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Hey folks, Harry here...  there was some sloppy code issues working here this morning, that I couldn't clear up till after my PT for the day.  Overall, I'm not enraged by the Oscars as I was by the Golden Globes nominations and wins this year.   I do think the most embarrassing category remains BEST SONG, which is seriously in need of some Scott Pilgrim love.   Here ya go...

 

Actor in a Leading Role

 

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”

That's a real solid list of actors.  Unfortunately I think Colin Firth has the edge this year.   I'd give it to Jesse Eisenberg or James Franco or Jeff Bridges.

Actor in a Supporting Role

 

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”

If Christian Bale doesn't win, I'd be shocked.  That said, Renner was outstanding, same with Geoffrey Rush in KING'S SPEECH - he was my favorite thing about that film.   But John Hawkes!  So fucking sweet to see John Hawkes nominated for an Oscar!!!

Actress in a Leading Role

 

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

This is Natalie Portman's Oscar.   With Michelle Williams being the dark horse.

Actress in a Supporting Role

 

  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

I hope Hailee Steinfeld wins this.

Animated Feature Film

 

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
  • “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

I'm rooting for THE ILLUSIONIST

Art Direction

 

  • “Alice in Wonderland” 
Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” 
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • “Inception” 
Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
  • “The King's Speech” 
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
  • “True Grit” 
Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Here's I'm rooting for TRUE GRIT.  Though INCEPTION's design was exquisite.

Cinematography

 

  • “Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
  • “Inception” Wally Pfister
  • “The King's Speech” Danny Cohen
  • “The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “True Grit” Roger Deakins

It is time for Roger Deakins to win an Academy Award

Costume Design

 

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
  • “I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
  • “The King's Speech” Jenny Beavan
  • “The Tempest” Sandy Powell
  • “True Grit” Mary Zophres

Ok - let's say I would root for ALICE IN WONDERLAND in this

Directing

 

  • “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
  • “The Fighter” David O. Russell
  • “The King's Speech” Tom Hooper
  • “The Social Network” David Fincher
  • “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

I really want Darren Aronofsky to win this.

Documentary (Feature)

 

  • “Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz
  • “Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
  • “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • “Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
  • “Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

HOLY SHIT!  Banksy has been nominated!  Will he show?  I doubt it, but dear lord, everyone vote for him, so we see something brilliant happen.

Documentary (Short Subject)

 

  • “Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined
  • “Poster Girl” Nominees to be determined
  • “Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
  • “Sun Come Up”Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
  • “The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Loved THE WARRIORS OF QIUGANG, haven't seen the others.

Film Editing

 

  • “Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
  • “The Fighter” Pamela Martin
  • “The King's Speech” Tariq Anwar
  • “127 Hours” Jon Harris
  • “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

I'd give this to 127 HOURS.

Foreign Language Film

 

  • “Biutiful” Mexico
  • “Dogtooth” Greece
  • “In a Better World” Denmark
  • “Incendies” Canada
  • “Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

I'd give this to DOGTOOTH, it's outstanding, but admittedly - I haven't seen OUTSIDE THE LAW, INCENDIES or IN A BETTER WORLD.

Makeup

 

  • “Barney's Version” Adrien Morot
  • “The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
  • “The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Woo Hoo!  RICK BAKER!!!

Music (Original Score)

 

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
  • “Inception” Hans Zimmer
  • “The King's Speech” Alexandre Desplat
  • “127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
  • “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Here - I'd say THE SOCIAL NETWORK has the edge for me.

Music (Original Song)

 

  • “Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
  • “I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
  • “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
  • “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

I loathe all of these.  SCOTT PILGRIM's songs should've been nominated!

Best Picture

 

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King's Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter's Bone" Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

My vote is TRUE GRIT.   or BLACK SWAN.   or THE SOCIAL NETWORK.   But I choose TRUE GRIT

Short Film (Animated)

 

  • “Day & Night” Teddy Newton
  • “The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
  • “Let's Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
  • “The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
  • “Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Can't wait to see these.

Short Film (Live Action)

 

  • “The Confession” Tanel Toom
  • “The Crush” Michael Creagh
  • “God of Love” Luke Matheny
  • “Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
  • “Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Same here!

Sound Editing

 

  • “Inception” Richard King
  • “Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
  • “Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
  • “True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
  • “Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger

I feel this kinda has to go to INCEPTION

Sound Mixing

 

  • “Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • “The King's Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
  • “Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
  • “The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
  • “True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

I think this should go to INCEPTION

Visual Effects

 

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”  Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
  • “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
  • “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
  • “Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

I hate that my two favorite Visual Effects flicks of the year, SCOTT PILGRIM & TRON LEGACY didn’t get the nom, and the nod for HEREAFTER is kind of flabbergasting for me.   It’s nice work, but nothing innovative particularly.  But of the nominees – I’d have to say INCEPTION or IRON MAN 2.   Personally, the suitcase armor wins for me.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

 

  • “127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • “Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • “True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “Winter's Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

I think we all know that Aaron Sorkin will soon be an Oscar winner, but if perchance the Oscars are feeling particularly awesome – it’d be crazy cool to see WINTER’S BONE win this.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

 

  • “Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
  • “The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; 
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • “Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • “The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

 

I feel pretty certain that KING’S SPEECH gets this – that film was mostly in the script for me.   But THE FIGHTER was the best original script in this category.   Though certainly the film whose writing was most discussed this year was INCEPTION.   We’ll see where it goes…

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  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    hmmmm....well hope Jeff Bridges wins....

    by KnightEternal

    truely outstanding performance he gave

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Surprised?

    by NoSmellNoTell

    Very few surprises this year with so few GREAT movies

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Christopher Nolan

    by shwanzi

    must not have directed anything this year. Hmm. I could have sworn he did Inception or something with a similar title, but I could be wrong.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Best nominations in a long time

    by proevad

    True Grit love. Love it.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    It'll never happen, but...

    by henrydalton

    Toy Story 3 ftw.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    127 Hours

    by The Baker Man

    6 nominations including Best Picture. Go James Franco. Very cool.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    they will never give an animated film best picture

    by vin_diggler

    so you can throw toy story 3 out right now.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    The Kids Are All Right?

    by rev_skarekroe

    How did this movie get nominated for every award but I've never heard of it until today?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    The Town

    by NoSmellNoTell

    Would have loved to see The Town sneak in a Best Picture slot, just to shake things up a little. Instead it's almost exactly what everyone expected.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Buttsex acceptance speech

    by mongo126

    Chris Nolan thanks the academy for fucking him once again.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    DiCaprio in Shutter Island..

    by TinDrummer

    Wasn't that the best performance of 2010?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3

    by Alkohal

    By default doesn't putting it in the Best Picture category make it the Best Animated Film? It's like their already saying the other movies in it's category aren't good enough to be part of the best picture group.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Hailee Steinfeld for SUPPORTING actress?

    by TheFanboy

    That makes no fucking sense. She's in more of the movie than Jeff Bridges. These Oscar noms are pissing me off.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    THANK GOD No Mila Kunis.

    by knowthyself

    But how can you ignore Ryan Goslingin Blue Valentine?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    And no TRON: Legacy

    by shwanzi

    for Best Visual FX or original score?! I'm officially done with the Oscars and award shows in general. Popularity contest and nothing more.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    BUT...

    by drwynninblack

    Nice to see "Toy Story 3" pick up as many nominations as it did. Shame Lee Unkrich wasn't nominated for Best Director and Randy Newman for Best Score. BUt, I suppose if Nolan was snubbed, Unkrich was going to be too.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    LOVED The King's Speech

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Hope it does well. Bonham-Carter was particularly brilliant although the entire cast were excellent.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    Thoughts...

    by bobsjohnson

    I can't believe Nolan didn't get nominated. Inception wasn't the best movie, but it certainly was one of the best directed films of the year. Also, I haven't seen the King's Speech yet (not playing around here yet) but I've seen the other 9....and Social Network is the best of those films. Cannot WAIT to see King's Speech, though. Looks fantastic. Also, I'm surprised the Town didn't get nominated...it had a lot of buzz around it (though I still haven't bothered watching it yet). And I'm happy Christian Bale got his first nomination (I still think he deserved one for the Prestige)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    And I agree with shwanzi

    by TheFanboy

    A nom for Daft Punk didn't even feel like a long shot, but apparently no one in Hollywood likes things that are brilliant AND fun.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Just need to cut Best Picture back down to five.

    by parissun

    The Oscars will be a yawner this year, again. No need for so many movies in Best Picture category. Quit using the category as an ad campaign for movies most people will not see anyway. Five pictures force people to only pick the cream of the year.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Re:Christopher Nolan

    by Michael

    Amazing. Inception gets nomitated but Not Nolan? I guess this tech marvel of a film somehow directed itself. Interesting. I kid. I know that there are only 5 noms for everything but picture, but that's just goofy. I thought for SURE Nolan would at least get Nominated. And no Ryan Gossling for Blue Valentine? He was the glue that held that film together. Michelle Williams was great, but she wasn't by her damn self in the flick. She had to have Ryan there to bounce off of. That's a fucking shame.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Directing & Supporting

    by Anime_Nut

    The Coen Bros simply don't belong in this category. True Grit was far from their best effort. I've always felt that the best directors put out a movie that make you say, "Nobody else could've directed this." They didn't do that with True Grit. Danny Boyle and Christopher Nolan DID. Hailee Steinfeld and Christian Bale did NOT play "Supporting" roles, no matter how much their campaigning insisted otherwise. Now you have a situation where Steinfeld (who easily gave the best performance of the bunch) could upset Melissa Leo (who truly gave the best SUPPORTING performance). It's just wrong that actors are essentially allowed to go for a pseudo-second lead acting Oscar.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Score Noms...

    by drwynninblack

    Yeah, I was amazed to see "How To Train Your Dragon" get nominated and see "Toy Story 3" and "Tron" get snubbed. Daft Punk's score was powerful, moving, and intense...and Newman's work in the third chapter, I felt, was his best work for the Trilogy.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    toy story 3 toy story 3 toy story 3

    by ORIONgods

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Nolan robbed

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Kings Speech and Social Network both very good films yet to see True Grit, The Fighter or Black Swan, but Inception was the movie of the year for me and whilst it did not have any acting that really stood out, there is no doubt that the direction and script made this movie, he should have been nominated.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Just give all awards to anything with King's Speech

    by parissun

    and Natalie Portman, cut this crapfest to an hour and go home.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Where is Iron Man 2 for best picture?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    the full list for professionals!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Best motion picture of the year * Black Swan * The Fighter * Inception * The Kids Are All Right * The King's Speech * 127 Hours * The Social Network * Toy Story 3 * True Grit * Winter's Bone Performance by an actor in a leading role * Javier Bardem in "Biutiful" (Roadside Attractions) * Jeff Bridges in "True Grit" (Paramount) * Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing) * James Franco in "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight) Performance by an actor in a supporting role * Christian Bale in "The Fighter" (Paramount) * John Hawkes in "Winter's Bone" (Roadside Attractions) * Jeremy Renner in "The Town" (Warner Bros.) * Mark Ruffalo in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features) * Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company) Performance by an actress in a leading role * Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features) * Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole" (Lionsgate) * Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone" (Roadside Attractions) * Natalie Portman in "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight) * Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine" (The Weinstein Company) Performance by an actress in a supporting role * Amy Adams in "The Fighter" (Paramount) * Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company) * Melissa Leo in "The Fighter" (Paramount) * Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit" (Paramount) * Jacki Weaver in "Animal Kingdom" (Sony Pictures Classics) Best animated feature film of the year * How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois * The Illusionist (Sony Pictures Classics) Sylvain Chomet * Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Lee Unkrich Art Direction * Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Robert Stromberg (Production Design), Karen O'Hara (Set Decoration) * Ginger fat-ass Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.), Stuart Craig (Production Design), Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration) * Inception (Warner Bros.), Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design), Larry Dias and Doug Mowat (Set Decoration)/span> * The King's Speech (Paramount), Eve Stewart (Production Design), Judy Farr (Set Decoration) * True Grit (Paramount), Jess Gonchor (Production Design), Nancy Haigh (Set Decoration) Achievement in Cinematography * Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Matthew Libatique * Inception (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Danny Cohen * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Jeff Cronenweth * True Grit (Paramount) Roger Deakins Achievement in costume design * Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Colleen Atwood * I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures) Antonella Cannarozzi * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Jenny Beavan * The Tempest (Miramax) Sandy Powell * True Grit (Paramount) Mary Zophres Achievement in directing * Black Swan (Fox Searchlight), Darren Aronofsky * The Fighter (Paramount), David O. Russell * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Tom Hooper * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), David Fincher * True Grit (Paramount), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Best Documentary Feature * Exit through the Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency) Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz A Paranoid Pictures Production * Gasland Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic A Gasland Production * Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics) Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs A Representational Pictures Production * Restrepo (National Geographic Entertainment) Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger An Outpost Films Production * Waste Land Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley (Arthouse Films) An Almega Projects Production Best documentary short subject * Killing in the Name Nominees to be determined A Moxie Firecracker Films Production * Poster Girl Nominees to be determined A Portrayal Films Production * Strangers No More Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production * Sun Come Up Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger A Sun Come Up Production * The Warriors of Qiugang Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon A Thomas Lennon Films Production Achievement in film editing * Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Andrew Weisblum * The Fighter Paramount Pamela Martin * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Tariq Anwar * 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Jon Harris * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter Best foreign language film of the year * Biutiful Mexico * Dogtooth Greece * In a Better World Denmark * Incendies Canada * Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) Algeria Achievement in makeup * Achievement in makeup (Sony Pictures Classics) Adrien Morot * The Way Back (Newmarket Films in association with Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Image Entertainment) Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng * The Wolfman (Universal) Rick Baker and Dave Elsey Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) * How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) John Powell * Inception (Warner Bros.) Hans Zimmer * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Alexandre Desplat * 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) A.R. Rahman * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) * Coming Home from Country Strong (Sony Pictures Releasing (Screen Gems)) Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey * I See the Light from Tangled (Walt Disney) Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater * If I Rise from 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong * We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman Best animated short film * Day & Night (Walt Disney) A Pixar Animation Studios Production Teddy Newton * The Gruffalo A Magic Light Pictures Production Jakob Schuh and Max Lang * Let's Pollute A Geefwee Boedoe Production Geefwee Boedoe * The Lost Thing (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment) A Passion Pictures Australia Production Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann * Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) A Sacrebleu Production Bastien Dubois Best live action short film * The Confession (National Film and Television School) A National Film and Television School Production Tanel Toom * The Crush (Network Ireland Television) A Purdy Pictures Production Michael Creagh * God of Love A Luke Matheny Production Luke Matheny * Na Wewe (Premium Films) A CUT! Production Ivan Goldschmidt * Wish 143 A Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures Production Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite Achievement in sound editing * Inception (Warner Bros.) Richard King * Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Tom Myers and Michael Silvers * Tron: Legacy (Walt Disney) Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague * True Grit (Paramount) Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey * Unstoppable (20th Century Fox) Mark P. Stoeckinger Achievement in sound mixing * Inception (Warner Bros.) Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley * Salt (Sony Pictures Releasing) Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten * True Grit (Paramount) Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland Achievement in visual effects * Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips * Ginger fat-ass Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.) Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi * Hereafter (Warner Bros.) Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell * Inception (Warner Bros.) Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb * Iron Man 2 (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount) Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick Adapted screenplay * 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin * Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich * True Grit (Paramount), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen * Winter's Bone (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini Original screenplay * Another Year (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh * The Fighter (Paramount), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson * Inception (Warner Bros.), Written by Christopher Nolan * The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 adapted screenplay?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Adapted from where?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay

    by Chewtoy

    ...what was it adapted from? Just curious. The Social Network is likely a lock in that category anyway.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Natalie Portman was overrated

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I kept thinking of Padme when she did her plies

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    i was there and i saw it all

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    monique needs to shave. she's smuggling ewoks under that table cloth she was wearing

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    HELL YEAH One from the hometown!

    by RaggedyMan

    Go Hailee!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Daft Punk was robbed.

    by Alkohal

    I've never listened to a movie score so much. It was original and different. Seriously HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON GOT THE NOM! UGH!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    How do I buy those Mr. brainwash exclusives! A must have for my collection.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    The Kids are alright ???

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    a very good top ten list (yet to see The fighter, Black Swan and True Grit, but very good from all reports) with the exception of the Kids Are Alright, takes me back to my childhood days, remembering Sesame Street and that segment that said something like "One of these things is not like the others"

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Harry must be dissapointed

    by knowthyself

    No nominations for Scat Pukgrim versus his Wad.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Here's my Predictions

    by Michael

    Actor: Colin Firth (Duh) Actress: Annette Benning (her turn) S. Actor: Christian Bale (no one else came close) S. Actress: Melissa Leo (Her time) Director: Fincher Adapted: Social Network Original: The Kids are alright Picture: Social Network. I have to admit I wouldn't be crushed by The King's Speech winning, but I think the momentum is with Social. I also think Natalie should win for Swan, but the nomination will be her reward by the academy and they'll give it to her in 20 years like they're gonna do for Benning this year.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Sorkin

    by SamDonovan

    Literally cheered when they announced the nomination of Aaron Sorkin, which is in no way sad.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 Adapted

    by NoSmellNoTell

    A sequel is automatically adapted screenplay because all the characters and story are derived from the original

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    I don't disagree with any of the Best Picture nominations

    by D.Vader

    But then again, I've only seen one of them.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Thanks Choppah

    by TheSpaceHerpe

    I guess the other categories don't matter to AICN. You know those joke categories like editing, cinematography, and score. Those things don't matter, right?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Jackie Weaver - brilliant choice

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    I don't think she will win it, but she was incredible in Animal Kingdom, and actually Animal Kingdom was much more deserving of being in that top 10 than The Kids Are Alright. Whilst I am supporting my fellow Aussies, very happy to see Geoffrey Rush being nominated, and Nicole Kidman, neither of the two will win though.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Go Black Swan! Die Facebook movie!

    by dead youngling

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    David O Russel over Christopher Nolan?

    by ORIONgods

    i like the fighter but it wasnt imo the best directed movie i seen nothing really special bur nolan movie was a game changer it had some of the best scenes of this year

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Ryan Gosling

    by smallfry

    Where the fuck is Ryan Goslings nomination? The best performance of last year by a mile.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    The biggest HUH???

    by Gordak

    Goes to not giving Inception a nod for editing. Seriously guys, they juggled 6 layers of story with different timelines. That guy deserves SOMETHING.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Nolan does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Unfucking believable!? Nolan's put out back to back critical and commercial success movies both doing around $billion and still no oscar nom?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Yes, Daft Punk was robbed...

    by Anime_Nut

    ...but don't you DARE shit on John Powell's score for How to Train Your Dragon to say so. That score was pretty magnificent. I would've knocked out Hans Zimmer in favor of Daft Punk.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    The AICN TB plague finally hit me

    by D.Vader

    I can't expand the talkback at all. So this discussion has now been rendered pointless.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Oh and please knock Toy Story 3 off that list.

    by Gordak

    A rehashed sequel doesn't bode for Oscar fare for me.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    I do disagree with the Daft Punk dis

    by D.Vader

    I can't believe they didn't get a nom.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    only two films up for best visual effects?

    by Righteous Brother

    If I had my way Tron: Legacy would walk away with that award.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Tron Legacy robbed in visual effects and musical score categories

    by SifoDyasJr

    And why was Hailee Steinfeld nominated for Best SUPPORTING Actress? Did the people nominating not see True Grit? She was the LEAD Actress.

  • He struggled "Helen...Abonham Carter. What the fuck was that about? And notice how Mo'Nique practically tried to fuck the guy before they announced the nominees?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON may have a crappy title but i watched it last week on blu and actually really enjoyed it. Much better than i expected.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Pissed about Nolan

    by Stormshadow4life

    I doubt I'll watch this year...I'd like to see Natalie and Christian win.....but for everything else, I'll just be pissed that Inception lost (or wasn't nominated)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    no TRON LEGACY for score?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    WTF? TRON got CHOPPED and I wasn't the one doing it. For Shame.

  • Smelt that from a mile away. Oh, no it was deserving of the nod, but let's call a spade a spade. Same thing happened with Russell Crowe in '99. People screamed over his not winning so they gave him the award the next year for GLADIATOR???! Really. Fucking Gladiator???!!!. The fact 2000 was quite a sparse year in cinema aside, Gladiator???! That was called an apology. Doesn't make it right or wrong it just exists. And don't worry, Kings Speech or Social Network will get the Best Pic duke either way....

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    TRON LEGACY for visual effects??

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    are you kidding me?? those were horrible..the look of CLU was all fucked up and the young jeff bridges was horrible.. i guarantee that got it ineligible right there. these are the same FX crew that did benjamin button? to look at TRON, i would say that you are lying. horrible horrible horrible!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Hearing...

    by drwynninblack

    ...clueless trolls diss "Toy Story 3" for being "a video game", "silly", or a "rehashed sequel" CLEARLY either haven't seen the film or have no heart. It was the emotional wallop motion picture of the year. If you didn't feel similar, you're a heartless cynic.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    thespaceherpe

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    no problem. The Powers That Be must have seen my post. They are now adding all the "unimportant" categories. AICN = CHOPPED

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    TRON LEGACY Should Get Best Efx, Sound, Score

    by NeonFrisbee

    No contest.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Annette Bening better not win

    by Cobb05

    She really didn't do much in The Kids Are All Right. I don't think there was enough heavy lifting in the role to make her get the Oscar. She basically was playing a character that she plays all the time, slightly neurotic and bitch. Give it to Portman. She did more with her role.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Social Network Most Overrated Thing I've Ever Seen

    by Autodidact

    I honestly "don't get it." I watched the movie in theatres. It was okay... but seriously I did not find it all that compelling. I'd be hard-pressed to sit through it again, that's for sure.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Bravo for NOT nominating Nolan as director!!!!!!!!

    by j2talk

    Bravo for NOT nominating Nolan as director!!!!!!!! Now if they would just cut the # of best picture nominees back , being nominated might mean more than being included on a years 10 best list!!!!!!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    "academy award winner marky mark"

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    i like the sound of that..

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Neonfrisbee...

    by drwynninblack

    "Tron" didn't get a nom for score.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    axelfoley... Inside Joke Perhaps?

    by Autodidact

    Maybe he was trying to "bounce onto it" ala P-sounds in the King's Speech?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    by DadTimesTwo

    I'm not a Tron Legacy apologist, but I do like the movie and purchased the soundtrack, which I have been listening to nonstop for a week. The Academy missed the boat on nominating it for best score. It's a great score. It's rich, varied, lyrical, intense, exciting, and unexpected. I've seen Tron Legacy twice, and believe the score does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to the emotions in the movie. When the acting, directing or dialogue failed to connect the audience with what was going on, the music did it. I can listen to the score while exercising or whatever and scenes from the film play in my head. That's the mark of a great score. One other note: Since writers can receive Oscars for works based on other material, why can't composers? The score for Black Swan deserves recognition. The Academy needs to consider adding a new category in light of this oversight. Oh, one more things: Geoffrey Rush, yes, but for SUPPORTING actor???

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    tron got nominated for what it should have

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    visual effects my black ass!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Tron Legacy score should have been nominated

    by DadTimesTwo

    I'm not a Tron Legacy apologist, but I do like the movie and purchased the soundtrack, which I have been listening to nonstop for a week. The Academy missed the boat on nominating it for best score. It's a great score. It's rich, varied, lyrical, intense, exciting, and unexpected. I've seen Tron Legacy twice, and believe the score does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to the emotions in the movie. When the acting, directing or dialogue failed to connect the audience with what was going on, the music did it. I can listen to the score while exercising or whatever and scenes from the film play in my head. That's the mark of a great score. One other note: Since writers can receive Oscars for works based on other material, why can't composers? The score for Black Swan deserves recognition. The Academy needs to consider adding a new category in light of this oversight. Oh, one more things: Geoffrey Rush, yes, but for SUPPORTING actor???

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    BLACK SWAN Does Not Deserve A Best Picture Nomination

    by NeonFrisbee

    It was ridiculous. Fun, sure. Exploitative, ok. I liked it for what it was, but, it's NOWHERE NEAR the work of genius some people seem to think it is. I have no idea who Arrogantofsky blew to get these accolades, but it was clearly the right people as nearly everyone seems to love it for reasons that continue to escape me, but I suspect has something to do with the Mila Kunis going down on Natalie Portman. It was a ludicrously over-the-top, derivative melodrama that felt like a late-night cable flick, and that, more often than not, was unintentionally hilarious. My girlfriend and I spent most of the film laughing our asses off. But, yeah, as an unintentional comedy / exploitation flick, it was entertaining. I mean, if this gets nominated, then SHOWGIRLS should've won best picture.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Hailee Steinfield was robbed of a best actress nom

    by 2for2true

    For the love of God - didn't anyone in Hollywood see this movie? She was in EVERY FREAKIN' SCENE.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    drwynninblack

    by NeonFrisbee

    I know, but it should have.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    why no Ellen Page for Supporting Actress

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    for "Inception"? Why?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    No Inception for film editing?

    by manley

    wtf is that?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    by aliasbetz

    Hmmm... so I guess Inception was directed by an invisible force. WHERE THE HECK IS THE BEST DIRECTOR NOMINATION FOR CHRISTOPHER NOLAN!!??

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    WHY "THE KINGS SPEECH" WILL NOT WIN

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You really have to be a fan of the historical time period. Oh what the hell, this movie just plain stinks! The costumes look horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot lurches forward badly. Here's how it goes down: It basically starts out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K's Pod People was easier to follow! There are a few good things about this: Colin Firth looks enough like King George VI should, but is hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the war description reminds me of a cross between Saving Private Ryan and Guns of Navarone. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, "I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !" That is from the mythos of the time period. After the opening credits, we see the process of King George VI becoming the hero who goes on to fight his speech impediment, what through most of the movie is spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie needs that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it is like one big car wreck.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    only 2 noms for visual effects?

    by Jubba

    why aren't there more nominations for some categories? only 2 movies had visual effects worth mentioning? only 3 animated features? only 3 had makeup? i don't get it...please explain!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Jackie Weaver = WOW, that's surprising

    by Larrylongballs

    Surprising in that this was a local Australian film that has not been nominated for anything else but supporting Actress.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Hailee Steinfeld should've been nom in Best Actress

    by The Founder

    I suspect she will win Best Support actress but it's all political. The girl gave a great performance but the powers that be knew it would be difficult for her to win in Best Actress category.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    omg human centipede harry?! gross!!

    by Jubba

    now that's a disturbing animation....

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Fucking Facebook Fest...

    by Peter Franks

    We all know The Social Network is going to clean up, and I for one, call bullshit. True Grit was a far better film and it's been ignored throuhout this award's season. And how in the hell is Tron:Legacy not nominated for VFX and score!? What a goddamn joke the Oscars have become.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    jubba...get used to it

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    He loves that kinda "shit". He has "A Serbian Film" Sideshow collectible statues as well.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    And Writing would be where?

    by Pixeldriver

    Pretty fucking hard to make a movie without a script you know...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    peter franks

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I so hope that is your real name. It is the stuff of legend.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Melissa Leo may be the surprise win and she would deserve.

    by The Founder

    I thought she did a damn fine job in The Fighter. I think Hailee Steinfeld will take it but you never know.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    John Hawkes!! Won't win, but WAS an amazing

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    performance from this dependable character actor. Easily trade Ryan Gosling for Javier Bardem. How can the Academy nominate Michelle Williams, but not Gosling? Of course logic and the Academy rarely go hand in hand.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Inception...100% overrated.

    by darthwaz1

    Why does Nolan constantly get praised for mediocre work? Dark Knight was epitome of a mediocre movie, but fanboys drool on it, inception was tedious and not very imaginative, taking from many movies that came before it. a dream within a dream...wow. other than cool visuals it was utterly flat.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Harry: A Simple Question

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Have you been impotent all these years till only recently? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    AICN: A simple Question

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Have we seen the "improvements" and "new website" yet?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    I've actually seen all the nominated movies this year!

    by Griefo

    Thank god for internet screener leaks! It's a good list, aside from Toy Story 3 and Inception, I loved all the best picture noms. My 2 favorites of the year were Somewhere and Rabbit Hole. I'm glad that Nicole Kidman was nominated. Amazing performance in a brilliant movie and go Banksy!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Glad to see Christian Bale nominated finally

    by tommyleespenis

    He has an impressive body of work and always gives so much as an actor, hope he wins it

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    What the hell happened to my previous posts?

    by D.Vader

    Ahhhhh fuck it dude. Let's go bowling.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    ENOUGH with Tron. Score=Overrated

    by the man

    The only reason anyone is praising this Tron Legacy score is because Daft Punk was behind it & so it got press. This resulted in everyone actually listening to it. Now it is a good OST, but it isn't special. The main theme is reminiscent of other Disneys like Mighty Ducks (that's right). I've heard similarities to Matrix, Batman Begins, Blade Runner & so forth. Lastly, I think most people who are praising this score don't listen to house or trance music or else they wouldn't be blow away. The Tron Legacy score is actually pretty safe & simple. It did help the film itself when it slacked, but it is in no way anything to talk about. To compare, the Social Network may not be the most entertaining to listen to for some, but the design was original. If you heard the score separate you wouldn't even know what genre it was from. It set the tone perfectly, where as I don't think the movie would be the same without it.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Here me out, Emma Stone should've gotten nominated for Easy A

    by axelfoley

    And this is coming from a straight 30 year old male!! !(yeah I went there because our society is extremely small minded and doesn't really think outside the box). But if RDJ (who is the MAN, btw) got an Oscar nod for Tropic Thunder (a pleasant surprise but a fucking comedy--the kiss of death come Oscar time remember?) why not Stone. Simple answer was there were others better, and it was a tight race. I get it. But the Bening nom is pure politics...nothing less.... Is she a good actress? You bet. But listen, she's also Warren Beatty's wife. Politics....it ain't just in Washington and the public workplace.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Congrats to Winter's Bone

    by mypalfish

    It won't win, but I did think it was the best film out of the nominees. But then I'm a fan of a more "natural" looking and sounding film as opposed to characters spouting off rapid-fire Aaron Sorkin witticisms every few seconds. Worst film nominated? Definitely Kids are All Right.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    HARRY: A SIMPLE QUESTION

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Now that your spine is mending, can you feel it when Mr. Beaks sucks you off?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Hulk and Hawkeye in a fight for one Oscar!

    by AshMcQ

    Damn, I'm a geek =( Also nice that bankys has been nominated. Great film-year btw.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    "BLACK SWAN"

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget Nutcracker presentation by the end...rather dull extended dances with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Natalie Portman's destiny lay in movies that were more about drama than comedy, for much of the next decade. I was so hopeful when "No Strings Attached" came out that it heralded the return of both Portman and Reitman as genuinely comedic people. But it was a false dawn for both.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    LET THERE BE CHOP!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Hailee Steinfeld was fucking robbed!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    How is that not a lead role? Clear the way for Princess Padme. Her pregnant ass barely fits down the aisle. The Coens done fucked up when they left Steinfeld's topless scene in TRUE GRIT on the cutting room floor. How do you think she got Rooster to hunt down Cheney? She had to suck that "cock".

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    In 10 years, EVERYONE will be talking about The King's Speech

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Much the same way we talk about Crash or Shakespeare in Love.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    No love for 'Tangled'?

    by Jamboliah

    I'm aware that this isn't usually a forum for princess talk, but 'Tangled' was a blast. I was surprised not to see it nominated for BAP. It was easily as good as 'HTTYD'. Am I alone on this?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    The Kids Are All Right is not about The WHO?!?!?

    by Mickster_Island

    They stole their title!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    A SERBIAN FILM: AICN REVIEW

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    "It's... wide... and [raw]" --Harry Knowles, AICN

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Hailee Steinfeld...

    by Primogen

    was positioned as having a Supporting Actress role by True Grit's producers so she would have a shot at winning the Oscar. Outstanding child actors are always described as "supporting" for Oscar nominations, so that they don't have to compete against well-established actors and their lifetime careers. As for Inception, I'm more surprised that it wasn't nominated for Best Editing than for Best Director. I was impressed that the film had a coherent narrative through five layers of story, which I attribute to its fine editing.

  • You know, like direct a shitty movie. CHOPPED.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    What the fuck? No A SERBIAN FILM in Best Foreign?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Powerful, uncompromising film-making for adult audiences always gets fucked.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Where is Iron Man 2 for best picture?

    by NeonFrisbee

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    So, let me make sure I understand...

    by Peter Franks

    Hereafter...FUCKING HEREAFTER gets a VFX nom over Tron?! And the Academy wonders why people care less and less. What a bunch of horseshit.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Next year, Newborn Porn should get a separate category...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    this is bullshit.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Right the fuck on.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • And Chris Nolan couldn't pull off a nomination. DOUBLE CHOPPED.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    re:BLACK SWAN Does Not Deserve A Best Picture Nomination

    by teamneedle

    fact. and true grit?? what a disappointment.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    "Where is Iron Man 2 for best picture?"

    by NeonFrisbee

    Oops on the double post. No, but seriously, why not? If BLACK SWAN got nominated, why not? Why not just nominate EVERYTHING? EVERYTHING is best picture now! DE-EVOLUTION IS VERY REAL.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Harry's Milkshake brings the TBers to the yard...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    The Northeast is being rammed by Winter's Bone right about now.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Only folks with True Grit can get through this season. OH!!!! I kill myself. CHOPPED, mofos.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Special Effects?? Did Inception already win cuz

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    it's a technical category? As far as art direction, you gotta admit the Escher staircase was impressive.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Chris Nolan called up Harry, crying....

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ....and Harry's all like, "Sorry Chris. Can't talk now. Napping. Fell asleep watching some donkey turd called Incepti..............zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzSNORTzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzdroolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzGIGGLEzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzSNORTFARTBURPQUEEFzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzDEATHRATTLEzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzfalsealarmzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzMUNCHIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP is about scheisse porn, right?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    neonfrisbee...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    you stole my IRON MAN 2 line. Tsk Tsk. CHOPPED

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Fuck the Academy for snubbing Chris Nolan and Daft Punk!

    by Thanos0145

    True Grit is going to win best picture. I hope Bale, Portman, and Steinfeld win.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    NO Daft Punk!

    by 1st and only

    Fuck you acadamy!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    Helena Bonham Carter looks like a poodle shitting Skittles

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Mrs. Burton needs to step out of Hailee's way, or just kill herself. She sucked in that joke of a movie FIGHT CLUB. You know the male agro version of BLACK SWAN? Replace fighting with ballet and there ya go. Same movie.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    Winter's Bone was awesome!

    by Griefo

    Loved it! and congrats to all the noms!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    RightJustify does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    My talkback page is right justified.<p> "Stay on target."<p> The text has all gone bold.<p> "Stay on target."<p> Choppah is chopping like an infected dude from 28 DAYS.<p> "Stay on target."<p> Loosen up, you're too close - AAAAAAHH.<p> ps. They came from behind.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    I might boycott the Oscars this year

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Just because of "A Serbian Film" not being nominated for foreign film. that's just obscene.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    this has been said, sooner and better

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    CHOPPED!!!!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Nope

    by Marco

    Joaquin Phoenix had the best performance this year

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Cobra: "They came from behind"

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    mmm now you speaking Harry's language. Be careful.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    WINTERS BONE

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    "An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact." You mean she walks over to her uncles looking for her dad, then walks over to her cousins. No dad there either. Then she walks over to her neighbors house. "Have you seen my dad around by chance." Boring. Give that film an award.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Jennifer Lawrence is the dark horse

    by Dolmes

    And Social Network is the most overrated film since Richard Keys and Andy Gray.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    I'm starting to think Banksy made A SERBIAN FILM...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    just to see if he could convince corpulent bloggers that it's deep and has a message.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Choppah

    by yodalovesyou

    You're funny. And, oh yeah...Fuck Inception.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Despicable Me was robbed!

    by timtaylor

    The Illusionist? Really? Has anybody actually SEEN it? Despicable Me was fantastic, great story, great artwork.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Ryan Reynolds must be pissed off.

    by Dolmes

    Watch out Beadles About. Watch out Beadles about, yeah you better watch out, cause Beadle's Abouuuuuuuuut! *Jazz hands and finish!* Yeah!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    INCEPTION is all Academy Award Winning Movies

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Remember in Inception when Tommy Lee Jones tells that gay story about his dream at the end? That actually made more sense than I wanted it to.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Giving the Oscar to Jeff Bridges would be historic

    by MoshMasterD

    It will be the first time 2 actors win the oscar for portraying the exact same character. (Remember John Wayne won his for, of course, True Grit.)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    How Chris Nolan can get nominated next time.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Make a good movie.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    THE CHOPPAH happens to be Harry's website developer

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    So which one of you fucks wants to complain about my web design? Bring it on.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I'm with Harry on INCEPTION

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It's the cure for my crack-induced insomnia.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    John Hawkes for the WIN

    by 1TrueGod

    As much as I'd like Bale to win one, John Hawkes performance in winter's bone was one of the best roles I've seen him play. He was one of the most compelling characters in Winter's bone besides the Jennifer Lawrence. Granted the social network was timely and witty, the only award I think it should win is Music... longshot, by several miles, but for me, Winter's Bone was the standout of the year. But will reserve judgment until I've had a chance to see all the nominees.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    moshmasturd

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You ever hear of these movies called The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    THE CHOPPAH also gives good back rubs...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    that lasagna lover Andrew Garfield got robbed too

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    How can the next Spidey who gets to motorboat Emma Stone upside down not get a nom.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON should be up for Best Picture.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    An exciting children's adventure combined with a provocative exploration of how to find your dragon's special purpose...and how to show your bullying windbag of a dad how a REAL man does it. Crunchy on the outside, Freudian on the inside, powerful and uncompromising through and through.

  • and since Hilary Swank is not in the picture this year Natalie Portman will win.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Inception was a boring heist movie.

    by Griefo

    All the nonsensical metaphysics aside, it was a by the numbers snooze fest. Nothing to do with the true nature of dreams and reality. Big ideas that go nowhere combined with some humdrum action cliches. Chris Nolan is by far the most overrated filmmaker of this generation.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    So they're not recognizing writers this year?

    by chewyou812

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Good thing I'm off today.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I'm in the mood for CHOPPIN'.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Hailee made Bridges look like Marky Mark in TRUE GRIT

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Bridges should stay home a smoke a WINTERS BONE. No way Hawkes beats out Bale. TRUST.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Tron Legacy did get screwed

    by MrClark

    While it didn't deserve any nods for acting/directing/picture it sure as hell should have been nominated (and favored) for art direction and original score. Its a travishamocery that it didn't.

  • from getting practically molested with smooches from Mo'Nique when he introduced her this morning to join him in reading off the nominatins.

  • The King's Speech would win that in a fucking landslide of treacly pretension.

  • everyone knows that. And anyone who disagrees is a fucking idiot who knows nothing about filmmaking and, you know, passion.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Best animated film

    by krabklaw

    Not that there's any real competition in this category this year, but I think the biggest surprise of the day for me was the decision to nominate only 3 movies instead of 5. Tangled could have easily been nominated at the very least without raising a single eyebrow from anyone. Is this the first year the Academy has done this?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    HTTYD - John Powell

    by syn_flood

    If there is any justice in the world, he will win. If there is no justice, The Social Network's 3-note piano "score" will win.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Editing & Cinematography snubs

    by joe90025

    "I Am Love" is the most visually stunning film I've seen in recent years. Without its cinematography & editing it's basically a Lifetime movie of the week. Seriously, that shrimp dinner looked amazing! Also, "Inception" deserves an editing nod just for piecing together the multiple layers of consciousness happening.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Bridges is great, but not in True Grit

    by Behemoth

    His performance was more like channeling Billy Bob from Sling Blade. There was no backstory, no real emotional connection. It was fine, but hardly Oscar-worthy. In fact, as much as I love the Coens, "True Grit" was a disappointment. I much preferred seeing Mila Kunis on all fours, butt in the air, face between Portman's thighs. Now that's Oscar MAYER worthy, cuz it got my giant frankfurter pumped up and ready to launch.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Where is the Wahlberg nom??????

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    He was tits in THE OTHER GUYS.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Biggest snub was Waiting for Superman

    by mypalfish

    I guess the movie wasn't liberal enough and was too hard on the teacher's union.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Syn_flood

    by drwynninblack

    Agreed. But, most likely there will be no justice: a la the year that "Brokeback 3-Guitar Chords and 17 Minutes Of The Same Thing Repeated 69 Times" beat out Williams' "Geisha" score.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    nolan got overlooked. again.

    by yabory

    but the field is strong this year. go king's speech!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Congrats Dogtooth!

    by Griefo

    Such a great movie! To me, this is the 3rd best film of the year after Somewhere and Rabbit Hole.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I don't get why Eisenberg is gettign nominated

    by Jaster

    .....He's just playing Jessie Eisenberg. The same flat, monotone delivery in every film. He might just as well have been nominated for Cursed. If Bridges doesn't win the whole thing is fucking rigged.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    EXIT IT THRU THE GIFT CHOP shouldve been nominated

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    for best editing..

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    dude you erased some noms!

    by Jubba

    where did the vfx category go? your doped-up editing is deleting stuff!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    the day nolan gets a nom is the day POPEYES runs outta chicken

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    itll never happen!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    How to Train Your Dragon Score

    by templesweeper

    I agree....Daft Punk probably should have been nominated. But not at the expense of How to Train Your Dragon. That soundtrack was my favorite of the year. Listen to the music when Hiccup and Toothless go flying and they figure out how to get the tail to work. Seriously, I almost cried. Almost. And the music when Hiccup and Toothless are getting to know each other (when Hiccup tries to touch Toothless). It's really, really great stuff. I still think that Dragon was an overall superior movie to Toy Story 3...and I was kinda hoping that this would be the year Pixar didn't get the automatic Oscar win. But with Toy Story 3 getting the overall best pic nod...well, that is the nail in the coffin for Dragon. I liked Toy Story 3 quite a bit, but in our House, Dragon gets played 10:1 over TS3.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    All the best picture noms suck. Here's why:

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The Social Network: Two hours of juvenile douches arguing with each other. Oh and it's about fucking Facebook. The King's Speech: Fluffy, stuffy Oscar bait. Cliched "true" story about disabilities and British royalty. Hell, its nomination is a cliche. The Fighter: More bullshit cliched storytelling folded in with "poor white trash" minstrelsy. Winter's Bone: More white minstrelsy. Absolutely dull and (literally) meandering plot. Toy Story 3: Face it, it's a remake of the Brave Little Toaster, for fuck's sake. Black Swan: Forty years ago, this would be dismissed as a trashy, over the top cult movie. A guilty pleasure. Now it's "art." Fuck off. Inception: Just about every mainstream action/sci-fi trope tossed in a blender, topped with a fat dollop of extra heavy exposition. The Kids Are All Right: A great, gooey, glorified sitcom. But with lesbians! And, no shit, a fucking character named "Laser." True Grit: The only character you can understand is the kid, and who doesn't want to take a switch to her backside? Even more white minstrelsy. And it's a fucking remake. 127 Hours: More shameless mugging by James Franco and the irritatingly precocious Danny Boyle. A celebration of idiocy and vanity.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    the gruffalo

    by jon pertwee

    came out in 2009 and shouldn't be in this list. what should be on the list is 'the town,' did none of the academy see this or is it a backlash against ben affleck?

  • Like the straight guy version?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    So, "Your Highness"...

    by Uncle Pooky

    ...now stars 2 Academy Award-nominated actors. That's hilarious.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    obvious guesses

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    Colin Firth (lead) Christian Bale (supporting) Natalie Portman (lead) Hailee Steinfeld (supporting) David Fincher (directing) The Social Network (film) are taking home the trophies. They'll throw Inception a bone somewhere. Personally I love Bale, but think he almost went a little too 'full retard' on this one, and the film was too derivative.

  • I dont see anyone else talkin about the switcheroo..so wondering if it is just me?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    I thought original scores had to be WHOLLY originial?

    by midd1ea

    Reznor and Ross' score shouldn't be on the list. I'm really starting to get bothered by these exceptions they make...Johnny Greenwood's score to "There will be blood" was far superior to the score to "The Social Network."

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Has The Choppa seen The Kings Speech?

    by john

    Seriously fucking good movie. Firth deserves that golden bald cunt. Am I chopped??

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    this site is sputtering along like

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Shitty Shitty Bang Bang. Cash in this Clunker for a high end model.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Why is everyone so hung up on the social network score?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    Sure it was there, but it didn't even come close to having the impact that inception or Tron legacy's did. Inception deserves the win for score for several reason but for most of all that it's likely to show up in trailers for the next 10 years because it's that powerful I hate that nolan wasn't nominated, how do you nominate a best picture but not recognize it's director?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Tron

    by tomandshell

    Social Network had a better score, hands down. But did Hereafter really have better FX? I don't know--was there a lifeless wax Jeff Bridges zombie in Hereafter?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    tittytwister...do you not read previous posts?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I commented on "The King's Speech" above I'll repost. WHY THE KING'S SPEECH DOES NOT WORK by The_Choppah You really have to be a fan of the historical time period. Oh what the hell, this movie just plain stinks! The costumes look horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot lurches forward badly. Here's how it goes down: It basically starts out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K's Pod People was easier to follow! There are a few good things about this: Colin Firth looks enough like King George VI should, but is hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the war description reminds me of a cross between Saving Private Ryan and Guns of Navarone. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, "I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !" That is from the mythos of the time period. After the opening credits, we see the process of King George VI becoming the hero who goes on to fight his speech impediment, what through most of the movie is spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie needs that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it is like one big car wreck.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    No Editing for Inception? No, seriously?

    by The Chosen

    Actor, Actress, Movie, Director, it was all mixed up chances as there are too many great performances in every areas. But if there was ONE thing i was sure, completely sure, it was that Inception would get Editing. Inception's Editing is the year's best, and this stupidity with the Academy overlooking blockbusters (Nolan isn't for Director is bad. Understandable, but bad) is a preposterous irony. Hollywood only exists because of blockbusters. When we have such a rarity as an intelligent one, they turn it down. Inception is not the best movie in 2010, not at all. Grit, Swan, Network, Speech, are superior. But c'mon.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Honestly, what did I miss in True Grit?

    by AOTF

    I thought True Grit was an enjoyable movie, but nothing special. It was a fun Western. That's about it. Why in the world is this thing nominated for Best Picture? I really don't get it. Please let me know what I missed.

  • Where were those negative reviews again? I mean besides the one you buried in the Aint it Cool Downunder bullshit. You guys are sell outs. Word.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    But tittytwister is a noble handle...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    anyone with such a name would have to really chafe my gift shop to get a chopping.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    no mrjonz72 - everything is lining up to the right

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    column for me, also. Is this site Turning Japanese? (cue music)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Neat.

    by Mechasheeva

    According to AICN the Academy Awards for Screenwriting have been discontinued this year! Eh, who needs scripts anyways? (Not Jessica Alba... ZING)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    won't be first time two actors for same role if Bridges wins

    by Pedro_Voted_For_Me

    Brando and De Niro both won for portraying Vito Corleone Ok - not a remake, but still 2 different actors gimme that?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    The Social Network...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ...is this year's Crash...or Shakespeare in Love...Utterly forgetable in two or three years... God Help Us....

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    @aotf: What you missed in True Grit

    by Behemoth

    You probably saw the censored cut. There's a scene in the original where Bridges says something to Matt Damon's character to the effect of, "Boy, you talk too much, mm-hmm. About the only way I found I can shut up the nincompoopical rantin's of man, woman or beast is for ole Rooster to put his Cockburn where the sun does not shine." He then proceeds to butt-violate Damon for a good 10-minutes. The girl is sleeping through all of this and is thankfully unaware. It is a beautiful scene, though, especially when he makes Damon wear that Bear hat. Word on the grapevine is that that scene got Bridges his nom and the picture as a whole its nom. It's why Damon is seen limping later in the film, a perceived flaw to many who saw the censored edit.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    So Happy for John Hawkes!

    by Crow3711

    Even though he obviously has no chance of taking it, I really love when talented hardworking actors get well-deserved recognition even when they aren't the big A-listers everyone already knows. Let some more people discover who John Hawkes is. Fucking awesome. Good for him. Unlike the others who already have huge careers, hopefully this legit raises his profile and he starts getting his own starring roles or something. Very exciting. I'm sure he's so happy to be nominated. And it only gets better that it makes it two years in a row someone from LOST is representing at the Oscars. Last year Evangeline with her tiny part in hurt locker, and now Hawkes. Icing on the cake

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    behemoth. Yes, the Serbian-cut of True Grit.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It is very revealing.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Choppah

    by proevad

    I must say, of all the trolls on the internet I enjoy your work the most. If there were an award for trolling, you would get my vote buddy. Keep up the good work.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Michael Cera was robbed.

    by Flip63Hole

    Chris Nolan wasn't. Heck, Incexposition got some nods, so chill out, Inceptards...

  • That's about it for the directors. Guess the Academy forgave Russell for being such a loose cannon on the I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings sets. They've not forgiven Nolan for whatever the fuck he's done to go 0 for his career in Directing.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    No Schneider for his fine work in _____? Or Aguilera?

    by Foucault

    Fuck u Academy!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Choppah

    by cutest_of_borg

    You are the Boomhauer of AICN. His secret of success with woman was simple - approach each and every one and eventually he got lucky. Such is your approach with the constant posting. Godspeed, sir. Btw, I'm still pissed Trek didn't get the nom last year over that bloated clunker Avatard.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Winters Bone

    by SwampDonkey

    is a pile of shit. How this ended up on anyone's best of list is beyond me.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    this is some weak ass shit..

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    they couldve at least thought about nominating routh for best supporting actor for SCOTT PILGRIM

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    True Grit is a solid film, but not a Great one

    by ZoeFan

    I'm sick of all the carrying on about it. The random quirks in it just take me out of film. However, Hailee Steinfeld is great and should win Best Supporting Actress.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    There is some true justice after all...

    by thot

    ...with Toy Story 3 getting an Oscar nomination. Truly, at least, one of the best films of the year. Quite possibly the best of the series. Loved "Inception" and "True Grit". Didn't see any of the others. I agree with those here who thought Hailee Steinfeld deserved a best actress nom. She was amazing.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Now that there are 10 Best Picture nominations

    by SifoDyasJr

    there should also be 10 Best Director nominations. Otherwise the 5 Best Picture nom orphans are lame ducks.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Not Surprised Nolan Dissed

    by Wcwlkr

    The Oscars hold absolutely no surprises whatsoever anymore. Inception was an amazing film yet every year the Oscars continues to diss innovation. King's Speech REALLY? That guy's direction was better than Nolan's pleas!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim was robbed

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    even though I would have liked to see it get a best picture nom, I knew that would never happen But I really thought it had a chance at getting a editing, visual FX, sound design, costume, adapted screenplay and best song Particualary best song for the song "ramona"

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I think the whole cast were babies when the original NES was in households. What does Michael Cera know about Zelda? or Metroid? or Excite Bike? Nuthin, I says. Nuthin. I rigged my original NES controller to operate my microwave oven. Up Up Down Down L R L R B A start is the code for microwave popcorn.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    You Scott Pilgrim People Fuckin Serious? movie SUCKED COCK

    by Crow3711

    Sorry. But it did. Deal. And youth for best supporting? Are you a fucking moron?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    maxcherry

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Sounds like you are homophobic. You should seek some help.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim was a better movie then Social network

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Both arein my top 10, but damn Scott pilgrim was higher on my list then social netwrok was My top 10 best picture noms would have been 10. How To Train Your Dragon 9. The Town 8. Black Swan 7. Kick Ass 6. True Grit 5. Social Network 4. 127 hours 3. Toy Story 3 2. Inception 1. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    shut your mouth crow

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    in understand if SP wasnt your bottle of milk, but from a cinematic perspective, the film was the tits. a love letter to film: Right from the start, with the Universal logo and appropriate fanfare, you realize that Scott Pilgrim vs The World is a movie that is in its own realm. It stays true its comic book roots which stay true to so much media and pop culture its almost overwhelming. Video games, anime, and music fuel Edgar Wrights very self-aware comedy. Nothing about this film is slow as the film embodies a generation of iPod touting, social-networking hipster-nerd blend of clever and always enjoyable. This movie will make you smile more than youre accustomed to in a comedy. Everything about the movie is hyper-stylized, from characters to locations; Scott Pilgrim is an experience beyond anything in recent years. Its a real cinematic treat. Edgar Wright takes the ache out of "achingly cool" with his entertaining, hyperactive gamer-geek comedy Scott Pilgrim Vs the World, set in freezing cold Toronto and based on the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Despite riffing on some apparently emotional themes – male romantic status-anxiety is brought interestingly into parallel with Canada's cultural cringe to the United States – Wright insists on nothing more than comedy and the spectacle of pastiche, an entertainment of Seinfeldian inconsequence. The movie has been attacked in some quarters for lack of heart, and for an alleged lack of box office nous in pitching to a demographic that favours illegal downloads over ticket-buying. I can only say that where some see shallowness, I saw a witty interplay of surfaces and style. Our hero is Scott Pilgrim, bassist in the crashingly loud local band Sex Bob-omb and keen player of video games, activities that encompass the sum total of his cultural life. An interest in literature surfaces briefly when he realises that the love of his life has a job making special deliveries for Amazon, and so orders a book – the title of which is irrelevant and unmentioned. Scott is played by Michael Cera, perhaps the most sexually unthreatening male in the history of cinema, with a gentle, moonish face that makes him look like an early-60s Beatle. Scott and his band are not slackers, exactly: Wright shows them industriously rehearsing and worrying about their romantic and musical careers, but they are so utterly unworried about earning a living that they could as well be in college or even high school. Scott has a love life that, though notionally filled with angst, is actually beyond the wildest dreams of most real-life saddos and geeks. He has been dumped by impossibly glamorous blonde singer Envy Adams (Brie Larson), but now into a platonic rebound relationship with teenage schoolgirl Knives Chau, played by 25-year-old Ellen Wong, to the tetchy disapproval of his sister Stacey (Anna Kendrick). But then he falls for unattainably cool Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who has just moved to Canada from New York – the number she gives him still has the 212 area code. Their forbidden love begins to blossom, but Scott is confronted with a terrible quest: he must do battle with Ramona's seven evil exes, led by Gideon (Jason Schwartzman), the oleaginous New York record boss who holds the destiny of Sex Bob-omb in his hands and is given to snide solecisms such as "Between you and I". The titanic battles between Scott and each vengeful ex are, of course, entirely stylised, sorcery-fantasy contests whose choreography can exist only on a gamer's computer screen: they are different, in their way, from the martial arts confrontations in, say, Tarantino's Kill Bill or Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass, because they are so unreal and unserious, and always liable to be interrupted and undermined with throwaway gags. Each face-off exists only to facilitate comedy and a continuous fizz of generic pastiche, and even the romance isn't to be taken too straight. There is one quietly tremendous moment when Scott is whacked hard, and flies through the air away from us, in the direction of the camera's sightline, holding a roughly static position on screen but dwindling in size to a tiny insect-like figure, before finally crashing into a distant castle. "Surreal" is an overused and misused adjective, and yet applicable here. The more potent duel is the one Cera always loses: the comedy duel in which he will perpetually be upstaged by the evil competitor. Brandon Routh, a former Superman, plays Ramona's ex-boyfriend Todd Ingram, who has evil superpowers that are dependent on his fanatical veganism, and for whom dairy products are Kryptonite. The movie is always close to being stolen by Scott's gay flatmate Wallace (Kieran Culkin), who provides a comic perspective on the lead character. He is prone to crash into the apartment late at night ("Guess who's drunk?") and wreak havoc with Scott's need for privacy. Culkin plays what might be called the "Nick Frost" role: part-pundit, part-intimate. Scott Pilgrim is an intriguing picture for being so exotic and eccentric, and for aligning itself with the style and structure of a videogame rather than a film: following not conventional narrative arcs, but a series of game-levels and flavouring this sequence, not with the usual dramatic reversals and character-development, but with an open-ended comic shtick. My only reservation is that Wright could have afforded to relax a little more, to take his foot off the pastiche-pedal and give his comedy more breathing space. Having said that, this is an entertaining and distinctive display of technique, an exhilarating demonstration of film-making IQ.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    What an atrocious years for movies

    by ConeSpinner

    I mean, seriously. To be fair, off all the best pic nominations I have only seen Inception, The Fighter, Toy Story 3 and The Social Network. But I would classify all of those as "good" and not great. Inception was borderline great, but a bit too confusing for me, due to my miniscule brain. Is this the best Hollywood can do now? What happened to that tour-de-force, undeniably great movie that would come out every year? The Silence of the Lambs, Goodfellas, The Shawshank Redemption....they just don't make jaw-droppingly good movies anymore. Am I wrong to think that? I can't even rememer the last time I walked out of a theater thinking: "Damn, that movie was fucking outstanding". I had a lot of fun watching The Fighter. Good movie, good performances (an amazing one by Bale), but predictable and nothing new. The Social Network was the same. Good performances (a surprisingly good one by Timberlake) and a good story, but best picture favorite??? Really? Am I just disenchanted, or is there a substantial lack of quality these day, due to an increased focus on recycling old material (remakes) and the Avatar effect (too much focus on 3-D and pleasing masses to make more money at the box office) My three favorite movies are The Shawshank Redemption, Goodfellas and Jaws. Why? Because they had a great story to tell, and all of the effort put into those movies was to tell that story in such a way that you they would leave a lasting impression on you. Not everyone will agree with those 3 selections as their favorite movies, but I imagine most have their own favorites that fall into this kind of category. I usually post 2-3 sentences in my talkbacks. But i was hoping someone could tell me if this is all in my head, or if the state of movie-making is truly plummeting into a dark abyss. P.S. Yes, I REALLY want to see True Grit, but it was sold out when I went, which is how I ended up seeing The Fighter. Maybe True Grit is the answer I have been seeking. I hope, anyways

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    maxcherry

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ..or some cack!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I Dont See MATRIX 4 Anywhere On That List !!!!

    by ShavedLeatherPig

    So appalled at the Academy for this unforgivable snub....

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    redbull_werewolf

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Your #1 just made your post irrelevant

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    thot

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You are dead on about Hailee. I can't believe she had to put up with the casting couch double team from the Coens...and for what.....Best Supporting Actress?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    So Fincher was Oscar-whoring with Benjamin Button,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    a long sprawling epic that the Academy loves..and now his smart, lean Social Network is forgettable and overpraised. Geez, Fincher can't get any love on this site, can he?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Talkbackers should be championing HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It relates to us and our lives much more than TOY STORY or SCOTT PILGRIM. Sure, we all had beloved toys and were into video games, but a movie about teaching your solitary and unruly Night Fury to soar on command and squirt flaming death juice on your enemies...THAT is a movie about us.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    maxcherry. I'm here to help

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I think you are in denial. If you look up "homophobia" in the dictionary, it will probably tell you that it is the fear of homosexuals. While many would take issue with that definition, it is nevertheless true that in many ways, it really is a fear of homosexuality or at least homosexuals, as we will see in this essay. Homophobia is widespread in America maxcherry, far more widespread than most heterosexuals realize, and it is far more subtle, too. The discrimination it inspires touches the lives of many Americans, not just gay Americans, but all Americans. And America pays a very dear price for it as we shall see. In 1994, during the campaign of Oliver North for the U.S. Senate, there were several of his supporters seen carrying signs along a Virginia freeway that read, "Homophobia Doesn't Kill." By announcing that belief, they were exposing their ignorance to the world, because homophobia does kill, and it kills with surprising frequency. There are the obvious murders inspired by hatred. In the U.S., they number in the dozens every year. Abroad, the numbers run to the hundreds to thousands, no one knows the precise number for sure, as in many countries, the deaths of homosexuals are not considered worth recording as a separate category. But there are other ways in which homophobia kills. There are countless suicides every year by gay men and lesbians, particularly youth, which mental health professionals tell us1 are not the direct result of the victim's homosexuality, but is actually the result of how the homosexual is treated by society. When one lives with rejection day after day, and society discounts one's value constantly, it is difficult to maintain perspective and realize that the problem is others' perceptions, not one's own, which is why suicide is several times as common among gay men as it is among straight men. Perhaps the highest price is paid by youth. The young person just emerging into adulthood who has begun to realize that he is different, and the difference is not approved of, finds acceptance of self particularly difficult. This is especially true when others perceive the young person as different, and persecute him as a result, with little effort made by authority figures to stop the torment. This is why gay youth commit suicide at a rate of about seven times that of straight youth. Yet it is surprising how often homophobes actually try to prevent intervention by teachers in the schools! It's not natural. Well, that's probably the weakest argument of all, since biologists frequently see homosexual behavior in other animal species, and in livestock ranching, homosexual behavior is so common it is considered a problem. Homosexual behaviors have been noted in every primate species so far studied, and in man's closest living relatives, the bonobo chimpanzees, bisexual behavior is universal. Among humans, homosexuality is found in all cultures and with about the same frequency it is found in America. Cultural norms seem to have little influence on the incidence of homosexual behavior. So the claim that it isn't natural becomes rather difficult to support. It's a perversion. This is really a variation of the "it's not natural" argument, and so there's no need to reiterate what has been said in the above paragraphs, other than to say that it is the 'natural' argument with a religious overtone. And being essentially a religious argument, it has little place in a society that believes in the separation of the powers of church and state. It's against God's law. Well, of course this is a purely religious argument, and it presumes that the homosexual is or should be bound by the religious principles that are propounded here by the religionist. The fact of the matter is that since this society and its government were founded on the notion of the separation of church and state, to encode in a secular law an idea that has purely religious purposes, is a clear violation of the principle of the separation of church and state. Until the religionist can come up with a sound reason why society benefits by the outlawing of homosexual activity, then there is no moral basis for such a law if one accepts the principle of religious freedom as encoded in the doctrine of the separation of church and state. It's disgusting. Has the person who says that ever watched sausage being made? There are many things that go on in society that we would consider disgusting, but we don't outlaw them just because of that. In fact, many of these activities are quite essential to the functioning of a modern society, but we simply turn our minds to other matters and don't concern ourselves with them. Heterosexuals need to remember that they themselves are 'disgusting' to many homosexuals; it will come as quite a surprise for them to discover that the feeling is mutual. Yet it would be ludicrous for the gay person to suggest that heterosexuality ought to be persecuted; why shouldn't it work just as well the other way around? Isn't respect and tolerance a two way street? Us versus them: It is the subconscious belief that if someone else is granted rights, those rights come at one's own expense. For example, one of the oft-quoted reasons why some oppose gay marriage is that it will somehow threaten the heterosexual institution of marriage. Just how that would happen is never explained, but those who agree with the notion don't have to explain; to them it seems a reasonable proposition, because they feel the threat, even if they can't put their finger on why. Obviously, this reason is an emotional reaction rather than a reasoned argument. Yet the fact that it is simply an emotional reaction is not relevant to the bigot; he believes that since he believes it, it must be true. And that is good enough. No evidence is neccessary. Loss of control: It has been my experience that the more conservative an individual he is, the more concerned he is about being able to control his environment. Someone who lives life in a manner quite different that oneself represents a threat to that individual. The threat is a threat to the ego in the sense that one's own choices may prove not to be optimal; it is also a subconscious threat to one's security in the sense that the other may prove to be more successful. Again, the threat here is an emotional one, not a real, tangible threat. And again, there's no real-world evidence to support it. But emotion is what drives the bigot. The reason for the emotion is actually a primal instinct. When one examines the dominance-submission behaviors in other species, they often have sexual overtones, especially in other primate species. If a dominant male wants the food or mate posessed by a subordinate, he'll often bite the subordinate, causing him to yelp in pain and drop the food or the female, and then present his rump. It is the presentation of the rump that is key here. It's saying to the dominant male and the rest of the troupe that the subordinant male is submissive and that the dominant male can have his way with him, regardless of the extent that may take. It's essentially a submission to rape, should the dominant male desire to do so. It is that instinctual fear of rape that drives much of homophobia. Straight men often instinctually see gay men as a threat, and they instictively fear that threat. It's a fear of a loss of control, of dominance, of status. The threat is very real - in some rare, isolated circumstances. This instinctive means of asserting dominance is the source of prison rape. It's why men, who on the inside of prisons rape other men with brutal frequency become promiscuous heterosexuals on the outside. Such men almost never have sex with other men as a means of emotional sharing, it's rather a violent act, intended to control, assert dominance and force other men into a subordinate position. Well, straight men, you can relax. The vast majority of us gay men don't want our way with you. We have sex for the same reason that most of you do - as a part of the expression of love, caring, concern and commitment. Since we're not likely to get it from you, you're not attractive to us and you have nothing to fear from us. The small minority (and it's a very small minority) of gay men who actually do enjoy seducing straight men invariably do so with understanding and respect for the straight man's concerns and fears. Such encounters are conducted in an atmosphere of equality of the shared emotional experience, and a recognition and respect for the straight man's need for parity and discretion. Threat to one's world-view: When someone has held to the same ideas and has staunchly advocated them all of his life, someone else who says he's wrong can be rather threatening. The notion that "that old time religion is good enough for me" is one that is a lot more than just an old song, it represents a fundamental attitude towards one's roots that make it difficult to accept that one has been wrong all of one's life. If a gay person comes along and says, "hey, look at me, I'm a productive, contributing member of society with values and ideals that make me little different than you," that person is a threat to someone who has believed all his life what he may have been told since he was young; that gay people are somehow perverted, miserable, lonely people who live short, desperate lives. Yet to the amazement of many, as the AIDS epidemic has forced thousands of gay people out of the closet, these gay people have proved not to be the stereotypes people had believed; but rather ordinary folks like themselves. Another unsupported emotional reaction Maxcherry, not a real threat. Again, not worthy of consideration as a real reason for being the basis of public policy. Fear of rape: This is probably the most emotional and irrational of all of the homophobe's fears, but is probably the most universal. It is the origin of the old saw about 'covering your butt' and numerous other similar admonitions. Yet the fact is that there are very, very few gay men who would prefer to have sex with heterosexual men, particularly those who would not be willing to cooperate. Why go to the trouble? Only a narcissist would believe that forced sex with himself would be preferable to cooperative and appreciated sex with someone else. Yet it is amazing to me how many heterosexual men actually, subconsciously, at least, feel this way. Maybe this says something about the universality of narcissism! This is obviously an emotional reaction. Again, there are very few incidents of homosexual rape of heterosexuals, and the chances of becoming a victim are far less than being struck by lightening. But that doesn't assuage the fear. Fear that one may actually be homosexual himself: Homosexuality is, by even the most conservative estimates, far more common than the number of open homosexuals would imply. And with the realization that bisexuality is actually fairly common, particularly among women, there is a genuine fear among the more conservative that they, themselves, may be homosexual, particularly if they have had a homosexual experience in their past which they actually enjoyed. And since surveys indicate that approximately 64% of adult males in the United States have, there are lots of candidates out there for that fear. Compounding this can be religion-based guilt, often promoted by televangelists who have made a career of promoting homophobia. The fear leads to a subconscious reaction: hate and/or kill the queer and you're not like him, because you've distanced yourself from him. Irrational, isn't it? Yet that's the subconscious logic involved. One robin does not a summer make and one homosexual experience does not a queer make. It's really that simple. For me, being gay means that I prefer relationships with men. I've had them with women, but I prefer them with men. Both sexually and emotionally. That's what qualifies me as being gay. So all you heterosexual men who've experimented at some time in your youth: relax. Just because you have, even if you enjoyed it, it doesn't mean you're gay. Even if you are, isn't it important to know yourself? Why are people so afraid of accepting themselves as they really are? Doing so is the Buddhist path to nirvana; knowing and accepting yourself is one of the greatest achievements of life. Why fight it? Fear? If fear is the reason, what does this say about the person who's allowing his life to be governed by it? Isn't that the definition of 'coward?' Personally, I'd be much more concerned about being a coward than being gay. Most social conservatives fail to consider the effects of homophobia. The "special rights" argument wouldn't be applied to religious minorities, but is liberally applied to the one group it is still acceptable for them to hate. This Steve Sack cartoon commented on the murder of Matthew Shepard, a crime which shocked the world with its brutality and callousness. It was inspired by homophobia. In the opening paragraphs, I talked about the obvious costs of homophobia, and how the heterosexual community is unaware of the price it is paying. The fact is that there are many more costs, many of them very subtle. Consider that the outright fear of homosexuality skews how our culture deals with sex, sexuality, relations with strangers, co-workers and others, dealing with public health issues, and the untold opportunities it presents unscrupulous religionists with the opportunity to appeal to prejudice and call it religion. The cost to society is enormous. In the simple matter of sex, the fear of homosexuality among heterosexuals, particularly heterosexual men fearing that they themselves may be gay, has been the cause of a great deal of sexual dysfunction. Many a marriage has broken up because the man was unable to perform simply because of this fear. Businessmen face the problem of sexual harassment and intimidation against their gay workers, and the resulting loss of productivity costs business an enormous amount of money every year. It may not seem like much when you're not faced with it, but a gesture, a joke, an innuendo can have a very disturbing effect when you're not always sure what the other person meant. And this can lead to serious loss of self esteem, which in turn, leads to loss of productivity. Intimidated employees are less likely to try to be innovative and forward thinking in problem solving; someone suffering from self esteem problems will be more conservative and unwilling to risk being innovative. So business loses. The U.S. military spends about $30 million a year hunting down and expelling homosexuals from its ranks, in a clear and open defiance of the "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue" law, even though its own studies, from the 1950's to the present, have shown time and time again that they do not represent the threat to "unit cohesion" that is the reason usually given for expelling them.2 In spite of the military's insistence that unit cohesion is a problem, the fact remains that during times of war, expelling homosexuals from the ranks goes way down (and was practically halted during the Gulf War), when unit cohesion is actually of greatest importance. If unit cohesion were really the motivator, why do they quit expelling that 'threat' when the need for cohesion is greatest? No one at the Pentagon has ever answered that question. The answer is obvious to any thinking person: it's institutionalized homophobia. And this is a case where homophobia directly costs the taxpayers $30 million each and every year it is allowed to govern military policy. And that doesn't count the cost in thousands of destroyed lives caused by the illegally issued general discharges that sully the reputations of these honorable men and women. The AIDS epidemic has cost tens of thousands of Americans their lives. Millions of Americans have lost someone they know, often a close and loved family member, to this terrible scourge. Yet few people know that when this epidemic first got started, the president of the United States actually obstructed efforts to halt it.3 Because of the narrow-mindedness of one politician, now hundreds of thousands have suffered and died, many of them not even gay, and millions have known grievous personal loss. And the frightening thing is that the homophobia of one politician is responsible The reason that the famous gay "ghettos" of San Francisco, West Hollywood, Provincetown, Massachusetts and others have come into existence is simply that gay people have felt much more safe and secure among their own kind. This is the same reason that for centuries, Jews, Native Americans, blacks, Latinos, Chinese and many other minorities have gathered together in their own "ghettos." The cost of this ghettoization has been high -- families are torn apart, talented people end up chronically underemployed, friendships lost and loneliness and a sense of rejection become lifelong companions. But it need not be this way. The "gay ghettos" wouldn't exist if gay people felt at home in a heterosexual world. And that would be possible, if the fears that drive heterosexuals to reject homosexuals, didn't exist. Conclusions The cost to society is enormous, not just to the gay person, but to his family, his acquaintances, his employers, and to society as a whole. Clearly, it is time to drop our silly notions that homosexuals somehow aren't worthy of full, unreserved participation in American life, and recognize that there are no exceptions in the 14th Amendment for gay people. Books I recommend for you max. Homophobia: How We All Pay The Price is Warren Blumenfeld's analysis of this problem and why everyone concerned with the decline of civility in America needs to be concerned about it. Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America by Michael Nava and Robert Dawidoff is an excellent analysis of why homophobia is a costly problem and how America in general, not just the gay community, would benefit by ending it. And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts is one of the great classics of investigative journalism, showing how the AIDS epidemic could have easily been halted in its early days if the politics of homophobia hadn't been allowed to prevent the Center for Disease Control from doing its job. Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military by Randy Shilts. His last book and one of lasting importance to the debate over gays in the military. Shows conclusively why the opposition to allowing gays to serve openly in the military is really based on the homophobia of the Pentagon brass.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    So choppah

    by mongo126

    Since you hate everything, how about giving us the correct noms?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    openthepodbay..

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    yeah you got fincher figured out alright with that ignorant statement. the man who made seven and fight club and paula abdul and madonna watchable just decided to take a "dive" and make oscar bait. WRONG! if you have even seen benjamin button, you would see that it is his most personal film and that he made it on the heels of his fathers death. the film is about glorious amounts of things and winning an oscar wasnt one of them. could it be that fincher is actually a good filmmaker and that is the reason for his accolades? more like it.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Affleck should be pissed...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Read through this whole TB and ONLY ONE OTHER SOUL thought "The Town" should on the best pic list?! Mebbe I missed a post... Granted, I haven't seen all ten, but I'll bet one of them should be making way for Mr. Affleck's little ass-kicker. Fucking great work. And Renner stole it.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    10 Nominees for Best Pic is boring because it means less

    by Quadrillionaire

    people whining about how their movie got snubbed

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    "squirt flaming death juice"

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    on the small of my back, only, please.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    mongo

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    well i dont hate everything.. scott pilgrim the social network inception a serbian film toy story 3 how to train your dragon exit thru the gift shop true grit the town rabbit hole shouldve been nominated for best pic and anyone who disagrees with THIS list has some 'splainin' to do!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Scot Pilgrim is an awesome movie but...

    by EWR3378

    ...The original music by Sex Bomb-Omb was horrendous. The only thing I didn't like about the movie.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    podbaydoor

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    you don't ruin a franchise like Alien/s and get to waltz in like you didn't wipe your ass with the curtains.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Wait, redbull_werewolf has some love for The Town...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Sorry, TWO posts... Not enough, people.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    "on the small of my back, only, please." You are primed for CHOPPAH-DOM.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Glad The Wolfman got a make up nod

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    The movie wasn't overly great but the makeup was amazing Maybe if it wins Universal can get rolling on the wolfman 2

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by NeonFrisbee

    I didn't steal it, I was commenting on it. Trying to start a conversation with THE CHOPPAH! I think you were trying to say that Iron Man 2, like, say, Black Swan, should not have been nominated, BUT, if Black Swan were nominated, then, hell, why not Iron Man 2 as well? Hell, why not EVERY movie. Why not, right? At least, I *think* that's what you were trying to say. If you *really* think that Iron Man 2 should've been nominated, then, I respectfully disagree as I found it rather boring. (I think Robert Downey Jr. is a PERFECT Tony Stark, though. He definitely owns that role and is a big, if not the *primary* reason why Iron Man went from second tier Marvel character to their most popular character virtually overnight.)

  • Social Network and Black Swan were both good movies, but not much more than that. I love Aaron Sorkin and Fincher, but it was nothing special and I do not like Jesse Eisenberg. Black Swan was another pretentious Aronofsky film and wasn't particularly special in any way except the dance choreography. 127 Hours is the film of the year for me, Franco blew my mind, I had no idea he is such a great actor. The editing and directing were amazing as well. Nolan not being nominated suggests he is much like Spielberg in the eyes of the academy; talented and also FUN, so they don't like him. True Grit was amazing as well, though Stanfield was the lead actress and it is insulting to suggest otherwise. Overall, I just really don't want Social Network or Black Swan to win BP.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    maxcherry knows a lot of gays so he cant be homophobic!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    yeah snatch and rock n rolla wasnt nominated when they came out so your theory seems sound.. keep up the good work!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Re: gay and lesbian film nominations

    by WriteForTheEdit

    So, is the hot lesbo sex in "Kids Are All Right" better than the hot lesbo sex in "Black Swan?" Just curious... Cause, you know, that's why "Black Swan" got nominated... all the gay, and all...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    The Kids Are Alright was good....

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    but nothing special. I don't understand all the fanfare surrounding this film? I'm gay and I still don't get it. It was a pseudo-romantic comedy. If this were a film about straight people it wouldn't have gotten this much attention.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    All the best picture noms are great. Here's why:

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The Social Network: The definitive motion picture statement of this generation and others to come. A flawlessly constructed and acted mini-symphony of words, ideas and images. Timely ... and timeless. The King's Speech: A sweeping, momentous and yet humane triumph, featuring a performance for the ages by Colin Firth. Watching this film, you can sense the weight of history itself shifting. The Fighter: A gritty, unflinching, nuanced depiction of life in the real "Real America," not the Morning in America bullshit Sarah Palin and Madison Avenue try to sell you. A movie about what it means to transcend. Period. And it happens to star our greatest living actor, Christian Bale. Winter's Bone: Exquisite filmed poetry, a transfixing meditation on morality and loss. John Hawkes and Jennifer Lawrence deliver performances that, in any other year, would garner them Oscars. Toy Story 3: For once the third installment of a film trilogy is the greatest. I defy you not to weep during its two (two!) devastating climaxes. A dizzying, bittersweet exploration of mortality and friendship. And it happens to be one of the better prison escape movies in generations. Black Swan: Natalie Portman delivers her own performance of the ages in perhaps the rawest, most naked transformation into a character since Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull. But let's not forget the vision of director Darren Aronofsky, who turns what would otherwise be trash into a glorious, meticulously composed art-house freakout. Inception: A blockbuster whose scope knows no bounds, spatially, emotionally, or mentally. Everything you want in a raucous, big budgeted epic ... and then some. A mindbender with heart. A surrealistic heist movie. The work of a visionary. The Kids Are All Right: A frank depiction of how modern families work things out. It doesn't flinch from exploring its themes of sexuality, identity, responsibility, family and failure, but it doesn't wallow in misery, either. Rather, it's an often-funny celebration. It's brought to life through a magnificent screenplay and stellar ensemble work from the cast, particularly Annette Benning in a career-best performance. True Grit: Another American classic from our greatest living filmmakers, the Coen Brothers. It's their warmest film since Raising Arizona, but that doesn't mean the brothers shy away from showing us the grim and violent realities of America in the late 1800s. Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges more than deserve their nominations, and here's hoping the young lady triumphs on Oscar night. 127 Hours: Four words: James Franco. Danny Boyle.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I'll be shocked if Bale and Steinfled don't win

    by elsewhere

    Clear cut winners in my opinion.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    conespinner

    by SithMenace

    Amen. I went to the movies twice last year, because there's just nothing I felt I couldn't wait for on Blu. Agreed that True Grit may be that one great movie of the year, and I really did want to see that in the theater, but it came out right at the busy time and I haven't been able to make it. I love David Fincher, but The Social network is something I can wait for. I can't even remember the last time a movie made me feel the way Shawshank or Goodfellas did, where I want to start it again as soon as it ends. I've actually started turning towards classics and some foreign films, and I'm getting more out of them than anything new that I watch. Just watched Amelie, and I have to say it was fantastic, even though it was from the director of the dreadful Alien 4.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Also I can expand other replies, but not my own?

    by elsewhere

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    So, Max...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You want to go out sometime? A little wine, some cheese and thou?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    vaggeo

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    fincher has hit his peak?? people said that in 99 to which i replied FUCK YOU..the man is still making films.. he really hasnt made that many so for some TBer to say hes through after a handful of films...well thats just pathetic on your part. i expect more from AICN and its components.. fincher peaked...thats like saying michael cera peaked with SUPERBAD

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Best picture

    by Keith

    Best mainstream movies of the year were The Social Network and Toy Story 3. I actually think TS3 has an outside chance this year, but I'd put it at around 7-1. Social Network and The King's Speech will be the big guns, with Black Swan a smaller chance. All the rest, forget it. Just making up the numbers. They won't give the Coens another gong so soon after the last one, and True Grit wasn't anywhere near their best level anyway. Inception - ha ha. No. That's just put in for the masses. Wasn't anywhere close to being one of the year's best ten pictures.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Zodiac and Seven are tied

    by SithMenace

    for my favorite Fincher films.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    "The Wolfman" really was a huge disappointment...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...but Rick Baker's work was indeed much enjoyed.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    viggeo_morgenstein, I've been busy overseeing Harry's rehab...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    what a clusterfuck. At least he survived the surgery, it took me three fucking hours to find his spine.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    The Kids are All Right

    by Keith

    For anyone who hasn't seen this, you'll probably enjoy it a lot more than you're expecting it to. There were a lot of echoes of "You Can Count On Me" in it, which is certainly no bad thing. Some very funny moments in it. The idea that it's some worthy "gay movie" is completely off-base. (In fact, the primal emotional forces surrounding procreation are at the very heart of it.) Plus I could watch Mark Ruffalo in pretty much anything.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I've only seen the trailer for Barney's Version

    by Bass Ackwards

    But Best Makeup?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    you dont make conversation with CHOPPAH

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    he makes them with himself...sit back people and enjoy the show

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    All the best picture noms suck. Here's why:

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The Social Network: Two hours of juvenile douches arguing with each other. Oh and it's about fucking Facebook. The King's Speech: Fluffy, stuffy Oscar bait. Cliched "true" story about disabilities and British royalty. Hell, its nomination is a cliche. The Fighter: More bullshit cliched storytelling folded in with "poor white trash" minstrelsy. Winter's Bone: More white minstrelsy. Absolutely dull and (literally) meandering plot. Toy Story 3: Face it, it's a remake of the Brave Little Toaster, for fuck's sake. Black Swan: Forty years ago, this would be dismissed as a trashy, over the top cult movie. A guilty pleasure. Now it's "art." Fuck off. Inception: Just about every mainstream action/sci-fi trope tossed in a blender, topped with a fat dollop of extra heavy exposition. The Kids Are All Right: A great, gooey, glorified sitcom. But with lesbians! And, no shit, a fucking character named "Laser." True Grit: The only character you can understand is the kid, and who doesn't want to take a switch to her backside? Even more white minstrelsy. And it's a fucking remake. 127 Hours: More shameless mugging by James Franco and the irritatingly precocious Danny Boyle. A celebration of idiocy and vanity.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    choppah

    by mongo126

    I had planned on giving you shit, but when you had Scott Pilgrim at the top of your list, I was like "well, fuck" Also, solid work in this thread.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I Dunno, I Think BLACK SWAN Is Pretty Firmly Rooted In Fun Trash-Art

    by NeonFrisbee

    I really have no understanding as to why it's getting such praise. Not that I didn't enjoy it, I did, it was a fun exploitation movie. It was similar to, but NOWHERE NEAR as good as the greatest, most epic trash-art masterpiece of the past two decades -- SHOWGIRLS. If BLACK SWAN ranks a nom, then SHOWGIRLS should've been nominated for everything and swept the awards back in 199?.

  • Really, REALLY looking forward to whatever big ol' site relaunch is coming...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    The Academy owes us

    by mongo126

    one good anti-Crash. You know, a win for the geeks...and LOTR doesn't count. Toy Story 3 would have been a nice start. Also, why no FX love for Scott Pilgrim? It's not exactly a top tier nom, but the it did have solid work here.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Mongo, I have a CandyGram for you.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    neonfrisbee.... I get ya

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I totally see your points. My Iron Man 2 was mostly for technical categories.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    i'd love to take my dick to her backside

    by elsewhere

    errr....switch.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim: Editing

    by entrainer

    It should have at least got a nomination for editing.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    i dont quite get all the love for the Kings Speech

    by larry burbridge

    its a decent flick, but not much better than any show on BBCA. The Town was far better and want nominated. Affleck should have been up for director as well. and wahlberg for the Fighter. as usual Oscars suck dick.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    I Actually Kind Of Hated Scott Failgrim

    by NeonFrisbee

    I was supposed to like it, thought i'd like it, found the canadian "manga" cute and fun, but I HATED the movie. It was just so bad, and it brought out everything that was wrong about the comic and blew it up to gigantic proportions. Beginning with the fact that all the characters (except for Knives Chao) were TOTALLY IRRITATING and unlikable. Scott and Ramona both suck. They're irritating, narcissistic a*holes and they learn nothing through the course of the film.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Black Swan is the Exit Through The Gift Shop

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    for best picture. Aronofsky a few years ago had a bet he could take anything and turn it into a "great" film. An aide blurted out Swan Lake on a whim. Everyone chuckled. Aronofsky just smiled. Now you have Black Swan. He just made it to prove a point. Any bullshit that looks arty is in fact arty shit. It's just like Exit Through the Gift Shop. Watch that, then watch Black Swan. You will have your answer.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Boy, this new site works great!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I'm really proud of my work.

  • Shitty novels, but more than enough murder, dismemberment, and sodomy to keep him busy for a couple of outstanding hours.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Gotta agree with Ridley Scott....

    by Obscura

    Lets say Inception wins best film.... how the hell can Chris Nolan NOT win best director? Surely the best film was directed by the best director? And how could the best director NOT direct the best film? The best Director and best film catagories should be carbon copies, or just merged.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    entrainer...wait. Scott Pilgrim

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    should have an editing nom for it's hyperactive ADD editing, yet there is no love for Inception with it's 4 levels of plot towards the end that all had to mesh to bring us the finale? WTF is wrong with you?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    neonfrisbee

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    "Beginning with the fact that all the characters (except for Knives Chao) were TOTALLY IRRITATING and unlikable. Scott and Ramona both suck. They're irritating, narcissistic a*holes and they learn nothing through the course of the film." So in other words, they are perfect for each other! They can start their own blog in Portland while they drink starbucks and bitch about democracy from their Ipad.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    No animated-feature nod for "Summer Wars"?

    by StarWarsRedux

    Well, at least I won't have to watch the Oscars, now. No reason at all.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    THE FIGHTER should win just so donnie walhberg

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    wont be able to sit at the head of the table at family dinners..i think marky mark has been fredo'd enough.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    THE KING'S SPEECH: a Critique

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ... one of the worst movie ever made in this decade. No, i rephrase that: one of the worst movie ever made in the whole history of american cinema. The posh looking production values don't disguise what has to be one of the most moronic retard dumbed down "zombies made this" movie i ever had the displeasure to suffer through. This movie is also one, if not, the purest example of the "high concept" style of filmmaking. An abomination. This KING'S SPEECH piece of shit of a movie abomination is what will convince Hollywood, once and for all, that making movies as if the audiences are a bunch of snotty, slackjawed retards is the way to go. Thanks a fucking lot, Tom Hooper, i hope you burn in fucking hell! You dying in the bathroom while taking a shit would be a fitting ending for your miserable life. Fuck, how i despise that guy.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Helena Bonham Carter ruined The King's Speech

    by jb

    every time she was on screen, i cringed. She delivered the lines as if she was in a Tim Burton caricature of Queen Elizabeth. Firth and Rush were great however.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Don't you think the right-justifying text...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    just makes everything a lot easier to read. That left justifying TB bullshit was giving me a fearsome migraine.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    My picks

    by entrainer

    Actor: Jesse Eisenberg Supporting Actor: Christian Bale Actress: Natalie Portman Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo Art Direction: Inception Cinematography: Cronenweth (Social Network) True Grit wasn't Deakins' best Directing: Russell I think he got the best performances from his entire cast. Especially the minor characters... I felt like I was watching a reality show. Music: Inception Fantastic score, love the guitars Picture: Social Network The best combo of everything, story, acting, editing, music, FX Sound Editing: Inception Sound Mixing: Social Network

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Of course you can win best director without best picture

    by Keith

    And vice versa. The director is about the "value added". You might have a mediocre script and a low budget but make the absolute best of both and be worth a best director gong while the picture clearly isn't the best of the year. I'm not saying that this is how the academy actually makes their decisions...but it ought to be. I think that The King's Speech has a decent shout at best picture, but I cannot see Tom Hooper winning best director. Similarly, I think Aronofsky has a better shot at best director than Black Swan has at best picture.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Social Network = Overrated

    by mintoncard

    Social Network is a movie made by rich people, about rich people stealing ideas from each other and then getting even more rich. If you payed money to see this, you just gave more money to the those same rich people. People keep saying how Social Network is so wonderful and amazingly directed. I disagree. It felt like no more than a glorified movie-of-the-week. Make no mistake, I love Fincher's earlier, darker work. It's this mainstream shit that feels forced. And Sorkin with his "I just smoked a rock of crack" glossy wet face and strands of thinning hair talking about "I was worried how they were going to make web pages and coding look visually interesting". Please. I work in the CGI biz, and it doesn't take a genius to make any visual concept "interesting". And don't get me started on Eisenberg. A duchebag asshole playing a duchebag asshole. Wow a real stretch. In that case, we should consider Mel Gibson for an Oscar for his last tirade. He was "portraying" a womanizing, racist, twat. Wasn't he? A Talk Backer above mentioned that Inception should have been nominated for editing. I disagree. I think Inception should have been nominated for BOTH editing AND director. Seriously?? Editing and directing three continuous dream sequences, each with a different pacing of time???? Perhaps the Academy were just miffed at the ending of the film. Or they didn't "get it". Daft Punk not nominated for best score?? Tron Legacy not nominated for Visual Effects?? Every year the Oscars get farther and farther away from the true accolades the statue represents.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    All the best picture noms are unoriginal: Allow me to explain

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The Social Network: Citizen Kane crossed with Hackers. The King's Speech: The Queen crossed with Rocky and My Left Foot. The Fighter: Rocky crossed with The Wrestler and Fat City. Winter's Bone: Deliverance crossed with True Grit. Toy Story 3: The Brave Little Toaster crossed with The Great Escape and The Pianist. And it's a sequel. Black Swan: Fight Club crossed with Repulsion and Mulholland Drive. Inception: The Matrix crossed with Dreamscape and On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The Kids Are All Right: You Can Count On Me crossed with Ordinary People and American Beauty. True Grit: It's a remake. 127 Hours: Alive crossed with Cast Away.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    neonfrisbee - Scott Pilgrim

    by Keith

    I didn't hate SP as much as it sounds like you did, but I kind of know what you mean.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    But but but

    by phool2056

    I get that Scott Pilgrim isn't going to get best picture or whatever-- but nothing for sound design? Visual effects? Also, I submit that there are at least four songs on the Get Him to the Greek soundtrack that are better than everything in the original song category. If they could do a bowdlerized Blame Canada all those years ago, they can do Bangers, Beans and Mash. Although Let's Get Fucked is probably actually the best song.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    viggo

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I don't believe in rating movies. Once a movie has a rating, it must live up to that rating for the next viewer. It immediately nullifies the new viewer's enjoyment/displeasure from the film. They immediately categorize it in their head as a 5 star movie or a 2.5 star movie. It gives no substance. It takes no leverage. It's a false dawn.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    these horse races and pageants...

    by justmyluck

    ...are why even moderately edgy things like Daft Punk's wonderful TRON:L score get shut out.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Dicaprio in Shutter Island

    by double_l88

    He should have been nominated. Firth's performance might have been the only one that topped his.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    phool2056, truth.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Ring Around My Rosie is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes...and a real "ear" worm, too.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    why should Scott Pilgrim get a sound fx nod

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    if all they did was steal midi clips from ROM files of NES games? I reverse engineered my old NES and hooked it up to my doorbell. The doorbell has a fingerprint reader. Based on who presses the doorbell, a different, classic sound clip from an NES game welcomes the visitor. My nephews get Super Mario Bros. My daughter from my 1st marriage gets Zelda My new GF gets ExciteBike

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    And by "ear"...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I mean my asshole.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    DiCaprio/Shutter Island

    by Keith

    Only problem is that the academy rarely nominates a good performance from a really bad movie.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I was talkin remake

    by MoshMasterD

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Social Network

    by Keith

    "People keep saying how Social Network is so wonderful and amazingly directed. I disagree. It felt like no more than a glorified movie-of-the-week." If you can get Aaron Sorkin to pump out a script of that quality every week, you should start a TV channel. You'll soon be one of those rich people yourself.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    WEBMASTER(S) - expand all = Zilch

    by justmyluck

    Can't EXPAND ALL or even expand SOME single posts anymore. Demanding SCRIPTING active for these functions might be nice for the ads and such, but please iron this out or dump it altogether.

  • Holy shee-it.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    True Grit won't win Best Picture

    by jimmy_009

    It was probably my most under-whelming movie of the year if only because I went into it with hopes of being blown away only to discover the actual story was too light weight to do that. Best Picture will be The Social Network. Easy call.

  • Then how did Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Annette Benning, Hailee Steinfeld, Helena Bonham Carter, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Jacki Weaver, Javier Bardem, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, Jesse Eisenberg, Christian Bale, Geoffrey Rush, Jeremy Renner, John Hawkes and Mark Ruffalo get nominated?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    speaking of asshole..i think rose byrne shouldve gotten a nom

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    for GET HIM TO THE GREEK..easily one of the funniest (and sexiest) performances last year..barbara hershey notwithstanding

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Where is the Tron soundtrack?!?

    by jimmy_009

    That MADE that movie, how the hell is that not nominated?!?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    choppah - I'm getting back to you late about Benjamin Button -

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    thanks for the washcloth, BTW - I was stating that a lot of posts on this site called Benjamin Button Oscar-bait. I myself liked it a lot. And now, you see the same for Social Network...calling it overrated. The guy just can't win with some people around here.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    No score nomination for Daft Punk?

    by SmokingRobot

    In the words of that great humanitarian, George Carlin, 'Fuck these people in the ass with a big, black rubber dong until they die'. The Academy Awards are a fucking joke. I haven't watched them for 30 years.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    You CAN get Aaron Sorkin to crank out a script like that every week.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Just feed him a steady diet of crack, and he'll be set.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Another thing about the KING'

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I don't think much of the sound design of Tom "Cullens" Hooker's RETARD'S SPEECH. I see no brilliance in it whatsoever. It was just another loud movie in the vein of any Michael Bay movie, the major stylistic inspiration for TJ Hooker when he made his retard piece of shit of a movie. Sorry, but not even in that I can't go with you about what's good about the KING'S SPEECH abomination. The sound did absolutely nothing for me. If you want to be in awe about the sound design of a movie, check out MASTER AND COMMANDER. I have said before that the only thing I can say about Tom "Cullens" Hooker's ABSOLUTELY RETARD PIECE OF SHIT OF A MOVIE SPEECH has to be some of the cast. Not the whole of the cast, just some of it. Geoffrey Rush and Derek Jacobi deserve the accolades they got. Unlike many of the geekoids here I wasn't surprised that Urban did a good acting job, because he always does. And Bruce Greenwood was great, as he always is. But there's some actors in the KING’S SBITCH movie that really irritated me beyond belief, and those are some of the most popular ones that people went totally gay for, which was that Firth clown and Miss Goth Princess Helena BOTTOM Carter, I fucking hated how Firth played the king and I have nothing but total aversion and hatred for the way Carter murdered the character of Queen Elizabeth, turning one of the classiest female monarchs in the whole history of Great Britain into a fucking annoying cunt of a bitch! Fuck that bitch, was she annoying!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    i never said SOCIAL NETWORK was overrated...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    it hink its a great film and that it should win all the awards it can..then and only then will my appetite be sated

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    chopster

    by water_shit_anderson

    I haven't seen King's Speech but I thought Hooper did a good job directing the John Adams HBO series.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, noon CST

    The Social Network is an overrated sack of crap.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Such a smug, unlikeable, nasty movie. I hope it loses everything.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, noon CST

    i liked TRUE GRIT until john goodman got shot in the face

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    i thought the film would be more epic and grand but alas, it was a false dawn for both.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    the founder

    by WeylandYutani

    Yeah I have to agree, it would be great if Melissa Leo won. A fine actor. I have watched her do pretty great work since her days on Homicide: Life on the Street. Even in crummy films, she still turns in a good performance with the material she has to work with.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    the_choppah, are you on welfare or something?

    by jimmy_009

    How do you have time to spend every waking hour on this site?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    viggeo

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Be honest. You're more of a Raven Symone from "The Cosby Show" kinda guy. Sick fuck.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    chop..dude..I didn't say YOU..but, a lot of posts today

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    and prior to today, have.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    0 noms for Never Let Me Go & Shutter Island?

    by Dave

    Was this expected?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim

    by ComSamVimes

    The only way Scott Pilgrim should be nominated is if they came up with a "Tyler Perry pandering to a certain crowd" award. That's all that movie was. It was pandering to nerds. A very specific type of nerd. There's the difference between being appealing to a group and pandering to a group. I like Edgar Wright too...a lot. Scott Pilgrim was just stupid. And David Fincher is awesome. I can't belive I sat through a movie about facebook starring Jesse Eisenberg, but I did...and I liked it...best picture? I don't think so... Benjamin Button was lame tho. Everything about it was great. The effects, the acting, everthing. Everything but the story. It just wasn't very interesting.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    shes 14?

    by elsewhere

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    could have sworn she was 15

    by elsewhere

    fucking enter button. ruined my whole delivery

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 was the best movie last year

    by Itchy

    You know it's true. Every scene, perfect, every note, beautiful.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    0 noms for Shutter Island was expected

    by jimmy_009

    It was totally forgettable and most people probably thought it came out 1-2 years ago, that's how fresh in people's minds it was. And deservedly so. Sorry, but Marty got his honorary Oscar.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    In conclusion, RE: THE KING'S SPEECH

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You really have to be a fan of the historical time period. Oh what the hell, this movie just plain stinks! The costumes look horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot lurches forward badly. Here's how it goes down: It basically starts out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K's Pod People was easier to follow! There are a few good things about this: Colin Firth looks enough like King George VI should, but is hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the war description reminds me of a cross between Saving Private Ryan and Guns of Navarone. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, "I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !" That is from the mythos of the time period. After the opening credits, we see the process of King George VI becoming the hero who goes on to fight his speech impediment, what through most of the movie is spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie needs that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it is like one big car wreck.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Exit Through the Gift Shop...

    by JunoFallon

    I think Banksy is a fantastic artist and the documentary was fantastic but in the grand scheme of things it's about a horrendous jerk ass of a person (I'm looking at you Mr. Brainwash) and a pretentious subculture. If this documentary wins out over Restrepo (and it will, sigh...) then the Oscars once again show themselves as bloated trash like they do year after year. And don't get me started on Christopher Nolan not being nominated for best director. Ugh.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I don't understand the Jesse Eisenberg hype.

    by BigTuna

    What was so great about his performance? I'm not saying it was terribly, but Oscar worthy? Jesus. The guy acts like Jesse Eisenberg in every role.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    This year's TOKEN LIBERAL movie that no one watched:

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT A movie that was MEH...poorly acted...earned less than $30 M around the world...but still nominated because of the nice little liberal message that it presented. Go figure.

  • Looney Tunes confronts speech impediments with unflinching honesty and sack.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Never Let Me Go...no noms? GOod!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It's as vacant as the novel. A triumph of the human spirit? Fuck that! Human spirit would SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER run away and not become slaves to the organ donor scheme SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER fuck that movie and fuck that novel.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Choppah are you a homeless man at a library?

    by jimmy_009

    Just asking.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    hmmm

    by Billy_D_Williams

    typical oscar list...is any really expecting it to fair? no daft punk, no danny boyle (fuck david o russell) nolan didn't deserve the nom...inception had problems, it was great, but had problems... i'd rather russell's nom had been given to boyle, his film was superb... other than, it's an ok list....fincher and portman are a lock, same with reznor/ross, social network for picture, colin firth, bale, done and done

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    TOM HOOKAH

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I don't know why people keep on presuming that Adams as a young lad had to be an arrogant asshole. That's just bullshit that the Tom "Cullens" Hooker's miniseries pulled out of the ass to sell their bullshit version of a founding father. In the The Papers of John Adams, Adams himself described he was a stack of books on legs when he was a youth. Basically, Adams when he was young was a nerd. A nerd who man upped partially thanks to the constant bullying he suffered from Pickering, who forced young Adams to defend himself and raise to his bully and defy him. This was part of the genesis of what became the later Adams we knew, the courageous, gallant, intelligent and well-read POTUS. The notion that a young Adams was an arrogant sob is nonsense. It's crap invented by TJ HOOKAH and his two assclowns Ellis and McCollough so they could sell their own stupid version of John Adams which is fully based on Tom Cruise's characer from TOP GUN. How the people fell into their lies unquestionably is beyond reason. What the fuck affect does HOOKAH have on people that he can make people believe all his bullshit without people questioning him? Why do people take all his crap on faith?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    jimmy_009: I'm on vacation

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I make my own personal time. I own my company and have made millions in investments before the bubble burst. I have two technology consulting firms, one real estate company that I bought that was in bankruptcy, only to turn it around in 4 months (yes, 4 MONTHS) into a multi-million dollar enterprise. If I want to sit on AICN and talk about the Oscar noms, I'll damn well do it. Besides, my taxes are paying YOUR welfare checks.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    I'm glad Waiting for Superman was "snubbed."

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    A Trojan Horse of extremist "free market," for-profit "solutions" for education churned out by rich corporatist pseudo-liberals and opportunistic Republicans pursuing yet another social engineering experiment with blacks and minorities as the guinea pigs.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    So, I'm listening to the MARY POOPINS soundtrack right now.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I love these lyrics... ♫♪ Oh, it's a jolly holiday With you, Bert Gentlemen like you are few... You'd never think of pressing Your advantage Forbearance is the hallmark Of your creed A lady needn't fear When you are near... Basically, Bert is a righteous dude because he isn't a rapist. I love this movie.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    In a world where Academy voters were hip: DAFT PUNK!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Daft Punk should have been nominated for their "Tron: Legacy" score, which was one of the only film scores that really stood out from the pack this year, a score that really defined the film and was quite a breath of fresh air. In this case, I feel the composers of the score are being punished because the film they scored isn't Academy material.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    oh

    by water_shit_anderson

  • Oh good, the actually-often funny one. Cool. Too bad he's pushing the whole "King's Speech ain't no good" argument. That makes him look like one of the other Choppahs. One of the dumbass ones.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    So happy for John Hawkes.

    by AnnoyYou

    Loved him since he played Phillip Padgett in The X-Files episode "Milagro." He truly deserved this nomination. Bale will win the award, of course, but it's nice that the Academy recognized Hawkes' tremendous acting chops. Bravo.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Wow... some good scripts up this year, but Toy Story? Really?

    by impossibledreamers

    Nolan will likely snag best original, folks love his writing and Inception was such an odd and deep concept. On the Adapted, 4 out of 5 are really good to choose from. It should come down to Winter's Bone or True Grit. To show I'm not such a leftie, I pray Sorkin doesn't get it. As good Social Network may be, I'd hate that something that snarky would win over the others. But, a hats off to Danny and Simon for 127. I mean writing something that strong from the very claustrophobic source material...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Subtitles, I loved The King's Speech!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    This is what I said earlier: The King's Speech: A sweeping, momentous and yet humane triumph, featuring a performance for the ages by Colin Firth. Watching this film, you can sense the weight of history itself shifting.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Hey Subs!

    by water_shit_anderson

    Whats up buddy old pal? I owe you an email or three like five years ago.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    THE AVENGERS is gonna be one HELL of a prestige picture

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Lets see: Academy Award Nominees/Winners Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Motherfucking Jackson....maybe a little Portman (and who WOULDN'T want a little Portman?), perhaps a one-eyed cameo from Anthony Hopkins....that film is gonna be LOADED. And only ONE MAN has the vision....the WILL...to wrangle so much talent. But Marvel tapped Joss Whedon, so it's pretty much fucked.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Choppah is a millionaire

    by jimmy_009

    That spends his time on AICN. Livin' the life!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Before, filmmakers had to time travel...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ... to make a period movie. But the brillant TJ TOM CULLENS HOOKER, the genius TJ TOM CULLENS HOOKER, the man whose talent is so awesome, according to his own press and publicity, he's the first ever who come up with the idea of just making a town look like it was in the past, instead of going to the past for real, like the other schmuck filmmakers. THE THINGS SBITCH proves what a fantastic original talent that TJ TOM CULLENS HOOKER is (according to his own press and publicity).

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    BTW, Kunis Was WAY Better Than Portman In Black Swan

    by NeonFrisbee

    People are calling Portman the greatest actor of all time now because she didn't play the perfect princess character she always plays and instead went dirtay. Yes, that's right, dirtay. But otherwise, it was a pretty so-so performance. Not the I didn't love the sex scene. But again, that was Kunis doing all the work. Elizabeth Berkely's masterfully awful performance as Nomi "RAGE!" Malone was SO much better!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I hate renner after seeing the town. He's now

    by UltraTron

    played 2 slimeballs so perfectly that he absolutely must be a scumbag in real life. No. I won't hear anymore about it. Nobody can act that scumbaggy. And he's so fucking short he looks like a child. Just diminutive and pathetic looking in frame. I understand they needed someone shorter than downy jr and I still can't abide this clown

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I do not think jj abrams will mess up the avengers.

    by water_shit_anderson

    I watched firefly last night and it was good....better than I thought Abrams was capable of.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    JESSE EISENBERG is this year's...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...Michael Cera. One personality wonders. However, Eisenberg > Cera.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    darth_kong

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Like so? "I'd like to Mary Poppins that Helena BOTTOM Carter bitch." Or is that incorrect usage?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    darth_kong

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Like so? "I'd like to Mary Poppins that Helena BOTTOM Carter bitch." Or is that incorrect usage?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Christopher Nolan is not best director worthy, sorry...

    by brocknroll

    Why didn't Christopher Nolan get Best Director nominated? Because his directing style for "Inception" was nothing special. Any director could make a similar movie like that.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    So which Subs do we have today?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The often witty, creative-minded Subs who understands the value of high/low-brow, TB satire? or The ornery, pissy Subs who acts like he's 900 years old and shits rose petals? Clearly we've got some complex combination thereof.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    If I ever require reincarnation, MERRY POOPINS is a top contender.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed How To Train Your Dragon a lot more than Toy Story 3

    by Amazing Maurice

    And thats partially because of John Powell's epic score. The movie would be great on its own, but Powell's music elevated it to something "magical". If there was any justice, Powell would walk with the Best Original Score Oscar.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Of course, with Whedon at the helm

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    All of the male Avengers will be rendered impotent, leaving Wasp and Black Widow to save the day. And then make out while an Indigo Girls song sweeps lovingly over them. Maybe Whedon IS the right man for the gig. Avengers....ASSEMBLE!!! in the rec room, because Tony has a hidden camera in the Widow's room (DO NOT tell the Hulk...we just bought this furniture, and glowing green splooge stains like a motherfucker).

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I trained my dragon during TOY STORY 3.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And then I fell asleep.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    by triefy

    I agree with knowthyself. Gosling should have received an Oscar Nod. The dude totally transformed himself in his non-flashback performance. Personally, I think he deserves the nod more than Bridges.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    You can nullify anyone's pics for Oscar

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    if they are from Austin. That place is all douched out. Hipsters need to find a new city. How about somewhere in Alaska?

  • Wait....who are all these pasty-white English people? That motherfucker hasn't said "I had a dream" one goddamn TIME!!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Colin Firth will win because he didn't go full stutter.

    by oogles

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Ouch, even Michael Douglas got snubbed...

    by brocknroll

    ...the Oscars don't care whether actors had cancer or not.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    yeah scott pilgrims' songs....

    by billyhitchcock1

    ....would have been nominated if they hadn't been bland and completely forgettable!?!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Portman

    by Keith

    "People are calling Portman the greatest actor of all time now because she didn't play the perfect princess character she always plays and instead went dirtay." Yeah, but that the academy's standard pattern: you give the best actor award to the guy who's been around long enough and kind of deserves an award honoring his career as a whole. And you give the best actress gong to the young-ish, pretty-ish actress who branches out from fluffier roles into something more serious (preferably one in which she doesn't look glamorous) and does a reasonable job. In recent years: Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry. Portman totally fits the template. She has to be the favorite.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    I borrowed Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    from the library. Then I took it out in the country and used it for target practice. Then I paid the fine at the library. It was worth it. Scott Pilgrim is that awful. But not as awful as The King's Speech.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Inception should sweep the technical nominations

    by Saracen1

    Sorry Harry, I know you didn't like it...but in sound, score, cinematography and editing, Inception was simply unmatched. On another note, today's animated GIF is disgusting.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Nolan robbed again

    by MattmanReturns

    And the Hailee Steinfeld SUPPORTING nom proves the Oscars are a joke. She had more screen time than anyone in True Grit.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    didn't think Pilgrim was TERRIBLE but...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...just totally bland and it tried WAY too hard to be cool. I bought the Blu just to support Edgar and to thank him for 10 years of greatness. didn't see it at the cinema though. he needs to know that he should come back to England to make his films. blowing Harry and QT/The New Bev just to try and get a 'hollywood' career is protitution of the highest order. on a semi-related note, Paul looks shit and i will not be paying for that at the cinema either. possible Blu purchase but Simon and Nick need to learn the same lesson. Maybe i'm just bitter and British because America stole my heroes :-)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by Keith

    I must admit you are actually quite amusing today. (Tips hat.)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I aims to please, misterdarcy

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Now where are my white wimmin?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    True Grit a Best Picture?

    by BIG_BAD_WOLF_IN_CAPS

    Why? That movie had no depth...everything was on the surface and came out immediately. <<Yawn>>

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    i still think they should put michael douglas in the memoriam

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    i can picture jack nicolson laughing his ass off in the front row when gordon gekko's pic appears..

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    No TRON Legacy Nom for Visual Effects!!! Fuck the Oscars!

    by Orionsangels

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Eisenberg

    by Keith

    "What was so great about his performance? I'm not saying it was terribly, but Oscar worthy? Jesus. The guy acts like Jesse Eisenberg in every role." You mean like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I would give the nod to Jesse for best actor.

    by Stalkeye

    Man, could that guy play a real douchebag opportunist to the point that his real life counterpart Zuckerberg proposed donating millions of dollars for some underprivelged school kids.(Around the same time that Social Network was released.) Juliane Moore should have been nominated for her role in "Kids", She's never one to shy away from filming sex scenes, oh and she's a good actress. True Grit looks boring after I saw the first 10 minutes, I just lost interest.There will be Blood seems so much better than this remake.And it's a bit tricky for the Coen Bros to top NCFOM. Inception is still sitting in my 30 Day rental (courtesy of VUDU.) one of these days I'll get to finish it before the rental expires. That way i will tell wether Nolan was robbed(snubbed) or not.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    knobules, I have nothing but love for maxcherry

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I was just pointing out his prejudices and stereotypes that conservative America like to spew forth regarding homosexuality, acceptance and disdain, and it's place in cinema. Liberal hollywood adds a homosexual flavored family film to the mix, to show they have relevance in conservative "apple pie" america. It is a false dawn for gay rights and American non-tolerance of these fine folk.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Harry is probably crying

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Because that steaming pile of crap that he loves, Scott Pilgrim, did not get any oscar nods....so much for best film of the year huh. Best coaster of the year is more like it.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Hah, Good one Chop.

    by Stalkeye

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    misterdarcy

    by MattmanReturns

    Please don't use Eisenberg's name with those names. If you actually knew WTF you were talking about, you'd know that all three of those actors have a wide variety of roles under their belt beyond their caricatures of recent years.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    So, we're going to go Full Middlebrow again this year?

    by BurnHollywood

    The US has a pair of national treasures in the form of the Coens doing a particularly American story like TRUE GRIT, but would rather kiss Brit ass by fawning over STUTTERIN' GEORGIE SIX (aka "THE KING'S SPEECH").<p> Someone needs to tell them that the Brits have their own awards show, the BAFTAs...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    big_bad_wolf_in_caps

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Why does a movie have to have depth to be good? Last I checked that is not a requirement to make a good movie. Depth. Ignorance, however seems to be a requirement for the majority of TB'ers. Chopped.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    No Danny Trejo nom for MACHETE

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Oscar....you are an impotent, gilded lily. Trejo's moving, tour-de-force portrayal of an immigrant betrayed by the white man's greed and evil brought the Choppah to tears. Plus...a lot of motherfuckers got CHOPPED in that one. I won't even bring up SPLICE. Okay, since I just did...what's up with THAT snub? A lyrical poem about the pains of growing up too quickly in an extremely limited environment that mirrors the self-imposed exile so many of today's youth subject themselves to. With our increased access to information via the internet, entertainment on demand, home shopping; there is less and less need for people to step outside their door. And with the constant barrage of conflicting sexual messages...what is sexuality these days? Dren's desire to FUCK EVERYTHING and her gender-swapping ability cuts to the very quick of the free-form malleability of sexuality in this society that has pundits, pastors, and ratings boards telling us sex is BAD....while porn is right there at your fingertips, for free. Mmmmmm.....poooorrrnnn.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    WHere's ChickenGeorge when you need him?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    The King's Speech was made for two groups:

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The heavy Brit contingent in the Academy, and middle-aged and older Americans with plenty of disposable income who like to see and discuss inoffensive "art films."

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    It's a list!

    by blackwood

    I'm heartened by the Best Picture nod to WINTER'S BONE. It's a great, great film. I still hope BLACK SWAN wins. Although if Portman gets it for actress, that will probably be enough. THE KING'S SPEECH is a very safe and warm film. I wouldn't be surprised if it sweeps, because it's everything the Academy seems to look for -- great performances from previous winners/noms in comfortable story that plays like a song you've loved before. INCEPTION nomination is a "sorry we didn't nominate DARK KNIGHT". I liked it, but like most of Nolan's stuff it's cold and kind of soulless. I am a fan of puzzle boxes, I don't think INCEPTION is great art. It's just cool. The score, though -- for sure.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Since I belong to neither group, Choppah is actually proving

    by Subtitles_Off

    that THE KING'S SPEECH has more crossover appeal than the gimmicky, stupid INCEPTION.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Will Smith's master plan.....

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Keep having more kids so they can remake each others films, that way they don't need talent just the awesome Smiff name!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Next Up.....The Karate Kid 2 starring Will Smiffs as of yet unborn child. Maybe will can remake Popeye starring his sperm. Chopped.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    misterdarcy

    by NeonFrisbee

    Good point!

  • that was the show to new levels. You try turning a medium poopcup into a Hot Fudge Chocolate Brownie Shitstorm with a cherry on top. That's dedication.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Whiny old farts who long for "the good old days"

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Who belongs to that group? I wonder....

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Subtitles, you don't need to convince me on Inception.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Inception was made for one group and one group only: pseudo-intellectual twits. I'm so glad Inception didn't get an editing nomination, either. Finally, Oscar figures out, if only temporarily, that "most editing" does not equal "best editing."

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    "INCEPTION was simply unmatched."

    by Subtitles_Off

    For me to poop on. Another piece of over-rated Nolan averageness has been dismissed. Man, if only I could get The Academy to quit sucking Pixar dick.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    King's Speech... aka Stuffy Brits: The Movie

    by MattmanReturns

    I've seen everything on the Best Picture list this year except Winter's Bone. All of those films are better than King's Speech. Even Social Network.

  • it will never happen!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    If I want to see Winter's Bone

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I'd go to my cousins house in Southere Missouri, and LIVE the fucking film. I don't know how many times we sold fake sudafed tablets to meth-heads. They were trying to make meth with red hots. Fuckwits.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Choppah, I'm not trying to convince you of anything.

    by Subtitles_Off

    I disregard your existence. Maybe I'm an old fart. But I'm not a fake-ass poser who exists for no other reason than to shit-stir. That goes for all of "you." Especially the one or two I actually like.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Hi backatcha, diarrhea.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Peeping NOWHERE BOY today.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Inception was indeed unmatched.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    In its ability to deaden a nifty high-concept plot with a script that packs more exposition and instruction per word than there is in a vehicle's owner's manual.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    question

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    is there any retarded characters nominated? and Ill just wait for the only awards show that truly matters... MTV MOVIE AWARDS!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    MTV Movie Awards. Full of retards!

    by Subtitles_Off

    Full-on retards. yourstepdaddy ougtta work in PR.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    How Nolan can get nominated next time:

    by MattmanReturns

    Make a movie with British accents. If Inception had just been about two British lovers stuck in a dream for two hours sipping tea, it wouldn't have made any money, but it would win best picture.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    How Nolan can win a nomination next time ...

    by Subtitles_Off

    He can't. Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, asiany temple destruction, talk, talk, talk, talk, pout, mumble, talk, talk, talk, talk. Whatever happened in the second hour, 'cause this boy has better things to do. Oh, I forgot the part where all the characters talk.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    How Nolan can get nominated next time:

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Do a good job directing.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    weak year for films

    by john

    not sure why kings speech is getting hate on this thread...firth was brilliant but social network is just a huge piece of shit that everyone fell in love with because it mythologized the creation of a fucking website

  • and AICN wondered why we complain of the new style of TBs... expand all my ass (not literally, seeing as a lot of you likes making homosexual jokes)

  • No Special Effects look like it. It's groundbreaking. But hereafter gets nominated? You missed the ball on this one Oscars.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Bale went full retard in The Fighter, and Firth went full retard in The King's Speech. Eisenberg went full social retard in The Social Network.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Tangled should have been nominated for something.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    What, I do not know. How about, um...adapted screenplay. Sounds good. Tangled for adapted screenplay!! What were they thinking?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    HA! I like what you did right there, Choppah.

    by Subtitles_Off

    That's what old farts call a "conundrum." A "catch-22," if you will. Some director can win a directing nomination by doing good direction, except, said director is incapable of directing well and totally dependent on, either, the popularity of his subject or the performance of one of his actors. Therefore, Christopher Nolan cannot earn a directing nomination unless he becomes someone other than Christopher Nolan. Don't kid yourselves, kiddoes. The only reason INCEPTION got a nom for Best Picture is because five of the ten are useless and can be thrown to anybody.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    "Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk"

    by MattmanReturns

    Says the guy who loves King's Speech, hahahaha.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Snubbing Mark Walberg for playing Mark Walberg - Good choice!

    by Orionsangels

    Mark Walberg your reaction? I deserve a nomination and not you, not you and not you and you a maybe you and not you and not you and you and not you!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    I Dunno, I Liked INCEPTION

    by NeonFrisbee

    For a movie as stacked with exposition, mostly pointless exposition, I thought it worked and was entertained. It was a cool, fun, clever neo-noir with sci-fi pretensions. Work of genius? Nah. But enjoyable. It also shouldn't be on this list. But, then again, if Black Swan is, Inception definitely should be. Btw, you guys all realize that Black Swan was basically just a live-action remake of Satoshi Kon's PERFECT BLUE, right? Arrogantofsky even *bought the rights* to Perfect Blue and lifted scenes from it for REQUIEM FOR A SLEDGEHAMMER TO THE HEAD WITH HAMFISTED, HILARIOUSLY OVER-THE-TOP GOOFBALL MELODRAMA FROM A GUY WHO THINKS HE"S A GENIUS. Then he went ahead and did an inferior remake.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    They should change Best Actor to "Best British Accent"

    by MattmanReturns

    At least that would explain why DiCaprio never gets nominated despite giving two of the best performances of the year.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    And, right there, one of the Choppahs lost me again.

    by Subtitles_Off

    TANGLED is not the Best Animated Feature of the year, but it's better than the movie that will win the Oscar.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    "Two of the best performances of the year."

    by Subtitles_Off

    They don't give awards to body parts. "And now accepting the award, Leonardo DiCaprio's furrowed brow."

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    "The Oscars for most stuffy British performance goes to...

    by MattmanReturns

    Colin Firth! What a shock! Franco just wasn't nearly stuffy or British enough!"

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Nolan snub...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...gotta agree that's pretty silly that Nolan doesn't make top 5 in the eyes of the Academy, but who would you remove? I'd swap out O. Russell...if only for those painfully poor fight sequences in 'The Fighter'. The characterizations and story were great (Christian Bale will win BSA) but punches should look like they have weight and technique (proper balance) behind them...either that or they should be filmed in a way that conveys the emotional content of the scene. Compare the emotional and technical impact of the fight sequences in Raging Bull to the 'slap fights' in The Fighter. I know...not fair. Despite going against the current trend of 3-D and daring the audience to think with their popcorn, Inception was one of the most successful films of last year (by any standard) and will be watched and studied for years. Also very happy for Hailee Steinfeld, John Hawkes, Roger Deakins (it's waaay past time for the win), Annette Bening, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman and Jacki Weaver. ...and I'm greatly looking forward to Aronofsky or Fincher's acceptance speech.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    This old fart is fully aware of the "catch-22" concept.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Read the book, saw the movie. Made me pine for the days when Hollywood took big, expensive risks on stimulating fare that didn't have to depend on gimmicks or droning exposition to embed narratives within narratives.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Best Animated Film of the year

    by shiekybaby

    was Tangled....I am shocked it got shunned.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    subtitles_off, that was actually funny

    by MattmanReturns

    Good job.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    short films

    by Nan

    how do people even watch the short films...are they online?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Tangled should be in the animated category

    by MattmanReturns

    It proved that you can do a CG film with classically styled Disney characters. However, How To Train Your Dragon is the best animated film of the year. Toy Story 3 will win though, because Pixar's contract with Satan doesn't run out for another ten years or so.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    They should change Best Actor to "Best British Accent"

    by Keith

    Is that why Christian Bale got nominated for doing a role with an American accent? (Nicole Kidman as well? Or is it specific to men?)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    "That nobody saw."

    by Subtitles_Off

    Relatively as many people have seen it as have seen TRUE GRIT or BLACK SWAN, so shut DEƒUCK® up with that fanboy "nobody sees these types of movies" shit.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    "The Best Picture about a King Sipping Tea goes too...

    by MattmanReturns

    King's Speech! What a shock! We totally thought Social Network had this one! WOW! Huge upset!"

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    I made mattman smile.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Little victories, baby, little victories. "I hate you." "I hate you back." "Wanna cuddle." "Nope."

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    I am Choppah. We are Choppah.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    One of the Twelve and also the other, the one above and behind, the Zero.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Where are all the Inception fanboys? And where are the Coen fanboys?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    COME! Defend your piddling pictures!!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is good.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Not L'ILLUSIONNISTE, TANGLED, MY DOG TULIP, A TOWN CALLED PANIC good but very good. Everybody who drones on and on about "the emotional impact" of Pixar, and yet dismisses TANGLED, which deals with really emotionally impactful subject such as passive-aggressive parenting and loss of a child and/or searching for a birth parent, is something of an idiot. "But, but, I remember when my mom got rid of my toys!" "Oh, fukk you."

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Nobody saw The King's Speech?

    by Keith

    Well, it's made five times as much money as 127 Hours.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Choppah, Inception doesn't need 'fanboys'

    by MattmanReturns

    It isn't Serenity. It actually made money.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    "deals with" = suggests.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Sometimes your typing fingers are faster than your word choice.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    mattman thinks there are people who like INCEPTION who aren't fanboys.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Um, no.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    No Ryan Gosling?!?!?!

    by BlackBriar

    He did a fantastic job In Blue Valentine, He got robbed. He should of won for Half Nelson back 2006. He had solid chance this year.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    No Coen "fanboy" will defend TRUE GRIT.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Sell out, thy name is thus.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Best Comedic Performance... please add

    by Dan Halen

    Since comedies are ignored and since comedic performances are often more impressive than dramatic can we add this multi-gender category? Not as if a woman would ever win but....

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Dragon is better than tangled

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    As my dear friend Asi would say.... Deal with it.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Ryan Gosling AlWAYS is robbed.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Jebus Chrissy! The dumb-asses who adore Christian Bale oughtta be kneeling at an altar of Ryan Gosling-ianity. Ryan Gosling is everything Christian Bale thinks of himself when he is actually thinking of good acting instead of just losing-gaining weight and/or mumbling shit.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I read your gay essay chop.

    by bobbofatz

    Very well written. But is the Choppah gay? Not that it matters.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    bobbofatz

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Nah, just merry.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Hey Dogtooth is in the nominations for best foreign

    by KilliK

    GO GREECE. but this year's oscars list of nominations must be one of the most expected ones ever,there are no big surprises in the nominations and i dont believe there will be surprises in the awards either. it must be tough this year for the media and the Hollywood system that there are no (supposed) personal conflicts in the nominations so that they can cannibalize the event like they did last year with Cameron and his ex.

  • Box Office Grosses True Grit - $137,963,519 Black Swan - $83,250,375 The King's Speech - $57,313,881 So the statement nobody has seen it is not exactly correct, but saying it has been seen by as many people who have seen True Grit or Black Swan....false. Chopped.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    subtitles_off, oh I'm aware there are Inception fanboys

    by MattmanReturns

    They just aren't needed.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    dan halen... I am willing to entertain your theory, but

    by Subtitles_Off

    I ask you to clarify HOW comedic performances are often "more impressive" than dramtic. I'm not trying to be argumentative. Truly. I just think that's an odd assertion, and I'd like to be educated on how that's so. Now, understand, I'm not diminishing comedy. But MORESO? Enlighten me.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Damn. One of the Subs hit the nail on the head...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Well done, friend(s).

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    There are MORE than ten Choppahs.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Therefore, according to Kinsey, one of them MUST be gay.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    But The King's Speech box office totals...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    are slightly skewed, because most of those were $30 dollar IMAX 3D performances.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    oh and Cameron > Nolan since Cameron did get

    by KilliK

    the nomination as a director for his scifi masterpiece.it must sucks to be a Nolanoid.BWHAHAHA.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Not sure why True Grit is top ten material

    by MattmanReturns

    It was damn good, but it's not the Coen Brothers' best by a long shot. I'd replace that one with The Town, personally.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Hey, Choppah, you have to factor in number of screens.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Long division. Beyond you. Chopped.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    bobbofatz...no not gay.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I just empathize with the plight of the homosexual human being that are being treated like 2nd hand citizens. Myself, I need the bush taco every night.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    And there are MORE than twenty Subs

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Meaning -- at least TWO of them MUST be insane. I'll put my money on at least fifteen out of twenty...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    I'll be the gay one, Mr. Off, may I enter through your gift shop?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Choppah doesn't understand relativity.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Choppah doesn't even exist. Choppah is a ... "Don't tell on us! We thought you were cool!"

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Giggle

    by Le Grande Zombi

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    More people drank tea in King's Speech than Black Swan or True Grit.

    by MattmanReturns

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    you make me laugh subtitles

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    now rub this oil on my chest until it burns

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Who needs long division when we have calculators?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Machines do everything for us these days.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    good to see Choppah choppin...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    too bad hes choppin two of my favorite movies from last year... oh well... yourstepdaddys taste in movies... CHOPPED

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Choppah = EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Truth's the truth.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Subs

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Exactly....less screens....less gross....less people who care about the movie.....less people have seen The King's Speech... Chopped. Deal with it oldboy

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Score

    by dynamicb

    If you think Hans Zimmer is not going to win best score for Inception you are out of your head.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Subs ain't insane, zombi.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    He's not even a "he" ... (Don't worry, Subs. I won't tell if you won't)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Cameron > Nolan because

    by Subtitles_Off

    Cameron = PT Barnum. Nothing to brag to Mama Cameron about.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Pretty damn solid nominee list for a shitty year of films

    by SoylentMean

    I bet the Academy is kicking itself for cutting the Animated Film category back down to 3. People really liked Despicable Me and Tangled was a critical success. <P> I find it odd that they increase the SFX category to 5 nominees and then fail to nominate Tron: Legacy for the award. Honestly, I had forgotten about Hereafter.<P> They need to not televise the documentaries and the short subjects. I'm not against the awards for those categories, it's just nobody is watching for those categories.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    You Are All Fools

    by the man

    This site is plagued with people who have no actual understanding of film making or art. I wish there was a forum of just filmmakers. First off, nominations are made by the members of the voting body that represent their category or are qualified. Thus, musicians/composers are the people nominating score, not some old rich guys in suits (although they could still be rich & wear suits). Secondly I've seen comments that show no understanding of the film industry either and react so ignorant in your opinions. I could spend all day here replying to people's comments and explaining that what they're saying makes no sense. For example: Someone said that Nolan's movies need to make less money to get him nominated. True Grit is over the 100m mark and most the other Best Picture noms are close to breaking. So money is not an issue at all. If anything the 2010 art house films are bringing in more profit percentage than most of the blockbusters that came out this year. Anyone that thinks the Social Network score is overrated and Tron's deserving has no real knowledge of music history or music itself. Sites like this are becoming flooded with whiny Generation Z pricks who just want to hate on anything that's popular. If you aren't an actor or have no educational background on acting I don't expect to understand why Jesse Eisenberg is being nominated. If you don't understand the process of screenwriting and the translation to film, you won't understand why the Social Network is the best script of year. And who is the Choppah, some bored 20 year old just trolling away while his mom yells at him to clean up his room? You trashed every nomination, yet a post later included social network in your personal nods. Huh? Get a life. And don't use the cliche forum reply of "you're on here taking the time to reply, YOU get a life." At least I'm not on here talking to every poster. I'll be here for a bit and I'll get back to my life.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Best Picture: True Grit or Winter's Bone

    by SoylentMean

    That will work.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Nothing personal, yourstepdaddy.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Nothing personal to any of you talkbackers, actually. Well, except for Mattmanreturns. CHOPPED.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    dynamicb, Zimmer *should* win

    by MattmanReturns

    that doesn't mean he will. Social Network will win... and they'll play that pretentious three note theme over and over.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    NO INCEPTION NOMITATION FOR FILM EDITING??

    by KilliK

    are the Academy fucking insane? you can tell anything you want against Inception,but it deserved at least the nomination for film editing. what the fuck Hollywood?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    HA! Here's zombi with his theory that I'm Dickblood and Choppah.

    by Subtitles_Off

    And, though he'll never understand or agree, he proves himself, again, to be utterly clueless.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    "king0fkings"

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Chopped.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    No, Choppah, you may not. I've seen what you have to offer.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Um, I'm not saying I deserve better dick, but, if I were homosexual, I would like to think I did.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    king0fkings

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Get a life.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    mattman, tea can be more delicious than coffee.

    by Subtitles_Off

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    zombi, you stalker.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    True Grit and Winter's Bone

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    no need to parody for their eventual XXX incarnations.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    You're Dickblood, Subs?

    by Le Grande Zombi

    And you're the Choppah? Damn, that explains a LOT. Who knows? But one thing's for sure: you, bud, have way too much time on your hands.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    king0fkings

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You silly silly boy. The most predictable thing about me is that I am unpredictable. You sir, however, are a typical TB'er with limited intelligence. Oh and FYI, having a life doesn't mean shopping for a new rubber girlfriend at the local sex shop. Silly boy.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    "less screens....less gross"

    by Subtitles_Off

    LESS ACCESS. Ask the black Choppah. He'll explain it to you. So chopped, you oughtta just fukk off.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    King's Speech IMAX 3D takings

    by Keith

    That's true, but people got their money's worth. The scene where Logue hands Bertie the gramophone record toward camera elicited gasps, and a small vomiting.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Yeah, whatever Chopsy...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Will you and "Subs" PLEASE stop talking to yourself/yourselves? God, it's PATHETIC.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    zombi's an idiot.

    by Subtitles_Off

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Less access

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Means less people give a shit about that stupid movie about some stuttering limey bloke. Chopped. Just admit defeat.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    zombi, you dare incur the wrath of CHOP?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I am Choppah. We are Choppah. We are legion.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by Keith

    "Exactly....less screens....less gross....less people who care about the movie.....less people have seen The King's Speech..." I shall admonish you mildly here: of these four, none should be partnered with "less". There should be one "lower" and three "fewer"s.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    misterdarcy

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You are correct. I am ashamed of my poor usage there. A blind rage will do that to a gangsta.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Me an idiot?

    by Le Grande Zombi

    I'm not the one having an argument with myself. Sheez.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    "Less access" = "Less people interested"

    by Subtitles_Off

    Oh, OK. Mac left and the stupid shift took over?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    If people REALLY wanted to see the film--they would

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    They can travel to the next city at any time or download it like many others do. One time I traveled through a blizzard across state lines because the local theater wasn't playing Weekend at Bernie's 2. Worth every mile.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Neither am I, yet you accuse me of it. Therefore,

    by Subtitles_Off

    the idiot? It's your mirror's reflection fukktard.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    You tell me, Subsy old man...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Or is it choppah? Again - *pathetic*.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Harry...the animated banner picture...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...is shockingly gross. Are you eating out your own asshole? What is this in reference to? I think that I am going to lose my lunch. :-(

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Choppah - understood

    by Keith

    I've occasionally set people on fire with petroleum when angered, when I'd only meant to shake my fist impotently.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    ccchhhrrriiisssm

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I think it has something to do with Obama's state of the union speech. But I can't be sure...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    If I am so stupid.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Then Mr Subby doodles, it makes you and even bigger idiot for arguing with the likes of me. Chopped fucko.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    ccchhhrrriiisssm: Explanation for the corner animation

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It's a self-deprecating take on Harry's masturbatory writing style. Gotta give the big guy props for being so honest about his site.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    subs... choppah...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Same old shit.

  • Hell, I practically invented it. Carry on, gents.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Choppah, you're nothing but boring.

    by Subtitles_Off

    I keep trying. And failing. Whatever. I'm done. "Choppah" is a creation of a bunch of cynical Talkbackers. They all got together in The Pedalback, which, since The Pedalback was important to me, is a personal embarrassment. They think it's funny to join Talkback threads with conflicting points-of-view, and then they all gather in some other place and chuckle about what was typed by others. They don't stand for themselves. They represent, basically, every LULZ thing that is wrong with the internet. Fuck them. Every one of them. Chopped.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    A BUNCH OF THINGS.

    by MainMan2001

    A.) True Grit should not be nominated for anything besides the girl and cinematography. Also, the little girl is in fact the main character so I don't know who she is supporting. It was a well made movie but not a best movie of the year. Sorry. B.) Nolan should be up for Director. It's absolutely absurd he isn't nominated. That production could only work if the director is 100 percent in. C.) there should not be 10 best pictures. Sorry its retarded. D.) THERE CAN NEVER EVER EVER EVER BE A BEST PICTURE WITHOUT A BEST DIRECTOR. IT'S FUCKING IMPOSSIBLE.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I hate the oscars

    by Citizen Sane

    Political, pointless, vain and... BORING!!!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    That's NOT Banner...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...Norton is. That's FucKaLo RuFFLes. The first 'tell' in Shutter Island's mystery giveaway. "Hulk and Hawkeye in a fight for one Oscar!"

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    My thoughts

    by dukeroberts

    Christopher Nolan was absolutely robbed of a nomination for directing. There is no question. Inception should also have been nominated for editing. Leo should have been nominated for Shutter Island. Tron: Legacy should have been nominated for best visual effects and possibly for score. Finally, John Malkovich should have been nominated for best supporting actor for Red. He was great in it.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    DON'T TELL ON US. WE THOUGHT YOU WERE COOL.

    by Subtitles_Off

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Subs

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You got one thing right....you are a failure.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    It's true! It's true

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Subby and Choppah are one in the same!! How did you ever figger this out? Oh, yeah...you're me.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    But keep on making up these fascinating stories

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    If it helps you sleep through the night, which it obviously does. Nighty night!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    And, animated films

    by dukeroberts

    Why is this category still only 3 nominations? The proliferation of computer animated movies necessitates an increase in the number of nominations. The category should have included: Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon, Tangled, Despicable Me and The Illusionist. I have seen all but The Illusionist and the first three I included would all be worthy winners.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Subs....I mean Kobe.....I mean Lowes....I mean....

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Who the hell are you anyways? Oh right, your me and I am you. I forgot, I am nothing but a giant conspiracy, made up by some douche cause he can't handle a little chopping. Pity him.

  • Compelling arguments, no doubt. But as for Choppah's real identity, you may all look upon the real me and despair: http://tinyurl.com/6axdb6 Giggle.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Oh Choppah

    by the man

    Silly is the right word. However you are highly predictable. Which is too bad. I wish you would do something unpredictable. I check your comments here & there waiting for something I don't expect. But it's the same shtick. Maybe that's my problem. I mean, Jim Carrey seemed funny wen I was 8, but now his Shtick is also old & uninspired. I actually find it more interesting to see what others will say back to you. But don't worry. You're a good instigator. You should have AICN send you some free stuff once & a while. You help keep traffic flowing. Just make up the stats of how many people reply to you & it will prove you're an asset to the site. Now if you were a plant by the site, I would be disappointed. Keep up the good work.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    King's speech will beat Inception for Set design.

    by cookylamoo

    The set for Rush's office alone is awesome.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    THE KING'S BEETCH Rant #203

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You know, the speech doesn't really matter in all about this movie. It's a mcguffin, it's a plot enabler, so, of the things i have a problem with this movie, the speech is oen i don't have at all. and if anything, i think HOOKER underplayed that element. In their attempt to make it look like some exotic victorian stuff, i think they underplayed their hand. They could had made it even more victorian. HOOKER blew when they put a BOTTOM feeding BITCH in a dress. The casting is the result of a unexpected consequence of a miscalculation of the use of the speech. i think that HOOKER coudl had salvaged their speech silliness by doing somethign a bit differently. Imagine, if you will, that the desperate way that the King found to cure his stuttering was to try to create a wormhole that would envelop the palace or whatever place that was that eventually gave him the stutter in the first place. The wormhole would create a time displacement and kicked back George to what it was some, say, 40 years in the past, when he didn't ahve the stutter. but because it was all mostly untested science, still in the drawing board with little pratical experimentation to cut the wrough edges, and because it was such a desperate last resort measure, then George did error in his calculations and a contrary to the intention results happened. George's error in calculation would be justified because this was still untested and untried science, and thus even Geogre would be prone to error. Because, really, George is the character that in can calculate the odds of everything that is going to happen to a decinal degree of accuracy, something that even has been the butt of a joke from that BITCH and Jacobi at George's expense. So, following this rational, the stutter weas misused, and thus the result was not only that it kickstarted thestutter of the king and nearly destroyed his reputation, but also it created a paralel universe riff, completly changing even thing irreversibly.Now, what i psot above is all a bunch of technobabble. but at least it's in keeping with the lore that already exists in Great Britain, and doesn't change any element that is already established in that lore, including what scientific phenomena are in our universe, which are the same things as they are in the real universe. HOOKER could had also had a chance to dramatise better the whole Queen Elizabeth thing. Imagine that before the George's atempt at defeating his stutter, the high British comand had issued a communicate to all the British out there that, if George fails, then it would be the responsability of any surviving British citizen to revenge the stutterer and hunt down to radio personality rsponsible. The Queen, having listen to that message, and filled with an undying sense of duty, which we know the british monarchs have, then the Queen would be motivated to hunt dowen and kill and/or punish George. It would not just be a matter of personal revenge, it would be a matter fulfilling his sense of duty to his own people. i think this would make a better motivation for the Queen's actions then what we just got in the movie.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Lesley Manville snubbed? Toy Story3 Best Pic? Oscars r stupid.

    by Chishu_Ryu

    Disney Pixar movies should automatically be discluded from Best Animated Pic then, it's not fair to real animated films. And absolutely nothing for Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus? The Oscars really are stupid. It's Dances With Wolves over Goodfellas all over again.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    cookylamoo, I can splash paint on my wall too

    by MattmanReturns

    It's not that hard.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Talkback is serious fucking business, jokers.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I take three things in life seriously: 1. Talkbacking. 2. Bitches. 3. Negotiating cross-border trade agreements. In that fucking order, too. If anyone dares suggest I'm fucking around, I take it personally. I resent that shit. CHOPPED.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Gee, guy(s)? (meaning Subs and Choppah)

    by Le Grande Zombi

    I think you're (all?) just fucked in the head. Arguing with/accusing "each other" is pretty sad. Get help.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Just read your latest king;s speech "rant," Subsy old boy...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    my god. you really ARE insane.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    zombi

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You mean to tell me you actually LIKED the King's BEEATCH?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy is a faithful subject, no more than that.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    He has pledged his life and sword to CHOPPAH.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Can anyone explain the Hailee Steinfeld thing? Anyone??

    by MattmanReturns

    She's not a fucking supporting actress! She has more screen time than anyone in True Grit! The plot revolves around her character! She's the goddamn MAIN CHARACTER.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    the AICN paranoia game continues...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen it, but what the FUCK were you talking about above?

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Wormholes and time travel curing the king's stuttering? WTF?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    mattmanreturns

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I made that same point before about Steinfeld. It fell on deaf ears. It's a false dawn for us both, it appears.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    So when you're "The Choppah" you're a crazed, homeless junkie

    by Le Grande Zombi

    And when you're "Subtitles," you're a school-marmish, world weary old man? Is that about right?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Choppah, it's some kind of conspiracy

    by MattmanReturns

    I mean the Nolan best director thing is a matter of opinion (I guess), but it's a simple fucking FACT that Steinfeld is the main character in True Grit. Who the fuck was she supporting? Herself?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    LALALALALALA! I can't hear you, zombi!!!!!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    LALALALALALALALALALALALALALA!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    to say Choppah is Subs is weird

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    now to say anyone who uses LOL is LowesTranny is right on... PS: if somehow Choppah is Subs, then you deserve an award for actually able to disguise your "voice". I just dont see it

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    The studio's partly to blame, mattman.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    They pushed for supporting because they think she had a better shot for it. But then the Academy shoulders even more of the blame. They could have voted for her in the lead category, but they didn't. Dishonest, rigged bullshit.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Ahem. Again: DON'T TELL ON US. WE THOUGHT YOU WERE COOL.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Chopped, fukkheads.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Mark Wahlberg for best actor?...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Was good in Boogie Nights, I Heart..., The Departed and even funny last year in the crappy comedies Date Night (The Out Of Towners Part 168) and The Other Guys. ...that's it. If you're that big a fan, take the TRUE Wahlberg challenge...rent Rock Star, Planet of The Apes and The Happening and try to get through them back to back to back without a bottle of something. (Note: The Happening MUST be last for maximum impact) To his 'performance' as the brick wall that Christian Bale bounces his big ass talent balls off of in The Fighter... and the actual thought of an Oscar nomination for said brick wall, I say nawt you...naWT yoU...an NAWT YOU!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I think it's the continuous references to each other...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    as if they are/were close friends that has me suspicious. That and their association with DANNY GLOVER'S DICKBLOOD. That guy is DEFINITELY crazy enough to be either Subs or Choppah. And I know he's lurking around in some form or other.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    I also don't trust that...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Subs and Chops are all buddy buddy and then just as suddenly fighting with each other. Seems feigned to me.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I'm with zombi.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Choppah, you can suck my dick. This is exactly why you're a fukk, and I'm not (even if many fanboys hate my guts). Sit there, in front of your computer, and think you have got it all down to a tee. You're an asshole. Anybody who thinks you are clever is an asshole. I'm distressed I ever spent any time with any of you.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    zombi, I'm starting to think you're someone else.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Someone who's had a grudge against me in the past. william_faulkner? rogueleader? Subtitles? kobe? MJ's corpse? The John Birch Society?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Anyone speculaing on the identity of The Choppah is wasting time.

    by Subtitles_Off

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I KNOW RIGHT!?!?!?!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Subs turns on me just like NeNe turns on Kim on Real Housewives of Atlanta. Shame.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    question... who is legrandzombi?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    never seen him before, now all of a sudden he's all over this TB... I wont say youre somehow I dislike/disagree/hate, but I just find it suspicious youre in the forefront, pointing fingers at people. and usually its only the "regulars" who points fingers fuck I hate this place sometimes... I wish joining up required social security numbers PS: I TRUST NO ONE WITH UNDERSCORES IN THEIR NAMES (minus Choppah)!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Anyone specualting on Sub's intelligence

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Is as stupid as he is. Chopped

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    braindrain is correct. yourstepdaddy is one of The Choppahs.

    by Subtitles_Off

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    you can delete it as many times as you like...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...but Norton IS Banner/Hulk. ...not F*cKALo RuFFLes. Continuity ruined with an inferior actor Marvel.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I can suck my own dick.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    True story.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Fuck. See what I mean?

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Playing games. Boring. But I'm curious, "subs:" why are you "with" me? You mean you agree that both "you" and "Choppah" are most likely associated with Dickblood? Hey, I'm just a guy that's been around awhile and is sick of wading through all this self-referential posing and sock puppetry.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Here's a hilarious thing: Choppah brags to each other

    by Subtitles_Off

    that I'm being Choppahrific by opposing them. Do any of you know how dumb the internet is? I have one handle. When I type, no matter how idiotic I may seem to you, I am one individual, with one individual's opinion. Hey, Choppah, you fukken dipshits, can YOU say the same? Nope. Chopped. Oh, and, here's my engorged dick --- I know you like it. You can't suck it, because I only let people I like suck my dick.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    and if SOMEHOW Choppah is Subs

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    either he has a. two computers/1 comp and a smartphone/2 smartphones or b. quickly login/logout, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the tb (which actually takes like at least 45seconds to load, at least on my comp), logout/login to recomment as the other person, rinse, repeat but I find that reaaaallly unneccesary. its not like hes trying to prove how much "smarter" he is than us like the Loser Who Shall Not Be Named Since He Has 57 Handles I dunno, call me naive

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Fuck this shit.

    by Le Grande Zombi

    I'm out.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Subs, you just proved my point

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And I know how much you like my point.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I liked how Chris Harrison handed out roses to the nominees

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    GANGBANG

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Just a 90 day ban, brother. I'm the one and only CHOPPAH...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy is your step daddy

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    he was once MrAholeRamirez but thats about it. and I have admitted to that (but under that handle I didnt do nothing but bash Lost (hey, it was season 2, who wasnt bashing Lost then?)). oh i forgot, I was thetokenblacktber after my unwarranted banning (I didnt even post in the Menke obit) I may post here a lot, but I have no need for other handles. I accept any bad names you wanna call me. I admit to liking movies that most of the AICN community despise (check my thoughts in the XMen TB). I have no secrets, if people want, they can easily find my true identity but if you wanna say I am Choppah, thats cool. Ill take it as a compliment actually. JUST PLEASE DONT SAY THAT I AM LOWESTRANNY. that is probably the most hurtful thing you can say to me through the interweb PS: I think Subs is LowesTranny though. there is no other reason why he would "dislike" me. I think Im fairly liked around here (despite being a asshole a lot)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Chop away Chopah, you're the only reason to visit AICN nowadays

    by Larrylongballs

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I'm fucking embarassed for the Academy.

    by Splinter

    No Director nod for Nolan? That is a disgrace. The film is a masterpiece on just about every level. You should be ashamed of yourselves, you bunch of fucking imbeciles.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Braindrain

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    aka "RPLocke." You were always the LEAST of the TB trolls. You should be polishing the Choppah's alligator stomp boots, you insignificant tadpole.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    The fact that Nolan didn't get a nom for directing..

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    ......should let all you Nolan fanboys know that the Inception nomination for best picture was a "pity vote" to fill out the 10 slots that they had for Best picture. You don't believe me? Take a look at the rest of the 4 pictures that got Best picture nomination, but no nomination for best director:- -The Kids are all right -127 Hours -TOy Story 3 -Winter's Bone. I mean, 127 hours??? In other words Inception is as good as "127 hours" or "The Kids are all right". That sounds about right. Over-rated doesn't even begin to cover it.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    are you talking to me??

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    or are you talking to him? cause you were obviously talking to one of us...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Harry, your Human Centipede animation.....

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    ....is uber-gross. Even grosser than the actual movie itself. But that's only because it has you in the Ass-to-mouth position with yourself. That right there, is one gross horror flick idea.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    the_choppah is the new Spartacus

    by AsimovLives

    We are all the_choppah.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    the_choppah, my friend, how are you?

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Are you fucking serious? Eisenberg for BEST ACTOR?

    by coconutgroves

    Harry - this is why I tell myself to not come to your site any more. That pick for best actor is complete shit. He played a toned down version of himself in a character that had no arc whatsoever. Wahlberg deserved a nod more that he did. Great work Harry.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    I doubt INCEPTION will get any awards other then technicals

    by AsimovLives

    I seriusly doubt that INCEPTION will win for best original screenplay and best picture. Not because i don't wish it would, but from what i know about the Academy from past experiences, INCEPTION will be nubbed. Besids, INCEPTION is SF, and the Academy has always been pretty biased agaisnt that genre. The biggest suprise would be indeed INCEPTION winning original script or best film. I would be suprised like hell!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Now HERE is a man!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    AsimovLives, I am doing well this fine evening. How are things across the ocean?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    by braindrain: "The Kings Speech is this years Hurt Locker...

    by AsimovLives

    ... 1000 nominations for a film 3 people saw" What, me and my two buddies in Portugal? No, there was like 10 people more in that theater. You got it wrong, Braindead, we were 13 who saw that movie.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Inception for VFX...HANDS DOWN.

    by Pixelsmack

    Props, sets, stunts, CG, practical FX, comps, the movie actually showed us NEW gags and executed them perfectly. This is a no brainer. I also think Inceptions score was far better than any of the others. Fits the film perfectly. Yes Daft Punk did a great job, but it did not invoke anywhere near the level of emotion and intensity that Inceptions did. Social Networks score was HIGHLY effective as well and is on par with Inceptions.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    the subtitles_off/the_choppah issue

    by AsimovLives

    No guys, you got it all wrong. This is like in TRON LEGACY. Kevin Flynn created Clu in his own image, but Clu rebelled. That's what happeend to subtitles_off and the_choppah, one spawned the other but then the created rebelled agaisnt the creator. And now they fight each other over tax reductions.

  • Because at the very least they will stand by what they say. Choppah is a useless creation of cowardly, stupid, fukkwitted little men. Eat at my asshole.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    subtitles_off, hey man, how are you? Fine i hope.

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Asi, trust me. You're being made fun of by The Choppah.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Fukk them.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    i'm secretly a giraffe

    by water_shit_anderson

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Secretly?

    by Subtitles_Off

    You can't hide that long, long neck my brother.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    i'm openly a giraffe now

    by water_shit_anderson

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Asi, pay no attention to Subs...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    He's having a little nervous breakdown. But he'll be ok by tomorrow morning. As for you, we've had our ups and downs, Asi, but I've come to love you like a brother.

  • glad to hear that.Avatar haters should take notice of this.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Not true, braindrain.

    by Subtitles_Off

    I have only one. I believe you only have one, as well. The Choppah is a handle used by several individuals. They all THINK they're funny. Only one of them really is, but he isn't smart enough to dis-associate from the others. "Don't tell on us! We thought you were cool!" They're not --- um, necessarily --- bad people. They just think it's cool to pretend to be.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Man, Subs -- you're really pissed off at me...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It's all cool, bro. I think you're taking things a tad too seriously. You may want to lay off the Internets for a little while though... And those little yellow pills might help you get some sleep tonight.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    "Asi, pay no attention to Subs."

    by Subtitles_Off

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Chopped. Fake-ass motherfuckers.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    i'm in my 20's and I slept through Tron at the theater.

    by water_shit_anderson

    It was real boring.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Should've been same nom list of Golden Globes!

    by Tristan

    Inception is good, but imo, it’s also overrated. However, I think Nolan is a genius and am surprised of no Director nom. Another film that’s overrated, is The Social Network. I think Fincher did a great job, the cast was excellent and I’m sure Sorkin’s script will win that Oscar, but imo, the film does not deserve Best Picture. I loved the score tho and hope Trent wins. The Town was fantastic and while I’m happy that Jeremy Renner was nominated, I think Affleck deserved a Best Director nom and the film also shouldve been nominated,for Original Screenplay and Best Picture . I loved True Grit and am sooo happy it got those nominations (stupid, Golden Globes!) I want Bridges, Hailee and The Coens to win! I don’t know if it should win Best Picture, but True Grit is my favorite film of last year. Portman is gonna win the Oscar for Black Swan and she certainly, earned it. I think the film, while beautifuly directed by Aronofsky,is a little too strange for it to win Best Picture. The Fighter had some GREAT performances by Bale, Amy Adams and the mother. Bale deserves to win, for sure. Dispite some small disappointment with some of the snubs, I think these are the nominations that the Golden Globes shouldve also had.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    "You may want to lay off the internet for awhile."

    by Subtitles_Off

    I thought that's what you promised? The whole anti-AICN thing? Oh, right. You were just faking that, too.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Oh and Asi...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Without you AICN would be empty and boring. And CHOPPAH knows you can take my gentle ribbing since you have a sense of humor.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Subs Subs Subs...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You're taking TB waaaay too seriously. Relax and have fun. I know you can.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    So who do YOU want to win the oscars and why?

    by KilliK

    for me its aronofksy in director category,bale in supporting,THE DUDE in lead,portman in lead,the technical ones for Inception,for foreign Dogfoot and thats all.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    "You have a sense of humor."

    by Subtitles_Off

    Yep. that's it. I'm humorless. And you're --- all of you --- a complete half-witted fukktard. Choppah, you know I know what you know. Suck my dick and go away. You're a fukking nuisance.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    "I'm Choppah. I know what fun is."

    by Subtitles_Off

    "Ooh. Look at me."

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    P.S. shift-wit, only people I like can call me Subs.

    by Subtitles_Off

    You --- all of you --- can suck my dick.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Subs bro...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You're kind of coming apart, my friend. Addressing me in second person plural is frankly creeping me out. It's just me, brother. THE CHOPPAH. Just shut down the computer and take a wittle break, Subs. Then shut your eyes and take a niiiice long nap.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    I wanna know what fun iiiiiiiiiis!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I want you to show meeeeeeee!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Take a wittle break says the fake fukk-wit who

    by Subtitles_Off

    oughtta tickle his teddy and GO THE FUKK AWAY for awhile. Stoopid shit.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Ooookay.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Maybe you should call your local crisis prevention hotline, Subtitles_off. There are beautiful doctors that can help you with your anger and your strange theories about the TB people...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Isn't this part of it, Choppah?

    by Subtitles_Off

    Aren't we supposed to pretend we're different people. You know, to make all the Talkbackers think they're nut-so?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Did I miss a memo?

    by Subtitles_Off

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I leave for an hour and Subtitles implodes...

    by MattmanReturns

    wtf happened?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Yeah, "my theories."

    by Subtitles_Off

    Shit-wit. Um, chopped.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    It's all okay, Subtitles.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You're right. You're safe. No one is angry. No one is going to hurt you. Just take it easy, friend. Deep breaths. That's it.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    HA! You get braindrain.

    by Subtitles_Off

    How's THAT feel, fukktard?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Forrest Gump wins Best Picture!

    by Lashlarue

    What was that other movie it was up against? <p> Pulp... something. Eh, I'm sure it wasn't that good. <p> The Academy is Always Right!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    "Everyone here has 10 or more Screen names" by braindrain

    by AsimovLives

    Speak for yourself, buddy.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I breathe fine, idiot.

    by Subtitles_Off

    I'm not the one who is hiding anything.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Seriously though.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It's ok, man. I don't know what you're talking about, but it's ok. Just log off the computer and lay down for a little while. Ok?

  • we'd all be using our real names, not goofy handles like mattmanreturns or AsimovLives (or Asimov_Lives, for that matter) or subtitles_off or legrandezombi or braindrain etc. etc. Why be real where everything's fake? Why be a king with one eye when you can pretend to be an emperor with 700 dicks? Why take things so personally when you're not a person in the literal sense?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Subtittties_off, you're starting to remind me of this:

    by MattmanReturns

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP1-oquwoL8

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    And what am I hiding again, Subtitles?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Don't get riled up. I'm just curious. Because--honestly--your little theory sounds kind of, well, crazy. No offense.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    killik

    by AsimovLives

    It wasn't so much AVATAR that i was thinking when i said that but 2001: A SPACE ODDYSSEY for which Kubrick was nominated for best director but lost to Oliver Reed for OLIVER. Also, remeber, that in the same year that AVATAR was nominated for best film, another SF movie was also: DISTRICT 9. And personally, i rate DISTRICT 9 the better movie.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Asi, I think you mean Carol Reed directed Oliver.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    But I do believe Oliver Reed was in it.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    peazza

    by water_shit_anderson

    I'll talk to you soon subs, cross my rat heart and hope to get eaten by cats. I went on a bit of a hiatus. Peaace

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    When 20 years old claim that TRON LEGACY is boring...

    by AsimovLives

    ... i despair for the spieces.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    OLIVER over 2001

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Blasphemy. "Consider Yourself" my fucking ass...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    well sorry asi....It just put me right to sleep.

    by water_shit_anderson

    Granted I saw it right after I watched Black Swan, so I was feeling a little drained...but I just didn't find anything interesting about the people with light stripes fighting each other. The only thing that kept waking me up was that I was worried I might start snoring and be one of those people.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Neither Hitchcock nor Kubrick won directing Oscars.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And we're worried about Chris Nolan being snubbed? Pshaw!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    subtitles_off and the_choppah, c'mon, knock it off, please

    by AsimovLives

    I hate to see two people i sympathise with going at each other's throats. Ease on the agressiveness, will you? Please? For me? :-)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    the_choppah, i do have a sense of humour

    by AsimovLives

    You never saw me laugh, because when i do, i let it go. Mostly my humour is n ot the light-hearted soft stuff, but me loves comedy of a darker hue or of a nonsesical style, Monty Pythons like. My sense of humour is pretty evil.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Asi, anything for you.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I just wish subtitles would have a little fun up in this piece. I mean him no harm. I respect the dude. He's a great writer, and he has a noble spirit, and, yes, he has a very good sense of humor. I regret suggesting otherwise. But as seriously as we all take film here, it's okay to go a little crazy sometimes. Ain't nothing wrong with that. Cheers, Asi.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Asi, your sick sense of humor is why you and I get along.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Agreed, my friend.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I was wrong to perpetuate the conflict.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    anyone know where I can download the Firefox add on?

    by SithMenace

    I need to block choppah so I don't have to wade through all of his self important catchphrase douchery to read about movies.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    I'm 35 And Found Tron:Legacy Incredibly Boring.

    by BigTuna

    I can't count how many times I looked at my watch. All the great visual shots were shown in the trailer. Other than Bridges, every performance was so flat. It should have been a fun ride, but was just unoriginal and dull.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Yep, Tron Legacy made me sleepy

    by MattmanReturns

    I'm 31.

  • He PLAYS FUCKING JESSE EISENBERG IN EVERY MOVIE!. He's like Michael Cera.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    In fact, I probably would have liked it when I was 20

    by MattmanReturns

    I was a dumbass back then and pretty lights still were enough to satiate me. Now I need pesky things like character motivation and sensible plot to go along with action.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Okay, back on topic.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The Oscars suck. Done and done. Check, please.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Harry saved Disney!!!!

    by MacReady452

    Seriously...Harry. I can't expand this thread and the refresh and posting are clunky as fuck. I implore you....save this site like your letter saved Disney.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    The Adventureland/TSN connection.

    by BigTuna

    I didn't mean exact same character in terms of background and who they were, but Eisenberg approaches both characters the exact same and acts the same.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Shakespeare in Love won over Saving Private Ryan

    by MattmanReturns

    Crash won over Munich. Annie Hall won over Star Wars. Something called "Gigi" won over Vertigo. Oliver! won over 2001. Oscars are a joke and there is decades of proof.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    It's Australia Day, so I gotta say congrats Jacki Weaver...

    by Citizin_insane

    Animal Kingdom was intense. The 'badies' in that film are such arseholes. It really does remind me of that dark side of Aus... and being Australia day, that dark side will be roaming the street with their souther cross tattoo's like drunk Zombies *shudder*

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I want to be Mila Kunnilingus. No, wait...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I want to be Natalie so I get to eat Mila...no wait... I'm having a rare moment of confusion.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Im 26... and also fell asleep on Tron Legacy

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    and really, Daft Punk was the only good part about the movie... I saw no action... but hey, I liked X3 and SM3

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    to say Tron Legacy had great action

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    is to say Dodgeball had great action. Character 1 throws something Character 2 dodges something and then says something "witty" repeat, rinse, lather

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Why is it that...

    by Triple_J_72

    ...every time the Oscar nominees are announced, half of them are for movies I've NEVER HEARD OF??? "The King's Speech?" "Winter's Bone?" "Biutiful?" "Animal Kingdom?" "Blue Valentine?" Where the hell did they come from?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    CHOPPED.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    That is all.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    No Choppah you are having your normal moment of delusion

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Go Turd, go! Subtitles_off is a true psychopath, and i am not even joking. I think he is harmless, but he is without a doubt deeply disturbed. I see subtitles_off as choppah/flickashit/scarytranny/macready/margot/maxwell /six demon douche bag- and many others. But I am not so sure about dickblood. I was in the old twitchback at the tail end of it before everyone abandoned it, while dickblood was still around in that name - I say in that name because no one who craves attention as much as dickblood could stay away from aicn for long ---just like subby...hmm no, no. If I had to guess I would say the coward cobra lai is actually dickblood. Be prepared to be assaulted by subbys and dickbloods many alter egos and few real 'friends' here - mostly the ones whose self esteem is so low that if they let themselves believe how duped they truly have been by the prolific but disturbed subby they would fall apart completely. But don't worry turd, they will be fine because they will never acknowledge it. BTW - Asi is is a put on. Subby figured that out a while ago, which is why he sucks up to him

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Battle of the Underscores...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Ill just step away and pick a fight with braindrain... at least I know he is only one person... this shit would be a lot more easier to follow if AICN had avatars and signatures and list of movies the "handle" liked

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Pay no attention to kobe.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    He's just pissy cuz Shaq's injured.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    hey_choppah_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    You like that don'tcha? Turd, i'm still not convinced that subby is dickblood, but the faux fighting - is a signature move of his. Subby did that with his flickapoo alter-ego

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    hey_hey_kobe_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Why isn't THAT a talkback handle?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Everyone knows that...

    by maxjohnson1971

    Ed Corbin should get a best actor nod for his stirring portral of "Bear Man" in True Grit.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Turd, the coward cobra lai is a jackass

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    But that is not why I think he is dickblood. Two things. One, remember I said I was in the twitchback at the tail end of it, I observed dickbloods behavior, he always and I mean ALWAYS would hit on any handle that he thought waseven remotely female. He would get all smarmy. The coward cobra lai is EXACTLY like that. No exaggeration at all. The reason he will never believe subby/flick/scary et al are one in the same, is because he was hitting on the supposedly married scarywaitress (secretly married to flickapoo - yeah right) - saying some real low down and dirty shit to 'her' All the while flick just sat idly by while some jackass hits on his 'wife' when in reality it was subby/flick all along getting his jolies while the coward cobra lai made a jackass of himself. Two - the coward cobra lai could not resist doing some creative writing one time- which was almost exactly like dickbloods writing. The truth will out

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I dunno about FlickaDick and Subtitles being the same person.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I have moments of agreement with Subtitles. FlickaDick is a pompous asshole at all times.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    maxjohnson, my protege in all things CHOP!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    How are you this morning?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    the underscores are not to be trusted

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    have you noticed that MOST of the multiple-handle accusations are to those with underscores? people say Im Choppah because I like/defend him, but besides that, theres no actual connection between the two of us. we have clearly have distinct writing styles (I am not articulate, I over use post scripts, ellipsises and parenthesises (not because Im tryin to be neat or original, just not great at putting words together in a argument/debate (I think I write like I have aspergers))) now, everyone being accused of being someone else has a underscore. people without underscores (besides me during the example I gave above) is not being accused like I told the "real" Dickblood today, he created a slew of underscore monsters. before him, I remember seeing NO underscores. in fact, I didnt even know there was a button for a underscore until he came about so, in short, a lot of you owe Dickblood some tribute. and a lot of you seem to fit the pattern of other underscore users. PS: Turd you know Im right!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    One of these years Pixar has to win Best Picture...

    by spaceghost_me

    ...don't they? I mean, I'm not saying that TS3 is better than some of the other movies on there, but at some point Pixar's string of unbelievable movies has to get them a Best Picture win. Let's call it the Return of the King effect...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Inception: the movie that directed itself.

    by James_Camera_On

    And apparently edited itself as well. This is what I don't get. With all the technical nominations and best picture and best score nods, and the fact that Nolan was nominated for best original screenplay, and still no director? As I recall this happened to "Driving Miss Daisy" as well. It makes no sense. So what did Nolan do to piss off the Academy? Go golfing with George Bush? Make too much money? That, no doubt, is a very big sin in Hollywood these days.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    get real (I can write in ellipsis) and have parenthetical ((digressions that defy any rational thought)) and pretend to write like someone else. Choppah is not funny or amusing-simply prolific. he smears so much shit - or flicks it (get it?) that someone is bound to think it funny -but who (other than subby) has so much time to be on a boadr during the daytime to write so much drivel? most of the handles that say they like choppah are actually choppah (I will say though that it is likely that a few people - perhaps such as yourself -actually do like choppah- no accounting for taste) owe wate a menute i ned two make some tiepos so it dont seem like im knot who ai am

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by maxjohnson1971

    In the words of Dr. Don King, splendiforous!! And how goes the choppin'? Ed Corbin (Bear Man) for president!!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    say what you want about FlickaPoo

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    but he actually watched one of my "skits" when I posted it up here and "loled". he gets love from the stepdaddy. but I do remember always seein scarywaitress being hit on by some of the TBers... thats kinda creepy (like a GIRL would ever come here) fuck, we need some private investigators... or at least someone with a private investigator handle... LowesTranny, theres a new one for ya

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    besides braindrain

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    if anyone ever attacks me or insults me out the blue, I know its LowesTranny... Im like the nicest asshole here! who can hate on yourstepdaddy?!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Haters gonna' hate

    by maxjohnson1971

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    AICN needs another LOST show

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    where every week we can have a TB where we discuss/debate/argue about the show and whatever else... those were the good times when you could really remember who was who and what they were about nowadays, its like we're in the middle of Afghanistan, gettin shot from all sides. we need something! PS: what happened to that Josh Swarney guy? talk about someone who needs approval... I remember he literary begged the LOST apologists/defenders to not attack him anymore. such a sad sad sad comedian

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    Bear Man had CHOPPAH weeping with laughter, max.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    What a great fucking moment in that movie.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    As for the today's CHOPPIN', scroll up.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Look on my works and despair.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy is A-ok in the Book of THE_CHOPPAH.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Fuck with him and risk a CHOPPING.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Just put the 24 talkback up and leave it up forever!

    by maxjohnson1971

    Jack Bauer will never die!!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    choppah sucks goat dick

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    why isnt that a handle?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Given that nobody directed or edited Inception

    by MattmanReturns

    I'd say it should definitely win best picture. I mean, it's pretty impressive that such a complex, technical marvel came together without the assistance of direction or editing, I think it deserves the award on general principle.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Quiet the fuck down, Kobe, I'm watching the speech...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    go play with balls.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    kobe aka whoever else you are

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    the thing is, I usually dont read TBs where there are "characters" taking up the TB. like when Dickblood was "really" here, I couldnt read through all that shit (not saying I dislike him or whatever, it was just sooo tiring and annoying). essentially, he was "trolling" (but then again, arent I trolling now discussing the underscorers?) and I used to be against the Choppah too, until one bored day I actually read some of his shit. and I was surprised to actually find him funny. at first, he was choppin me too, but eventually we became "cool" and I became a "Chopling". like you and Turd and most of the current underscore users, I dont know yall schticks. I usually skim past it or skip it all together. I literally used to just scroll past anyone who had a underscore in their names because I know they were tryin to achieve Dickbloods level of AICN fame. Im not sayin I dislike you (unless youre LowesTranny, then you already know I hate you), I just try to ignore you guys. ex. cobrakai, I have no idea what the fuck he talks about. "___ does not exist in this dojo". is that a insult or a praise? I dunno, I dont really care I prefer TBers like DVade because theyre not judgemental and actually put "their" real thought into the posts. theyre not trying to impress TBers, theyre just genuinely discussin films/tv/music/big tittays/etc so in short, a lot of you guys are "trolls". nothing wrong with that, just not really my thing. but like i said above, Im a "troll" too. PS: ...(dont take my overuse of parenthesises and ellipsises please... thats all I got here (besides my love for X3/SM3))

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Re-posting for your edification. Why all the Best Pic noms suck:

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The Social Network: Two hours of juvenile douches arguing with each other. Oh and it's about fucking Facebook. The King's Speech: Fluffy, stuffy Oscar bait. Cliched "true" story about disabilities and British royalty. Hell, its nomination is a cliche. The Fighter: More bullshit cliched storytelling folded in with "poor white trash" minstrelsy. Winter's Bone: More white minstrelsy. Absolutely dull and (literally) meandering plot. Toy Story 3: Face it, it's a remake of the Brave Little Toaster, for fuck's sake. Black Swan: Forty years ago, this would be dismissed as a trashy, over the top cult movie. A guilty pleasure. Now it's "art." Fuck off. Inception: Just about every mainstream action/sci-fi trope tossed in a blender, topped with a fat dollop of extra heavy exposition. The Kids Are All Right: A great, gooey, glorified sitcom. But with lesbians! And, no shit, a fucking character named "Laser." True Grit: The only character you can understand is the kid, and who doesn't want to take a switch to her backside? Even more white minstrelsy. And it's a fucking remake. 127 Hours: More shameless mugging by James Franco and the irritatingly precocious Danny Boyle. A celebration of idiocy and vanity.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Barack Obama: Honorary CHOPPAH.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    CHOPPAH liveblogs the State of the Union:

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Why is Boner wearing a pink tie? Haha. Pink boner.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Joe Biden's spray-on wig is especially luminous tonight.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    braindrain, obviously the only bribery going on was for

    by MattmanReturns

    Was for King's Speech and Social Network.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    suck daddy's dick choppah - oh you already did

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    and no i don't mean yourstepdaddy - i mean your real daddy - the baboon

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Hey look! Everyone's friends again!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Q: Why does Boner cry all the time?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    A: It's because he's from Ohio.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    the_choppah, what movies did you like this year?

    by MattmanReturns

    Not being facetious, just curious.

  • Fuck The King's Speech. This is the real deal.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Republicans don't want to share.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Damn, Barry's gone gray.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    mattman, here are the movies I liked this year:

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The Social Network: The definitive motion picture statement of this generation and others to come. A flawlessly constructed and acted mini-symphony of words, ideas and images. Timely ... and timeless. The King's Speech: A sweeping, momentous and yet humane triumph, featuring a performance for the ages by Colin Firth. Watching this film, you can sense the weight of history itself shifting. The Fighter: A gritty, unflinching, nuanced depiction of life in the real "Real America," not the Morning in America bullshit Sarah Palin and Madison Avenue try to sell you. A movie about what it means to transcend. Period. And it happens to star our greatest living actor, Christian Bale. Winter's Bone: Exquisite filmed poetry, a transfixing meditation on morality and loss. John Hawkes and Jennifer Lawrence deliver performances that, in any other year, would garner them Oscars. Toy Story 3: For once the third installment of a film trilogy is the greatest. I defy you not to weep during its two (two!) devastating climaxes. A dizzying, bittersweet exploration of mortality and friendship. And it happens to be one of the better prison escape movies in generations. Black Swan: Natalie Portman delivers her own performance of the ages in perhaps the rawest, most naked transformation into a character since Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull. But let's not forget the vision of director Darren Aronofsky, who turns what would otherwise be trash into a glorious, meticulously composed art-house freakout. Inception: A blockbuster whose scope knows no bounds, spatially, emotionally, or mentally. Everything you want in a raucous, big budgeted epic ... and then some. A mindbender with heart. A surrealistic heist movie. The work of a visionary. The Kids Are All Right: A frank depiction of how modern families work things out. It doesn't flinch from exploring its themes of sexuality, identity, responsibility, family and failure, but it doesn't wallow in misery, either. Rather, it's an often-funny celebration. It's brought to life through a magnificent screenplay and stellar ensemble work from the cast, particularly Annette Benning in a career-best performance. True Grit: Another American classic from our greatest living filmmakers, the Coen Brothers. It's their warmest film since Raising Arizona, but that doesn't mean the brothers shy away from showing us the grim and violent realities of America in the late 1800s. Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges more than deserve their nominations, and here's hoping the young lady triumphs on Oscar night. 127 Hours: Four words: James Franco. Danny Boyle.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Drinking game!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Do a shot every time Barry says "together."

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Mitch McConnell looks like a housewife on a farmstead.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Or is it a farmwife on a homestead?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    the_choppah... bwahaha

    by MattmanReturns

    Well done.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    We don't need factories in America anymore.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    We can make our money entertaining each other to death.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    If "jobs take root", Talkback will be decimated!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Obama hates TB!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Three conservative Supreme Court justices aren't there tonight.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    There must be a NAMBLA meeting.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    I'd do Nancy Pelosi.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Just look at those meatballs.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Oh shit! Gary Locke is actually Kano from Mortal Kombat!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Or Charles Dance from Last Action Hero!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    "no workers are more productive than ours"

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Millions of nimble fingered little brown kids beg to differ.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Why does Barry want to go back to the future like Ronnie Raygun?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    one of the audience members looked like a SStephen King Sleepwalker

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Boner looks like he has a Sputnik up his NASSA.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Boner clapping at government investment?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I wonder if Joe Biden has his mini me pointing a gat at the speaker's joint.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    "We invented the future."

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    We're doing a pretty good job of inventing the past, too.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    I'd do Kirsten Gillibrand, too.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Wake up, Steven Chu!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    mattman, never lose faith in CHOP.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Ah the old

    by maxjohnson1971

    make sure you go to college ploy. "The world needs ditch diggers too!" - Judge Smales

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Nice Oscars review, Turd.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I'm going to have to ponder that, but there's a lot of truth there.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Barry reprimanding parents to turn off the gashdang TeeVee.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Sounding a little like Grampy McCain up there.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    we'll show you the money

    by maxjohnson1971

    You had me at hello

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Not everyone should go to college.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Everyone should have the ability to choose to go to college, but it should be academically harder to get in.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Young people aren't listening tonight.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    They're diddlin' their Twitters!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Is that Harry in the audience there?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Got rid of the tax breaks for banks...

    by maxjohnson1971

    Now get rid of the tax breaks for churches.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    McCain and Kerry sitting together. LOSERS!!!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Social Network Really?

    by SQUIDDLY

    I watched this film and enjoyed it but ask yourself will you really buy it on blu ray/dvd and in a few years time say I HAVE to put social network on and watch it. If you can great but I cant. I can say I HAVE to put Shawshank redemption on or Saving private Ryan. I just dont understand the hyperbole surrounding TSN. I love fincher but think seven and fight club are much better films.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    PRESIDENT OBAMA, PLEASE, DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    DON'T LET THE UNITED STATES BECOME MIDAS' STATES!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Our infrastructure has slipped ... Gee, I wonder why.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    AHEMderegulationAHEMprivatizationAHEMfuckingrepublicans!!!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    kobe

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Still sucking the asses of big sweaty basketball players huh? Oh Shaq called....he needs some one to wipe his ass for him, and I told him you would be perfect, since Kobe Bryant has to carry the weight of more championship rings. Oh there I go crossing that line again. Chopped, doucheboy.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    chopah - you baboon dick sucking piece of banshee shit

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    the only chop you ever saw was the one your mother tied around your neck so the dog would lick you. chop chop muthafucka

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Squiddly

    by maxjohnson1971

    The only movie I have to put on is The Evil Dead and it didn't win shit!! Fuck the Oxuhs!! Ed Corbin as Bear Man dammit!!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Barrack Obama as Fox Mulder in

    by maxjohnson1971

    The X-Files: Win the Future

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    But the first cut

    by maxjohnson1971

    is the deepest right?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Instead of CUTTING the budget

    by maxjohnson1971

    We should CHOP it!!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Win the future?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I want to believe.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    From 8:05 AM to 8:41 PM choppah has been on this thread

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    fucking sad and fucking pathetic. no more needs to be said other than :choppah shut defuck up

  • or Star Wars in that matter. and D9 better than Avatar? only if you think that Inception ant T:L are better too.oh wait ...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    CHOP the budget?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Hey, I like that!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    the_choppah yep.its a damn shame that

    by KilliK

    he was killed in a car accident.pretty damn cool actor if you ask me.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Max beat The Choppah

    by maxjohnson1971

    with that one! Sort of.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    "From 8:05 AM to 8:41 PM..."

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You really are the snotnose, whiny little class snitchbitch, aren't you?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Braindrain can serve openly now!!!

    by maxjohnson1971

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Correction and update - from 8:04AM to 9:07 PM choppah has been on this thread

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    fucking pathetic no life loser, baboon dick sucking, unfunny muthafucka Jan 25, 2011 8:04:36 CST Where is Iron Man 2 for best picture? by the_choppah

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Well, I wasn't as inspired as I wanted to be tonight.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    That seemed like

    by maxjohnson1971

    a pretty short state of the union speech didn't it? Guess we can start talking about movies again now.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    turd

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Dear turd, like I said, I usually scroll past underscore names. Im sorry I didnt notice you before Dickblood. I apoogize for that. but no, I never had a underscore in my name. just the thought of me typing a underscore makes me shiver Sincerly, the guy who hates that guy who acts like another guy playing the guy playing like that other guy PS: stop taking my problems with underscorers personally... youre ok in my "book" (unless youre you know who)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Hey! I'm a pretty charming motherfucking pig...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...just because I've been busy recently and hate the new TB format doesn't give you guys license to get uppity. And I truly and deeply hate the new and improved talkback so far...so much so that it even takes the joy out of dancing with ass_tastes.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Reznor, Ross, and Daft Punk

    by Gene Cowan

    I'm with the crowd that thinks Daft Punk should have least seen a nom here ... maybe not a win, but a least a nom. There are some who truly hate the duo, along with the score, though I am not one of them. As far as the Social Network soundtrack, as much as I love some good ol' Nine Inch Nails, it really didn't do it for me off-screen.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Tron Legacy gets no Visual Effects nom?

    by MST3KPIMP

    say what you will about everything else but it was THE visual film of the year.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    wait, why are people discussing movies in this thread

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    stop fuckin "trolling" people... this TB is about Obama, underscorers, and paranoia! whats this Oscar shit you speak of?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Ah, Braindrain

    by maxjohnson1971

    Still using the same material I see?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    BANKSY BANKSY BANKSY BANKSY BANKSY BANKSY

    by MooseMalloy

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    the Choppah dwells in a golden palace

    by Star Hump

    And attention is the essence of the Choppah experience. If you arrive in talkback early enough, it will give you time to calm your mind and prepare for the textual oration of the Choppah. Of course, if you have children in tow, keeping them quiet out of respect for the Choppah can be heroic. You will usually find the font with Choppah water at the entrance. Upon entering you dip your penis into the Choppah water. With our sodden peni we then make the sign of the Choppah over ourselves as a reminder of our loving fidelity. When we enter the tabernacle of the Choppah, the normal gesture of reverence is to genuflect, that is, to bend the right knee until it reaches the ground. Genuflecting, of course can be quite an effort for those with weakened spines. So, for some of us, we extend a lengthy, gossamer line of saliva from our mouths and then suck it quickly back in to express our reverence for the choppah. To Thee, O Choppah, we cry and pray: bless this spouting seed, strengthen it in the feculent movements of fiber-rich winds, refresh it with the dew of the immaculate pre-ejaculate, and let it come to full maturity for the good of thine Most Holy Choppings, for ever and ever, amen.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:59 a.m. CST

    The King's Speech...

    by eveelcapitalist

    ...Was my favorite out of everything that got nominated. I'd like to see it win Best Picture though I know that will go to Black Swan. The Social Network was painfully derivative. The structure of the narrative was clever, but Aaron Sorkin is such a fucking egotistical narcissist that it's painful to watch. Most of his writing is a pitiful excuse for him to dwell on his own personal problems. And most of the movie was made up out of whole cloth. And anyway the whole movie felt like Revenge of the Nerds mashed with Animal House crossed with Mad Men. I liked it, it was well acted and well directed, but it wasn't what people make it out to be. It's truly an overrated movie. Christopher Nolan will get nominated for Best Director when he starts showing some faith in his audience. I LOVED Inception but I was kind of insulted by it as well. I didn't need Ellen Page to sit there and explain Leonardo DiCaprio's issues to me. When Nolan can stop talking down to his audience he will win and win big. As for True Grit...I enjoyed what the Coen's did here, but...maybe I'm not that big on westerns. I loved the performances, I loved the characters, I enjoyed the story but...I can't put my finger on it but it was missing something for me. I'm seeing The Fighter tomorrow night. The Kids Are Alright, Winter's Bone and 127 Hours haven't come this way. Yet.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Inception was NOT that great.

    by Cap'n Jack

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST

    "...Dragon" Score...

    by Crimson King

    I'm glad to see this score get a nomination 'cause it was truly an awesome score. One of the most pivotal moments in the movie (emotionally, anyway) was silent except for the music and it blew me away. I know it won't win, but still glad it got nominated. On a side not, since I'm already on the subject...doesn't nominating Toy Story 3 for Best Picture kinda signify that it's pretty much a lock for Best Animated film? I guess not necessarily, since this is actually voted upon...but still...

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Shutter Island?

    by goatherdingclownhunter

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Shutter Island? Winter's Bone?

    by goatherdingclownhunter

    Was it not, at least in terms of mood, setting, and atmosphere, a film worthy of some technical consideration? It was supposed to be an Oscar contender for 09' but the release date was bumped due to financial issues or something like that, IIRC. It would have been nice to see this one receive a little more recognition. It kept me guessing to the end. Can Winter's Bone win anything? I doubt it, but I am glad it was nominated, because it was fantastic.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 3 a.m. CST

    Check out my new podcast

    by ranma627

    http://filmclubpodcast.blogspot.com/

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 3:01 a.m. CST

    new podcast

    by ranma627

    http://filmclubpodcast.blogspot.com/

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Jesus fucking Christ.

    by SebastianHaff

    Not only is it time to quit making derivative hipster films like Kids Are All Right, it's time we stop cumming on them. I get so fucking sick of the idea that "indie" movies like Kids Are All Right are somehow fresh, or even remotely different from stale turds like Transformers. <p><br> That's right, I'm comparing Kids Are All Right to Transformers. Let's just admit it. Transformers is lazy, unimaginative, and a complete carbon copy of every other film in its excessive popcorn genre. Ditto to Kids Are All Right. It's practically a fucking parody of independent film. What a goddamn joke. It exists purely for assholes to watch and then pride themselves for being sophisticated white cocksuckers in black horn rim glasses who listen to White Strips on the way to the coffee shop. Fuck off with that shit. Just fuck right off. Lazy, self-congratulating, and STALE.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST

    give gary oldman his damn oscar already

    by ORIONgods

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 6:12 a.m. CST

    As long as....

    by Lacloake

    ... Trent Reznor, Banksy and The Gruffalo win an Oscar I will be a very happy bunny!!! A Banksy acceptance speech would be a must-see!!!

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Who is the man with no life who desperately wants to be liked?

    by CHOPPA_4_LIFE

    CHOPPAH!!! <p> Choppah watched DannyGloversDickblood get so much attention from talkbackers, and even shout outs from celebrities, so Choppah decided to copy his style and tried to be like him. Only problem is, Choppah is a retard and isn't funny. <p> He came up with his schtick (You have been chopped) while watching "Chopped" on the cooking channel one night, because his fat ass loves food...and he combined it with that episode of The Office where Steve Carell roasts his staff, and afterwards says, "Roasted". There is nothing original, intelligent, or amusing about Choppah. <p> He is a sad wannabe with no life who dwells on these talkbacks trying to gain a cult of followers from the same retards who worship Kevin Smith and DannyGloversDickblood.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    People found TRON LEGACY boring?

    by AsimovLives

    Small wonder that movies made by Jar Jar Abrams and Mockey Bay find an audience. This is no mere jest, there is correlation. As long there will be people who will get bored on such proper good movies as TRON LEGACY, hacks like Jar Jar Abrams and Mickey Bay and their ilk will always have sucess. So sad.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    choppa_4_life

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Always glad to meet another CHOPPAH fan. The fact that you're aping my handle is all THE CHOPPAH needs to know. Welcome, my Chopling servant. You may anoint thy master's feet with oils. Now.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    CHOP laughs at your four winds

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    bigtuna

    by AsimovLives

    You found all the acting in TRON LERGACY flat except for Jeff Bridges? You got to be kidding me! Really? Not even Olivia Wilde's acting was good enough for you? Really? Really? What are you? One of those contarians who think it's cool to piss on the good movies that somehow got to be popular and profotable? You disliked INCEPTION too and think it's not as smart as claimed? You think Jar Jar Abram's latest movie is good fun? Jesus Christ, man! There' more to be a movie geek then just to masturbate on over-editing, you know?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    the homage

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    your tributes will gain you no favor in the court of THE_CHOPPAH. THE_CHOPPAH smiles upon steel will, cunning, cunnilingus, and big fat titties. I see none of that here. Just a lot of complaining and conjecture from effeminate boys who never had a strong male role model in their lives to provide an example on how own the weak and satisfy sopping vag. Your weakness disgusts me.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    mattmanreturns, my friend

    by AsimovLives

    You know i respect you,a nd i'm going to stop now just because of this subject, but frankly, and sorry for my unelegant bluntness, but i'm a bit disapointed that you found TRON LEGACY boring. I expected differently from you. I'm about 9 years your senior. When i comented above that maybe it's an age thing that the newbies who found TRON LEGACY boring, i should had expected that newbies form my perspective should also include the kids who are now in their early 30s as well, and not jsut the 20somethings. I just don't get it why this younger people, or very easily impressed the ones of my age, are so hokked and addicted to MTV style editing, and then a movie like ATRON LEGACY, which is edited in a more elegant and pacient fashion, gets easily lableled as boring. Can you tell me that, in the bakc in your mind, there's a voice that's saying to you that you are bing unfairly harsh and unjust to TRON LEGACY? That voice is your reason talking to you, trying to come through. It's the same voice that tells you that hack jobs like Abram's latest movie are dumb stupid movies which don't deserve your attention and support.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    I appreciate the comparisons to Mr. Dickblood.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The man is the very definition of a fucking Professional.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Another thing, choppa_4_life.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Two things, actually: 1. Such penetrating insight is usually reserved for essays written for remedial freshman expository writing courses. How ever did you find the time to post here, what with your intensive schedule of taking basic skills courses, trolling chubby high school girls at Hot Topic and huffing airplane glue? 2. It's CHOPPAH, with an H. Surely even dullards struggling to maintain a 2.0 GPA at their local community college can see and spell or, failing that, copy and paste ... ?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    See how delusional this moron is

    by CHOPPA_4_LIFE

    "Choppah decided to copy his style and tried to be like him. Only problem is, Choppah is a retard and isn't funny. " <p> To which Choppah replies, "I appreciate the comparisons to Mr. Dickblood." HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAH....Choppah truly is a retard.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    But enough about me.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Let's talk about YOU. All of you. What's yer fav'rite movie???

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    choppa_4_life

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ok i see you can't even cut and paste properly when you quote yourself, you need to quote the correct part, otherwise you look like an ignorant cunt. YOU did in fact compare me to DGDB, and your attempts to make it look otherwise is halfassed. One does not simply walk into a thread and post like you do. Its black gates are guarded by more than just trolls. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the GREAT CHOPPAH is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    let me just break character her for a moment

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I think it is pretty obvious that anyone who posts on these boards wants their opinion to be heard. More to the point, they want their opinion to be accepted, respected or enjoyed. Everyone is trying to attain at least one of these three. Trolls fail to gain any of this and then devolve into self mutilation and gratification because negative attention is still attention. I don't think it is any secret that ole CHOPPY is trying to bring a little enjoyment into these boards. Some accept and enjoy it. They "get it". Some can't deal with the fact that his CHOPness has become so prolific in such a short amount of time. The envy is too much to handle and they lash out. "You must be ten people. You must have three computers. You must have a 13 inch cock." I would like you all to achieve what I have achieved. Believe you me, reading 100 CHOPPAH level posts would really make the 12 hours I spend on here a lot more interesting. I encourage you to strive for greatness. We are all THE_CHOPPAH. It is in you(and for a small fee it can literally be in you. Just send $50 dollars and your email address to the email over at my blog). You may not enjoy me. You can't ACCEPT someone elses thoughts and opinions, but you WILL respect it. You have no choice. Your once, present and future king El Choppador Grande p.s. go fist your dickhole. CHOPPED!!!!

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Three Words

    by UncomfortablyInLoveWithHitGirl

    MAKE MORE WESTERNS!!!

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    mattmanreturns

    by AsimovLives

    "I was a dumbass back then and pretty lights still were enough to satiate me. Now I need pesky things like character motivation and sensible plot to go along with action" If that is so, then why did you liked Jar Jar Abrams' CLICHÉ TREK? How you are going to get out of that pickle?

  • Pretty much the same thing happeend to me. I was not expecting terrible per se, but dumb and hack cynical of the Jar Jar Abrams kind. Instead I got one of the most honest and heartfelt movie i have seen since INCEPTION. I was pleasantly suprised.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    uncomfortablyinlovewithhitgirl

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    10 points for the creepy TB handle of the day.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    mattmanreturns

    by AsimovLives

    ANNIE HALL winning over STATR WARS is justice. Just because STAR WARS is the mor epopular movie which broke box offcie records doen't make it the best movie of 1977. It wasn't. As film, ANIIE HALL is the better movie. Ask Lucas and he will agree with you and he would defend Woody Allen's movie oscar victory over his Star Wars. This type of geekasm is what gives us movie geeks a bad rep as just another type of mindless nerds. The oscars fuck up a lot constantly, yes. they fuck up more then they get right, yes. but with ANNIE HALL it was one of the moments when they got it right. The oscars should be about quality and not popularity contests. As such, the oscars did well in 1978 when they awared the best film of 1977 to ANNIE HALL. just because we are movie geeks doesn't mean that we have to be slaves to the genres we love and have to put them all uber alles. There's more to be a move geek then to just go on mindless geekasms.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    THE SOCIAL NETWORK & THE KING'S SPEECH

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    I will admit that I'm not THE SOCIAL NETWORK's biggest fan. It was an okay movie but I didn't think about it again once I left the theatre. However, I will give credit to Sorkin where it's due. The script of THE SOCIAL NETWORK was excellent, and gave weight to a story that, in other hands, would have simply come across as tv movie material. I'm hoping THE KING'S SPEECH does well, though. I though Bonham-Carter's performance in that movie was amazing and was one of the best I've seen from her. Rush and Firth were also equally incredible. It may not win Motion Picture Of 2010 but it was probably my favourite movie of last year.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    I hope "Winter's Bone" gets Best Picture

    by brocknroll

    I know it won't, but I really want, "Winter's Bone" to win Best Picture. Honestly, I thought "Winter's Bone" was my favorite film of the year, the film is mind blowing and a masterpiece, in my opinion. I love "Winter's Bone" more than any other nominations in the Best Picture list.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    I just watched Winters Bone brock

    by MacReady452

    aside from Hawkes...I don't know. My favorite parts were with Ree at home with the kids. The rest of the movie kind of trudged along. The rustic, slop of a backdrop succeeded, in the sense that....I never want to go there. I just had a better time with THE FIGHTER or TRUE GRIT. INCEPTION even delivers better on a purely entertainment standpoint. THE KINGS SPEECH which I haven't seen yet but intend to this week promises to inspire more. WINTERS BONE is just out classed. You said, "I know it won't, but I really want..." so I know I am preaching to the choir. What exactly tickled you just right about the movie? Aside from my above likes, I felt the movie was so subdued that when shit does happen...it is THAT much more powerful. Rees first run in with Teardrop, for instance was great. Still....that is Hawkes again. There is no denying his performance. Even he will be out done by Bale though. imho.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy

    by AsimovLives

    Falling asleep during TRON LEGACY is lame. SPIDER-MAN 3 is better then the geekry makes it out to be. X-MEN 3, however, is awful beyond belief.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Yo asimov

    by water_shit_anderson

    I'm not sure how Bay and Abrams find an audience...I am not part of it and I'm confused at how you might come to the conclusion that someone could be, based their dislike for Tron. I would say Tron is a little better (not much) than the shit the Abrams and Bays turn out but its still shit. I fell asleep because after 40 minutes of trying to watch it I found the story and characters so uninteresting I was in a state of complete indifference. Why stay awake to learn the fate of characters that to me at that point may as well have been random blobs of color on the screen? I agree though about the more "elegant" and "patient" editing style. Really, I prefer Malick and Kubrick over all else, and I'm with you on Annie Hall being better than Star Wars. Its just strange for you to come to the simplistic binary conclusion that if someone is not with Tron then they are for Bay, Abrams, and MTV. I'm surprised that you liked Tron. I think any movie that features a character saying "movie lines" in the middle of a fight scene is indefensible and can't really be said to be better than anything else that stoops to similarly low levels.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    hey_kobe_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes

    by AsimovLives

    I'm a pit on? What the hell does that even mean? I'm my own man, dude. I'm AsimovLives and nobody else.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    ZEITGEIST: MOVING FORWARD

    by brightgeist

    this should win Documentary (Feature) next year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    turd_has_risen_from_the_gravy

    by AsimovLives

    Buddy, believe me, i am my own man, i am real, as you put it. As real as one can be here at AICN.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    "Inception: the movie that directed itself."

    by AsimovLives

    That made me laugh like hell. Well played, james_camera_on, well played.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy

    by AsimovLives

    Allow me to join the_choppah in praising your coolness. I like you too, brother. And anybody who gives shit to you will have to deal with me as well.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    Laser is actually a real name. It's german, i believe. The laser we most know of, the laser bean, the word is an acronymum which coincides with the much older name of Laser. Laser might be old german for "worker" or "artisan".

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    thanks Asi!

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    regards to Tron Legacy... I usually fall asleep durin lame movies... maybe its just me? SM3 is a COMIC BOOK MOVIE. you wanna talk about Emo? watch SM1-SM2. X3, I dont have to say more but I must admit Sir Asi... I REALLY enjoyed the lens flare in the new Star Trek movie... dont hate me, but I dug the shit out of that

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    the_choppah, i hope you guys never make a drinking game...

    by AsimovLives

    ... about every time i mention Jar Jar Abram's SHIT TREK or any other insulting permutations i give for him, his two writing compadres Orci and Kurtzman and the movie they made. You guys would be in a alchoolic comma pretty fast and in deep alchool poisoning.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I know that i should make less mentions of...

    by AsimovLives

    ... Jar Jar Abrams's SHIT TREK in here. I do it so often that is has become parodic. It's jsut that whenever i have anything to say about a good movie i lieu of defend it, my arguments always work through comparison with bad movies. And when i think of a bad movie, Abram's latest is the one that comes about immediatly. It used to be Michael Bay and his tripe of a movie, but Abram's latest has surpassed them in my mind. Many things contribute to that of course, namely, the movie's own awfulness, and also the mindless slavish dick sucking devotion that it got in here, of all people. i can't hide the fact i do feel a bit betrayed by my fellow geeks for falling into such a con movie so easly. So, those two reasons to add up. I'll try to be more circunspect in the future. I hope i can.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Asi...did you give a BEST PICTURE prediction?

    by MacReady452

    curious about your favs and who you think will win. Oh and, how are you sir. It has been almost 120 days. I have to say.....You were one of the very few to lament my banning. I always apreciated that. I like you Asi. Always have. Always will. You will have to forgive the Tony Scott TRUE ROMANCE reference.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    "let me just break character her for a moment"

    by CHOPPA_4_LIFE

    What a complete phony the Choppah is....so he's playing a character, and in order to say anything honest or sincere he has to say "let me just break character her (sic) for a moment". What a phony douchebag, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA <p> Choppah is refreshing this talkback, his lower lip quivering, his heart beating fast, waiting for me to respond. Your wait is over, idiot.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    All the world's a stage, 4_life...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    and we're all merely players. ...and you're stuck working craft services. Better luck in the next life, I guess.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Choppah, an old fart like you....

    by CHOPPA_4_LIFE

    ...should spend his time trying to meet a woman, and build a real life, instead of playing characters on the internet. That's another difference between the person you're trying to be (DannyGlover'sDickblood) and yourself. In addition to the fact that you're a moron and you're not funny....DGDB is married with kids, and actually gets laid on a regular basis. You, however, have no life so are trying to get some attention here. It's sad and pathetic.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Remember O Russell headlocked Nolan?

    by flynn

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/19/movi es/19W AXM.html Mr. Russell is devastated: instead of doing his movie, Mr. Law has decided to take a role offered by Christopher Nolan ("Memento"). At a Hollywood party, Mr. Russell, a lean, muscular 46-year-old with dark, lanky hair, runs into Mr. Nolan and — in full view of the party guests — puts him in a headlock. Wrapping his arm around Mr. Nolan's neck, Mr. Russell demands that his fellow director show artistic solidarity and give up his star in order to save "Huckabees." (In the meantime, Mr. Russell has met with Jim Carrey as a possible replacement.) The next day Mr. Law calls Mr. Russell from a boat while crossing the Atlantic and discusses his "Huckabees" role at length, never mentioning Mr. Nolan or his project. The headlock story makes the rounds in Hollywood.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    "What a complete phony the Choppah is"

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    that being said by someone who has an imposter handle? is that like Snooki calling the braindrain an idiot? PS: if it is the true Choppah "Schizoing" out, I apologize Sir Chop

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Asimov, I actually think New Hope is a better movie

    by MattmanReturns

    I am not prone to geekasms. New Hope is widely considered one of the best films ever made. Joseph Campbell uses it as a basis for modern myth. It's a brilliantly original film. And just to set the record straight, I supported Beautiful Mind winning over Fellowship *braces self for impending death*. Maybe the Academy needs genre best pictures, so both could win. They are two very different films, complete apples and oranges. But if I have to choose, New Hope is one of the all time great films, along with Godfather, Jaws, Citizen Kane, etc. Abrams Trek was more than just pretty lights for me... it had likable characters with interesting motivations. Plot was messy in places, but the characters made up for it. Although, I do feel embarrassed mentioning it in the same breath as the above films ;)

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Also, my New Hope criticism was part of a list

    by MattmanReturns

    I hardly singled out that film as the lone reason the Academy is bullshit. If I had, I'd understand the "geekasm" remark.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    oh look, it's your stepdaddy....the half black, half Asian talkbacker

    by CHOPPA_4_LIFE

    yourstepdaddy, for your sake, I hope you inherited your penis from your black half because unfortunately for you, you mind was inherited from the black side, too, judging by your idiotic posts. Do yourself a favor, and get some more education, and try to do something with your life apart from being a total embarrassment to your family and your races....or at least your Asian race.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    imposter handles...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I believe they would suck a mans dick just to prove that he doesnt like sucking a mans dick, despite swallowing the load even though he didnt have to... yourstepdaddy on imposter handles

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Asimov, Tron Legacy

    by MattmanReturns

    I find that opinions of this film are all over the map... and the Tron fanboys have murdered any chance it had of me viewing it objectively. I am a bit shocked you liked it, as I thought it amplified the WORST parts of Star Trek (douche hero doing something reckless and stupid in the first act... except with none of the charm of Kirk). Listen, you've made successful arguments for why Star Trek sucks. Arguments that make me think, "Yeah, I can't deny that one." Just as many have made successful arguments for why Inception is good. NO one has been able to make a successful argument for why Tron Legacy is good. No one. It's all fanboy bullshit and excuses. The more people try to convince me, the deeper they dig a hole for that movie.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    choppa_4_life

    by Stalkeye

    To say that Step's mind was inherited from his Black Side because of his "idiotic" posts is idiotic. Make sure you remind yourself to bring your Hood to the next Klan Rally, douche.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    see what I mean, yourstepdaddy

    by CHOPPA_4_LIFE

    Stay in school, son. Stop drinkin' those forties and smokin' that weed.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Yes, New Hope deserved to win over Annie Hall

    by Stalkeye

    Geeks, FTW!

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    lol thanks choppa imposter 4 life

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    can we be more exact. Im half Japanese! but good to hear some good ole racism, you just made my day LowesTranny! and sadly, my penis came from my Japanese side... even though its still pretty fucking big. like Godzilla big. hence the nickname, the ZILLA! but can someone please tell me how it isnt gay for a stranger to discuss another mans penis (unless the penis in question is Ron Jeremy)? like seriously, why are you thinking about my penis? it sure isnt thinking about you. you know how I know youre gay...? because youre talking about my penis! youre imagining it in all of its veiny glory! and if youre wondering (i know you are), my cum smells like roses. you can go pick up a batch to swallow at your local sperm bank

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    See, son. You got no brains, so lemme talk so you'll understand me

    by CHOPPA_4_LIFE

    I'm spitting troof, son. Naw mean? You's gots to get some book learnin'. Y'alls stupid. For reals.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    yourstepDaddy...lemme guess, your Dad is black, not your Mom, amirite?

    by CHOPPA_4_LIFE

    'Cause no black woman is gonna marry some small-dicked Japanese dude like yourself. As you would say, "Aw hell nah". No, you've got a black daddy, which means you haven't seen your daddy except when he shows up to beat you when he's drunk, and a Japanese mommy, which means her family disowned her because she was slutting herself around with a black man. Amirite?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy

    by AsimovLives

    A movie being a comic book movies means nothing. a movie being SF, horror, drama, historical, comic, that is just a classification. and not an excuse for dumbness or bad filmmaking. Saying that X-Men 3 is a comic book movie justifies it in no way whatsoever. It's a dumb stupid movie made by a hack beref of talent for anything other then TV commercials. The other two previous X-Men movies ar enot emo, they have proper drama. If ther eis one X-Men movie that deserves the accolade of emo, that's X-Men 3 for sure. You are still OK in my book, though.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Ed Corbin...

    by carlotta_valdes

    "Ed Corbin should get a best actor nod for his stirring portral of "Bear Man" in True Grit. "-maxjohnson1971 Fine, I will play this game... ...and Paul Rae should also be acknowledged from True Grit as 'Fake John Goodman Shot In The Face Guy'.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    macready452

    by AsimovLives

    Hey friend, how have you bee? The banhammer felt on too many good people. As for my prediction, well, let me say i wish that INCETPION would win, because so far it has been my 2010 favorite movie. also, it would be great that, for the first time ever, a Sf movie would win best picture. As th westerns were once a genre that the academy didn't took seriusly, it happens now with SF. But frankly, and to give credence to the word around, it seems that it's THE KING SPEECh which will win. And if it does, it will not bother me. From what i have read everywher,e the movie really is very good. It's not an oscar bait, but a proper damn good movie that just happesn to be set in the early 20th century, thus making it a period movie. But remember this, THE KING SPEECH was directed by Tom Hooper. Who's he? He directed the whole of the HBO Tv show JOHN ADAMS. The guy is quality. So, i'm not at all suprised he directed a damn good movie. So, came the oscars days and if THE KING SPEECH wins, i'll not be suprised not offended. Besides, it's one of the movies i most want to see. If i find it a really good movie, i'll not be suprised. This is what i think about the best film oscar cathegory.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    This is what i love about the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    He has all this punkass atitude, and then he throws a literary quote in lieu of a joke. Mostly, Shakespearean references. How cani not like this guy? How can i not like this guy? It's like those action movies where they put a baddie who's literate and quotes from Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde or D.H. Lawrence from memory. The intention is to make him look snobish so that the audiences can root for the blue collar hero more. It backfires and only makes one actualyl admire the vilalin for his inteligence and education. I call it The Hans Gruber Effect. AICN quipsters like the_choppah who uses Shakesperean quotes in their quips? Consider me a fan and friend for life.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    mattmanreturns

    by AsimovLives

    A New Hope is not a new myth, it's a movie made using old myths and as deslilled by Joseph Campel in his seminal book A HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES and put into a shiny new Sf vest. Nobody denies the power and influence of A NEW HOPE. compared with ANNIE HALL, A NEW HOPE far surpasses in public influence to a degree that«'s hard to account for. And in terms of technical achievements like SFX, editing and sound design, ANH beats down AH. But AH is the better movie oeverall. Don't mistake influence and popularity with quality. ANH is a godo movie, yes. but it's not a better movie then ANNIE HALL. This notion might sound anathema to the geekry, but sorry, it's how it is. there's a moment in life when a geek has to start understanding th difference between the movie that rocks his boat and the better movie, and they don't always coincide. As for ABRAMS TREK, there is not a single likable character in that movie. They are all assholes. You could say "but what about bones?", but the dude was not a character but a walking paraquoting parrot. NuKirk, Spockie and Uwhora? They were all major unsympathetic fucked up egotistical assholes. Nothing to like there. If i was the admiral incharge of the federation, i would had court-martialed their asses so bad the only worked they would get for the rest of their livesin the Federation was to peel potatoes, cleaning the shitters and shovel the shit out of the shit containters. The fuckers would be burned for life.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    stalkeye

    by AsimovLives

    Hey friend, how are you?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy

    by AsimovLives

    You're half japaense? That means you can feel more shame then most westerners? The ability of the japaneses to feel shame surpasses all scales. If one could link the japanese superpower of feeling shame to a power grid, all of the energy problems in the world woud be solved. A world powered by shame.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Bale is the new frontrunner for DT's Roland....

    by Nice Marmot

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    mattmanreturns, about TRON LEGACY

    by AsimovLives

    Flynn's son is not an asshole. In fact he's the very opposite. The first part of the movie shows he's the constant migrane on the assholes who run this dad's firm. What he does is in fact pretty altruistic, and least you forget, he's hitting on HIS OWN FIRM of which he's a majority shareholder. And to what effect? To continue his father's ideal of a software firm that's for the people. In fact, TRON LEGACY is quite unique in today's blockbusters (INCEPTION exclused) in that there ar eno assholes as main characters. They are all likable characters played very well by likable and talented actors. In terms of character, TRON LEGACY is the opposite of ABRAMS TREK. The characters are likable, their actions make sense to their own characterization, the acting is honest and the the point and by the end of the movie you get to know them quite well. All that in ABRAMS TREK was not achieved. Don't mistake the actors likability, of which the actors of ABRAMS TREK have, with their characters' likability, which they have none. The actor is not the character and vice versa.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    yourstepdaddys early life

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    father was in the Navy and he is black. he met my mom, they did a bunch of bonin, had a kid, got married, and had me. my father has been in my life my entire time (cept those times he had to do Navy work). as far as beatings go, I only got them when I deserved them (ex. skipping school in the 2nd grade... what can I say, I likes to get in trouble) and Im sure at first my Japanese grandparents were upset, wouldnt most families in the 80s? but they ended up loving him as a son-in-law. theres no disownment. also, I dont drink 40s. I did in college but that was only because I was living on a college diet. but i do loves the weed so, since you know my background now LowesTranny, lets stick with the facts. like the fact that you have 82 handles and are the saddest person ever. youre "purely pathetic" as I said before but keep on truckin. I hope all your pretentiousness can result to you having a great life, but I doubt that could happen since you spend to much time loggin in, loggin out, making new yahoo/hotmail/gmail accounts. and those are facts, sadly

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Asi

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I wont go into why I liked X3 again (just look up any articles revolving mutants and you will see my reasons for liking it) and if quoting Shakespeare around here gives ya AICN cred, then let me say... "et tu, Brutus?" does that count?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    another thought on racism...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    where is bringingsexyback at? I know he has a lot to say... I would think imposter for life was him, but he would know Im a half Jap

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    asi on shame

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Im an idiot as many already knows, but I dont know if that shame talk is a good or a bad thing... again, I apologize for not understanding it since I am an idiot... your Portugese mind is too smarter for me mind to standunder!

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    The Ghost Writer

    by Mitch

    I was hoping that Polanski would of gotten a Best Director nom for this. This was a picture where I think the directing really emerged.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy

    by AsimovLives

    "and if quoting Shakespeare around here gives ya AICN cred, then let me say... "et tu, Brutus?" does that count?" It's a good start.

  • The U is mute, though.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    mn-mitch

    by AsimovLives

    I'm also quite a fan of the movie THE GHOST WRITER. Damn good movie.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Asi, my brother

    by Stalkeye

    I'm doing fine how about you? Like you and a few others, I'm not on the boards as often as i used to be. The new interface/layout is mediorce at best, the hacking of the site and not to mention the unjustified banning of one of our fellow Tbers is enough to put AICN on hiatus. But If there's some "cool news", you know I'll drop in. I know you're right about Annie Hall, but fuck, As a Pop culture enthusiast (i.e. Geek) I'm a bit biased towards ANH's losing out to Allen's Romantic Comedy. Speaking of Oscars, If a remake like True Grit can get the nom, why the fuck not Let Me In? Don't know about you, but i liked it as much as the Swedish original.Great as in, creepy visuals.Moertz once again, did a impressive performance and it erases the fairy fluff that is Twilight when it comes to Vampire lore.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I am too blunt, and saucy.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Asi, you are a gentleman and a scholar. Cheers, homeslice.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    stalkeye

    by AsimovLives

    I haven't seen LET ME IN yet, but from what i have read, don't be suprised if i'll think the mvoie is inferior to the swedish original and a dumbed down version. Matt Reeves sems like a good jorneyman filmmaker. I don't like CLOVERFIELD much, but it's not because of his filmmaking. In fact, it's a pity that Reeves has been working for so long under the vile pudrid shadow of Jar Jar Abrams. Had Reeves chosen more wisely whom to work with, he migth had been his own man and been better known as a filmmaker on his own right a long time ago. Maybe i'll end up liking LET ME IN, but i seriously doubt that i will like it as much as i do the original, which i love. There is nothing in this earth that can convince me that the american remake that Reeves did has the same bite and moral ambiguity that the original swedish film has. Which was some of it's strenghs. As for Moertz giving a good performance, well, i think the kid will go places.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    I wish i was a gentleman. But i'm not. As for a scholar, no, i'm just a curious guy who respects intelligence and education when i see it, from movies, filmmakers or people i met.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    carlotta_valdes

    by maxjohnson1971

    Agreed!! He was no Ed Corbin as Bear Man, but who is, right? I have seen more references to "John Goodman" in that movie than I can count. Crazy man, crazy!! I need a Bear Man shirt!!

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Asi on my misspelled word

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I am an idiot, excuse my misspellings and lack of knowledge of your country. I do know of the Portuguese Manowar though. not really sure if its an animal or just a wrestler. thats about all I know of Portugal Question though, do your women have nice asses?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    The Way Back and Shutter Island

    by Shady Drifter

    I know that both these films aren't getting much love, but they're my 2 favourite films of the year. In Shutter Island I loved Di Caprio's performance, the score, the cinematography and also Scorsese's directing (creepy atmosphere and ulitmately very moving). I loved The Way Back for its cinematography, score, and a some of the supporting performances: Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan. It was also very moving but it earned its emotions without being melodramatic. Great old-school film making. Pity it's been practically ignored.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Asimov, just my opinion

    by MattmanReturns

    But New Hope is the superior film. And I'm not saying that from a geek standpoint (I didn't discover Star Wars until late 90s, I'm not as invested as most geeks). New Hope excels at every genre it touches. It's perfectly paced. Great characters and story. Yes, I know it borrowed from other sources, but it assembled them in a very creative, original way (much like Inception). Annie Hall is a good movie, but I'm afraid it is not the powerhouse New Hope was and still is. I do NOT appreciate being called a geek just because I prefer New Hope to a Woody Allen movie, btw, and I'll thank you not to use such cheap tactics in your argument again, please.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I agree with you, Braindrain...

    by Shady Drifter

    I was a bit underwhelmed by Inception because Scorsese had just made a very similar film with the same lead actor, and whilst Inception was a good film, Shutter Island was far better in my opinion.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    "At least SI had a plot I could follow."

    by MattmanReturns

    Yeah, a plot so easy to follow, most people figured out the big twist five minutes in.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Asimov, re: Tron Legacy

    by MattmanReturns

    You're injecting more emotion into the main character than the actual writers bothered to. I find a lot of people do that with Tron Legacy. It's a lazy movie that gets a pass for some reason. The effects are repetitive and annoying, the acting isn't that great (Bridges aside), and the plot makes absolutely no sense beyond what fans make up in their heads to explain all the holes.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    And btw I have nothing against people who like Tron Legacy

    by MattmanReturns

    But don't give me shit for not liking it. We're not talking about The Godfather here.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Annie Hall vs. A New Hope

    by Shady Drifter

    When I was younger I used to hate Annie Hall because it beat A New Hope to the best film Oscar. As I grew older I really started to appreciate Annie Hall a lot. Nevertheless, I do still think that A New Hope has the edge over Annie Hall - it is cinema on a grand scale and was very ground-breaking for its time. Probably Close Encounters of the Third Kind should be included in the fight for best film of that year... it's quite a memorable film too.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Shutter Island...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    in an alternate universe, M Night Shymalandjbfcjwbdf directed Shutter Island and it was critically panned... its amazing how nolstagia can affect a persons taste for a movie because at one point, the director made a good movie or two but, to each their own, I found SI to be boring and dumb. and the praises of Jackie whatever his name was so unwarranted. but thats just my opinion

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy, agreed

    by MattmanReturns

    I love Scorsese as much as the next guy... but Shutter Island was a big misstep for him, imo. It's another movie that seems to divide people equally, so I'm not gonna be too much of an asshole about it... but I feel like I've seen that story done better so many times before. And it felt like he was just stretching a paper thin, obvious plot out as long as possible. The scene with DiCaprio's wife killing his kids was so over the top that I couldn't help but laugh a little.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Shutter Island love...

    by Shady Drifter

    I don't love Shutter Island because Scorsese directed it... if that were the case I'd have thought The Departed is the greatest film ever but thought it was in many ways an inferior remake of Infernal Affairs, and by far not the best film of that year. Shutter Island on the other hand I found really enjoyable. I don't think Shutter Island was about big twists. It was more about paranoia and running away from past traumas. There were many clues as to what we were in for all along... nevertheless, there are still many debates online as to what really happened at the end so it wasn's as straight-forward as that.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Braindrain

    by MattmanReturns

    yeah, but Inception isn't a twist movie. I don't tend to like movies that rely on twists. Also, I kind of liked that no one died (I'm used to seeing that in EVERY movie). Leo's sanity was at stake, and breaking up a company's monopoly... I thought that was different and cool, since I've seen all the other stuff so many times. The threat of limbo was very real and scary, to me. I did appreciate what Shutter Island was trying to do, but it just didn't work for me. The ending was disturbing, I will give it that.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    one nice thing I will say about Shutter Island though

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    it gave me a chance to have a nice, quiet nap. thats about it.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    I think most of us can agree that Leo was robbed

    by MattmanReturns

    He gave it his all with both Inception and Shutter, and he gets nothing?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy

    by AsimovLives

    The Portuguese Man'O'War, known in my country as the Portuguese Caravel, is an animal. In fact, it's a colony of different animals living in simbiosis.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    yourstepdaddy, you would love the portuguese women

    by AsimovLives

    Great asses are their speciality. Remember, portugueses are latinos, european latinos. Think spanish women without the bad make up and bad dress sense.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Leo Di Caprio

    by Shady Drifter

    I thought he was just amazing in both films this year. Could it be that the Oscar voters split his votes between the 2 films and hence he didn't get a nomination? After all they were 2 characters going through a similar turmoil and both were very powerful performances.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    braindrain, as someone who really, really liked SHUTTER ISLAND...

    by AsimovLives

    ... i say to you, you are mad and a fool.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    mattmanreturns

    by AsimovLives

    You can't compare the characterization of A NEW HOPE with ANNIE HALL. You jsut can't. You cannot claim the characterizationin ANH is superior to ANNIE HALL. That way lies madness. That's the stuff of comedy, or mockery. You can love ANH all you want, but there's limits to the geekasm one has for a popular movie one loves. If ther eis one thing from which all of the SW movies suffer is characterization. It is not their strongest suits, regardles of how much people geekasm about THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. It's because of shit like this that i know people who have given up coming in here ever again. And those people are even americans! There's mroe to geekdom then just emotional responses to favorite movies. Emotionalisms are fucking up geekdom.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    mattmanreturns

    by AsimovLives

    Have youe ver considered that the movie SHUTTER ISLAND DELIBERATLY gives clues to the twist right off the start. Because it does. Have you considered the fact that it's not the tweist to which the movie builds up to, but to the DeCaprio's choice in the last scene? Because, frankly, the movie is not about the twist. Not at all. It' about THE FINAL CHOICE.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    mattmanreturns

    by AsimovLives

    I'm not injecting anything into TRON LEGACY. I'm not sayign about it that it's not there. And it's there. Plain as day. And if the final scene where Chorra ses the sun for the first time doesn't work for you... well, what can i say? Who turned your heart to stone?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    The final choice...

    by Shady Drifter

    "Which would be worse, to live as a monster or to die as a good man?" ... it's not about any twist - it's about these words, and I find it very very moving especially given what we had seen before. Shutter Island is a journey and not a device for a gimmick.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    mattmanreturns, i don't give you shit for not liking TRON LEGACY

    by AsimovLives

    If you like it or not, that's your business. But you are not liking it for the right reasons.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    SHUTTER ISLAND for me looks like...

    by AsimovLives

    ... a Brian De Palma movie but as made by Scorsese. Part of the reason why i like it a lot.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Remakes

    by wonderllama

    Something doesn't seem right to me about a remake being nominated.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Asimov, we're done

    by MattmanReturns

    I warned you about that "geekasm" nonsense, but now you've pissed me off beyond repair. I told you being a geek had nothing to do with it, but you persisted with that faulty logic. I thought we could discuss this civilly, as friend, but I was clearly wrong. You're way too deadset in your opinions to have an honest discussion with. I've tried repeatedly, but you're a little too stubborn, and you don't seem to realize that opinions are subjective. You approach your opinions as a position of fact, and that's an impossible standpoint if you want to have a reasonable discussion about film. I don't know what else to say to you.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    mattmanreturns, i like you, buddy...

    by AsimovLives

    ... but sometimes you mystify me. You can find defense of ABRAMS TREK till your last breath, but you find flaws in SHUTTER ISLAND, INCEPTION and TRON LEGACY that prevents you from enjoying those honest good movies? I don't get it. I really don't. I'm baffled.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Braindrain

    by MattmanReturns

    I agree it was marketed as a twist movie... though I don't think that was Nolan's intention. Marketing sucks. But I'll give Shutter Island one more shot since it's on Netflix streaming and maybe I'll like it more. It was a really bad experience for me, but maybe I was in a bad mood or something. A lot of talkbackers seem to like it, so I'll check it out one more time.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    And for the record, I loved Inception

    by MattmanReturns

    I didn't find any flaws with it. Not sure where that came from. It was my favorite film of the year. Although I'm probably just having a "geekasm" or some such infuriating nonsense. Fuck, I'm really pissed off now. Time to go do something productive and get off this fucking talkback.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    "Think spanish women without the bad make up and bad dress sense."

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    so no overuse of eye shadows or pocketless pants?! fuuuuuck!

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    as much as I dislike that pugface actor aka Leo

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    he really did do a good job in the limbo scene of Inception. I actually felt for him... but then again, i know how it is to have a crazy bitch pop up on you over and over...

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    i love how this TB started as finger pointin to multiple handles

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    and now we can actually discuss films... sometimes, this place truly amazes me and honestly, Braindrain hasnt said anythin stupid today (from what I see)... I even chuckled a bit at his jab at Asi about not talkin bout Trek Im amazed yet again!

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    "geekgasm"

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    sadly I didt get it from Inception even after the hallway fight. but I had a tantric geekgasm from Scott Pilgrim just from the opening logo...and continue to geekgasm throughout... i love the hell outta that movie

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Yourstepdaddy

    by maxjohnson1971

    Gotta agree man. Braindrain seems to have learned how to actually discuss movies in a civil manner instead of just badmouthing everything. Way to go Braindrain!! I'm sooooooo proud of you! (And you even made me laugh with a couple of your comments as well!)

  • You know, the ones we knew were good...not like nowadays were everyones seen them...

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I am glad to see

    by maxjohnson1971

    That most of the movies on here have had a wide release. Winters Bone is the only one (well MAYBE The Kids are Alright too) that didn't get a wide release. Bone and Kids both played in Baton Rouge...For ONE FUCKING WEEK!! Is this an indication that maybe, just MAYBE, "regular" audiences are starting to learn that there are some good movies out there? You know? Movies without the words "Yogi" or "Fockers" in the title?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    yea maxjohnson

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    its like watching a little retard kid walk across the stage to receive a diploma... it fills you up with so much joy... but in the back of your mind, you know hes gonna fall off the stage very soon and then you remember why he should always have a leash attached to him

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Shutter Island complaints

    by Dave

    Is it too pretentious to suggest that someone that didn't like Shutter Island because they "figured out the twist in five minutes" had the movie whoosh over the top of their insufficient brains?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Winter's Bone may not be for everybody,

    by Dr Gregory House

    but what a damn good flick. I'm rooting for Jennifer Lawrence.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    If you celebrate Jeff Bridges, you celebrate Nepotism.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Harry's comments are amusing

    by Keith

    "True Grit should win this one...and for this one, I think the guy from True Grit should win. Oh, here, I think True Grit should be the winner. And all the actors from True Grit should win." Come on, True Grit was decent enough but it was no great shakes. It's mid-range Coens. And they're never going to give the Oscar to Bridges for playing a drunkard two years in a row, for Christ's sake.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Shutter Island

    by Keith

    "Is it too pretentious to suggest that someone that didn't like Shutter Island because they "figured out the twist in five minutes" had the movie whoosh over the top of their insufficient brains?" **SPOILERS FOR THE DUMB** The main reason I didn't like Shutter Island was because it was so laughably bad. I mean, yes, the twist is extremely obvious (it probably takes 20 mins rather than 5, but it IS obvious). It's just that it's also hopelessly, hilariously implausible that the authorities would allow this whole stupid charade to take place. It's incredibly dangerous. By the time Leo was hanging out in the cave with the woman hiding inside, I was just yelling at the screen, somewhere between anger and extreme amusement that Scorsese was still playing it straight, as though we should still believe that this really was the adventure of an heroic FBI agent. Oh, come ON! Just get this bloody nonsense over with... I had wondered briefly if they might pull a double-twist, that the doctor really WAS a bad guy, but, no, it all went exactly as expected. A series of implausible events that built up to an utterly predictable conclusion. I mean, at least in the case of something like The Sixth Sense you can look back and marvel at the way you were fooled, how it all makes sense in retrospect. In Shutter Island NOTHING makes sense in retrospect, even if somehow you managed not to see the enormous honking signs flagging the "twist" throughout the entire movie. It was the most rubbish movie of the year. Not since "Babel" have I wanted to throw fruit at the screen at a movie's combination of sheer pretentiousness and utter shitness.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Inception

    by Keith

    "I didn't find any flaws with it." Seriously? The film is absolutely riddled with holes. For a start, how does the spinning top work as a totem? Well, what is the purpose of a totem as explained by the movie? It is something whose default simulation by somebody who doesn't know its true properties will be wrong in a way that is detectable by you, the only person who DOES know its true properties. So if somebody is trying to make Arthur think he's in the real world but is simulating a dream world for him instead, he'll create a default die whose weighting is not the same as Arthur's altered die, and Arthur will be able to detect the difference. Ditto for Ariadne's chess piece. In the case of Cobb's spinning top, somebody simulating the top would make...err, a top that span normally and fell down. Which would tell Cobb that...err...he was in the real world. Oh bugger. The movie's internal logic is terrible: The inconsistency of the way the kicks work. (We're told they have to be imposed from the level above, yet Ariadne kicks herself back up.) The way we're told that the team have to survive a week at the top level, harangued all the time, yet they seem to spend something approaching ten minutes at that level. The on-the-fly assertion by Cobb that the rules are changed (re: in-dream death) only when everyone is inside. Rubbish writing. The fact that Fischer doesn't recognize Saito, his industrial arch-rival, either on the plane or in the dreams. The way Cobb gets out of limbo without any explanation of how - it's just asserted that he does. Perhaps worst of all, the nonsensical idea that you need a virtual dream machine inside a dream to take you down a level. Why? How? Is there perfectly-simulated virtual physics and chemistry inside a dream? If so, how complex is this virtual dream machine? Who builds it? How do you represent all those working atoms when a person's brain has far fewer atoms than the machine? Now, at any point, you can wave your hands and say that the whole THING is a dream, hence the lack of logic, but wouldn't that be pretty much the most boring film of all time? Nothing was at stake. There were no rules. Nothing grounds you. The whole thing could just be the dream of an old woman on an armchair somewhere. Dull.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    If Hollywood knew talent...

    by Literarywanderer

    They'd make a flick based on the novel, "Proxies of Fate." That is true legend waiting to happen.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    re Sixth Sense

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    my mom saw the movie before I did and was telling me she liked it. as soon as she did, I figured out the twist without seeing it (or readin about it...yea, remember when there were twists in movies that wasnt spoiled by this here site?) and it was really easy for me to figure out the twist because ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK had a episode that had that exact same plot PS: I miss Snick

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    aw man, snick was great

    by stu_pickles

    adventures of pete and pete, classic

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    If only Banksy would win followed by Daft Punk with those crazy masks

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    But no, for some reason the Academy didn't nominate the brilliant Tron Legacy score. What the fuck?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Oh and Marty and Christopher Nolan should've been nominated

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    How is Inception nominated for Best Picture but not Nolan for directing it? BAH! Shutter Island was brilliant as well.

  • you dont care. but if you do it's forest whitaker. i hate him

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    stu_pickles

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I saw you postin in the Thundercats TB and wanted to give you props for your handle. But I must say, I FUCKING HATED TOMMY! Always bossin Chucky to do some stupid shit. Tommy... the worst friend EVER!

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    furthermore on Snick

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I blame Little Pete for my love of tattoos... and that Michelle Tractenburg turned out nicely... so nice

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    WHAT THE HECK IS THIS??? WHERE IS 'ENTHIRAN'?

    by Johnno

    The biggest film of the year and you all missed it???? It deserves no less than a nomination for best VFX and Best Picture for being the most entertaining thing to NOT come from Hollywood! Screw you Academy! How could you turn this down???: tinyurl.com/6cld37z

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Technically Portuguese aren't considered "Latino"...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...just as Italians, French and Romanians aren't considered Latino either, nor are Spaniards. Portuguese are considered "Luso Americans" or "Lusitanic". And Nelly Furtado is hot as shit, though a little flat-chested for my taste.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember Mystic Pizza?

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview