Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards. The Oscar race is led by James Cameron's Avatar and Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, with nine nominations each. This year, ten movies fight for the best picture award, four of which are already out on Blu-ray and five others will be soon.
TheManInBlu - Since when? Since the Academy expanded the nominees to 10 this year. I actually prefer that they go back to five and pick the RIGHT five (unlike when they snubbed TDK last year in favor of The Reader). Having 10 nominees just dilutes the meaning of "Best Picture Nominee".
I'm really happy to see Star Trek on that list! I just watched it for the second time on saturday and it blew me away (even more than the first time). It is undoubtedly one of the best movies I've seen in the past few years.
The Blind Side's Best Picture nomination leads me to believe that Sandra Bullock will win Best Actress over Meryl Streep -- and if that happens, there really is no justice in the Academy. Meryl has 16 nominations, of which she has won two (early in her career) -- not only was her portrayal of Julia Child the year's best performance, but she deserves to be recognized for her entire history of stunning performances.
>>>but fantasy cartoons are not comparable with live action and never should be.
But what do you do about movies like Avatar? In essence, much of the movie is a fantasy cartoon. There is so much CGI today even in non-SciFi and Action flicks that it's becoming increasingly hard to tell what's not been "animated."
My prediction is that within ten years, the technology will advance to the state where motion capture is no longer necessary - they'll be able to animate actors in the computer without capturing them first because they'll be a large library of movements stored. At that point, we'll see actors who license their likeness for use in such films, but the real-life human actor will never actually appear and at a much lower cost to the film studios. Film studios have always wanted to eliminate actors from their movies. Motion capture is still very expensive, because rendering takes so long. But as processors continue to advance and memory costs continue to decline, we'll eventually see essentially real-time rendering.
@ZoetMB: Not only are you right, but that's largely why the SAG Awards ignored Avatar--they're afraid it'll put them out of work in the next few years. Same with the acting Oscars, since the acting branch nominated them. They may favor THL as a vote against Avatar; even now, Avatar makes more money in one weekend than THL did in its ENTIRE box-office run.
Up is easily the best movie this year and I'm thrilled to see it in the running. I think Avatar is a visual wonder and THL is riviting, but if they vote on emotion and character development, I think Up actually has a real chance.
As for how an animated film gets noms in both categories, it's no different than a documentary or foreign film also being up for best picture as well as it's own slot. It doesn't happen often, but it's eligible for both.
I was disappointed that "Partly Cloudy" was not nominated for animated short. That was the stork and cloud cartoon shown before Up in theaters. It's a testament to the Pixar folks about their craft that those opener cartoons are always without dialogue, forcing them to develop the characters and tell the story through animation alone.
To me the Academy Awards lost their validity ten years ago, when they did not award SW Ep.I at all, nor any of the other Prequels, since G L is independent of Hollywood. This year it once again shows, that everything is primarily based on business decisions.
Avatar for Best Picture? Yeah, people are fooled way too easily! Best score? It's so bad it's not even funny anymore. But whatever! Who cares!?!?
Sam Rockwell in ''Moon'' - should be nominated for best leading actor
Brad Pitt in ''Inglorious Bastards'' - should be nominated for best leading actor
but the Academy award nominates Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” and Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”... that's bullcrap !!!!!!
The Hurt Locker is a good movie and Jeremy did a good job but he did not deserve the nominee more than Sam Rockwell and Brad Pitt.
Moon should be a best picture nominee,,,, but no!!! lets nominate District 9 ,, fuck that !!
I have no fate left in the Academy.
Here is my predictions, and I am usually 80% right from previous Oscars, although those are not my choices, but my feeling is that those will be the winners:
Best Picture: Avatar
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
Best Actress: Meryl Streep
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique
Animated Feature Film: Up (that's obvious)
Art Direction: Avatar
Costume Design:The Young Victoria
Directing: James Cameron or Kathryn Bigelow (50/50)
Film Editing: Avatar
Makeup: The Young Victoria
Music (Original Score): Up
Music (Original Song): The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)
Sound Editing: Avatar
Sound Mixing: Avatar
Visual Effects: Avatar (DUH!!)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Up in the Air
Writing (Original Screenplay): The Messenger
The foreign films and other categories, I am not familiar with.