2/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:39 am · February 3rd, 2010

Abbie Cornish in Bright StarIs it really an honor just to be nominated? [CNN]

Nathaniel Rogers notes that, despite the 10, we still ended up with a typical Oscar mixture of “a mix of message movies, epics, dramas and war films.” [The Film Experience]

Of Apparition’s dueling period pieces, Anne Thompson wonders what went wrong for “Bright Star” and right for “The Young Victoria.”  Her answer: momentum. [Thompson on Hollywood]

As “Avatar” raked in nine Oscar nominations, it was busy taking the #1 all-time domestic total away from “Titanic.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

No shock, then, that Rupert Murdoch and company want a sequel. [Deadline Hollywood Daily]

Running the film’s numbers side-by-side with “Titanic” and straining for “meaning.” [MTV Movies Blog]

On Austria’s hat-trick of nominees. [The Independent]

I agree with Sasha Stone’s sentiment that Jeremy Renner is “the one actor that could upset Jeff Bridges,” but Jeff Bridges ain’t losing the Oscar so enjoy the (well-deserved) nomination, Jeremy. [Awards Daily]

Steve Pond offers up his post-nod report card for the Academy  How did they do in each category? [The Odds]

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  • 1 2-03-2010 at 9:46 am

    Andrew said...

    I’m not a fan of Jeff Bridges and I’m clear he’s winning because of that notion of being “overdue”. However, I would love to see someone like Renner taking the award. He’s a gifted actor and his performance was remarkable.

  • 2 2-03-2010 at 9:54 am

    david said...

    As crazy as this sounds, I think Renner has a real shot. Sometimes when the Academy develops a love affair with a particular film (like Titanic) it just cleans up in every category. I keep thinking back to Brody winning for The Pianist, and Rourke losing for The Wrestler last year. I don’t think Bridges is a lock. The favorite…but not a lock.

  • 3 2-03-2010 at 10:13 am

    Al said...

    Its not just a typical race because of the films nominated, but typical in the fact that it is still only a race between 5 nominees, and the other titles really seem unnecessary and don’t add any suspense. Back to 5 we go.

  • 4 2-03-2010 at 10:24 am

    Morgan said...

    Yes, but one thing the other 5 nominees do, is keep the discussion going longer about “what is worthy of an Oscar nomination.” In truth, the longer that movies like District 9 or The Blind Side or A Serious Man are “alive” during awards season, the sharper that discussion can get – a discussion which has not kicked into the next gear yet because it’s only a day after the announcements.

  • 5 2-03-2010 at 10:38 am

    david said...

    I prefer five nominees.

  • 6 2-03-2010 at 11:10 am

    Theoriginal.andrew said...

    No matter the number of nominees, people will always say: “[insert movie title here] didn’t deserve to be nominated” or “[insert movie title here] was snubbed and it’s one of the best films of ____”.

    People are never happy about anything. Last year it was the same thing. The Reader! ZOMG! The Dark Knight was snubbed! Kate Winslet begged for that Oscar!, etc.

  • 7 2-03-2010 at 11:47 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    i prefer 5 nominees like most but i cant agree its a normal year
    a movie like district 9 has never been nominated for best picture, i cant even think of a good comparison, avatar is out of the norm to as only a few films can be compared to it.
    Inglourious Basterds isnt your usual war movie either. Precious is directed by an openly gay black man and isnt an easy watch and definately out of the norm.
    Over all a very different set of nominations if you ask me(up second animated film for best picture.
    But sure Up in the Air, An Education, and The Blind Side do seem normal fare

  • 8 2-03-2010 at 1:55 pm

    Nigel Bridgeman said...

    I liked the 5 nominees just fine, but now that they’ve gone to 10 they need to stick with it. I don’t want future discussions about 2009 to include an asterisk.

  • 9 2-03-2010 at 10:49 pm

    Andrew2 said...

    Apparition made a mistake in releasing Bright Star too early in the season, and in favouring its later release, Victoria. I truly believe Bright Star would have gotten more than one nod had it been released later and campaigned for.

    And thanks for your Bright Star coverage. Other awards blogs have almost completely ignored it

  • 10 2-03-2010 at 10:50 pm

    Andrew2 said...

    And look at that stunning picture. How did that cinematography get snubbed??