Oscar Night

The Golden Globes got their own See You Next Tuesday, so it's no surprise that come February, I'd indict the Oscars, too.  I've had on my "To Blog" list (literally, I have one, it's amazing anyone talks to me) since LAST February the fact that the Oscars now have ten nominees. I had fully intended to write an epic rant against the Academy's sell-out move, but got distracted writing about Lost and Indiana Jones and my porn-store-star internet doppelganger and showing you pictures of transvestites.  I know, I know; it could've happened to anyone.

But I think I've changed my mind about the ten nominees situation, or at least muddied the waters. First, some background for the sports lovers out there:  

Last year, the Academy decided to have ten best picture nominees instead of just five, mostly because they are James Cameron's little bitches. In the 1930s, the Oscars recognized ten movies a year, but in 1945, the Academy cut it back to five; it's been five films for however many years 2010 minus 1945 is. The Academy has all these soundbites about being able to recognize more great movies this way, but it's frankly just a ratings plug. This is because with more films and more independent studios, increasingly the five best movies of the year are non-mainstream, films that only a few people saw, not popular blockbusters. Of course, people are less likely to watch the broadcast of the Academy Awards if they haven't seen seen any of the films. SO.

The change was prompted by a 2009's snub of The Dark Knight, and 2010's potential lock-out of Avatar if only five movies were nominated. (This is because you could throw a dart into L.A. and hit five movies better than Avatar, but James Cameron would pitch a hissy fit. Better just hit him with a dart.) So, the list was expanded, and 2010's best picture noms looked like this:
  1. “Avatar”
  2. “The Blind Side”
  3. “District 9”
  4. “An Education”
  5. “The Hurt Locker” (Winner)
  6. “Inglourious Basterds”
  7. “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  8. You really wanna snub these guys?
  9. “A Serious Man”
  10. “Up”
  11. “Up in the Air” 
When they should've looked like this:
  1.  “An Education”
  2. “The Hurt Locker”
  3. “Inglourious Basterds” (Winner)
  4. “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  5. “Up”  
I was bitter last year because I felt last year's nominees were dreary and diluted. (I did love District 9, gotta be honest.) Even if the decision were prompted by 2009's awards overlooking some great films, 2010 did not suffer from the same over-abundance of Oscar-worthy movies. The result was five extra nominees that tasted like bland filler.

But this year the pickings are far more robust, exciting, and deserving, so much so that they've made me reconsider my view of 10 nominees:
  1. “Black Swan”
  2. “The Fighter”
  3. “Inception”
  4. “The Kids Are All Right”
  5. “The King's Speech”
  6. “127 Hours”
  7. “The Social Network”
  8. “Toy Story 3”
  9. “True Grit”
  10.  "Winter's Bone"
(View all the nominees here.) With a line-up like that, I won't be truly disappointed with anything (though I'm not particularly partial to The Social Network, and you know how I feel about Black Swan). Tonight, as you ready your Oscar ballots, snack trays, and judgmental red carpet eye, keep in mind some of these Oscar betting tips, and entertain your friends with these Oscar stats. And, as a favor to me personally, here's hoping Anne Hathaway (the youngest host in history) doesn't screw things up.  Because I'm just not gonna live that down

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February 27, 2011 at 1:04 PM delete

Great post. I wondered what you thought of Anne Hathaway hosting. I'm glad to hear your choices. I've seen so few of the movies this year, I'm just watching for the dresses (with my judgmental red carpet eye). :) Enjoy your Sunday!

February 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM delete

An Education? Come on. Pretty sure the only takeaway there was don't have sex with Jews.

March 1, 2011 at 10:55 PM delete

Inglorious Bastards sooooo should have won last year, I'm still pissed about that.


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