The 82nd Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday, and for the first time in the show’s history, the “Best Motion Picture” category was expanded to 10.
And the nominees are:
“The Blind Side”
“The Hurt Locker”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”
By increasing the field to 10, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences theorized that they would be able to recognize ‘more truly deserving films.’
Who are they kidding?
The directors, producers and actors recognized will be able to add “Oscar-nominated” to their resumes and demand higher paychecks for their next projects. And the ratings for the awards broadcast itself may go up a bit, with a few more box office favorites in the mix.
But one of the serious contenders for “Best Motion Picture” will still win the Oscar, and this year, there are still only five….so they could have avoided all the drama.
Just look at the Top Ten:
- “The Blind Side” was slammed by the critics, but beloved at the box office. Sandra Bullock’s nomination for “Best Actress” was recognition enough.
- “District 9″ seems like a bit of a stretch. Indie sci-fi overachiever, maybe…but Oscar nominee?
- “Up,” only the second animated picture to be nominated in the category, is not a serious contender. (Count yourself lucky. The producer’s speeches to date have been real snoozes.)
- “An Education” is the foreign film rep. Carey Mulligan’s nomination gives it credibility, but no real chance.
- “A Serious Man” is, in my opinion, an automatic inclusion. The Coen Brothers seem to get a pass on whatever they produce and direct. I’m not even sure the members watch their films anymore.
Which leaves us with…
“The Hurt Locker”
“Up in the Air”
These are your five serious contenders for the Oscar for “Best Motion Picture.” The others?
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Over the weekend Rory Dog and I met a couple carrying their brand new malti-poo puppy. That’s a maltese/poodle combination (’cause everything’s better with a little poo).
The pup was only 12 weeks old and cute as a bug, so I asked his name.
“Hubbell,” his mom announced proudly.
“Awww,” I replied. “Like Robert Redford in ‘The Way We Were.’”
She glanced at her husband, then they both looked at me blankly. “Haven’t heard of that one. We actually named him after the telescope.”
Snap. It’s official — I’m old.
Or perhaps these young whippersnappers just aren’t up on their movies. “The Way We Were”, released in 1973, stars Redford and Barbra Streisand as two lovers in post-World War II whose relationship can’t survive her politics or his expectations.
The movie was nominated for six Oscars and won two, for Best Score and Best Original Song, which was also sung by Streisand. (I’ll bet Hubbell the pup’s mom and dad could name that song in three notes).
It’s one of the most romantic movies ever made and still in my top five.
And if I were a puppy, I’d sure as heck rather have Robert Redford as the inspiration for my name than a big ol’ magnifying lens.
I’m just saying.
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