The nominations are out, and we finally have the list of ten films competing for Best Picture of the year. Sure, you have your obvious frontrunners in The Social Network, The King’s Speech and Black Swan, but there are seven other great films right alongside those three hoping that maybe this will be their year.
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Well, in the case of "Avatar" against "The Hurt Locker," both movies were excellent and award worthy but "The Hurt Locker" was more unique than "Avatar" because "Avatar" felt more familiar to other movies while "The Hurt Locker" told a story that hasn't been told before. For instance, the story behind "Avatar" was not so different than James Cameron's previous work, "Titanic"; a love story between people from different worlds. Also "Avatar" mostly got by on its visual effects alone, while "The Hurt Locker" had something under the surface. It allowed its story to shine through without having to use fancy visual effects. The argument of "Inception" against "The Social Network," is almost the same thing.
I have to disagree. Inception has: great direction, concept, cast, and story. It's not for nothing if it has been critically acclaimed by hundreds of professional critics. (Seriously, DiCaprio should have gotten a nom this year ... with Shutter Island/Inception). The question people should ask themselves is: will a movie like The Social Network still be "that good" in 20-30 years, when Facebook will be part of history? This is plain politics, unfortunately. It's not about being the best anymore (because for instance The Hurt Locker didn't deserve half its nominations)
The Hurt Locker did deserve some things. It did have a great screenplay, it had great acting from Renner, and Mackie, and Kathryn Bigelow did do a great job with her film and deserved her Oscar. What you said about Inception, The Social Network had as well, and what separates The Social Network from Inception is that Inception was written and directed to mess with the mind while The Social Network was written to educate and entertain while not leaving any cliffhangers or loopholes. Don't get me wrong, I thought Inception was brilliant and well executed but I thought The Social Network was one of the best films I have ever seen.
Well that's one of the major issues I have with the AAs of 2009. The Hurt Locker for Best Script. To me, the damn movie didn't have a story ... Bomb, booze, shoot-scene, bomb, goes home, comes back, the end.
How about The Social Network being a multi-watcher? Sure, I'll buy it on Blu-ray someday, but I did not have that same feeling as with Inception. I went to see Inception 4 times in theatres (IMAX + 3 regular) and just couldn't get enough of it ...
To me, they both deserve to win Best Script in their respective categories. As for the director, David Fincher, I have this feeling it was more of a great combination of acting + script that made The Social Network what it is than his directing ... Chris Nolan should have been nomintated :(
The story in Inception was intriguing, but it was weak in character development.
The main character evolved to the point that he was able to rejoin his family in the real world after losing touch because of his wife's suicide. How is that not strong character development? The other characters were there to help him on his journey, much like all "hero" stories.
He didn't change at all. He was still the same shallow selfish individual that he was at the beginning. The story took him back to his family. He is a long way from a hero.
He wasn't selfish AT ALL he cared about his family he cared the most about his wife. And his guilt kept him from moving on with his life and seeing his children and once when he was able to free himself from that guilt that's when where the depth and the evolution of the character come into play. I'd say he came a long way.
Inception had more character depth than True Grit ...
Social Network will most likely win. The next closest thing is probably inception.
I hope you're kidding.
Black Swan or The King's Speech deserve it. The Social Network is over rated. But it will win unfortunately.
I want Inception to win, that's where my heart is, but I have a feeling that "The King's Speech" is gonna win. However, I'll still stand by my choice.
while I really enjoyed Social Setwork and True Grit I feel as though Inception was the best film of the year. I have not seen Black Swan yet though so maybe I will change my mind before the awards. Inception just had everything put together perfectly. I am very unhappy that Nolan did not recieve best director nomination fot it, but Best director and best film don't always go hand in hand. If he gets best screenplay to go with best film that will be acceptable tho
The KING's Speech is a excellent movie and would like to see it won the OSCAR for movie of the year but I also liked: Inception, True Grit and although Toy Story 3 is more in the Children catagory films this Movie was for all ages and was pretty heavy/emotional a triumph Family film. All the best to the selected nominees!
Every year it seems movies get worse. There is not a single movie this year that deserves an Oscar. Hollywood must be grading on a curve or lowering it's standards. Try to compare any movie this year from 10-20 years ago and you laugh or cry. Remakes, cartoons. and CGI crap are considered good.
It seems as though you are only pointing out that all the movies in 2010 were not worth watching. Yes, the year was, to say the least, a dismal year of movies but the movies that were nominated were the only truly elite movies and really deserved this nomination. They stood out as the few. You shouldn't rule out that every movie didn't deserve an oscar just because the majority of movies came out this year were either, remakes, sequels, updates, repeated stories or 3D. The fact in which only two of these nominations are a remake and a sequel yet still original in their own right.
I'd like to hear what movies you DO think deserves an Oscar. I've seen all 10 nominees and I think all are worthy of their spots in the list.
Agree with FlickChick, what exactly do you think DOES deserve to get an Oscar? Have you even seen these ten movies? If you don't think something like True Grit, Inception, or Social Network deserve to be nominated then you have a very umm... "interesting" taste in movies.
True Grit is a good remake-but it IS a remake. Inception had more CGI than an Oscar movie should have-acting should be the determining factor (and not against a green screen). Social Network was a good movie, but not great. Today's standards have dropped from what once was. Come on- a cartoon nominated for best pix? When only 5 movies were nominated, there were deserving ones left out. Now picking 10 is absurd.
You seem to like your movies old fashioned, which, there is nothing wrong with that, it's just movies are evolving. Movies keep evolving each and every year and alot will use CGI effects(to add "Inception" didn't have that many CGI effects to it only mostly with the folding and crumbling cities, the rest were just camera work) and alot will use variations of stories to show that they are evolving and expanding and the Academy has to adapt to that and judge the movies based on which one is truly elite. And to add Animated movies are still movies too Toy Story 3 was nominated not because of a placeholder but because the Academy is starting to see that Animated movies with strong stories are movies too and belong as one of the elite.
point well taken...I prefer movies that are plausible for the most part. Escapism movies are great in moderation, but do 95% have to be that way? When you think of "classic" movies, do any of the last 10 years or so qualify. And I don't mean cult following ones such as Harry Potter types.
True, but i always like to see imagination run wild in movies just because it shows how far our imaginations and brains could go.
If that is a true statement, then you should love Alfred Hitchcock movies. He let your own mind imagine the horror or monster instead of the way today's movies show you it's perception, which never reaches my own creativity. AH made real life possibilities scary without using implausible situations.
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