Concerning the 2010 Academy Award Nominations

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02/02/2010 10:14 AM |

Oscar fever, catch it (and then take antibiotics for it)!
  • Oscar fever, catch it (and then take antibiotics for it)!

So this morning, with the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations, we see the results of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ wonderful decision to expand the Best Picture field to ten nominees: I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to seeing “Best Picture Nominee” on the DVD box for An Education. (Although this list does seem sorta like the list the Academy wanted: some critical and film-historical bona fides with A Serious Man and Inglourious Basterds, and populist points for The Blind Side and Up and District 9. I look forward to many more years of the Academy having twice as many chances to be comically wrong about movies, and a much wider range of movies to potentially be wrong about. (Nice work jerryrigging the process to ensure more respectable fest-circuit names in the Best Foreign Film nominations however.)

In other news, The L Magazine heartily congratulates Kathryn Bigelow, who today became just the fourth woman ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar, an award she will almost certainly lose to her ex-husband, James Cameron.

At some point between now and the awards ceremony we’ll have previews and predictions, probably written by somebody other than me.

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  • the headline should have been, “‘Drag Me to Hell’ Snubbed By Elitist West Coasters”

  • I’m pretty sure Bigelow will win, even if Avatar actually takes picture. But I’ll save that for my prediction post.

    Apart from the ability to be wrong on a larger scale, the five director nominees sort of cancel out the “extra five” picture nominees anyway. That said, I’m happy to see some nominal recognition for A Serious Man and Up, which no-way would’ve gotten into a five-only race. And I’m kind of jazzed that there are two sci-fi/fantasy movies on the final list (and that’s without even counting Up, or Inglourious Basterds).

    I watched Public Enemies again last night. That really should’ve gotten in for cinematography.