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Oscars, Schmoscars

February 3, 2010

The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards have been announced and, I must say, the expansion of the Best Picture category to ten nominees, ostensibly to increase public interest in the award, has actually had something of the opposite effect on me. It’s clearly just five more flicks tagged on and, as ever, the category is likely another two-horse race, here between Avatar and The Hurt Locker.

I’d be quite happy to see The Hurt Locker or Inglorious Basterds take this one, likewise the Best Director award for either Kathryn Bigelow or Quentin Tarantino, respectively. I’m not riding the Avatar hatewagon like so many others but I can’t see Best Picture there (Best Director is a slightly different argument I suppose), especially as Dances With Wolves already won Best Picture twenty years ago.

I am disinterested (in the proper sense of the word) in much of the acting categories, having seen few of the films involved. The Best Supporting Actor favourite, Christoph Waltz for his role as Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds, would be well-deserved although, again, I haven’t seen a single one of the other films in that category.

And it seems Nick called it in his piece on the Korean film, Mother. No foreign film nomination there. From that category, however, both The White Ribbon and Un Prophète are looking like viewing priorities. Need to get on them.

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