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Snap Judgments For 2010 Oscar Nominations 2010-02-02 10:30:11

2010 Oscar Nominations: Snap Judgments

The 2010 Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and many of the nominees have already heard their names in the running for something. But like any award show, there are a few surprises — and though a lot of my predictions did come true, I found myself both pleasantly surprised and a bit disappointed at the inclusion or exclusion of some nods.

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal proved to be the dark horse in the supporting actress category for her role in Crazy Heart — she hasn't received any recognition this award season yet, and as a Gyllenhaal fan, I'm proud of her.
  • Though it was almost certain that Kathryn Bigelow would get a Best Director nomination for The Hurt Locker (especially coming off her Director's Guild win), it's worth noting that she's only the fourth woman to ever be nominated in the category — and if she wins, she'd be the first woman to ever take the honor home.
  • Up made it into the Best Picture category! I predicted it would be included with the 10 nominees, but I'm still happy to see that I was right and that the Academy didn't confine it to the Best Animated Feature category.

To see what else I've been thinking this morning, just

.

  • Obligatory Avatar comment: Yep, James Cameron's masterpiece leads the pack with nine nominations, although Leona Lewis's "I See You" was shut out of Best Original Song.
  • The Coen Brothers have proved to be Academy darlings, as evidenced by the Best Picture nod for A Serious Man. Not only was I not expecting that, but I definitely thought that Michael Stuhlbarg's performance was even more worthy of a nod than the film as a whole.
  • But kudos to Jeremy Renner for getting a Best Actor nod — it's great to see the acting of The Hurt Locker get some love.
  • After being snubbed at the Golden Globes, I'm glad that Lee Daniels got a directing nomination for Precious here in the big leagues. Like Bigelow, a Daniels win would be a milestone: he'd be the first African-American to win the category, and he's only the second to be nominated.
  • Though it wasn't able to make many Oscar waves, I'm happy that Nine popped up in the Best Supporting Actress category for Penelope Cruz.
  • I wasn't expecting Where the Wild Things Are to get recognized in the major categories, but I'm disappointed that there was no appreciation on it for the technical side of things, like costumes or visual effects.
  • And in a smaller category, I was thrilled to see the intense and heartbreaking dolphin-hunting documentary The Cove nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
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smallbee smallbee 6 years
i totally agree with you, linda mcp.
suziryder suziryder 6 years
I am so thrilled for Up, but really I think Wall-E deserved it more. This seems to be one of those cases when the Acadamy recognizes a film a year too late. They did the same thing for moulin rouge - the skipped over that, then gave the nom to chicago the next year, which totally didn't deserve it as much. Or when they gave The Departed the best picture of the year award, but it wasn't really for that film (which didn't deserve it) so much as Martin Scorsese's body of work as a whole (like, oh crap! The guy's getting old and we never gave him a best picture award! Quick throw one at him this year!) - the academy is VERY political this way and it's frustrating to see it happen again and again.I hate that Avatar got so many nominations, but the ones that really irk me are best director and best picture. IT DOES NOT DESERVE IT. Best cinematography, okay, best special effects, definitely. But it is just a popcorn movie and nothing more, the story and the characters were so insubstantial and generic that the academy should be embarrassed for putting it in the same category as the Hurt Locker and Precious.Also, The Blind Side for best picture? What? I liked the film (just like I enjoyed avatar for what it was) but it is another popcorn film. It just isn't in the same realm as what I consider oscar-worthy, those films like Casablanca or The Godfather or Kramer vs. Kramer, which take film beyond the everyday into extraordinary, unforgettable, classics works of art. The Blind Side and Avatar were okay, but they were so ORDINARY when you get down to it (when you strip away the visuals in Avatar, it's really a VERY basic story and hardly worthy of any notice at all). I think ten nominations for best picture was a mistake. It's too broad - it seems like they're just nominating anything to fill the slots!
suziryder suziryder 6 years
I am so thrilled for Up, but really I think Wall-E deserved it more. This seems to be one of those cases when the Acadamy recognizes a film a year too late. They did the same thing for moulin rouge - the skipped over that, then gave the nom to chicago the next year, which totally didn't deserve it as much. Or when they gave The Departed the best picture of the year award, but it wasn't really for that film (which didn't deserve it) so much as Martin Scorsese's body of work as a whole (like, oh crap! The guy's getting old and we never gave him a best picture award! Quick throw one at him this year!) - the academy is VERY political this way and it's frustrating to see it happen again and again. I hate that Avatar got so many nominations, but the ones that really irk me are best director and best picture. IT DOES NOT DESERVE IT. Best cinematography, okay, best special effects, definitely. But it is just a popcorn movie and nothing more, the story and the characters were so insubstantial and generic that the academy should be embarrassed for putting it in the same category as the Hurt Locker and Precious. Also, The Blind Side for best picture? What? I liked the film (just like I enjoyed avatar for what it was) but it is another popcorn film. It just isn't in the same realm as what I consider oscar-worthy, those films like Casablanca or The Godfather or Kramer vs. Kramer, which take film beyond the everyday into extraordinary, unforgettable, classics works of art. The Blind Side and Avatar were okay, but they were so ORDINARY when you get down to it (when you strip away the visuals in Avatar, it's really a VERY basic story and hardly worthy of any notice at all). I think ten nominations for best picture was a mistake. It's too broad - it seems like they're just nominating anything to fill the slots!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 6 years
Avatar certainly deserves recognition for all the technical achievements, but it certainly isn't the year's best picture IMO.
kimretta kimretta 6 years
I'm happy for Up, too! The only thing is, I wonder if having it also be in Best Animated gives the Academy an out, so they can recognize it in the Best Picture category but still just have it win Best Animated. (Personally, I'd love to see Fantastic Mr. Fox take that category!) I just know I have a lot of movies to see in the next 33 days!
kimretta kimretta 6 years
I'm happy for Up, too! The only thing is, I wonder if having it also be in Best Animated gives the Academy an out, so they can recognize it in the Best Picture category but still just have it win Best Animated. (Personally, I'd love to see Fantastic Mr. Fox take that category!)I just know I have a lot of movies to see in the next 33 days!
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