I love movies. Actually a better way to say that is I love GOOD movies. I even love the occasional BAD movie, if it has a brilliant cast or achieves CULT status (U Turn and Napoleon Dynamite come to mind)
It’s that time of the year where the best of the best is selected by the Academy of Motion Pictures to receive the Oscar statue. This year the best picture field has been widened from five to ten.
- Here are the nominations for Best Picture:
- Avatar – Like that’s any real surprise
- Up – Best animation in ages
- The Blind Side – Bullock as a Blond… hubba-hubba
- Inglourious Basterds – Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarentino
- District 9 – Aliens living in South Africa
- Up in the Air – Clooney being Clooney
- Precious – Urban social disaster meets Mariah Carey
- The Hurt Locker – The Bomb Squad goes Boom
- A Serious Man – The Coen Bros… serious? really??
- An Education – Low budget, high brow
This is the first year the Academy has offered up ten nominations for best picture. Let’s call it the “Dark Night” factor, since the Heath Ledger/Joker portrayal last year was passed up in favor of movies that hardly anyone saw, or cared about.
The only movie I have seen on this list is “UP,” which is my new favorite animation, displacing The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and rent/buy it. It’s got more poignant moments per film time than any previous work, including Beauty and the Beast. Hell, even the Beast would tear up over this one.
I may be the last man in America to have not seen AVATAR, but I am going to remedy that tonight. It’s a must see in digital 3D, which means if I don’t drag my happy-ass to the theater soon, I might miss it, and James Cameron would not like that.
This is not a venue for me to pick winners or losers, considering I haven’t seen most of the selections. I’m sure the Academy will pick the best… or the one that made the most money… or the one that most people have seen… or the one that nobody has seen. And if anyone on the Academy happens to be reading this, consider it my resume for membership. I can pick movies I haven’t seen as much as the next guy.
Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 1998 Academy Awards –
My friend James Cameron and I made three films together – True Lies, The Terminator and Terminator 2. Of course, that was during his early, low-budget, art-house period.