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Why wasn't D9 in Best Makeup?

    by lotharius3rd1118

    Seriously. I know the prawns were CG, but the transformation of Wikkus was one of the better makeup effects since Brundle became the fly!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Hurt Locker is good, but...

    by lotharius3rd1118

    what was up with the whole subplot about finding the murderers of the kid that he had been talking to the whole movie? And then the kid doesn't turn out to be dead?! What was that all about?! Just from a pacing standpoint, it was a silly, pointless inclusion for an otherwise taut thriller. I mean it stopped that movie DEAD!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    PRECIOUS

    by BurnHollywood

    Had no interest in seeing it, but out of morbid curiosity, I Wiki'ed the plot, and it was so fucking tragic (morbidly obese girl, raped into two pregnancies by daddy, one's retarded, and to put a cherry on top, he infected her with HIV in '87, when that was a death sentence) it almost boomerangs around into being a John Waters-style dark comedy or something.<p> Mm-kay. Unlike Oprah, I got my own problems, so I don't need to pay ten bucks for someone else's, but thanks anyway...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    And where is "Fantastic Mr. Fox?"

    by lotharius3rd1118

    Certainly one of the year's ten best. I loved "(500) Days of Summer" as well, and was shocked to not see it get any kind of love. I really liked "Moon," but I think you guys might be playing it up a little more than necessary. Good, in fact very good, but not Oscar worthy.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    lotharius3rd1118

    by BurnHollywood

    I also found it really hard to believe that Iraqis would be allowed on an American base to sell bootleg DVDs...bit of a security hole, I'd say...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Fuck Precious!!

    by lotharius3rd1118

    Everyone who supports that movie keeps bringing up the idea that this is supposed to be the person you see, but don't know. This is her story! Fuck that! I agree that it's almost tragic to the point of being hilarious! That movie just seems to want to pound you into submission with tragedy heaped on misery with a dose of total humiliation. If Precious truly exists, she needs to kill herself. Seriously. I don't need her serving my fries at Mickey D's.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    I have a lot of friends who've served in Iraq

    by lotharius3rd1118

    and they have told me about how many merchants hang out just outside of bases and outposts. My problem with that whole subplot was that it made no fucking sense. He attacks a random dude, who brings him to another random dude. Second random dude turns out ok, and second random dude's wife beats up our hero. Our hero runs away. Goes home. Later we find out the kid's still alive and all of that pointless shit was extra pointless.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    I'd fuck precious...definately!

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    I like big butts, and I cannot lie!

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Hey, us other brothers can't deny.

    by lotharius3rd1118

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Linguo_IS_Dead

    by BurnHollywood

    Well, I'd go to bed early, 'cause you're going to have to pull a double-shift on that one to get the job done...

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    when did they

    by Rand92

    start nominating 10 movies for best picture? Are the Oscars turning into college football where nearly every team gets a bowl invite? Holy crap.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Rand92

    by lotharius3rd1118

    one time only type deal for this year. Something about an anniversary.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Ahh..just read

    by Rand92

    that they expanded the best pic category so that more art house movies could be nominated.....Ummm....that's all that EVER gets nomiknated anymore and has been true for the last several years. If they had said that the category had been expanded to allow more room for films the general public has actually seen; well that I could believe.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    lotharius

    by Rand92

    Well, I hope your reason is true and the one that I read was bogus.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    DON'T FORGET THE COVE FOR BEST DOC

    by Termahaters

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    yea BURNHOLLYWOOD

    by iwontwin

    the problem was, that it felt too forced...suddenly a mech suited wilks turns into a hero? I just couldnt feel that much sympathy for him...I mean I felt some, since his body was changing into a grotesque being....but I was much more interested in CJ. Anyways, this is all nitpicking...both movies were good.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    I'm glad TF2 was nominated.

    by Joely_Boy

    It's got the greatest sound design out of any film ever made.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    MR FOX is better than the blind side....

    by iwontwin

    right?

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Rand

    by lotharius3rd1118

    Art house fare (is it fare of fair?) isn't the only thing that gets nominated anymore. With the wins of "Gladiator" and "Lord of the Rings" the Academy has shown lots of concessions to popular entertainment.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    StonedWriter88

    by MrLongbaugh

    "wait, i remember another movie that just came out. that used the same story avatar did, the one that's been done a million times. it was called THE NEW WORLD by TERRANCE MALICK."<p> The New World actually came out in 2006.<p> Welcome back JettL93.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    iwontwin

    by lotharius3rd1118

    Yes, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is above and beyond a better movie than "The Blind Side." Wes Anderson did something wonderful with his little animated feature and that Sandra Bullock inspirational-football movie barely managed to capture the joy of "Rudy."

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    one of the best scenes in AVATAR

    by iwontwin

    is a paraplegic jake sully waking up in blue for the first time, and running like he has never run before...the joy you see on his avatar face is a remarkable achievement. Maybe its corny, but I felt for the guy.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    And on D9...

    by lotharius3rd1118

    ...wikkus didn't suddenly become a hero. He was a selfish prick the entire movie, even almost foiling Christopher's plans of escape. He didn't do anything heroic until close to the end when he goes back for Christopher rather than run off to save his own skin. To me, that's what makes him interesting. He's not a hero by any measure except for circumstance and a ping of conscience.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    i thought the best scene of "Avatar"

    by lotharius3rd1118

    was when Neytiri discovers her dying father in the rubble of the big tree attack. There was something about that look on her face and that voice-lost cry that struck me.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Up in the Air

    by MattmanReturns

    A film that thinks it's more sophisticated than it is. I was very turned off by it.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    the fact the academy has taken avatar seriously

    by slappy jones

    as a film worthy of nominating is fucking mental. the film is ridiculous. if it wins i will never care about the oscars ever again.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Mattman

    by lotharius3rd1118

    what's up with that statement? i can understand not liking the flick, but that was a pretty vague criticism. Are you saying that it being too sophisticated for its own good because many of the laughs come from the witty dialogue? Is the ending to ambiguous, with almost nobody ending up in a better place. Harry's earlier criticism seemed to center around the third act twist for Vera Farmiga's character. We all know Harry knows shit, but to dismiss an entire movie because you suddenly have a distaste for one character is disingenuous. That moment reflected unlike any other that Clooney is stuck in the life he has chosen. It is sad, but not soulless or unsophisticated.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    I agree lotharius

    by Orionsangels

    When the Navi cry over the scared tree and Neytiri cries for her father. She then yells at Jake in anger. Watching that I didn't even think about computer graphics, just two characters interacting on screen.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    This ends with someone self declaring themselves

    by TheJudger

    KING OF THE UNIVERSE! <P> You know it to be true....

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Slappy Jones trying to ruin another thread.

    by Spacezilla

    Shocker.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Cameron did recycle the butch latino chick....

    by tigerking7979

    from aliens with michelle rodriguez's character in avatar. And the mech suits he already used in Aliens, which the matrix sequels copied. Whats the deal with the stupid mech suits, in a battle they would be sitting targets, huge and slow. I'm sick and tired of seeing mech suits. Also the effects were great but they weren't some giant leap forward. The Na'vi facial expressions were no better than gollums in LOTR trilogy, and that was 8 years ago. I give credit for the effects but some people are really wrong when they say we have never seen this stuff before when we saw it in LOTR the two towers 8 years ago.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    slappy jones...

    by tigerking7979

    shouldn't mickey rourke not winning last year for best actor make you not want to watch the oscar's again

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    wikkus wasn't portrayed as a hero in D9...

    by tigerking7979

    wikkus was portrayed as some one who had to deal with the same bigotry he had carried out towards the aliens.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Skyway Moaters

    by pleasebanme

    Cheers, dude. Glad to know someone else has seen and dug that work of art. If more people dedicated half of their hours debating fucking Avatar to actually seeking out interesting movies they'd have a lot more to talk about come awards season.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Did PRECIOUS cancel out MOON's deserved nominations?

    by MaxTheSilent

    Find me a single person who says "I really want to see that PRECIOUS movie..." and I'll suck your cock.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST

    what's with people hating on The Hurt Locker?

    by Matt Szczerba

    really? not even worthy of a nomination? some people here think they get movies as an art form, but really don't. bunch of morons.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    stino... that's funny

    by Sicuv Uyall

    Examples of real Star Trek. Nemesis, The Final Frontier, Enterprise, the gayness that is Deep Space 9, Insurrection(remember that one?), Generations, and anything resembling low budget cheesy special effects that only appeal to the few people that can speak Klingon. If it's not one of the best movies of last year, it's not real Star Trek.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    tigerking1979

    by iwontwin

    wikkus lack of empathy until the very end is what made me disconnected with his character. yeah the tables were turned, but if you are going to run around and freak out the entire time, let me feel something about why you should live. Because you have a hot wife? Because you were a nice guy on his way up the corporate ladder? LET NOT THERE BE SUCH A DROWNING NOISE OF IRONY!

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    WTF? No 'The Road' or 'Where the Wild Things Are?'

    by darthbauer

    What a crapfest of crap. Viggo deserved a big time nom, as did the kid for best supporting actor. The kid from WTWTA deserved nom for Best Actor, and Spike for best director and it should have been up for Best Movie and Best Soundtrack. Stupid #@$#@ academy....what a #$$#$$ fest of pure #@#$!@

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Almost everyone here has something shitty to say...

    by Sicuv Uyall

    So altogether, every movie nominated sucks! BurnHollywood obviously knows more about Iraq than Hurt Locker's writer, who I heard spent time with a real bomb squad in Iraq. But what the fuck does he know? Another example how those movie people can learn from the know-it-all... i mean knowledgeable people in this site. And you know what? Shitty movies do make money, but good movies make A LOT MORE FUCKIN MONEY AND get a LOT of big nominations and stay number one for A LONG TIME! Can someone who isn't feeling backlash fever explain that? Be thankful Transformers wasn't the number 1 movie of 2009 because that and GI Joe could have rebuilt Haiti if those pieces of shit were never made. So instead of making Transformers 3 and GI Joe 2 and Indy 5/Star Wars 7, send all that money to create long term jobs and the rest to make Avatar 2, Hurt Locker Returns, District 10 and Star Trek 2-2. Thank you and God bless.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Inglorious Basterds stands alone here.

    by Anything But Tangerines

    No contest even with 10 nominees. Pathetic. I love the Coens and respect the hell out of Avatar's technical bravado, but as an actual important piece of cinema it's lonely.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Watchmen?!

    by Anything But Tangerines

    O my. I forgot about Watchmen. Basterds and Watchmen were the 2 most important films of 2009.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    I Do Not Whack Off To Maggie

    by THX1968

    Please! Oh Harry One, with your God-Like Acumen, can you not see this chick is flat-out butt-something? The chick just doesn't do it for me. I was pleased to see her bite it in Dark Knight.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST

    I doubt avatar will win best pic

    by BendersShinyAss

    you gotta look at the history of best pics.... always got some sort of grouding in historical re-tellings. Best director, sure.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST

    MattmanReturns/Lotharious

    by The Ringwraith

    I totally agree with Mattman and (and presumably Harry) on this. I liked Up In the Air - its a very nice movie, well made and well-acted and entertaining, but I found nothing about that was any more sophisticated than your average episode of How I Met Your Mother or a romantic comedy. My biggest issue with the film is that Clooney's character doesn't hold to his philosophy. He supposedly has this "loner" life stance, but as soon as he meets the right woman he throws all that out and bets the farm on her. There was no conflict, no attempt by him to put his feelings aside. So his whole philosophy was based on the fact that he'd (GASP) never met the right woman! Consequently I never bought into his whole character arc. The key moment for me wasn't Farmiga's characer's revelation, but the conversation with Danny McBride's character in the classroom. Here he makes his transition, completes his arc...and thats when I realised there was nothing particularly sophisticated going on. Now I think sophistication is overrated, so I have no problem with that, but in a film built for sophisticates and pseudo intellectuals, I was frankly bewildered by passion some people found for it. It may be a similar case for Avatar, which I love and adore as big-screen entertainment done right. But if you're gonna nominate Avatar, you have to explain why you didn't nominate The Dark Knight, which is by all accounts a better film. The reason is, James Cameron is now an "Oscar darling", even though he really never aimed to be one and surely never intended Avatar to to be considered for these awards. A similar air now surrounds Peter Jackson, and for this reason his The Lovely Bones was incredibly misunderstood and mis-marketed as "prestige" picture because, well, its from academy award-winner Peter Jackson! But Peter Jackson ISN'T that kind of film maker...he's a geek, and he makes genre movies for the masses. If people are going to assume every film he makes is now supposed to be his next awards contender, they have critically misjudged him and likely his future films. Anyway I'm totally ranting now, but come on! The Lovely Bones is a perfectly good movie! Its not, and is not meant to be, a prestige award-winner! But its well made and deserving of much more than the 34% rating it has on RT. Anyway...

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    how cool that 2 sci-fi-s in best pic

    by BendersShinyAss

    doesnt happen often!

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Inglorious Basterds stands alone here.

    by quantize

    as the worst of the lot...delusional fuckwit.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST

    I still love Star Trek...

    by Azlam Orlandu

    ...more than Avatar and District 9. It should have got a best pic nod if Avatar did.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST

    HILARIOUS scenes in avatar

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    when the girl pilot goes "this is wack yo im out bitch this and that" in the middle of an ATTACK and starts SHOOTINg at her OWN allies! HILARIOUS MILITARY!

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Sigourney Weaver's character was HILARIOUS

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    when she's introduced as this tough talking cigarette chomping he-lady who wrote the BOOK on the avatar program no less! and then halfway becomes a background character agreeing and following around like a bumfuck mannequin.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:51 a.m. CST

    A V A T A R - Like it or hate it. 70-80% of the...

    by snakecharmer

    ... best picture discussion is about AVATAR. For it and against it but it's still a discussion of Avatar.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:46 a.m. CST

    If hackmaster Tarantino wins, I will shoot myself.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    And then the Academy.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Observation One

    by Mr Gorilla

    The standard of Directors of Photography is insanely high. We can whinge about many things in Hollywood, but not the photography. Those films look amazing.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Observation Two

    by Mr Gorilla

    I'm not sure the Academy know how to vote for Best Sound Mixing. They seem to just vote for Sound Mix With The Largest Number Of Special Effects. Why can't a film WITHOUT explosions be nominated for this? Didn't everyone say that the Transformers mix was relentlessly loud - therefore horrible?

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 4:25 a.m. CST

    District 9 Crew

    by Fineus Fog

    wow... I can now tell my family I worked on a film that could (maybe?) win best pic Oscar.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 5:28 a.m. CST

    The Academy & Nazis

    by Sherman_Lives

    It was my understanding that they don't award Oscars to actors who play Nazis. Sure, they get nominated (Ralph Fiennes and Edward Norton come to mind), but they never win. I can't think of any time there was an exception to this rule, and I'd be surprised if Waltz was the first.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    mark kermode on avatar...

    by emeraldboy

    its bit like watching oil tanker move in the water. a great technical feat but incredibly boring and ponderous.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Do we really need 2 more Avatar films?

    by TheJudger

    This one is oversaturated. What could they possibly do to add more to the story they used in the first film? One of the most repeated comments was the shame in not reusing all the 3d models and tools created to make the movie- since it cost so much to make this, and how it would be easier and less costly to approach a sequel that resuses them. That sounds like the next film will take place on Pandora again. For the most part we saw everything there. Oh wait we will get a few new creatures- really.... Earth will come back to fight, using the same tech they did last time. It only takes 3 years to get out there, and I'm sure they send ships out like they grow trees. 1 every year. So ones always 1 year away. I gotta say it man. Avatar is a technical achievement on an epic scale, but at the same time. There's really nothing but food smears on the plate to play with to make a story that can compete with the first film, and having seen this movie 3 times now. I don't care if never see it again for many many moons. I saw it. It's no longer an effect anymore. Moving on, and waiting for the next big game changer moment in cinema.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Let me put it this way- The Story will have to be

    by TheJudger

    better than the Special FX in the sequel, or it's an outright waste. All I can think of is story will revolve around more war bullshit. <P> The TV series for Shaka Zulu did this tribe fucked with westener story a million times better than Avatar did.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    SKYWAY MOATERS: DEPRESSION HURTS

    by BringingSexyBack

    Cymbalta can help.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST

    I CAN'T NAIL DOWN JUST ONE BEST SCENE OF 2009

    by BringingSexyBack

    What comes immediately to mind, of course, is the park scene in (500) Days. Then, there was the first park scene. Also, there's the last scene with Minka. The karaoke scene was brilliant too. As was the scene beside the taxi. And of course the Expectation/Reality scene was epic. And who can forget the IKEA scene? <P> 2009 was simply the best year for movies ever.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    THE SYFY ORIGINAL

    by Cundalinis_Hand

    DISTRICT 9 NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE? BLACKHAWK DOWN + THE FUGITIVE + E.T. DOES NOT MAKE AN OSCAR WORTHY MOVIE. AS FAR AS TH BLIND SIDE GOES, THAT IS ANOTHER FUCKING DISGRACE.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    now that cameron has handed over...

    by emeraldboy

    3 or 4 billion to fox. they can make as many avatar films as they like. other studios will follow. they will create their versions of the technology that cameron used to make avatar. kermode put his finger on camerons weakness. Cameron is less interested in tell a great story. he is more interested in the technology he uses to make films. All of camreons screenplays are very heavy handed. he will use technology to push the enevelope in making films. but he loathes deeply how mankind uses technology to destroy things. is that not hyprocisy?

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    damn_dirty_ape...

    by ZoeFan

    This proves you can't tell the difference between good and bad dialog. The dialog in Inglorious Basterds is AMAZING... Bordering on Genius. Take the scene that most morons bitch about, the pub scene. There is so much going on with the dialog in that scene. It adds tension, character background, humor and at the same time is so dead on, how people would talk during that time and situation. Take Stephen Lang's character in Avatar, his character says some cliched line like "OK people, let's get this done! I want to be home for dinner." Gag me. I'm not going off on Avatar, because I enjoyed it. But to go off on Tarantino's dialog shows no reference and no credibility to what you're talking about.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Coraline Soundtrack

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    WHY wasn't this nominated? Coulois is the greatest, and this soundtrack rulz!

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    moo

    by bcmc

    Thanks for some of the funny posts. Too many to reply to so I'll just chip in with some criticism (don't we all). Why translate to English only two of the five Foreign Language Films? How do you say Ajami in English? Wait, how do you translate a name? Better idea: stop translating. La Teta Asustada does not mean The Milk of Sorrow. Well at least it's not as bad as translating Memento to Amnesia like they did in Brazil. Most pseudo-intelectual cinephiles don't respect the Oscars. So why does it matter who's nominated and who wins? Because it's a fun guessing game while we lie to ourselves that Oscars don't mean shit. They don't. I mean.. wait, why are we posting so much on here anyway? I hope The Cove's lungs cave in while someone tickles it. Double-agent Waltz is gonna try not to laugh while receiving an award in Zionism Central.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Avatar lacks any memorable...

    by knowthyself

    Scenes, lines, or characters. Think of all the Titanic spoofs involving the scene with jack and rose at the edge of the ship. Anything like that in Avatar? Any memorable lines people are quoting? Any characters stand out as iconic? Nope. Nothing. Nada. Just the dumb blue cat people look.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    My predictions: Always bet on the holocaust movie.

    by knowthyself

    Best picture upset: Inglorious Basterds. No it doesn't deserve it. Yes its QT's worse film. It's ony winning bc its a holocaust movie.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    SECRET OF KELLS = SAMURAI JACK

    by OGoncho

    Just sayin'. Very similar art style.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    So not much TREK love from the Academy then?....

    by Cervantes

    ....somewhere in an 'alternative timeline' a major re-boot MORE in keeping with 'your Dad's Trek', and with a coherent storyline...was directed by Cameron in his new 3D process.... ....It blew everybody away and went on to win many awards.... AsimovLives efforts on this site have been vindicated in THIS 'timeline', as even an expanded field of 10 nominees couldn't include it.... Still, there's time for J.J. and his writers to come up with something more memorable with their sequel, and at least it'll look fresher with a lick of the new 3D sheen about it, which it's bound to have now.... Oh, and while it's great to see some of the things that DID make the cut with the noms....'Avatar' and Cameron for the win! :) ....he deserves it considering everything he's achieved with his latest crazy venture.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    the fuck are you people riding Basterds for?!?!

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Come right out and tell me why it is you think it blows. This is Tarantino's TWBB, his NCFOM, his form altered yet perfected. I can't fault Inglourious Basterds for story, dialogue, acting, music, photography, editing... the flick has plenty of great violence, engrossing and searing monologues, great overall structure... name your quarrel and make it objective, please.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    knowthyself... Congratulations

    by ZoeFan

    There's a first for everything. And you're the first person to declare Inglorious Basterds as Tarantino's "worse".

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    yeah, knowthyself

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Especially since you fart out Avatar because it "has no memorable scenes" and shit on Basterds... Did you watch the same movie? Scene after memorable scene, the definition of a great film.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Actually OGoncho

    by white_vader

    It's much closer to Kim Possible. I love Sam Jack too, and don't care about possible, but compare that chick to Kim Possible. They're like twins. <p> Having said all that, I really wanna see this Kells movie.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    THE BLIND SIDE!!!!!

    by MainMan2001

    WHEN I SAW THAT TRAILER IN THE THEATERS A WHILE BACK I LAUGED AND AT THE SAME TIME FELT EXTREMELY AWKWARD. NOW, WHY AWKWARD YOU ASK? WELL, THE FILM IS A RACIST FILM. IT'S ABOUT A WHITE RICH WOMEN WHO NEEDS SOMETIME TO DO SO SHE HELPS A BIG FAT BLACK MAN AND THEN SHE FEELS BETTER. I'M SICK OF THIS SHIT COMING OUT OF HOLLYWOOD. WHY IS IT ABOUT HER?! WHY DOES HE NEED HER HELP? I DON'T CARE IF IT'S A TRUE STORY BECAUSE THEY ARE OTHER TRUE STORIES WHERE BLACK PEOPLE ARE THE HEROS. FUCK THIS FILM AND FUCK THE ACADEMY A BUNCH OF OLD MOTHER FUCKERS WHO WATCH MOVIES IN THEIR MANSIONS AS THEY DO OTHER THINGS. I'VE SEEN THIS I KNOW. THE CINEMATIC REVOLUTION NEEDS TO BEGIN AND IT ISN'T PARANORMAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    THE BLIND SIDE!!!!!

    by MainMan2001

    WHEN I SAW THAT TRAILER IN THE THEATERS A WHILE BACK I LAUGED AND AT THE SAME TIME FELT EXTREMELY AWKWARD. NOW, WHY AWKWARD YOU ASK? WELL, THE FILM IS A RACIST FILM. IT'S ABOUT A WHITE RICH WOMEN WHO NEEDS SOMETIME TO DO SO SHE HELPS A BIG FAT BLACK MAN AND THEN SHE FEELS BETTER. I'M SICK OF THIS SHIT COMING OUT OF HOLLYWOOD. WHY IS IT ABOUT HER?! WHY DOES HE NEED HER HELP? I DON'T CARE IF IT'S A TRUE STORY BECAUSE THEY ARE OTHER TRUE STORIES WHERE BLACK PEOPLE ARE THE HEROS. FUCK THIS FILM AND FUCK THE ACADEMY A BUNCH OF OLD MOTHER FUCKERS WHO WATCH MOVIES IN THEIR MANSIONS AS THEY DO OTHER THINGS. I'VE SEEN THIS I KNOW. THE CINEMATIC REVOLUTION NEEDS TO BEGIN AND IT ISN'T PARANORMAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    My manyproblems with Inglorious Basterds

    by knowthyself

    1. It's not really about the Basterds at all. QT wasted a perfect opportunity to keep us with them so we can care for them and learn something about them beyond cool names and violent flashbacks. <br> 2. I understand what he's trying to do with tension but many of his scenes go on for far too long. They wear out their welcome. <br> 3. Too many disjointed characters. The Basterds, the germans, the movie theater, and the misplaced Michael Myers cameo. Its all just a jumbled mess. It lacks focus. Unlike Kill Bill we don't even have a single central character. <br> 4. In his attempt to re-write history the film really have no other point other than to kill Hitler. Even as a revenge fantasy its still too slow and barely spends any time on this revenge until the very end. <br> So in closing IB is the worst of QT's bad directing habits. I thought Death Proof was just a bump in the road but unfortunately it was just a sign of things to come. Over indulgent masturbatory material.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Today is the day Titanic falls

    by CatoTheCensor

    I honestly never thought I'd see it. $600 million seemed insurmountable. Forget about worldwide, this is the real prize.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Don't ever compare IB to TWBB ever again please.

    by knowthyself

    I threw up in my mouth when I read that.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    The Bullshit Locker.

    by ThroughTheBrokenWindowWithDancinDelroyLindo

    I really wanted to like "The Hurt Locker", and have been a fan of Kathryn Bigelow's work for a long time. Maybe if I had seen it before hearing how great it was over and over, I could have appreciated it more. I fell asleep three times during the movie, and found it all around generically well made. I would love for there to never be another movie shot with the whole desert war backdrop, but I suppose that is my problem not the film's. I respect Bigelow for getting to the point she is at as a female director - no easy task in this industry of cock-hard megalomaniacs. I would give the Original Screenplay and Best Director trophy to Tarantino for the opening 20 minutes of his movie alone - that scene is the most mature and best work he has ever done.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    moon got boned

    by palewook

    screw the academy, they don't know shit.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    BASTERDS FOR PRESIDENT!

    by IForgotAbout19

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Allow me to retort

    by Anything But Tangerines

    1. The film is about their mission. Their mission involves several other characters in other converging story lines. Watch Tarantino much? 2. There are actually very few "scenes" in Basterds, relativley. Almost all of them have a story arc of their own, just for one scene. This is called talented, original filmmaking. Being bored by their length tells me more about your patience than Tarantino's ability. 3. Unlike Kill Bill... funny you should say that because Kill Bill is unlike most Tarantino stories in that way, so to compare it to another of his films when discussing a "main character" is illogical. 4. The point was not to rewrite history, it was to fuck around with history. It's rare for a film, sure, but when it works this well can't you suspend your disbelief? You really must like Kill Bill if you still expect a revenge fantasy which this film is not. This is classic, yet refined Tarantino storytelling. Kill Bill was an extremely fun indulgent detour (Death Proof is another conversation for another time). Inglourious Basterds wants your attention, but is willing to reward it. Give it another try. Maybe snort some ritalin.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    You know...

    by ZoeFan

    Dances With Wolves isn't really about Dancing with Wolves, Jackie Brown isn't really about Jackie as it is about Sam Jackson's character, Heat isn't really about heat and The Wizard of Oz is hardly about The Wizard of Oz. It's called a metaphor. Besides, "Shosanna" isn't a really good movie title. Also, there is NO movie that isn't a documentary that recalls history 100%. I can't understand why people have such a problem with Hitler getting blitzed at the end of the film, yet no one is saying "there wasn't really a group of Jewish soilders killing out killing Nazis during WWII".

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    50% of the diloauge in Basterds

    by knowthyself

    Is meaningless. Thats the main problem with the long scenes. I'd be more interested if they were talking about something that was pertanent to the film. When characters start debating Chaplin movies I ask myself...wtf?

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Dialogue? Yeah Dialogue.

    by knowthyself

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    MainMan2001 - Hypocracy anyone?

    by frozen01

    As much as I agree with you that it is a tired story, don't you think it's a little overkill here? So, we're never allowed to have a movie in which a white person helps a black person? Isn't that far more racist than the movie?

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    knowthyself

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Know thy Tarantino before you open your ignorant mouth about "pointless" dialogue one more Goddamn time.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    UltraTron

    by frozen01

    Wow. Yes. I hadn't thought of that. The music in Watchmen was incredible... I don't even remember the music in Avatar. At all. Personally, though, I hope it goes to Sherlock Holmes. THAT was great music, really spiced up the movie and made it even more fun than it already was.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    emeraldboy

    by The Ringwraith

    I'm not sure you're giving Cameron due credit. I know the man has more money than God, but that doesn't mean people need to suddenly bag him out like he's some Michael Bay hack. Name me one Genre writer director, aside from Spielberg, who has made more intelligent action films than Cameron? Name me one hollywood screenwriter who has more consistently nailed the structure and internal logic of an action screenplay than Cameron? He is not, and never wanted to be, an arty, deep film maker. But when it comes to finding a compromise between mainstream accessibility and genuine thought, Cameron is one of the all-time greats. And that is a talent worth some respect.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Pointless dialogue.

    by knowthyself

    POINTLESS DIALOGUE. I know plenty of Tarantino. It's his worst habit as a writer.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Anything But Tangerines

    by frozen01

    Not that I agree with knowthyself, but I've never found the whole "well, that's how it's always been done by [enter artist here] and if you didn't get that your opinion doesn't matter" thing to be that great of an argument. If a movie isn't enjoyable (and I do think IB was VERY enjoyable) then the director/actor/writer/whatever isn't going to change that. <p>That said, I'm not normally a Tarantino fan, but I loved Inglorious Basterds. Dialogue and all. I love any movie with really great characters, and the "long" dialogue just gave us more time with them. Loved it, and will own it soon.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    CatoTheCensor

    by The Ringwraith

    "I honestly never thought I'd see it. $600 million seemed insurmountable. Forget about worldwide, this is the real prize. " American ethnocentrism at its most blatant? But I agree, its a feat I honestly couldn't imagine happening again. But I guess it was bound to, and is bound to again.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    So what if Sigourney smokes???

    by film11

    At least 1/3 of the population does. And most do NOT die. My grandfather smoked till he passed away at the age of 99. My neighbor never smoked and he dies of lung cancer at the age 0f 54. Not trying to defend or condemn anything. But what is truly unrealistic is the movieland assertation of a society where NO ONE smokes. DEMOLITION MAN, here we come! (That movie is becoming almost as prophetic as NETWORK turned out to be.)

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Smoking does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Good job Sigourney was a well-paid cutting-edge scientist, cos what with tax, inflation, and the cost of importing tobacco across space, I imagine each pack of cigs must've cost $thousands.<p> Imagine stubbing out your smoke and thinking, geez there goes another grand.<p> Reckon she was flogging off a bit of Unobtanium on the black market to feed her evil habit.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    knowthyself...

    by ZoeFan

    As you are clueless person acting like you understand film, let me help. When the characters talk about Chaplin it serves a few purposes. It makes the characters more like people instead of cardboard cutouts. It does this as people playing cards generally talk about the pop culture of the day as they are playing cards. Since Inglorious Basterds is a movie on movies during the time of Chaplin, it would serve as something people might talk about. Also, the scene serves a a major tension builder. Something that people with the attention span of a 5-year old would not get. Also, the scene serves as a background builder for multiple characters. The "pub scene" really is Genius. People that bitch about it are really missing the multiple levels it's working on.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Good List

    by Cobbio

    Thanks for laying it out for us, Harry. I'm anticipating "Avatar" winning many awards, as it goddamn well should, but I love the fact "District 9" and "The Hurt Locker" are getting major love too.<p> If I was forced to choose Best Picture between those two films, I don't think I could do it. I fucking loved "District 9," with its dramatic, balls-out story and wonderfully brutal action sequences, but "The Hurt Locker" was also a beautiful, unforgettable modern war film. I absolutely loved both of them. If either picture wins, I'll sit up, cheer, and lift my Sam Adams Double Bock to a job well done.<p> But James Cameron is the man. The HMFC, as is written on his director's hat. I've seen "Avatar" three times and been amazed each time on many levels by its beauty, innovation, and powerful story. I tip my cap to Jim for making it happen. He deserves a huge amount of thanks.<p> It's a great fucking time for movies.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Enough with the UP shouldn't be in the Best Picture category cra

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    I mean, come on! If an animated feature (or a documentary or a foreign-language film for that matter) is one of the 10 (or 5) best pictures of the year, it should be nominated for Best Picture. Period. The fact that animated features have their own category is completely irrelevant. No documentary has ever been nominated for Best Picture (to my knowlegde, correct if I'm wrong), but several foreign-language films have been nominated for Best Picture *and* Best Foreign Language Film. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one example. So, if animated features should be excluded from the Best Picture category, should foreign-language films be excluded as well? They have their own category just like animated features. Personally, I don't think they should. A movie is a movie, whether it's animated, in a foreign language or a documentary, and that means that if it's one of the best of the year, it should be nominated for Best Picture. That's why I'm glad Up got that well-deserved Best Picture nomination.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    ^crap!

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    OH MY GOD. HOW CAN I FORGET THE DANCE SCENE?

    by BringingSexyBack

    That was great.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Just watched The Hangover...

    by secure214

    And it fucking sucked ass. Glad it got ZERO noms

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    lol @ inglorious basterds as art

    by knowthyself

    Wow. You really can make anything sound artistic. The clouds in this scene represented my anus or QT farting on his audience. Brilliant.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Those who say Star Trekwars

    by kwisatzhaderach

    should have been nominated, please rewatch the whole sequence where 'Kirk' lands on the ice planet and meets Spock and 'Scotty' and his CG monkey and then explain to me why you think anyone in their right mind would nominate this for Best Picture?

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    What?

    by MegaBeth

    No Best Actor for the douche that played Duke in GI Joe? No Best Movie nomination? I can't believe it.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Fuck Avatar! I'm rooting for the underdog instead

    by Stalkeye

    It would be cool if D9 stole the noms, and as much as I like Avatar, it's still not original enough to garner such praise.But then again Cameron steals source material and changes shit around enough so that it may seem like an original concept. *cough*Terminator*cough*

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    And the Oscar for most depressing film goes to:

    by Stalkeye

    precious. What a fucked up movie that was.Bad enough the protagonist was abused by her mother but also beared two children via her Father but as a result she gets "The Package" (also known as Hi Five or The Monster.)I mean damn if this is the feel good movie of 2009.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    You know

    by Series7

    The Cove should've been nominated for best movie. Its the best thriller that came out this year.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Gabourey Sidibe nominated for best actor in THE BLIND SIDE

    by AzulTool

    God, I wanted the Raiders to draft her in the 1st round. She would have shored up the left tackle position for the next decade.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    idonotseekabanning...

    by ZoeFan

    I've already explained this like 3 times on this TB.... But here we go. In responce to the entire "pub scene" being pointless, dragging on forever, not progressing the movie, just trying to be cool, etc. These are descriptions I've read on this site. Anyway to chop and paste what I already wrote, When the characters talk about Chaplin it serves a few purposes. It makes the characters more like people instead of cardboard cutouts. It does this as people playing cards generally talk about the pop culture of the day. Since Inglorious Basterds is a movie on movies during the time of Chaplin, it would serve as something people might talk about. Also, the scene serves as a major tension builder. It's like you already know what the final result is going to be, but it keeps teasing and teasing. Very excellent writing. The movie Jaws teases and teases. You know the shark will ultimately attack, but when? Back to IB, at the same time, the scene serves as a background builder for multiple characters. That's the multiple levels it works on. It serves mutiple purposes without being self serving. To me Pulp Fiction's dialog, while it's top notch, is very self serving. However Inglorious Basterds is not. This film proved all the haters QT has grown up. I didn't feel like I was backed in a corner. I was at lunch. Ask as many questions as you like.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    ok ZoeFan

    by Series7

    How come Inglorious Bastards is being nominated for best picture. Since when did direct to video releases get Oscar Noms?

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Still no David Brown obit, huh?

    by ColonelFatheart

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Series7...

    by ZoeFan

    ?

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Was

    by Series7

    IB not a direct to video release?

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I Can't Understand How Anyone, Especially Here, Could Hate AVATA

    by LaserPants

    Heavy-handedness, obviousness, and derivativeness aside, it's a visually gorgeous, exciting, and fun film that hits all of it's Space John Smith Hearts Space Pocahantas marks perfectly. I suspect many of the people here who say they hate it are just being contrarian for the sake of it. Previous to AVATAR, I HATED everything Cameron did since ALIENS (still his best film); I've since taken an about-face and can't wait to see the sequel. I just hope said sequel gets a little more morally complicated; maybe shows a side of the Na'vi that isn't so noble (perhaps a group of Na'vi who wants the human technology / consumer products and is willing to betray the nation for it?), and a side to the humans that isn't so evil.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    R

    by LaserPants

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Inglorious Basterds and Inglorious Bastards

    by ZoeFan

    are 2 different films. The first is the classic written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the latter is an exploitation film from 1978 starring Fred Williamson and Bo Svenson (it's not really good, I watched it like 6 months ago).

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    If Bigelow wins...

    by AzulTool

    It'd be the 1st time that the wife does the beating in a James Cameron relationship.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    ZoeFan

    by Series7

    Yeah I know that. I'm not bothering spelling that movie the fucking way QT did. You know what I mean. Was the QT movie a theatrically released film?

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    $601,141,551

    by NeedsoftheMany

    Titanic's reign is over.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Series7...

    by ZoeFan

    Why are you asking me that? You know the answer of the question you're asking. From someone who I respect on the TBs, you're weirding me out.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Julian Clarke should lose because.....

    by cookylamoo

    in District 9, he could have cut two minutes of the shuttle rising to the mothership and three minutes of the guy in the armor running from gunfire. Lack of editing really slowed down the ending of this film and hurt it.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    idonotseekabanning...

    by ZoeFan

    You are more than correct. The movies you mentioned are more so "movies on movies" than IB.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    UltraTron, it opens with the words "War is a drug"

    by MattmanReturns

    It's a war movie. It's about the addictive nature of war. That's its central theme.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    D9 = The Hangover

    by Cundalinis_Hand

    Two steaming over-hyped pieces of shit. Surprised The HO was not nominated for the MTV Oscars though. D9's storyline was thrown together like one of those bad sitcom clip-shows.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    cookylamoo, I'm glad you didn't edit District 9

    by MattmanReturns

    You would've fucked up some of its best moments.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    AVATAR is not #1 domestically, and never will be.

    by AzulTool

    "Adjusted for Inflation" is the only record that counts. 'Gone With the Wind' is #1. Star Wars is #2. It seems like every time a movie comes close to 'Titanic' (#6 by the way) we have to remind everybody what time it is. I didn't even mention IMAX prices. Still, the worldwide audience take is more of a factor now than it's ever been. It's #1 in that category. And, it may have a shot to end up in the Top 10 domestically which is damn impressive.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    AVATAR now #1 domestically

    by jsscript2007

    BOX OFFICE MOJO - NEWS BULLETIN Wednesday, February 3, 2010 It's official. 'Avatar' surpassed 'Titanic's gross on Tuesday to become the highest-grossing picture of all time. 'Avatar's total stands at $601.1 million, edging out 'Titanic's $600.8 million. Raking in $2.7 million on Tuesday, 'Avatar' raced past the $600 million mark in just 47 days, while 'Titanic' took 252 days to hit the milestone...

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    ZoeFan

    by Series7

    I'm just saying, the trailer for IB sucked balls. <P> I've yet to see it, because QT is such a trailer whore and claims to be the end all of trailer knowledge, he should've never released such garbage. So since he made a DTV trailer for his movie, I treated it as such.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    By the way...

    by jsscript2007

    Gone With the Wind box office numbers have long been considered a joke. The total they have is admittedly not accurate and is based loosely on countless rereleases over 70 years.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Mattman Returns

    by cookylamoo

    So you like watching the same thing over and over? Ship Rise, Shoot Robot, Ship Rise, Shoot Robot.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Kirk found Spock and Scotty....

    by cookylamoo

    Because time was trying to correct itself (Spock says this) and so time started cheating by creating coincidences. Time can do this because it's pretty smart.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    GONE WITH THE WIND numbers

    by ColonelFatheart

    The movie had several re-releases over the years. Also, it's early numbers were inflated by premium pricing similar to the kind often cited by detractors of AVATAR's numbers. So you want to argue that the 3D is the main draw for AVATAR. Fine. Then I'll argue that nothing else looked like GWTW, either. That was a "game-changer" in its own way ... and it didn't have home video, television or the Internet to compete with.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    In other words, if you want to put B.O. numbers

    by ColonelFatheart

    in context, you have to include more than the largely amorphous "adjusted for inflation" factor.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    cookylamoo, you're one of the only people

    by MattmanReturns

    who has complained about those scenes. So don't act like I'm strange for not having a problem with it. I don't have A.D.D. I can focus on one thing for more than a minute.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Box Office success should be determined by attendance

    by MattmanReturns

    Not by ticket price.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Even if you measure by attendance,

    by ColonelFatheart

    you have to account for piracy when comparing modern-day films to older ones, like GWTW. Even though AVATAR is known for its singular theatrical experience, it's still a widely pirated movie. There's also the problem of home video. There are still millions of people out there who won't go to theaters to see movies, regardless of the zeitgeist and hype, and would rather wait until OnDemand, Netflix or sell-through DVDs.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    "40 Acres And A Mule? GEEEYEEE!"

    by LaserPants

    Yeah, GWTW was a game changer all right. It allowed grotesque racial stereotypes more freedom than ever before!

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Matmanreturns

    by cookylamoo

    Fine, I'll stand alone...it sucked.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    The editing, I mean....at the end.

    by cookylamoo

    The rest I liked.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    (500) DAYS OF SUMMER #1 DOMESTICALLY

    by BringingSexyBack

    In what really counts: hearts and minds.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Ace of Wands

    by Come_ON

    Did...did you just say...Worthington's character expressed emotion? My God.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Wait, John Hurt got an Oscar?

    by SoylentMean

    I think you're confusing him with William Hurt here. Which is hilarious...

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Of all the Best Picture nominees...

    by Knuckleduster

    ... there is only one that I would call an absolute masterpiece. Inglourious Basterds.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    GWTW made most of it's 198 million when tix were 5 cents.

    by AzulTool

    It's all about tickets sold. Not that complicated.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    The Road

    by grendel69

    was EASILY the best movie I saw this year. Avatar fucking blows. The movie is a below mediocre story with lovely special affects... that bored me to death. I wanted to kill everyone in the theater including myself while being subjected to that piece of shit. Avatar, is a sure thing to win best picture. Art is fucking dead.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Knuckleduster, I agree

    by MattmanReturns

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    AzulTool

    by ColonelFatheart

    GWTW was an amazing phenomenon, no doubt. It did, however, benefit from premium pricing much like AVATAR. And again, tickets sold is a relative issue, too, since how else could you see GWTW in those days? It stayed in theaters for a longer time on its initial run than movies these days do. There was no DVD/video piracy, television was far from being pervasive, and there was no home video or Internet. The movies were THE dominant visual medium then. Even vaudeville was long its way out, mainly because movies killed it. GWTW was the only game in town.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Also, how many GWTW tickets were sold

    by ColonelFatheart

    as part of double or triple features with other movies, especially later in its first run?

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Mostly agreed, Knuckleduster.

    by ColonelFatheart

    I'll argue that UP is a masterpiece, even though it's in vogue to trash Pixar these days. I did love AVATAR, but it's not a masterpiece. A SERIOUS MAN is another great one on the list.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    VENI, ZOOEY, VENI

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    I'll put in a word for Am Education.

    by cookylamoo

    Great script, Good story, well acted and never gets sappy. That's the sort of film I long for.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Series7, does QT make his own trailers?

    by strosmer

    Aren't trailers typically outsourced for editing by the marketing department of the studio with little to no input from the director? Even if a director is involved with a trailer edit, when has any trailer ever been truly indicative of the movie itself? Come on, man, your excuse for not seeing IB based solely on its trailer is lame.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Yes, Colonel. You're right ...

    by AzulTool

    Movies were indeed THE dominant visual medium of the time. That is why I stated in my first post that it will never be #1 domestically. Because, no film will ever break that record. That just isn't the world that we live in anymore. Just like when I bristle at the notion that Avatar is this generation's Star Wars. It isn't. When SW came out, it stayed in theaters for over a year and a half. That was the movie business back then. Don't get me wrong, Avatar's run is the real deal. It's going to be up there in rarefied air before it's all said and done. But, regardless of how much we geek out, people don't go to the movies the way they used to. That's what will ultimately hold it back from being the undisputed #1.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Fair enough, AzulTool

    by ColonelFatheart

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Ace of Wands

    by Come_ON

    God is it enough that it is the highest grossing movie ever and nominated for Best Picture? Are the die hards now laughably furious that the acting in this movie was (rightly) ignored? Give me a break.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Avatar Super Fans

    by Come_ON

    are like ravenous dogs. It's fine to like or even love the movie but fucking knock it off with praising it's acting. And the theory that it HAS to be good because it is making a lot of money and not dropping off is as always, complete horse shit. American Idol has been the #1 TV show for years so I guess that means it CAN'T POSSIBLY BE BAD. Fucking fools, I swear to God.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Avatar is number one

    by jsscript2007

    Inflation doesn't mean shit. If one movie, sells one three billion dollar ticket, then that would be the new champ. Until then, suck it up buttercup.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Ace of Wands

    by Come_ON

    This coming from someone who thinks that box office gross is proof of a movie's quality.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Here's how the noms should have gone down

    by RandomWordRandomWord

    Avatar; District 9; Fantastic Mr. Fox; Hurt Locker; Sherlock Holmes. There should have been no more than 5. Up in The Air is the most overrated film of the year, followed by The Blind Side and Basterds. Up was good but not Pixar's best and not as good as Fantastic Mr. Fox, the best animated film this year. Precious is just your typical Oscar Bait, I haven't seen the rest.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    No Country For Old Men / Return of the King

    by MattmanReturns

    The only Best Pictures I've agreed with in the last decade.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Don't think NC Old Men will stand the test of time.

    by cookylamoo

    Except among sadists who like seeing people die.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    American Idol is a good show

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Avatard and Transformers 2 are not good movies

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Ace of Wands

    by Come_ON

    A lot of people watch American Idol, it is indeed popular. While not as accurate as the boxoffice it doesn't matter. It is the most popular show on TV, which with your logic means it can't be bad. Unless you think the ratings are so messed up that it really isn't popular at all. If you want to talk of insanity, maybe you should talk to the pathetic, empty drones that suffer from 'avatar depression'. People whose lives are so meaningless that they actually become upset because they can't live in a cartoon world.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    The Road and Viggo not getting a nod...

    by Engelhast

    is just a total slap in the face to one of the best movies of the year. Total fail by the Academy.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Wow Cooky, you and I have wildly different tastes

    by MattmanReturns

    I still watch No Country and am enthralled with it. And the reason I like it has nothing to do with seeing people die (most movies have people dying in them). It's the dialogue, characters, the cinematography, the slow build of the story, and its underlying themes.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Now Slumdog on the other hand...

    by MattmanReturns

    That won't be remembered. Dark Knight will, of course. But not Slumdog. Which makes last year's academy awards a total joke.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    The funny thing about the Oscars, or any arts awards,

    by strosmer

    is that there is no competition in art. Art is the triumph! Now hug it out you guys.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Slumdog + D9 = Most Overrated Films Of The Decade

    by LaserPants

    But I will say that D9 > Slumdog. Slumdog basically sucked. At least D9 had a good opening 10 minutes.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Totally Agree: TDK Will Be Remembered And Should Have Swept '08

    by LaserPants

    It's a bona fide classic film. Slumdog and D9? Not so much.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Laser, I think that's why the noms are more mainstream

    by MattmanReturns

    this year. Because they know they fucked up last year.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Re: Ultratron

    by Cobbio

    About "The Hurt Locker" you wrote, "It takes place in Iraq but has little to do with war."<p> Really? Because I thought every moment of this movie, except James' flashbacks and return to America, took place in US-occupied Iraq, which by definition makes it a war film. If you don't consider a film about soldiers in large-scale combat a "war film," then you haven't been paying attention. Just so you know, ask any soldier who's returned from Iraq or Afghanistan if it's a wartime situation over there. Casualties: check. Armored battles: check. Full-scale tactical strategies in action: check.<p> Tell any soldier who's just returned that Iraq "has little to do with war" and you'll get punched in the face for your ignorance.<p> Bigelow's film is a "modern war film" because it deals with post-9/11 attitudes about fighting a war. James' character is addicted to the highs provided by his over 800 adrenalin-charged near-death bomb diffusions. Along the way we see the psychological carnage this wreaks on his character. We cheer for him, yes. We like him and salute his unbelievable courage, yes. But we're also unnerved by his inability to re-integrate with domestic America. It's a conundrum I've personally witnessed in friends who've served in the Navy and the Marines.<p> So don't tell me "The Hurt Locker" has little to do with war. It has everything to do with war.<p> Wake up, man, and smell the coffee.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    The Noms are more mainstream to increase

    by jsscript2007

    ratings and anything nominated always gets a fninacial bump as a side-effect, so it's good for the industry. Most "mainstream" viewers wouldn't recognize something of artistic merit if it slapped them in the face. I assure you, the Academy hardly fucked up last year. The awards will go back down to five noms again in a few years.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    "It takes place in Iraq but has little to do with war."

    by MattmanReturns

    That's a baffling statement. Even the cereal scene at the end of the movie is about war.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Avatar deserves some Oscars

    by rogueleader66

    But the one it doesn't deserve is best picture. It is an amazing technical achievement there can be no argument there. But best picture? Why? The writing is merely ok, Cameron used a recycled story (although it was told in a spectacular fashion) and the characters are extremely generic. In fact, Ribisi's character is Carter Burke from Aliens. Give it all the technical awards, but best picture? The Hurt Locker deserves it hands down.<P>If Avatar wins best picture, it will be for two reasons....the academy kissing Cameron's ass because he delivered another mega blockbuster, and the bigger reason will be the academy saying "hey we like science fiction, see, we finally gave a best picture oscar to a sci-fi film" to make up for all the ones that should have won it in the past, or at the very least been nominated. Avatar is a great film, no doubt, but not worthy of best picture.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Cobbio

    by rogueleader66

    Could not agree with you more regarding The Hurt Locker, it should win best picture, it is truly deserving of the honor, and if Bigelow does not get the best director award, that is just flat out wrong.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Sicuv Uyall

    by BurnHollywood

    "BurnHollywood obviously knows more about Iraq than Hurt Locker's writer, who I heard spent time with a real bomb squad in Iraq. But what the fuck does he know? Another example how those movie people can learn from the know-it-all... i mean knowledgeable people in this site."<p> Well, the last bit's true...throw down with me, and you're guaranteed to learn something:<p> http://tinyurl.com/ydxjwtb

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    people really dislike up in the air...

    by emeraldboy

    however if avatar wins and wins big. hollywood will no longer make movies like up in the air. Technology will have won the day. story matters. and it is a very important thing. but did anyone including go to see avatar for the story. no went because it was a) the first film cameron has made in more than decade and B) we went for the technology driven spectale. now all studios are doing 3-d this and three d that. can anybody remember the story of avatar. with this new found technology hollywood has found away to say. technology comes first and second. story comes third. dislike up in the air all you like. I Will see films like avatar but I also want films with plot and actors and drama. after seeing superbad on tv, hollywood no longer makes decent comedies. When I saw that film superbad, I gave up after 30 mins. now that if have seen pretty much the whole thing. a laugh free zone is pretty much how I describe it. Mintz plazze was good. I stopped watching after the scene where the police car goes on fire. and one of the cops gives mclovin the gun after mclovin says can we shoot it. I never want to see that or any other Apatow film ever again.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    HURT LOCKER *IS* ABOUT WAR.

    by BringingSexyBack

    On the other hand, (500) Days of Summer is about love, but it's not a love story. That's undisputable.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    All the same, HURT LOCKER >>> BASTERDS

    by BurnHollywood

    I'll take an uneven movie about war over one that trivializes it any day of the week...

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Re: emeraldboy

    by Cobbio

    I hear your point about "Up in the Air" and stories mattering in films. Reitman did a great job directing "Up in the Air," and I really liked the film.<p> It just doesn't hold a candle to the tremendously moving drama of "Avatar." Personally, I went to see Cameron's film FOR the story, not the effects. I think you have it wrong that people are seeing "Avatar" for its technical achievements. If people liked it only for its technical prowess, it wouldn't have come close to the numbers it's doing.<p> Story matters, yes. I agree. And "Avatar" told a powerful one.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    oh and one more thing...

    by emeraldboy

    In the 1990's two of my fave comedies in the uk were, the day today and the friday night and saturday armistice. The latter were two of the greatest comedy shows ever. the way iannuchi tore strips of the conservatives was hysterical and he also did the same to new labour was some of the funniest stuff broadcast on the bbc in the early to mid 1990s. However, I personally never found in the thick of it remotely funny. for some reason. maybe its down to the fact capaldis character is so obnoxious. I saw in the loop and aside from that wonderful scene with James Gandalfini calculating the cost of the amount of american troops the us will need to send to the us on his daughter's fuzzy calculator, i found in the loop to be utterly unfunny. and I wanted to laugh at the utterly gaffe prone poltician who ends sending his country to war, he was supposedly based on clare short tom hollands character was. maybe I was jaded by the iraq war when I saw the film. But I found to be utterly unfunny.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Re: people really dislike up in the air...

    by RandomWordRandomWord

    Maybe people disliked Up in the Air BECAUSE of its story, or rather unlikable characters and their story. I went in hoping to see a good told, but I didn't get that. I went into Avatar for the adventure and the immersive tech, and I got that and a great story as well. And Avatar's story was better than Up In the Air no doubt. Here's the point where you say I should go back to drinking my kool-aid, or milk and cookies. In the end, everything is subjective.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    THE DARK KNIGHT won the only...

    by Master Bruce

    Oscar it deserved, and that was for Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker. It was NOT Best Picture, nor is it a classic. To be either of those, it would've had to have been closer to the comics by Frank Miller & Alan Moore. Again, no one ever talks about Bale's performance, only Ledger's. And that's a problem when the movie is called THE DARK KNIGHT!

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    lol

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Star Wars is a classic, did Mark Hammil win an academy award? Refresh my memory, I'm seriously not sure.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Hurt Locker shouldn't win for 3 reasons

    by iluvsyfy

    1.) No Plot, all it shows is soldiers diffusing IED after IED. 2.) The movie has no acts, no first act, no second act, and no third act. (I don't see how it got a screenplay nom). 3.) If you go to army websites, they will say how unrealistic Hurt Locker is, most of the large IED's like they show in HL are in rural areas and highways, the army just blows them up they don't diffuse them.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Precious

    by Cundalinis_Hand

    If she wins, I bet she tries to peel open the Oscar to see if there is chocolate inside of it.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    THE HURT MOCKER

    by LaserPants

    I haven't seen the movie, but if I did, and I didn't like it, I'd use this as the joke title to knock it.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Precious Won't Win

    by LaserPants

    She's too fat.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    I have no desire to see AVATAR again

    by CountryBoy

    It was genuinely boring. Best Picture? Not in a thousand years.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    LaserPants, you win the talkback

    by MattmanReturns

    "She's too fat." Hahaha.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Ace

    by Come_ON

    It's not really grasping at straws as much as it is pointing out something that was reported by every major news organization. As far as American Idol I was merely trying to point out that because something is popular it doesn't mean it is good but you had to ridiculously challenge the notion that the show even was popular. Yes, it is. Stop being a clown. Perhaps you need therapy like other Avatar fans?

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Bullshit

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    Since when did having a completely original plot be a requirement to win Best Picture? What was so original about the other nominees plots? They are movies we've all seen time and time again, just packaged slightly different. The Hurt Locker is a good Iraq War movie, but not exactly redefining the genre with originality. In fact, it had MUCH less of a plot then Avatar. Basterds was a typical Tarantino jerk-off fantasy movie that is about as overrated as can be. Was certainly not horrible, but at many times become a meandering mess, with a boring climax and many missed opportunities to heighten the drama. Up In The Air is probably the most overrated out of the bunch. I don't really need to touch on the bottom five nominees, cause some of them are quite good, none of them are particularly BP worthy. Avatar told a classic story, one that hasn't been told in years and deserved an updating for younger generations. It was derivative in some ways, but amazingly original in others. What makes the fiml so great is that it blends these influences flawlessly, so we get a truly unique film that feels familiar enough to instantly draw in audiences. <p> Avatar IS without a doubt the biggest achievement in cinema. It has advanced technology in several different ways, but only as a means to enhance storytelling. To think that a director could make a film about 10ft tall blue cat-aliens - all CGI - and break records with box office is unthinkable. 99 times out of 100, sci-fi movies like this FAIL. In the wrong hands this movie could have been disastrous. It's provided an immense feeling of wonder in audiences, and is truly the definition of a "cinematic experience", and that is remarkable in this day and age. The biggest achievement of all is the fact that when Cameron began to make Avatar, the technology was NOT there to make the film we saw. When he saw his first footage back, he believed he was fucked. There was NO blueprint on how to make a film like this that combined all of these different filmmaking techniques, but was primarily CGI and looked real like a live-action film. It is also the first CGI film to feel like live-action in the camera work, thanks to the virtual camera created for the film. I beleive that Cameron could have made any of the other Best Picture nominees scripts and came out with a solid movie, but none of them could have brought Avatar to life. There is a certain skill needed to make a film that cost 300$ million, as most directors would not know what the fuck do with that budget. The money is ALL on the screen in Avatar, and it was used wisely. Cameron has proved to us he can make movies with small budgets, so while that certainly takes skill as well, it's a moot point. The amount of dedication alone Cameron put into this movie deserves him the award. He spent 5 years slaving over this film, what did Tarantino do? Rush a movie together in a few months so it would be ready for festivals, as a result we got a truly sub-par film that all you fools eat up because it's "so witty!".

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Also

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    Avatar can win the Oscar, and there will ALWAYS be movies like Up In The Air. A blockbuster could win Best Picture 5 years and a row, and there would STILL always be movies like Up In The Air. It's not like Up In The Air is a genre movie thats losing popularity, it's a typical small-scope character film with some art-house/indie vibes, just like all of Reitmans films. It's made on a small budget, and it makes a small box office return, but enough to justify continue making these movies. And certain directors direct this way, and certain studios love these films. To think that an Oscar Best Picture winner would have an effect on what films get made is seriously moronic. It might have an effect on future nominees, and it will certainly have an effect on blockbuster filmmaking, but the little films will not be affected in the least bit.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Cameron and co. are on Larry King

    by jsscript2007

    It's actually pretty good.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    TheMandrakeRoot

    by Come_ON

    "a truly sub-par film that all you fools eat up" Wow, that was the best description of Avatar I've ever seen!

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    I'd have loved to see PARNASSAS nominated for best pic

    by subtlety

    of all the films nominated, I think that one stuck with me the longest on a gut level. Crazy, beautiful, horrifying, unique.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    A SERIOUS MAN

    by iwontwin

    why no love?

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    I know I'm late, but Knowthyself pissed me off

    by white_vader

    Making a public fool of himself, and missing so many of the points. I bet he was annoyed by Pulp Fiction jumping around so much and not being with Travolta the whole time. <p> And I didn't even see ONE mention of how well the film intertwines the Jewish war experience with Jewish Hollywood/movies and the film ultimately being an ironic revenge and closure through art. It's completely and inextricably integrated into the story AND the telling. The Leone stuff might cause confusion if you don't realise it's to clue you in to the tone from the get-go. Even Roth's (a Jew) nazi satire is cinematic revenge, while his actions as an actor are literal revenge. So no, it's NOT a 'straightforward' revenge film at all. The whole film is a metaphor of cinematic revenge, over and above what's in the film itself. Tarantino may not be Jewish, but that's not an issue for me as it could be argued he was aware he was making it within that system and the story would actually be somehow more straightforward and shallow/kneejerk if he had been. As an 'outsider's' comment it works better I think. He knew exactly what he was doing in terms of turning Nazi film propaganda upside down and using Jewish film history to rewrite literal history against that same propaganda. That's my point whether you enjoyed the film or not. The only thing you could say was that Bowie's "Putting out fire" was completely on the nose. But it IS still a great song... <p> And Knowthyself you moron, this film should be used alongside Hitchcock in film schools as examples of how to build tension. You reckon you got it but it still went on 'too long'? what the fuck ever. Don't even get me started on the supposed meaningless dialogue... <p> Thanks for letting me vent people.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    "without a doubt the biggest achievement in cinema"

    by rogueleader66

    In a technical sense? Yes, absolutely. In other ways....not so much. For it to qualify as "the biggest" it is missing one key thing...an original story. All the defenders who are calling it a "classic" story are just using a clever term to cover up the fact that it is not an original story. Cameron focused completely on the technology and got a bit lazy in the story department. Now that he has the technology to do this kind of movie, he had better not give us another "classic" story when he makes the inevitable Avatar 2. He has the technology now, so he can concentrate on something maybe we haven't seen before? Or is that too much to ask from film makers these days, and especially Cameron who we know can tell a story, so Jim, next time don't be so lazy with the pen.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Well I would love to stay and debate this some more

    by rogueleader66

    But my g/f is calling for some sex and that's got higher priority...night all!

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Not Lazy

    by Cobbio

    I've mostly agreed with your well-written points, Rogueleader66, but I disagree with your line, "...so Jim, next time don't be so lazy with the pen."<p> I don't think he was lazy with his pen. Many people on this thread have claimed there wasn't much of a story, but I think this is a giant, peer-driven misperception. I think it was a huge story populated by well-defined characters who provoke both sympathy and enmity. In a lesser writer or director's hands this story could've become silly and gag-inducing, but "Avatar" avoids such problems by taking its subject seriously and giving audiences a lot to think about. There's a ton of subtlety scattered throughout, much of which isn't picked up upon the first time seeing it.<p> Thus, the story rewards with repeat viewings.<p> Jim wasn't lazy with the pen. I think he was dead on with his story.<p> Now, goodnight and have fun with your g/f!

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    iwontwin

    by strosmer

    A Serious Man was absolutely one of the best films of the year, and if it won Best Picture, by some remote chance, I'd be perfectly happy with that. I am rooting for Inglorious Basterds though. Tarantino has simply outdone himself, and deserves his comeuppance.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Jay Leno is better than Crash

    by PTSDPete

    Nothing is worse than Crash.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    white_vader

    by strosmer

    Your insight on film is like a breath of fresh air among all this nerd-gushing! Thanks for your post.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Animated Feature Film

    by mr_bellamy

    Why the hell do people act as if Up is double-dipping because it gets noms in Animated Feature and Best Picture? I didn't hear these complaints when Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon got nominated for Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film. The only reason documentaries, foreign films, and animated films get their own special "Best Picture"s is because they typically have no chance in hell against live-action, American narratives in the actual Best Picture category. It just seems fair to give them a handicap.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    All I know..

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    Is I'm about to watch Contact. This shit better not suck... and who the fuck cast McConaughey?

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Oscars & Box Office

    by JFC

    The two things that movie geeks make up the rules for as they go along. If they like a movie that makes money or wins Oscars, then cinematic quality clearly correlates with financial success or Academy recognition. If they dislike a movie that makes money or wins Oscars, then both offshoots are invalidated as true indicators of cinematic quality. That being said, Avatar is a rare instance where I feel inclined to rub its across-the-board success in the faces of the presuppositional haters who yearned for it to be a catastrophic failure because they were insecure about the possibility of their beloved franchise properties being overshadowed financially or culturally. I'm looking at you, Star Wars/LOTR/Dark knight fans, and the latter group in particular, because they were seemingly the most vocal about the concept of Avatar getting within sniffing distance of #2 on the all-time domestic charts being a pipe dream.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    The screenplay for basterds was so shit

    by TheJudger

    I never bothered to watch the film and I was very shocked over it success. It should have been called Shoshanna's Revenge- because it wasn't a movie about the Basterds. They are side characters. Dirty Dozen this film is not. It's not the men on a mission war film it QT promised us for well over 10+ years. The screenplay was so fucking dull. I'm still shocked. I'll see it one day I guess.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    James Cameron on Larry King tonight.

    by snakecharmer

    http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2010/02/03/lkl.avatar.cameron.weaver.cnn

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST

    white_vader

    by BurnHollywood

    Caught the whole Jewish "closure" (closure on The Holocaust...yeah, right) thing, the Leone thing, and the cinematic references. And you know what? I still found it tedious, obvious, and derivative.<p> Tarantino has his head firmly up his own ass. He invented an entirely new way of telling stories on film with his first three features, but now all he can do are these self-aggrandizing "homages" to Hong Kong cinema, grindhouse, spaghetti westerns etc. that have only a vague notion of what made the originals work, as if just referencing them somehow makes it "art".<p> BASTERDS is just a rubber bone standing in the long-lost "meat" of his earlier genius.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Yeah closure was a really bad word to use Burn

    by white_vader

    should have chosen something much more appropriate there, you're absolutely right. Hopefully you still got the point though. I disagree with you about IB, as I think the setpieces all work, the 'too long' garbage is complete nonsense, and stuff like the cream then the milk (with the strudel) are just great and don't beat you about the head. <p> I love Pulp Fiction, but if you're referring to the whole non-linear thing as one of his breakthroughs I'll agree to disagree there too. It's been happening forever in books and comics and just because it's in a film doesn't really mean anything to me. But hey, we differ there, and like I say, I love that flick. Anyway I was just cranky with Knowthyself and was spouting off a bit. That's what these things are for, right?

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Thanks Strosmer

    by white_vader

    Even if I did stuff it up a bit!

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    I agree with most of you

    by HongKongCavalier

    Avatar was a visual lap dance, but no "Best Picture". Blind Side can kiss my backside. Precious? ... puhleeze! It was a documentary with actors; nothing more. The only surprise is Monique doing what I thought was impossible: being more of an embarrassment to me as a Black man than she has before (and that's saying A LOT). How anyone can call what she did "acting" is beyond hysterical because it was the definition of "typecasting". Lastly, the absence of "Moon" is the equivalent of a Taylor Swift "Album of the Year" ... oh, wait

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 4:25 a.m. CST

    HongKongCavalier

    by Stalkeye

    Precious is overatted like a few other noms and I never cared for Monique as a comedian, she pretty much nailed it as an abusive mother.(Think of it as Faye Dunaway's Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest, but much brutal.)<p>To be honest, she is far more deserving of an Oscar than Halle Berry. (want to talk about embarassment?!?)Oh, and as much of an asshole Kanye is, I don't think Taylor Swift deserved the Album of the year win.Fuck her and Beyonnce too.(well, I would fuck Beyonncee..heh,heh.)Halo? More like Hell no!

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 4:47 a.m. CST

    But PRECIOUS Is So Authentic, Man!

    by LaserPants

    White people LOVE giving awards to what they perceive as "authenticity." It makes them feel all "edgy" and "black" without the uncomfortableness of having to actually interact, in real time, with people of color.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Agreed, LaserP!

    by Stalkeye

    It's pandering if not patronizing to People of Color and how "typical" of Hollywood to give noms to degrading roles from Monster's Ball and Precious respectively but quick to snub Denzel's portrayal of Malcolm X.<p>Oh, and Blind Side was another piece of apolgetic fluuf piece of shit.Yeah, it's based on a true story, but there's somethi kind of hidden message within the nomination.Can you guess what it is?*snicker*

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 6:08 a.m. CST

    why should i care after...

    by DioxholsterReturns

    ...after the Oscars snubbed Stargate in 1994, shouldve been nominated for best picture ever

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    I Gave Up On The OSCARS When They Snubbed KRULL

    by LaserPants

    How could they overlook this beautiful film?! The "acting" and the "sfx" were, and are, to this day, the most "amazing" cinematic experiences I have ever had the luck of witnessing late night on cable whilst very stoned, laughing my ass off.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I Predict A Violent Resurgence Of KRULL Fandom

    by LaserPants

    A wild, unrestrained, Bacchanalian lust for this incredible "film" is set to tear across the mindscape of the human consciousness upon the imminent release of the IMAX 3D version.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 6:21 a.m. CST

    I Think My Favorite Part Of KRULL

    by LaserPants

    Is when the heroes gallup up to the force perspective castle and it totally looks like it's a force perspective castle -- like it looks like a toy was put close to the camera. It's so amazingly awful, it should get at least one Oscar every year in honorarium.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST

    LaserPants-

    by DioxholsterReturns

    i know man, oscars just suck, i aint letting them get any money out of me thats for sure.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Basterds

    by dukeroberts

    I liked Inglourious Basterds, but I did feel a little betrayed by it being portrayed as a "men on a mission" movie. The trailers showed nothing of this Shoshanna, who takes up, it seems, a much greater portion of the film than the Basterds themselves. I wanted a lot more Basterds action. I wanted more Nazi killing. You can never kill too many Nazis. With all of that said, even after the bait and switch, and the disappointment of very little Basterds, I liked the movie for what it was. I do think that the marketing should have been better though, and not so misleading.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 7:25 a.m. CST

    923rd!

    by dukeroberts

    Bet it up! Booyah!

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Cobbio

    by rogueleader66

    You make a good point there my friend. Perhaps Avatar is one of those movies that, at least for me, warrants a second viewing to really appreciate it. I agree that in lesser hands, the film would have been not nearly as good as it was.<P>I really hope I am not being lumped into that pathetic group of haters, or fanboys who were hoping for the films failure, because I am far from that. I like all of Cameron's films, have always been a fan so I was hardly hoping for him to fail. All I am saying is that upon first viewing I found the film to be visually stunning, but the rest I feel was just merely good, not great. It was far from what I would call a disappointment, but it was not the be all end all of cinema that it was hyped up to be. In a technical sense it was because it is obviously going to have a huge impact on how films of this type are made in the future. But I will give it another viewing and perhaps my overall view on the film will change.<P>Regarding Krull, I swear, Family Guy ruins everything for me (in a good way) because when I think of Krull, I always think of the FG episode where Peter goes back in time and screws up with Lois and Death gives him a chance to make it right, and at one point when Lois tells him how she is looking forward to seeing Zapped (LOL)with him he says "I'd rather see Krull". I liked Krull for the cheesy fun fest it was. Far from high cinematic art, but nonetheless a fun romp.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    DIx

    by rogueleader66

    Agreed on the Oscars they are really a joke. Sometimes it seems like it is just a popularity contest. I have not watched them in years and really don't plan on it. I always check out the results, but I can't be bothered watching it anymore. Same with the Grammy's, they are more of a popularity contest than the Oscars are. Pathetic. How about rewarding excellence instead of the perception of excellence? Too much to ask for I guess.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST

    If Avatar wins....

    by dukeroberts

    I may become violently ill, as I did when that white trash Eminem won his Oscar. Or when Shakespeare in Love, a fairly entertaining, but light and frothy comedy, beat Saving Private Ryan. Or when Chicago won Best Picture. I didn't hate Avatar, but I really do not understand the great success of this movie. If I hadn't seen it in 3-D I would have considered it forgettable dreck, but since I did see it in 3-D, I consider it only mildly entertaining, nearly forgettable, heavy handed dreck with a blah screenplay and story. The Dark Knight WAS a much better movie. It was dark (natch), suspenseful, had great acting, was virtually operatic and was not a left-wing screed on America's horrible treatment of the American Indian or capitalism's war on the environment. Avatar should not win. And neither should either of those two Lifetime movies that are nominated for Best Picture (The Blind Side and Precious). Really? The Blind Side was nominated for Best Picture? Yes. Really.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Another Hilariously Awful "Authentic" "Race Movie"

    by LaserPants

    Crash. I seriously couldn't stop laughing whilst watching that movie.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Race movies

    by dukeroberts

    I am tired of movies where some magical, enlightened white person comes into a black person's life and inspires great achievements and radically changes the life of said black person. Apparently, black people aren't capable of doing anything great on their own without an enlightened white person to help them out. I know that The Blind Side is based on a true story, but I'm tired of seeing movies about that. I think it's insulting to black people.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    FUCK YOU SONY!!!

    by Keanu Gives

    For not backing up MOON. And this goes to tell you that the nomination process is bullshit.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    AVATAR Is Kindof A "Race Movie" Too

    by LaserPants

    White Guy turns into Blue Guy to show the Blue Guys how to beat the White Guys. It gets a pass, though, because the Blue Guys aren't real. If they were real, I'm sure the Blue Power Consortium would be up in arms.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Congrats, Dukeroberts!

    by Stalkeye

    That was my exact sentiment in regards my previous post when mentioning Blind Side.It's not about empowerment, but more like whoa's poor me movie just like precious. both should have been overlooked as contenders.It is an insult to any self respecting black person.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Re: Rogueleader

    by Cobbio

    I hear you, Rogueleader66. Well said. I definitely don't group you in with haters, so no worries. You always seem to have a pretty solid and interesting take on things.<p> And Family Guy's take on "Krull" messes with my mind too.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Cobbio

    by rogueleader66

    Ty my friend, nice to see a civil person on here, open to other points of view. Most TB's these days seem to degenerate into flame wars...lame. Probably why I have not been on as much lately, but things seem to be cooling down somewhat so I am sure I will be back with greater frequency...unless my g/f has other ideas of course;)

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    UP IN THE AIR is the most overrated film of the year

    by HoneyBunchesOfCoats

    The Informant! was a much better corporate comedy. I can't wait to see Jason Reitman's smug "I should have won" look.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    I'll never understand all the Moon love/hyperbole

    by HoneyBunchesOfCoats

    It was good, but not great. Certainly no masterpiece, and definitely not one of the year's ten best, but the same goes for half of the 10 noms.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    The thing about American Idol that makes me laugh....

    by rogueleader66

    How many of the "winners" have had really long lasting careers? Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood....is that it? What I do not understand about that show (have not watched it since season 2 i think) is it has a crazy amount of viewers, people go nuts when voting for the winners, and the winners disappear after a short time, with a few exceptions. Its as if the fans bail on these people once they win, they vote for their favorite, and when they win, its like that's it, job done. I realize a lot of the viewers are fickle teenagers but jeez it's just dumb. It's too early to tell about the careers of some of the past winners, but it really seems like once the winner is crowned, no one gives a shit anymore. Stupid, whats the point? <P>I guess it is not as nearly as bad as those stupid fucking dating shows like The Bachelor and such, where the couples NEVER stay together...they find true love blah blah fucking blah...if memory serves, only one or two couples from those shows stayed together. I wouldn't know for sure, I cannot stand any reality (so called reality) TV and have not watched any of that bullshit in years. The closest I come is Deadliest Catch, now THAT is reality, cannot script Mother Nature. Anyways sorry for getting off topic.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Even though it wont win...

    by RexBanner

    ...Im really rooting for A Serious Man. I know the Coens have already had their day in the sun, oscar wise (but then again, so has Cameron, Tarantino, and nearly every Pixar film ever made) but their movie really blew me out of the water in ways i never imagined it would. I remember sitting in the theater, glued to my seat even during the ending credits, trying to recover from being so thoroughly enveloped in this strange, humorous and tragically personal meditation on the Jewish faith. I guess the real tragedy is that A Serious Man has less chance of winning than the Blind Side does. Oy Vey indeed.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    HoneyBunches

    by mr_bellamy

    I loved Up in the Air and Reitman's one of my favorite filmmakers working today, but I can't wait for that either.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    rogueleader66, you're way off

    by SlimButNotreally

    American Idol has started a TON of musical careers. You have to be an amateur to compete in the competition, and just because they're not turning out #1 hits doesnt mean they're not making a living off of music.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    SlimButNotreally

    by rogueleader66

    I understand what you are saying, and I don't disagree completely, in fact Daughtry is a band I like very much and he was a runner up and has actually fared better than some of the winners. My point is with all the fanfare that these competitors get when the show is on you would think they would have better sales figures than SOME of them do. Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken were big for maybe a year and it has been a while since you have really heard about either one of them. The show gives a lot of the contestants a better living than they had before no doubts there. All I am saying is sometimes those who come in second or third sometimes fare better than the winners, and to me that doesn't make much sense.

  • Feb. 4, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Stalkeye!

    by dukeroberts

    Those movies really piss me off. And I'm a cracker!

  • Feb. 5, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    I couldn't read the whole list for one reason:

    by immortal_pirate

    The films we never heard about are going to win. The Oscar's are too political now...may not even watch em...Hope something GOOD and KNOWN wins something...

  • Feb. 5, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Avatar is NOT going to win the basic Oscars

    by ominus

    <p>I am very happy that Avatar got 9 nominations,i am also very happy for the nominations of Hurt Locker,D9,Up,Inglorious Basterds and even Star Trek. On the other hand its very sad and reprehensible that they totally ignored Moon and the fantastic performance by Mr Rockwell,and instead they gave nomination for Blind Side and Bullock? really? wtf? <p>It seems that this year is the year of genre films.Two scifi films and an animated one for best picture? awesome But lets be realistic.The reason that this is happening has nothing to do with the Academy changing its attitude towards the scifi films and considering this genre as a 'serious' one worthy of basic oscar nominations. <p>Last year there was a a lot of disappointment from the general public,that The Dark Knight,a well-crafted,hugely successful genre movie, was ignored in the basic categories.Ledger's oscar award for his terrific performance,was just a small consolation for the fans.Moreover it was obvious from a business perspective,that the nomination of a very popular movie,like TDK, would have inevitably boosted the tv viewing numbers,since it would make the ceremony a lot more interesting for the audience. <p>The Academy acknowledged these facts and extended the best picture nominations from five to ten.The fans of the more popular movies would be satisfied that their favorite movie was not ignored,the tv ratings would increase a lot and the Academy would still be free to vote its own favorite,more "artistic" movies.Thus everybody would be happy <p>The thing is that the Academy decided to do this in a poor cinematic year,with not many very good movies of the particular taste of the Academy.But still there were ten nominations to be made,so we got to see some surprises in that category.In other words dont expect the scifi genre to have its honor next year in the awards. <p>And that leads to the title of my post.Do not expect for Avatar to win the best picture oscar award.The only reason they put it there is not because they acknowledge its artistic values and qualities,but because it is the most successful movie of the year,while not being an artistic nightmare like TF2,thus being a very good bait for the audience, increasing the tv ratings while not putting the Academy into shame for nominating it. <p>Ofc someone might say that Avatar does not deserve the basic awards from the start,so the above truth is irrelevant. And i reply: does it truly matter if it wins or loses? <p>Come on now,the Oscar Awards were never a measurement and representative of the quality and worth of a movie or a performance.If you think otherwise,you are just naive. There are countless times that great artists were misjudged or ignored by the Academy.It is a well-known secret how the lobbies which control the Hollywood,like the jewish one,can influence the results.The same thing applies for the big studios which use the awards to advertise and promote their films or new-born stars.Current political and social events and situations sometimes do have their merit on the outcome of the awards.Even the slightest detail in the personal or public life of the artist,prior to the ceremony,could affect the chances to win the award !!! <p>And apart from these external factors,there is still the fact of the personal taste of every Academy member.I agree that the members of the Academy are professionals,they are after all the people who make these films and their opinion on a film has more gravitas that the opinion of a simple movie-goer.But that does not mean that their opinion will be unbiased and objective.They are individuals with their own personality,thinking,tastes and world view.Each individual Academy member will have a better understanding of the performance or the direction from the common movie-goer,but he still has to view the work of art from his own point of view,and react to it accordingly. <p>This thing is not good or bad,thats the nature of Art,thats how the relation between artist and viewer works.The problem is that as someone said perfectly,Oscar awards are about making the personal taste into competition and thats friggin unfair for all the movies.And i would like to make a comment on that: <p>I hear that Avatar does not deserver the basic oscars because it had a "weak" story.And i beg the question: <p>Is it not a great achievement for the movie, that the director uses the best modern technology and the creativity genius of hundreds of artists,and manages successfully to create a living,breathing world which captures the hearts and imagination of millions of people? is it not this thing the purpose of a movie,to be interesting for the viewer and totally immerse him to its universe,to its characters,to its story? whether it is a drama movie,a scifi,a horror,an adventure etc. <p>And if you accept that this is the purpose of a movie,then on what basis do you compare the quality of different,but equally great movies? For instance how exactly is the heart-breaking scene of the destruction of the Home Tree inferiorly directed compared to the thrilling sniper scene in Hurt Locker? You judge the direction in the context of the scene,but how do you compare direction of different contexts? <p>I know the above questions are rhetoric,at the end its all about personal tastes,but i wanted to give some strong examples on this matter. <p>Anyway,despite the lack of credibility of the awards and that it is meaningless to claim that a movie is good or bad for winning or losing the oscar,the Oscar Awards remain the greatest celebration (and advertisement) of the Cinema,and its a lot of fun to talk about them.Who is going to win,who is going to lose,then how the fans of the winners will mock the fans of the losers,how the celebs are dressed,what the winner said in his acceptance speech and how the losers reacted in the winning announcement,and so on.its all fun. <p>So,although i dont give crap for the awards,just for the fun of it,what i would like to happen is this: Since Avatar is not going to win best picture,i would love for Hurt Locker to win it.But if it fails then at least Up,D9 or Basterds should get it.jesus no Blind Side or Precious.As direction goes i want Cameron or his lovely ex-wife to win it.otherwise i am happy with mr Q.For A Actor mr Bridges ofc,they owe it to the Dude.For B Actor mr Waltz,he deserves it.For A Actress mrs Streep (pls god no Bullock).Animated which ever takes it,it will be fine. <p>i dont know what the final results will be,but i have a hunch that although the competition is not very strong this year,we are going to have some big surprises.I only hope these surprises wont be the disappointing ones or rather the unjustified ones.

  • Feb. 5, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    "Go Argentina?"

    by solongyoubastard

    When they failed to submit the best film of the year, Lucretia Martel's THE HEADLESS WOMAN, as their official entry? Fuck Argentina. Also, Haneke's WHITE RIBBON should win, if for nothing else changing the language of film.

  • Feb. 5, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Re: ominus

    by Cobbio

    Your stance that there aren't "many very good movies of the particular taste of the Academy" this year is way, way off. I think it's been one of the best years ever for film -- genre or otherwise.<p> And who's to say that what the Academy "likes" isn't changing, big time, due to the increasing quality of genre films?<p> I think you're downplaying huge factors in the industry in your assessment. And I don't agree with your premise about "what the Academy likes."<p> I think it's wide open at this point.

  • Feb. 5, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    When compared to 2008

    by dukeroberts

    I think that this past year, when compared to 2008, pales in comparison. There were some great movies this year, but the summer of 2008 was much better than the summer of 2009.

  • Feb. 5, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Intrade.com Oscar predictions...

    by BurnHollywood

    Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique, PRECIOUS<p> Best Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS<p> Best Actress - Sandra Bullock, THE BLIND SIDE<p> Best Actor - Jeff Bridges, CRAZY HEART<p> Best Director - Kathryn Bigelow, THE HURT LOCKER<p> Best Picture - AVATAR<p> Of these, only the last is narrowly favored, over HURT LOCKER.

  • Feb. 6, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST

    the big rumour sweeping the entertainment industry is

    by emeraldboy

    that Howard stern maybe about to take over from Simon Cowell.

  • Feb. 6, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    In the defense of Sandra Bullock

    by SlimButNotreally

    I don't think you have to have a good writer or a good director or be in an artsy movie to win the award. For me, it's about becoming a character. I couldn't imagine anyone else playing that goofy character, so I don't have a problem with her winning the award.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    BurnHollywood i hope Intrada is right

    by ominus

    i wish the awards will be shared like that,but i dont think that it will happen like that.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    D9 and Hurt Locker--OverFuckingRated

    by queerfilmjunkie

    D9 had an interesting opening but then meandered through the last 1 hour plus and didn't really go anywhere. I wanted to like it but was horribly disappointed. The Hurt Locker was entertaining, but not the great film people are making it out to be. It consisted of nothing more than repetitive set action pieces--crazy bomb situation, crazy bomb defuser does something crazy and survives to live another crazy day. That was really it. Not a whole lot of characterization. I don't really see what was so great about it. I enjoyed it, but it was not a great film. It wasn't Million Dollar Baby bad by any means, but certainly not Best Picture material.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Couldn't finish D9...

    by Zardozap2005

    Seriously, It looked interesting as hell, but 40 minutes into it, I just gave up. What an absolute mess of a film.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Sam Rockwell Was Robbed

    by samsam

    http://www.samrockwellwasrobbed.com

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Its not the Academy's fault that Sam and Moon

    by ominus

    were ignored.it was Sony's fault.the director of the movie explains why: <p>http://tinyurl.com/ychbwdk <p>Fucking studios

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Watchmen got SNUBBED, District 9 has nothing on that

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    Neill Blomkamp can blo Rorschach while The Comedian takes him from behind, Silk Spectre 1 is watchin, Nite Owl 1 is narratin (D9 is cool tho)

  • Feb. 10, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Seriously, I don't understand the love for The Hurt Locker.

    by Soliok

    The movie just deflated after Pearce's character died. Boring and uninteresting, all the way to the end. I don't walk out of movies, but this one had me sorely tempted.

  • Feb. 10, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    The Hurt Locker is great

    by ominus

    even Cameron that his ex deserves the best director oscar.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Soliok

    by white_vader

    Fuck you. And you know why. Didn't even have a chance to avoid that you tool. First someone spoils BSG and then someone spoils a movie many people haven't even seen and hasn't left theatres yet. I'm not having a good week. Again, fuck you.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 2:35 a.m. CST

    The whole D9 backlash is so fucking predictable

    by white_vader

    Hardly any hype, so no initial backlash, most everyone saying it was the best thing since sliced bread. Let's go back shall we and see how many of these predictable cooler-than-thou naysayers said the same thing when they first saw it. Yep, that's what I thought. Everyone loves it? They're sheep so I'll be a slacker knee-jerk reactionary and dump on it! So many tools in here at the moment. Oh and I had Lost spoiled for me too without warning. Fuck you morons. I know you're only interested in your own posts but Jesus Christ.

  • Feb. 12, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Avatar and Hurt Locker,they both might lose the OSCARS.

    by ominus

    Yesterday i listened a tv film critic expressing a very interesting reason about why both Avatar and Locker might lose the Oscars. It is a fact that since the Oscar nomination,all the Media have transformed the competition between the two films,into a rivalry between an ex-couple,with the more famous and very successful male director symbolized as the Goliath,and his ex wife,who is less known and not that successful as her husband,symbolized as David. And since this kind of rivalry between an ex-couple,especially a rivalry winning the Oscars,is insanely popular and is being played unstopped from all the Media since the the nominations. But another well know fact is that the Academy is very sensitive and very strict on such kind of things,the member might got annoyed by all this 'rivalry' of the ex-couple' thing and its continuous publication by the Media,and they might decide to ignore these two favored contenders and focus their interest on the other films which are considered the outsiders,like Basterds,Up in the Air etc. To say it simple,this whole pre-oscars advertisement for Avatar and Locker will return as boomerang against these movies,and as a result there will lose the Oscars and becoming an example of pure irony. BUT there is another perspective of this situation. Mrs Bigelow is the first woman who,after 80s years,has a lot of good chances to win the Oscars.Now add to this the fact that she has to compete her ex husband with his insanely popular movie,with her small budgeted,lackluster,almost unknown film.Then take into consideration that all the women have a strong solidarity when man-held areas are concerned. The above things mean,that the female members WILL take the part of Mrs Bigellow because she is a woman,she is against her husband and she is the first woman to win an Oscar.(ignore Copola).which means if the 1/3 OF THE Academy are women,then you can bet that Mrs Bigelow has already won the Oscar.

  • Yesterday i listened a tv film critic expressing a very interesting reason about why both Avatar and Locker might lose the Oscars. <p>It is a fact that since the Oscar nomination,all the Media have transformed the competition between the two films,into a rivalry between an ex-couple,with the more famous and very successful male director symbolized as the Goliath,and his ex wife,who is less known and not that successful as her husband,symbolized as David. <p>And since this kind of rivalry between an ex-couple,especially a rivalry winning the Oscars,is insanely popular and is being played unstopped from all the Media since the the nominations. <p>But another well know fact is that the Academy is very sensitive and very strict on such kind of things,the member might got annoyed by all this 'rivalry' of the ex-couple' thing and its continuous publication by the Media,and they might decide to ignore these two favored contenders and focus their interest on the other films which are considered the outsiders,like Basterds,Up in the Air etc. <p>To say it simple,this whole pre-oscars advertisement for Avatar and Locker will return as boomerang against these movies,and as a result there will lose the Oscars and becoming an example of pure irony. <p>BUT there is another perspective of this situation. <p>Mrs Bigelow is the first woman who,after 80s years,has a lot of good chances to win the Oscars.Now add to this the fact that she has to compete her ex husband with his insanely popular movie,with her small budgeted,lackluster,almost unknown film.Then take into consideration that all the women have a strong solidarity when man-held areas are concerned. <p>The above things mean,that the female members WILL take the part of Mrs Big