Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Oscar 2010 Afterthoughts

Okay, so maybe changing my pick from The Hurt Locker to Avatar for Best Picture didn't pan out. I still managed to get 19 out of 24 correct. Not too shabby - I actually did pretty well with the smaller categories this year. It helped that there were no huge surprises, as predicted. I guess the biggest surprise was Precious beating Up in the Air for Best Adapted Screenplay. The Jason Reitman backlash has clearly begun! Not that I agree with it - Up in the Air was a fabulous film, and it is a darn shame that it walked away empty-handed from this year's ceremony. Also mistreated was Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, which, in the real slight of the night, lost Best Original Screenplay to Mark Boal's The Hurt Locker script. I'm sorry - The Hurt Locker was all about the visuals, not the written word. I call Bullsh*t. Apart from the awards, the show itself ran too long (why cut performances of the Best Song nominees if you're just going to have people dance to snippets of Best Score nominees?), and hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin had a couple of good jokes, but mostly seemed to play it safe. I give the whole thing a "C". Next year - let's move the ceremony up to February and bring back some surprise!

- John


At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was in March because of the Olympics. It was a rather boring show. They should have just let NPH do the show like he did the Emmys. There were no real suprises at all and you are right Up in the Air was a great movie. Overall a C is correct.

At 6:06 PM, Anonymous jp said...

What's an nph?


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