This year has been a pretty crappy year for movies. I actually had to think for a while in order to think of a movie that really blew my mind like previous years. Actually, I take that back. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen did in terms of how awful it was. I could only really think of two movies that were really good – Up, and Where the Wild Things Are. Both challenged how a family/children’s movie could be presented and made. Up might have contained one of the most emotional scenes in a few years. The montage of Carl and Ellie’s life is what movie magic is made of.
So I suppose I shouldn’t be too pissed at the Oscar nominations this year, but how cannot I not when Avatar is nominated for 9 awards? I could go and on and on about how awful, racist, degrading, insulting Avatar is. But the real problem with Avatar receiving all these nominations? It’s proving that technology is now getting the awards, instead of the story. Shit, if you wanted to give a movie with special effects and a story so many nominations why not give it to 300 or Watchmen a couple years back? Is the Academy afraid of James Cameron going off the deep-end and thats why they’re giving him so many nominations?
Enough of Avatar. The other shock of the Oscar Nominations was the decision to include 10 movies for Best Picture. Sure, it might let in some independent movies in that might otherwise get over-looked. But it also takes away from the value of the concept of best picture. By including more, it decreases the value of each individual picture. Maybe I’m just being grumbly because I only see two pictures worth picture. Also, if you’re going to include 10 where’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? (Dead serious here. It’s not the best of the franchise, but it’s good.) More deserving than say The Blind-Side – a sappy, sterilized feel-good sports movie that for once didn’t star Denzel Washington. (And yes, Baltimore I know who it’s about, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good movie.) Speaking of the Blind-Side isn’t it nice that Sandra Bullock got an Oscar Nomination for having a southern accent?