A whole lotta Oscar talk

Posted by · 8:59 am · February 25th, 2010

Sandra Bullock in The Blind SideOne of my favorite annual Oscar-blog institutions kicked off last night: Nathaniel Rogers’s three-day Oscar Symposium, in which six awards “experts” (remove quote marks as applicable) gather to discuss, debate, dismantle and generally disrespect this year’s Oscar race.

I’m on the panel this year, but don’t let that put you off — Sasha Stone, Karina Longworth, Tim Robey, Peter Knegt and, of course, Nathaniel himself are all on hand with abundant wit and insight. Join the fun here. As a taster, meanwhile, here’s Sasha’s frightening trip into the mind of a harried voter:

Avatar – no, that one made me nauseous and dizzy. The Hurt Locker. What’s the Hurt Locker? What IS a Hurt Locker? Who’s in it? Who? Oh. Who’s he? It won all of those awards, that’s right. I remember seeing an ad about it last night. Huh. Up in the Air, I did see that. It has George Clooney in it. It wasn’t bad. Kind of depressing. The Blind Side – that was a really good movie. And Sandra is so beautiful. She was going to star in that film I almost made. Anyway, It was so nice to see someone do something positive. I think I’m going to vote for that one.

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  • 1 2-25-2010 at 9:05 am

    Silencio said...

    Ha, that monologue is hilarious. And a little scary in its plausibility.

  • 2 2-25-2010 at 9:12 am

    Adam M. said...

    Why do so many Oscar “experts” (the quotation marks absolutely remain for this particular example) think the Academy is made up of blubbering idiots? I find it extremely hard to believe that any significant chunk of voters would let the kind of logic expressed by Ms. Stone decide their final ballots. But I guess it’s fun to pretend that we’re just sooooo much smarter than everyone else… isn’t it?

  • 3 2-25-2010 at 9:22 am

    Speaking English said...

    Agree with Adam. I think people seriously underestimate the vast majority of the Academy. We’re seriously to believe people like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Tom Hanks, Joel and Ethan Coen, Quentin Tarantino, Kate Winslet, etc. etc. really think like that? No.

    And I still don’t get how “Up in the Air” is even remotely depressing.

  • 4 2-25-2010 at 9:24 am

    Adam Smith said...

    I’m just surprised to read Guy saying “y’all.” Clearly, Kris’ Southern charms have poisoned your mind.

    I say this as a born-and-raised Southern boy.

  • 5 2-25-2010 at 9:35 am

    The Irishman said...

    @Speaking English: “Up in the Air” is only depressing by romantic-comedy logic, according to which someone who deliberately avoids commitment and is kind of a dick is automatically entitled to the woman he’s fallen for because they’re both charming.

  • 6 2-25-2010 at 9:52 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Sasha actually has more respect for the Academy than most bloggers, and you don’t have to read very far into the Symposium to see that. Still, it’s not that far-fetched to assume that — as with anything in life — there are some voters who take their responsibilities less seriously than others. If Sasha believed everyone in the Academy thought like that, she’d be predicting a win for “The Blind Side,” after all.

    A little ribbing never hurt anyone apart from the occasional humourless reader. In short, lighten up, y’all.

  • 7 2-25-2010 at 10:27 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    So the vast majority of Academy is made up of thoughtful, intelligent people who take these votes seriously because Quentin Tarantino and Kate Winslet are members? Yeah, the club sure seems respectable when you single out its most esteemed members.

    So, by that logic, almost all Republicans are bright individuals who care about bipartisan reform because Olympia Snowe is one of them, right?

    Before you admonish Guy or Sasha for their snobbery, just keep in mind that these people voted The Blind Side as a Best Picture nominee, so there are at least SOME dunderheads amongst them.

  • 8 2-25-2010 at 10:29 am

    Michael said...

    I don’t find that frightening at all, in fact I find that extremely refreshing and wish more oscar voters went with what interested them most personally, regardless for how shallow the reason. It is better that than to just go with the movie that the critics are saying are the best, especially if it is film you have no interest in or didn’t like at all. I do agree that it is scary that not all of the films are seen but even still, I’d prefer people to vote for what they personally liked the best then what the Oscar pundits tell them is the best. And I do think that the fact the Hurt Locker is such a small film that couldn’t compell enough people to see it should hurt its chances to win. What’s the point of awarding a film that no one cares about, except a small elitist group?

  • 9 2-25-2010 at 10:34 am

    Sean Stangland said...

    “Up in the Air” is depressing if you’re 31 years old and identify with 48-year-old Ryan Bingham, who realizes that he totally let “real life” pass him by. I’m too young to feel this old, useless and defeated; at least Ryan Bingham doesn’t have the added baggage of being fat and completely, utterly lazy.

    That being said, “Up in the Air” was my favorite film of 2009.

  • 10 2-25-2010 at 10:36 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Wow, I think I jest became dumber for having read that, Michael. ‘Cause it sure is better to go with what really is the best, as opposed to what critics say is the best, which I didn’t think was very good, so they shouldn’t vote for it.

    That’s the kind of logic only Sarah Palin could appreciate. Oh, but this one’s the funniest:

    “And I do think that the fact the Hurt Locker is such a small film that couldn’t compell enough people to see it should hurt its chances to win. What’s the point of awarding a film that no one cares about, except a small elitist group?”

    Yeah, because as we all know, ONLY box office successes are good films. That’s why Michael Bay is the greatest director of all time, and no one watches Blade Runner or Fight Club anymore. Thanks for the good laugh, Michael.

  • 11 2-25-2010 at 10:45 am

    Wha said...

    Sasha’s site has gone downhill this year…she is blatantly rooting for THL in every single post about the race and it’s become a real distraction. Now rooting is fine and of itself, if a bit over the top. But then she goes and deletes comments that are critical of THL from the comment section. Really stepping over the line.

    In Contention has had by far the best coverage this year. Kudos to y’all.

  • 12 2-25-2010 at 11:43 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Any winner amongst the ten nominees is equally unexciting to me so I’m rooting for The Blind Side to take this.

  • 13 2-25-2010 at 6:03 pm

    Gustavo H.R. said...

    I’m more stunned by Michael’s comment up there than by Sasha’s witty “monologue”.