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Oscars 2010!
Topic by: underdog
Posted: February 8, 2010 - 3:34 PM PST
Last Reply: March 10, 2010 - 2:51 PM PST

author topic: Oscars 2010!
underdog
post #1  on February 8, 2010 - 3:34 PM PST  
This year's Oscar nominations are out. Here they are, followed by more discussion.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- NOMINATIONS BY CATEGORY - 82ND AWARDS -
Performance by an actor in a leading role

* Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight)
* George Clooney in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Colin Firth in "A Single Man" (The Weinstein Company)
* Morgan Freeman in "Invictus" (Warner Bros.)
* Jeremy Renner in "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

* Matt Damon in "Invictus" (Warner Bros.)
* Woody Harrelson in "The Messenger" (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
* Christopher Plummer in "The Last Station" (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Stanley Tucci in "The Lovely Bones" (DreamWorks in association with Film4, Distributed by Paramount)
* Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

* Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros.)
* Helen Mirren in "The Last Station" (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Carey Mulligan in "An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Gabourey Sidibe in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)
* Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia" (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

* Penélope Cruz in "Nine" (The Weinstein Company)
* Vera Farmiga in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight)
* Anna Kendrick in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Mo'Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

Best animated feature film of the year

*
"Coraline" (Focus Features) Henry Selick
*
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" (20th Century Fox) Wes Anderson
*
"The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney) John Musker and Ron Clements
*
"The Secret of Kells" (GKIDS) Tomm Moore
*
"Up" (Walt Disney) Pete Docter

Achievement in art direction

*
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox) Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg
Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
*
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (Sony Pictures Classics) Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro
Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
*
"Nine" (The Weinstein Company) Art Direction: John Myhre
Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
*
"Sherlock Holmes" (Warner Bros.) Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood
Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
*
"The Young Victoria" (Apparition) Art Direction: Patrice Vermette
Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

Achievement in cinematography

*
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox) Mauro Fiore
*
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (Warner Bros.) Bruno Delbonnel
*
"The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) Barry Ackroyd
*
"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) Robert Richardson
*
"The White Ribbon" (Sony Pictures Classics) Christian Berger

Achievement in costume design

*
"Bright Star" (Apparition) Janet Patterson
*
"Coco before Chanel" (Sony Pictures Classics) Catherine Leterrier
*
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (Sony Pictures Classics) Monique Prudhomme
*
"Nine" (The Weinstein Company) Colleen Atwood
*
"The Young Victoria" (Apparition) Sandy Powell

Achievement in directing

*
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox) James Cameron
*
"The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) Kathryn Bigelow
*
"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) Quentin Tarantino
*
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) Lee Daniels
*
"Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) Jason Reitman

Best documentary feature

*
"Burma VJ" (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
A Magic Hour Films Production Anders √‹stergaard and Lise Lense-M√łller
*
"The Cove" (Roadside Attractions)
An Oceanic Preservation Society Production Nominees to be determined
*
"Food, Inc." (Magnolia Pictures)
A Robert Kenner Films Production Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
*
"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"
A Kovno Communications Production Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
*
"Which Way Home"
A Mr. Mudd Production Rebecca Cammisa

Best documentary short subject

*
"China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province"
A Downtown Community Television Center Production Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
*
"The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner"
A Just Media Production Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
*
"The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant"
A Community Media Production Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
*
"Music by Prudence"
An iThemba Production Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
*
"Rabbit à la Berlin" (Deckert Distribution)
An MS Films Production Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Achievement in film editing

*
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox) Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
*
"District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing) Julian Clarke
*
"The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
*
"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) Sally Menke
*
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) Joe Klotz

Best foreign language film of the year

*
"Ajami"(Kino International)
An Inosan Production Israel
*
"El Secreto de Sus Ojos" (Sony Pictures Classics)
A Haddock Films Production Argentina
*
"The Milk of Sorrow"
A Wanda Visión/Oberon Cinematogràfica/Vela Production Peru
*
"Un Prophète" (Sony Pictures Classics)
A Why Not/Page 114/Chic Films Production France
*
"The White Ribbon" (Sony Pictures Classics)
An X Filme Creative Pool/Wega Film/Les Films du Losange/Lucky Red Production Germany

Achievement in makeup

*
"Il Divo" (MPI Media Group through Music Box) Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
*
"Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
*
"The Young Victoria" (Apparition) Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

*
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox) James Horner
*
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" (20th Century Fox) Alexandre Desplat
*
"The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
*
"Sherlock Holmes" (Warner Bros.) Hans Zimmer
*
"Up" (Walt Disney) Michael Giacchino

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

*
"Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
*
"Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
*
"Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36" (Sony Pictures Classics) Music by Reinhardt Wagner
Lyric by Frank Thomas
*
"Take It All" from "Nine" (The Weinstein Company) Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
*
"The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best motion picture of the year

*
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox)
A Lightstorm Entertainment Production James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
*
"The Blind Side" (Warner Bros.)
An Alcon Entertainment Production Nominees to be determined
*
"District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
A Block/Hanson Production Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
*
"An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics)
A Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
*
"The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)
A Voltage Pictures Production Nominees to be determined
*
"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company)
A Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg Production Lawrence Bender, Producer
*
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)
A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Production Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
*
"A Serious Man" (Focus Features)
A Working Title Films Production Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
*
"Up" (Walt Disney)
A Pixar Production Jonas Rivera, Producer
*
"Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
A Montecito Picture Company Production Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Best animated short film

*
"French Roast"
A Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films Production Fabrice O. Joubert
*
"Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty" (Brown Bag Films)
A Brown Bag Films Production Nicky Phelan and Darragh O'Connell
*
"The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)"
A Kandor Graphics and Green Moon Production Javier Recio Gracia
*
"Logorama" (Autour de Minuit)
An Autour de Minuit Production Nicolas Schmerkin
*
"A Matter of Loaf and Death" (Aardman Animations)
An Aardman Animations Production Nick Park

Best live action short film

*
"The Door" (Network Ireland Television)
An Octagon Films Production Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
*
"Instead of Abracadabra" (The Swedish Film Institute)
A Directörn & Fabrikörn Production Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
*
"Kavi"
A Gregg Helvey Production Gregg Helvey
*
"Miracle Fish" (Premium Films)
A Druid Films Production Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
*
"The New Tenants"
A Park Pictures and M & M Production Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Achievement in sound editing

*
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox) Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
*
"The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) Paul N.J. Ottosson
*
"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) Wylie Stateman
*
"Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
*
"Up" (Walt Disney) Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Achievement in sound mixing

*
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox) Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
*
"The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
*
"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
*
"Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
*
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro, Distributed by Paramount) Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Achievement in visual effects

*
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox) Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
*
"District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing) Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
*
"Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Adapted screenplay

*
"District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing) Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
*
"An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics) Screenplay by Nick Hornby
*
"In the Loop" (IFC Films) Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
*
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
*
"Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Original screenplay

*
"The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) Written by Mark Boal
*
"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) Written by Quentin Tarantino
*
"The Messenger" (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
*
"A Serious Man" (Focus Features) Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
*
"Up" (Walt Disney) Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter
Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

underdog
post #2  on February 8, 2010 - 3:34 PM PST  



Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- MOTION PICTURE NOMINATIONS - 82ND AWARDS
- NOMINATIONS BY PICTURE -
(This list does not include Short Films or Documentary Short Subjects)

"Ajami," an Inosan Production (Kino International) (1 nomination)
Best foreign language film (Israel)

"Avatar," a Lightstorm Entertainment Production (20th Century Fox) (9 nominations)
Art direction
Cinematography
Directing
Film editing
Original score
Best picture
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Visual effects

"The Blind Side," an Alcon Entertainment Production (Warner Bros.) (2 nominations)
Sandra Bullock - Performance by an actress in a leading role
Best picture

"Bright Star," a Jan Chapman/Bright Star Films Production (Apparition) (1 nomination)
Costume design

"Burma VJ," a Magic Hour Films Production (Oscilloscope Laboratories) (1 nomination)
Documentary feature

"Coco before Chanel," a Haut et Court Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination)
Costume design

"Coraline," a LAIKA Production (Focus Features) (1 nomination)
Best animated feature film

"The Cove," an Oceanic Preservation Society Production (Roadside Attractions) (1 nomination)
Documentary feature

"Crazy Heart," an Informant Media/Butcher's Run Films Production (Fox Searchlight) (3 nominations)
Jeff Bridges - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Original song - "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)"

"District 9," a Block/Hanson Production (Sony Pictures Releasing) (4 nominations)
Film editing
Best picture
Visual effects
Adapted screenplay

"An Education," a Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (3 nominations)
Carey Mulligan - Performance by an actress in a leading role
Best picture
Adapted screenplay

"El Secreto de Sus Ojos," a Haddock Films Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination)
Best foreign language film (Argentina)

"Fantastic Mr. Fox," an American Empirical Production (20th Century Fox) (2 nominations)
Best animated feature film
Original score

"Food, Inc.," a Robert Kenner Films Production (Magnolia Pictures) (1 nomination)
Documentary feature

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," a Warner Bros. Production (Warner Bros.) (1 nomination)
Cinematography

"The Hurt Locker," a Voltage Pictures Production (Summit Entertainment) (9 nominations)
Jeremy Renner - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Cinematography
Directing
Film editing
Original score
Best picture
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Original screenplay

"Il Divo," an Indigo Film/Lucky Red/Parco Film/Babe Films Production (MPI Media Group through Music Box) (1 nomination)
Makeup

"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," a Poo Poo Pictures Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (2 nominations)
Art direction
Costume design

"In the Loop," a Loop Film/BBC Films and UK Film Council in association with Aramid Entertainment Production (IFC Films) (1 nomination)
Adapted screenplay

"Inglourious Basterds," a Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg Production (The Weinstein Company) (8 nominations)
Christoph Waltz - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Cinematography
Directing
Film editing
Best picture
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Original screenplay

"Invictus," a Liberty Pictures Production (Warner Bros.) (2 nominations)
Morgan Freeman - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Matt Damon - Performance by an actor in a supporting role

"Julie & Julia," a Columbia Pictures Production (Sony Pictures Releasing) (1 nomination)
Meryl Streep - Performance by an actress in a leading role

"The Last Station," an Egoli Tossell Film/Zephyr Films Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (2 nominations)
Christopher Plummer - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Helen Mirren - Performance by an actress in a leading role

"The Lovely Bones," a Wingnut Films Production (DreamWorks in association with Film4, Distributed by Paramount) (1 nomination)
Stanley Tucci - Performance by an actor in a supporting role

"The Messenger," an All the King's Horses Production (Oscilloscope Laboratories) (2 nominations)
Woody Harrelson - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Original screenplay

"The Milk of Sorrow," a Wanda Visión/Oberon Cinematogràfica/Vela Production (1 nomination)
Best foreign language film (Peru)

"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers," a Kovno Communications Production (1 nomination)
Documentary feature

"Nine," a Weinstein Brothers/Marc Platt/Lucamar/Relativity Media Production (The Weinstein Company) (4 nominations)
Penélope Cruz - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Art direction
Costume design
Original song - "Take It All"

"Paris 36," a Galatée Films Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination)
Original song - "Loin de Paname"

"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," a Lee Daniels Entertainment/ Smokewood Entertainment Production (Lionsgate) (6 nominations)
Gabourey Sidibe - Performance by an actress in a leading role
Mo'Nique - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Directing
Film editing
Best picture
Adapted screenplay

"The Princess and the Frog," a Walt Disney Pictures Production (Walt Disney) (3 nominations)
Best animated feature film
Original song - "Almost There"
Original song - "Down in New Orleans"

"The Secret of Kells," a Cartoon Saloon/Les Armateurs/Vivi Film Production (GKIDS) (1 nomination)
Best animated feature film

"A Serious Man," a Working Title Films Production (Focus Features) (2 nominations)
Best picture
Original screenplay

"Sherlock Holmes," a Warner Bros. UK Services Production (Warner Bros.) (2 nominations)
Art direction
Original score

"A Single Man," a Fade to Black and Depth of Field Production (The Weinstein Company) (1 nomination)
Colin Firth - Performance by an actor in a leading role

"Star Trek," a Bad Robot Production (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) (4 nominations)
Makeup
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Visual effects

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," a Don Murphy/Tom DeSanto/di Bonaventura Pictures/Ian Bryce Production (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro, Distributed by Paramount) (1 nomination)
Sound mixing

"Un Prophète," a Why Not/Page 114/Chic Films Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination)
Best foreign language film (France)

"Up," a Pixar Production (Walt Disney) (5 nominations)
Best animated feature film
Original score
Best picture
Sound editing
Original screenplay

"Up in the Air," a Montecito Picture Company Production (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) (6 nominations)
George Clooney - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Vera Farmiga - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Anna Kendrick - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Directing
Best picture
Adapted screenplay

"Which Way Home," a Mr. Mudd Production (1 nomination)
Documentary feature

"The White Ribbon," an X Filme Creative Pool/Wega Film/Les Films du Losange/Lucky Red Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (2 nominations)
Cinematography
Best foreign language film (Germany)

"The Young Victoria," a GK Films Production (Apparition) (3 nominations)
Art direction
Costume design
Makeup
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

underdog
post #3  on February 8, 2010 - 3:38 PM PST  
So! Your thoughts -- who got the shaft? Which nominations make you happy? Surprises? Disappointments?

For animation, I think a lot of people were surprised Ponyo or Town Called Panic weren't nominated over Secret of Kells, but that's because none of us have seen Kells yet. From the clips I've seen and the buzz I've heard, it sounds/looks great.

And for actor, here's a poll laying out some of the guys we think may have been overlooked. Was Morgan Freeman really *that* great in Invictus?
Cinenaut
post #4  on February 10, 2010 - 9:09 AM PST  
Some commenters have said that "Bright Star" was unfairly overlooked. Jane Campion certainly knows what she's doing.

As usual, I haven't seen enough of the films yet to have a well-informed opinion. I thought "The Hurt Locker" was a bit over-hyped, but it would be nice to see a woman director win something for a change.

I really enjoyed "District 9," "Inglourious Basterds" "Avatar" and "Up," but I don't know that any of them deserves a best picture statue.

Do you suppose "Precious" will win? I haven't seen it.

Here's a fun little game: if only five best pictures picks were allowed, which ones would the Academy have chosen?
underdog
post #5  on February 10, 2010 - 2:26 PM PST  
Precious seems to have as good a shot as any. Such a weird mix of films, big budget and small. I guess that was the point of expanding best picture to 10 but all it does is seem to muddle things more. Did allow for a film like District 9 to get in though which is a good thing. Avatar should be nominated in a different category: Best Event Film or best New Film Experience, or something. The script is too weak at times and it's not really an original story, for it to be best picture in my eyes but it is certainly a unique experience.

Bright Star was definitely overlooked. And it's odd because it's the kind of film on the surface at least that Oscar usually loves: Period Romance, with some artiness... (It's better than that sounds) but I guess it didn't get enough exposure, push or marketing for voters to know about it or what to do with it.
Battie
post #6  on February 11, 2010 - 2:32 PM PST  
> On February 10, 2010 - 9:09 AM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Some commenters have said that "Bright Star" was unfairly overlooked. Jane Campion certainly knows what she's doing.
>
> As usual, I haven't seen enough of the films yet to have a well-informed opinion. I thought "The Hurt Locker" was a bit over-hyped, but it would be nice to see a woman director win something for a change.
>
> I really enjoyed "District 9," "Inglourious Basterds" "Avatar" and "Up," but I don't know that any of them deserves a best picture statue.
>

I thought the same damned thing. I'd say leave D9, just because it's one of the few "big" sci-fi films in recent memory to have any brains. But really? Up, Avatar (which I've heard horrible things about) and a Tarantino film? Ugh.

And for the record...I never saw The Blind Side. I didn't need to. Racist piece of crap. Southern white family saves a poor black kid. Right. Seriously, am I the only one whose eyebrows jumped three inches when the trailer of this flick first aired? I know its *very* loosely-based on a real person - but is said person a nearly retarded guy? If he'd been portrayed as remotely intelligent or adult-like, I might've thought otherwise.

Aside from the creepy patrimony, is it not just a vehicle for a very middle-class, white, Republican, conservative, Christian viewpoint? Perhaps I'm wrong. Someone enlighten me if so. I'll eat my words. :)

> Do you suppose "Precious" will win? I haven't seen it.
>
> Here's a fun little game: if only five best pictures picks were allowed, which ones would the Academy have chosen?
> ---------------------------------

I haven't seen it either. But it probably will, just so the Oscar judges can feel good about themselves.
Battie
post #7  on February 11, 2010 - 2:35 PM PST  
For the record: my racism rant comes from my Southern white chick perspective. And yes, racism isn't all name-calling and white power rallies. The idea of black people being less intelligent and more needing of white, Christian guidance is an oldie but goodie. It's just dressed a little more nicely these days.

And I sadly know people who think that way even now.
troublemaker
post #8  on February 11, 2010 - 3:46 PM PST  
> On February 11, 2010 - 2:35 PM PST Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> For the record: my racism rant comes from my Southern white chick perspective. And yes, racism isn't all name-calling and white power rallies. The idea of black people being less intelligent and more needing of white, Christian guidance is an oldie but goodie. It's just dressed a little more nicely these days.
>
> And I sadly know people who think that way even now.
> ---------------------------------

Thank yourself for not seeing the spectacle of Avatar then. While a fun experience because of the 3d, it's still the rehashing of the white man meets ignorant natives and saves them storyline. I guess that's what I like about D9, despite the obtuse ideas and the fact that at times it felt like a videogame, that at least the main character felt real, being somewhat of an ignorant racist.

I'm sort of indifferent to the selection choices this year. The Hurt Locker was an unexpected surprise upon its release, but even with the minimal amount of time that's elapsed since, I've liked it less and less. Concurrently, I've found that over time I've grown to like Inglorious Bastards over the last months.

Interesting piece from a Vet's perspective on Hurt Locker here: Vet Voice via The Daily Dish.
underdog
post #9  on February 12, 2010 - 12:01 PM PST  
Ugh, for UP, Battie? Them's fighting words! ;-)

I felt the same way watching the trailer for Blind Side, and admit I haven't seen the film itself yet either. Heard Bullock is good, and I know it's based on a true story and all, but it looked so treacly and offensive. Look at that sweet white couple taking in the poor black kid. Again, I know it happened, and I'm glad for Michael Oher he got some help and is now doing well in the NFL, but the movie itself looked so gauzy and queasy.

But I loved Up.

Of course I love everything Pixar does. Except Cars.
Battie
post #10  on February 15, 2010 - 1:59 PM PST  
> On February 12, 2010 - 12:01 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Ugh, for UP, Battie? Them's fighting words! ;-)
>
> I felt the same way watching the trailer for Blind Side, and admit I haven't seen the film itself yet either. Heard Bullock is good, and I know it's based on a true story and all, but it looked so treacly and offensive. Look at that sweet white couple taking in the poor black kid. Again, I know it happened, and I'm glad for Michael Oher he got some help and is now doing well in the NFL, but the movie itself looked so gauzy and queasy.
>
> But I loved Up.
>
> Of course I love everything Pixar does. Except Cars.
>
> ---------------------------------

Yeah, you would. I think the only thing I've liked from Pixar was Wall-E. And maybe some Pixar shorts. I just don't feel like Pixar's films hit the emotional highs and lows of old animated ones like The Lion King, Bambi, etc. And where's the sense of grand majesty in the songs, eh? *sings The Circle of Life badly and off-key*

Yeah, I'm very auditory. :P Cute doesn't hit my sweet spots.

As for The Blind Side...true story or not, is the man stupid like the kid is? Cuz uneducated and stupid are very, very different things.
underdog
post #11  on February 15, 2010 - 2:59 PM PST  
But if I'm not mistaken, Pixar films don't use many songs in them. (Which, and this is just a matter of taste I suppose, has always been one thing in their favor for me ;-) ) When they do it seems strategic. I did like the use of Hello Dolly in WALL-E though. And yeah there's music over that tearjerking montage near the beginning of Up (C'mon, that didn't make you cry?) And Toy Story 2's song "When She Loved Me" always -- and I mean always -- makes me weepy. I guess it is a matter of taste and personal connection of course, but I do find an enormous amount of emotional resonance in most Pixar films. But to each their own.

Did you see Princess and the Frog? Heard that was good but haven't seen it yet. And I look forward to Secret of the Kells, given its Oscar nomination, even though I was surprised to see its name over Ponyo.
Battie
post #12  on February 15, 2010 - 5:59 PM PST  
> On February 15, 2010 - 2:59 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> But if I'm not mistaken, Pixar films don't use many songs in them. (Which, and this is just a matter of taste I suppose, has always been one thing in their favor for me ;-) ) When they do it seems strategic. I did like the use of Hello Dolly in WALL-E though. And yeah there's music over that tearjerking montage near the beginning of Up (C'mon, that didn't make you cry?) And Toy Story 2's song "When She Loved Me" always -- and I mean always -- makes me weepy. I guess it is a matter of taste and personal connection of course, but I do find an enormous amount of emotional resonance in most Pixar films. But to each their own.
>

I suppose so. I don't know why they don't work for me. It can't be CGI hatred alone - after all, D9's alien expressions of pain, etc got to me. Maybe I just don't like how most Pixar films are pretty immature in theme. Up had the beginning for mature, but the rest of the film was kiddy fun. I know a lot of people love Pixar films, so I'm baffled why none have made it on my 'OMG, SO AWESOME' list. I don't own a single film, and don't really have a burning desire to.

A Bug's Life was slightly less immature in theme (what with the tyrannical, murderous grasshoppers), but I don't think anyone even remembers that flick. I haven't seen all of the films, but it doesn't seem like any hard choices go to the characters. Ariel gave up her voice for legs. Lion King had the battle between Simba and his evil uncle. Mulan had personal desire vs familial duty. Bambi wasn't very mature, beyond the Kill Mommy moment. Bambi: scarring children for over six decades.

> Did you see Princess and the Frog? Heard that was good but haven't seen it yet. And I look forward to Secret of the Kells, given its Oscar nomination, even though I was surprised to see its name over Ponyo.
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Nah, but I will soon. Not much else in theaters. Saw Legion...and it wasn't as bad as I thought, if only for defying a few of my expectations for the characters. But it was still pretty awful. I'd watch it on tv again, maybe once.
underdog
post #13  on February 16, 2010 - 8:12 PM PST  
Well, the How to Train Your Dragon movie (or whatever it's called) looks cute. Same people who did Kung Fu Panda, so the animation is very attractive-looking. Probably won't be all that mature, either ;-) but maybe worth a watch, at least on DVD. Though I'm annoyed by all the promos they've done during the Olympics, all the tie-in stuff turns me off.

Back to the Oscars, stay tuned for announcement about the next GreenCine Oscars Live Blog. Some very cool special guests this year.
underdog
post #14  on February 25, 2010 - 12:33 PM PST  
Y'all are invited to our Oscar Night Live Blog on March 7! Go here for details, and if you're on Facebook, you can RSVP to the event. Hope to see, er, hear, you there!

Battie
post #15  on February 26, 2010 - 9:26 PM PST  
> On February 25, 2010 - 12:33 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Y'all are invited to our Oscar Night Live Blog on March 7! Go here for details, and if you're on Facebook, you can RSVP to the event. Hope to see, er, hear, you there!
>
>
> ---------------------------------

*dancydancy* Sure!
IronS
post #16  on March 8, 2010 - 3:57 PM PST  
Well? Any discussion about the results?

> On February 16, 2010 - 8:12 PM PST underdog wrote:
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> Well, the How to Train Your Dragon movie (or whatever it's called) looks cute. Same people who did Kung Fu Panda, so the animation is very attractive-looking. Probably won't be all that mature, either ;-) but maybe worth a watch, at least on DVD. Though I'm annoyed by all the promos they've done during the Olympics, all the tie-in stuff turns me off.
>

What annoyed the heck out of me is that the movie sounds totally different from the books.
Cinenaut
post #17  on March 8, 2010 - 4:55 PM PST  
The hosts weren't as funny as I'd hoped they'd be. Maybe it should have been Tina Fey with either of those guys hosting.
DLeonard
post #18  on March 8, 2010 - 9:02 PM PST  
> On March 8, 2010 - 3:57 PM PST IronS wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Well? Any discussion about the results?
>

Mostly happy about the results, though I can't begin to judge whether or not Sandra Bullock was deserving. Don't believe I saw one of the nominated actresses performance. Sidibe? nope. Mirren? nope. Streep? nope. Mulligan? nope. That probably doesn't happen often.

I was rather pissed about two moments:
1. The special honorary awards being given a different night. Insulting. These are Hollywood legends, you can't give them 3 minutes.

2. The lengthy John Hughes tribute. WTF? To borrow someone else's comment, we aren't talking Ingmar Bergman here.

the show was probably one of the worst in some time, but the winners I felt were rather deserving.
underdog
post #19  on March 10, 2010 - 2:51 PM PST  
I agree, the show itself was mostly a terrible mess. Martin and Baldwin can be terrifically funny of course, but were poorly used, when they were used at all, and the jokes were terrible. Neil Patrick Harris was more entertaining in his few minutes at the beginning than anyone who followed. So many ill-conceived moments in the show, including the interpretive dance numbers for Best Score. They need to a: Bring back one host, let him/her handle most of it; bring back song performances; play a clip of each film for cinematography; play a clip of each score instead of the dance numbers; get someone who actually LIKES and UNDERSTANDS horror to do a horror film montage, go back to 5 best pic nominations.

If I ran the Oscars!

I like Sandra Bullock (and her speech) but think there were at least 4 actresses alone who weren't even nominated who deserved it more than she did. Jeff Bridges was great to see though that felt like a lifetime achievement award since I could name 20 films of his at least that deserved an Oscar more. Ah well. Overall I can't carp about most of the awards.

But the show itself was a dud. Can replay our chat (linked above) if you missed the snark. ;-)

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