Friday, March 12, 2010

So, The Oscars

For the first time since 1943, there were ten best picture nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards.

And I haven't seen a single one.

This is a little embarrassing for me - I usually try to see as many of the nominees as possible. I've seen some great movies this past year, but apparently I was not all that discriminating.

The only movies I saw that had nominations in any of the categories were:

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Cinematography)
Julie & Julia (Best Actress, Meryl Streep)
Sherlock Holmes (Art Direction, Music)
The Young Victoria (Art Direction, Costume Design)

And I only saw three of them in theaters. All were fantastic movies in many ways, and I think that the acting in The Young Victoria was overlooked. Sherlock Holmes was entertaining and fun, and the script was wonderful. And though I haven't seen The Blind Side, was Sandra really good enough to beat Meryl's amazing Julia Child?

I've heard lots and lots of things about Avatar, both good and bad, and I really have no desire to see it. I'm sure that I will eventually, but amazing special effects aren't really enough to get me into the theater when I've learned more than enough about the boring it's-been-done-so-many-times-before storyline. The Hurt Locker was greatly rewarded, but it looks so heavy.

I don't know. Just another reason I love my Netflix, I suppose.


lem said...

I haven't seen The Blind Side either, but I agree with you. Some commentator actually said Sandra should win because Meryl Streep has been better in past roles. And that Sandra had finally done a much better movie than her previous choices. This is what we're basing the awards on now? Whether said actor has acted better in a prior role, not who they are up against that year; or because we applaud someone's choice in roles?

Heather said...

lem - I know that it's basically a popularity contest most years, and there have been many times when movies and actors have been overlooked because so-and-so "deserves" to win this year because s/he had never won, blah blah blah. Like awarding "Return of the King" Best Picture even though it should have gone to the first film. Anyway...

I now base a little of my understanding of quality on the Oscars, but not much.