In an effort to boost ratings, the academy award is nominating 10 movies for "Best Picture" this year, versus it's normal 5. Personally, I think it's a mistake since part of the prestige of getting nominated is that it's relatively so hard to even get nominated; let alone win it. Now with the nomination going up to ten, it basically means any movie that's halfway decent can probably get a nomination. However, I thought, i'd open up this forum to get your thoughts on the matter at hand.
personally, i think the academy is making a mistake by doing this.
Personally, I think the academy IS a mistake. But then, I'm no big fan of the Nobel Peace Prize, either...at least not this year.
10? that is too many no one is going to want to sit through all 10 nominations.
yeah, i thought the same thing too. however, from what i've been reading on yahoo, and entertainment weekly, it turns out the academy awards are losing ratings because not as many people are invested into the films that get nominated. therefore, they think if more films are nominated, then there's a chance at least one of the movies will have people emotionally invested into it again. at least that's their official excuse about it.
phft! lame excuse...they just want more viewers but once they see that 10 is a bad number because everyone'll be changing the channel they'll put it back to 5..I hope
yeah, i hope so too. i just think it's sad on their parts.
I think so too, but honestly I never agreed with their nominations in the first place so this would edge in movies that are more my style. They always end up picking some crazy drama I never saw then when I do i'm like" Really, this won an academy award or nomination ?"
lol. yeah, i think the academy needs to get a new panel of judges as it seems they're starting to lose touch with american audiences. plus, i was reading last year how a lot of fans and critics were upset that "dark knight" wasn't nominated in best picture. sadly, the academy awards dismissed because of its' source. plus, why are they getting alec baldwin and steve martin as hosts this year. don't get me wrong, i like both of them, but they're not as popular as they used to be, so why are they hosting? this is why they need new blood in there.
It's a shame that a show that is supposed to be about recognizing talent is manipulated to boost ratings. If they can't get big ratings then it shouldn't be on TV. It wasn't always on tv...
that's a very good question. if it were up to me i would nominate these five films alone.
3. Inglourious Basterds
4. The Hurt Locker
5. The Messenger
those would be my nominations if i could pick them out myself.
Your Right! Either Avatar or Precious. And I'm predicting THE BOOK OF ELI for next year!
we'll have to wait and see. it might have some competition with "Shutter Island" next year as we both know scorsese is a great director.
as far as this year is concerned, i think precious should get the best picture nod though. i think the story content is vastly deeper than a lot of the films i just mentioned. however, i have a feeling due to the academy awards fears of lack of ratings, they're going to give it to avatar. not saying it doesn't deserve it, but i have a feeling that since avatar is the most financially successful film of 2009, they're going to pick the choice that's more popular among the public.
Haven't seen either "Avatar" or "The Messenger" yet, but all of the other three are on my bestof the year list, Friendlyword. In fact, "Hurt Locker" is my number one.
And personally, I think that while there are always some movies that get shafted by the five-movie nomination, I still think they're going to have trouble coming up with a full ten Oscar worthy titles every year.
Can I ask you; since you might keep up with such things, what the helll happened to John Travolta's hair? That is just wrong!!!
You are forgetting one of the best films of the year. The Blindside. Hands down the best movie of the year. Touching, funny, heart-warming, and awesome. I haven't seen Avatar yet. I haven't seen The Messengers either.
yeah, your right "blindside" is a great movie. which is why i think sandra bullock should get the best actress nod this year for that role if it were up to me. however, i think the only flaw with that movie was that it was too reminiscent to a lot of other movies where a kid(s) would come from a troubled past. only to redeem himself and his past through football like "gridiron gang" and other such films.
Unlike Gridiron Gang, Blindside was/is a true story. Check out the Baltimore Ravens lineup for the last game. Michael Oher is a starting player in the NFL.
i know it's based off a real life story. heck, i think i saw hbo do a behind the scenes thing for the film, so i know it's about michael oher's life as a teenager when he meets his foster mother. however, so was gridiron gang. that film was also based on a real life story too. just look it up on imdb.com
although, if it were up to me, i think jay leno should host this year's academy award since he had to move to a different time slot and give up his tonight show, to honor him. just a thought.
Wow. 10 noms. That's baaaaaaaaad.
Maybe part of the reason is that so many independent films over the past few years are getting some pretty big kudos, and they're trying to be more inclusive. But honestly, it's not that I believe the Academy is all bad, but there is just so much ego stroking, and "aren't we all so beautiful and important, and aren't I just the bee's knees talking about all my favorite causes?" It's just too much. They take an awards platform and turn it to a personal agenda any chance they get, and I for one am tired of it.
5 noms is enough. There aren't enough truly great movies in a year to get past that number. And as popular as "Avatar" has been, I think it had an absolutely STUPID script and a lot of nonstellar performances but just a LOT of hype and great special effects. I hated that movie and was really looking forward to it. It could be nominated for best special effects, but surely nothing else. ICK.
I don't disagree. although I liked avatar, I think the script and dialogue could've been a bit better. however, i thought it made up for it with a lot of strong themes and character development. however, i have a deep feeling that if the academy is so concerned about ratings, they might give that film the award for best picture in order to draw in ratings. due to it's tremendous popularity right now.
Avatar winning Best Picture would just FURTHER invalidate the Academy to me...
I walked out of that movie thinking it was "pretty good" and I don't believe it's ANYTHING more than that. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that if I'd seen it in 2D on my TV I would have thought it SUCKED.
I don't like the idea of having 10 films nominated for best picture. I think it will dumb down the competition.
I also couldn't say what film should win this year. The Blind Side looks awesome and Avatar has great special effects, but I don't believe they are the best films of the year. Also it's usually a matter of personal opinion. What appeals to one person may not appeal to another. I have a tendency to disagree with the Academy's choices.
just thought i"d bump up this topic since the academy awards is coming up soon
It's still a terrible idea...
the academy only did this because they caught a lot of flak for overlooking Dark Knight, Wall-E and The Wrestler last year, so they are just trying to appease people
the five films that are nominated without a Best Director nomination as well have ZERO chance of winning
they are just in there so nobody can complain that animated films like Up get no respect or that the Academy is too "stuffy" to ever give recognition to a film like District 9...
I think five is too little but 10 is too much. Maybe they should've settled for 7. I thought there was a bumper crop of good pictures. But that doesn't happen every year.
personally, i think it kind of dilludes the allure of the academy awards if anything. as part of it's mystique was that even if the movie was good, it's hard enough just to get nominated. let alone win it. however, with 10 nominations instead of 5, it just makes it easy for any film that's halfway decent to get nominated. seriously, it's a bad idea. plus, i don't agree with a few of their picks to be honest.
7 is a good number, 10 takes away for me, like you said, it takes away part of the mystique.
I know which one I would love to win, but who knows. avatar will most likely sweep. Cameron is up against his ex with The Hurt Locker.
anything for more viewers?
hmmm..i guess we'll have to see how this experiment works out. lol.
just because they oouldnt make up their minds, doesnt mean the academy needs to change its history or orinigal concept. if it aint broke dont fix it, its worked for 60 plus years. but thats the nature of new hollywood these days, forget old hollywood and the glamour days when hollywood had class. i used to be such a fan of movies and the oscars, now its like bah humbug, the award doesnt mean anything anymore. way to go hollywood.
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