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Avatar, boo hoo [Mar. 9th, 2010|03:07 pm]

There are all these folks crying about Avatar not getting Best Picture. I like Avatar, it's visually stunning, and technically brilliant, but to me Best Picture should also include the script, which in the case of Cameron's film had some serious issues.

Of the films I had seen in the Best Picture category, I would have rated District 9 significantly higher. The story wasn't one we'd seen variants of thirty-seven times before, and the main character wasn't charismatic or likeable. That's a brave movie-making choice right there.

As for people complaining about Bigelow winning Best Director, and them saying she only won because she's a woman, here's a can of shut-the-fuck-up, drink deep.

She won in spite of being a woman. If you can't accept that little fact, you're part of the problem.

[User Picture]From: angriest
2010-03-09 09:54 pm (UTC)
Totally agree - then we wouldn't have had the silly cases like Russell Crowe winning Best Actor for Gladiator because they didn't give it to him for The Insider, Judi Dench getting Best Supporting Actress for her Shakespeare in Love cameo because they didn't give her Best Actress for Mrs Brown, and Al Pacino winning Best Actor for Scent of a Woman because they didn't give him an Oscar for about 25 years in a row.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-03-09 10:03 pm (UTC)
[GregT] To be fair Scent of a Woman was an excellent performance and was PROBABLY better than the closest contenders, Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven and Denzel Washington in Malcolm X.

I'll still disagree on Lost In Translation. It's all Bill Murray. His performance is strong enough to make up for the fact that it's poorly paced, poorly scripted, poorly shot, and that Scarlett Johanssen doesn't have any settings other than "pout" and "vamp". The tragedy isn't that the film lost Best Picture and Best Director to Peter Jackson, it's that it lost Best Actor to Sean Penn in Mystic River (does anyone even remember that performance today?).
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-03-13 08:03 am (UTC)
Hallelujah! At last someone who didn't think the sun rose and set in Sophia Coppola's Lost in Translation. I always say it was aptly named - certainly Lost in Translation for me. Bill was good yes - a poignant performance in a story going nowhere. It belonged on the page of a short story for my money.

And if Oscars were deserved, Heath Ledger wouldn't have had to wait till he was dead for his. The Joker was a great performance for sure - but his masterpiece was Ennis Del Marr.
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