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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 11:25 pm
That glass ceiling for women has finally broken!
I thought that was a mirrored ceiling that woman liked ??
Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 11:30 pm
the LA Times nailed it
Even if "Avatar" or "Inglourious Basterds" wins best picture, Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") will still prevail here because Oscar is ashamed that he's never given this prize to a woman.


I am not surprised, I would never expect quality to trump PC with this crowd. It is all about making themselves feel good, after all.
Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 11:46 pm
OK, Cameron knew the score going in.....

“You always have to be apprehensive when you stand up in front of a billion people [that] there’s the possibility of making a complete fool of yourself,” Cameron said. “The apprehension for me is the possibility of having to do that, but I’m guessing I’m probably not going to have to.”

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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 11:54 pm
I would never expect quality to trump PC with this crowd
I think the movie (the Hurt Locker) deserved recognition, but the problem is also the year you compete in. Often good movies dont get a look in because of the competition that year. That said, many think she was shadowed by better directors. So it seems a lot of people think although she may have deserved it, this year wasnt hers.
Reply Mon 8 Mar, 2010 12:20 am
So it seems a lot of people think although she may have deserved it, this year wasnt hers.

Cameron invented a new way to make movies, made the highest grossing movie of all time, that is a pretty good flix

The chick made a flop of a movie that soldiers say is not realistic, while the movie claims that it is a realistic movie about a particular war.

The chick wins

Hurt Locker's realism

The NYT's Lens blog features an essay by a photographer/videographer who has been covering bomb squads in the Iraq War over the last six years. He says The Hurt Locker is completely unrealistic:

The film is a collection of scenes that are completely implausible  wrong in almost every respect. This time, its not just minor details that are wrong...More disturbing and implausible yet is the way the protagonist repeatedly endangers the lives of his team members. The soldiers I have worked with over the years are like brothers to one another. Never have I seen stronger bonds between men. Any soldier who routinely endangers his own life or those of his squad members would not be punched, as the movies star is in one scene. He would be demoted and kicked out of his unit.

Does it matter? --ADM

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Reply Mon 8 Mar, 2010 05:48 am
There is no way that Avatar was the best movie of the year. Simply no way.

I haven't seen Hurt Locker, but there are probably 40 movies I saw in 2010 that I enjoyed more.

Aside from the CGI what else was there to this movie? I still don't understand what this 'new way to make movies' is, and what's so special about it. Have any other movies been made this way, or are being made this way. Does it make the movies better?
Reply Mon 8 Mar, 2010 05:53 am
djjd62 wrote:

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Avatar (2009): James Cameron, Jon Landau
The Blind Side (2009): Nominees to be determined
District 9 (2009): Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham
An Education (2009): Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
The Hurt Locker (2008): Nominees to be determined Crying or Very sad
Inglourious Basterds (2009): Lawrence Bender
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness
A Serious Man (2009): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Up (2009): Jonas Rivera
Up in the Air (2009/I): Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (2009) Very Happy
George Clooney for Up in the Air (2009/I)
Colin Firth for A Single Man (2009)
Morgan Freeman for Invictus (2009)
Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker (2008)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (2009) Crying or Very sad
Helen Mirren for The Last Station (2009)
Carey Mulligan for An Education (2009)
Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon for Invictus (2009)
Woody Harrelson for The Messenger (2009/I)
Christopher Plummer for The Last Station (2009)
Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones (2009)
Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009) Crying or Very sad

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Penélope Cruz for Nine (2009)
Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air (2009/I)
Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart (2009)
Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air (2009/I)
Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) Very Happy

Best Achievement in Directing
Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2008) Very Happy
James Cameron for Avatar (2009)
Lee Daniels for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
Jason Reitman for Up in the Air (2009/I)
Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
The Hurt Locker (2008): Mark Boal Crying or Very sad
Inglourious Basterds (2009): Quentin Tarantino
The Messenger (2009/I): Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman
A Serious Man (2009): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Up (2009): Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Thomas McCarthy

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
District 9 (2009): Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
An Education (2009): Nick Hornby
In the Loop (2009): Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Geoffrey Fletcher Crying or Very sad
Up in the Air (2009/I): Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Avatar (2009): Mauro Fiore Very Happy
Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009): Christian Berger
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009): Bruno Delbonnel
The Hurt Locker (2008): Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds (2009): Robert Richardson

Best Achievement in Editing
Avatar (2009): Stephen E. Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
District 9 (2009): Julian Clarke
The Hurt Locker (2008): Bob Murawski, Chris Innis Crying or Very sad
Inglourious Basterds (2009): Sally Menke
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Joe Klotz

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Avatar (2009): Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair Crying or Very sad
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009): David Warren, Anastasia Masaro, Caroline Smith
Nine (2009): John Myhre, Gordon Sim
Sherlock Holmes (2009): Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
The Young Victoria (2009): Patrice Vermette, Maggie Gray

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Bright Star (2009): Janet Patterson
Coco avant Chanel (2009): Catherine Leterrier
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009): Monique Prudhomme
Nine (2009): Colleen Atwood
The Young Victoria (2009): Sandy Powell Crying or Very sad

Best Achievement in Makeup
Il divo (2008): Aldo Signoretti, Vittorio Sodano
Star Trek (2009): Barney Burman, Mindy Hall, Joel Harlow Crying or Very sad
The Young Victoria (2009): John Henry Gordon, Jenny Shircore

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Avatar (2009): James Horner
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Alexandre Desplat
The Hurt Locker (2008): Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders
Sherlock Holmes (2009): Hans Zimmer
Up (2009): Michael Giacchino Crying or Very sad

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Crazy Heart (2009): T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham("The Weary Kind") Very Happy
Faubourg 36 (2008): Reinhardt Wagner, Frank Thomas("Loin de Paname")
Nine (2009): Maury Yeston("Take It All")
The Princess and the Frog (2009): Randy Newman("Down in New Orleans")
The Princess and the Frog (2009): Randy Newman("Almost There")

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Avatar (2009): Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Tony Johnson
The Hurt Locker (2008): Paul N.J. Ottosson, Ray Beckett Crying or Very sad
Inglourious Basterds (2009): Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Mark Ulano
Star Trek (2009): Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson, Peter J. Devlin
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009): Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Geoffrey Patterson

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Avatar (2009): Christopher Boyes, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
The Hurt Locker (2008): Paul N.J. Ottosson Crying or Very sad
Inglourious Basterds (2009): Wylie Stateman
Star Trek (2009): Mark P. Stoeckinger, Alan Rankin
Up (2009): Michael Silvers, Tom Myers

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Avatar (2009): Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andy Jones Very Happy
District 9 (2009): Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken
Star Trek (2009): Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Coraline (2009): Henry Selick
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Wes Anderson
The Princess and the Frog (2009): John Musker, Ron Clements
The Secret of Kells (2009): Tomm Moore
Up (2009): Pete Docter Very Happy

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Ajami (2009)(Israel)
Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)(Germany)
El secreto de sus ojos (2009)(Argentina) Crying or Very sad
Un prophète (2009)(France)
La teta asustada (2009)(Peru)

Best Documentary, Features
Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land (2008): Anders Østergaard, Lise Lense-Møller
The Cove (2009): Nominees to be determined Crying or Very sad
Food, Inc. (2008): Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009): Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
Which Way Home (2009): Rebecca Cammisa

haven't seen one single film on the list, but here's my picks
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Reply Mon 8 Mar, 2010 11:50 am
It is interesting to note which movies people refuse to see and why. It is more interesting . . . in an amusing way . . . how the decision to not see a movie somehow becomes a judgment on the movie's quality!

I saw much fewer movies than I would like to do. I work seven days a week, so have little time. My wages are small, so I can not afford to go. I love going to see movies and hate watching them at home, on my computer. Ugh! I love being one of those little people in the dark.

I do not know whether The Hurt Locker was accurate or not. I saw it on my computer. It seems that it was meant as an anti-war picture and that the effect of his work on the bomb defuser totally stripped him of his humanity. That was the point of the movie. It was a literary picture rather than a documentary although the style hinted at documentary.

I saw few of the nominated movies. Julie and Julia. The Hurt Locker. The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Invictus. Inglorious Bastards. Crazy Heart.

I chose not to see Precious . . . or The Lovely Bones . . . because I felt I am not in an emotional position to see either of those movies. I researched the novel, The Lovely Bones, and felt it was a bit of a mess. Now, I am speaking from reviews and not from having read it, but that was my reason for not reading the book and for not seeing the movie. Heavens, there are enough kidnapped and murdered teenagers in the news. I do not feel that I can speak for the acting in either picture. However, I will say that not just Hollywood but America in general works itself up into a frenzy when someone known as a comic . . . as Mo'Nique is . . . demonstrates ability as a dramatic actor. What is comedy but acting? That is not to criticize Mo'Nique but to people who stereotype comics! Duh! Often, people have several things they are good at. . . which is a variant of one of the lines in the movie!

I also chose not to see Up in the Air as I had heard negative comments. A person I respect liked it . . . but . . . with limited time and dollars . . . I chose not to see something that was rather thoroughly dissed by far too many.
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Reply Mon 8 Mar, 2010 05:05 pm
There is no way that Avatar was the best movie of the year. Simply no way.

I am not arguing that Avatar should have gotten best picture, hell, I prob would not vote it either. But Cameron certainly should have gotten director, and avatar prob should have gotten a couple of others that it did not get.
Reply Mon 8 Mar, 2010 07:41 pm
What bugged me most about the awards season is how so many pundits tried to turn James Cameron into the big male bully and Kathryn Bigelow into some helpless female victim of his male oppression. Cameron has been nothing but gracious during the entire Oscar season, and I believed him when he said over and over again that he was rooting for his friend, colleague, and former spouse (I'm guessing he voted for her). But the pundits wouldn't have that, because the battle of the combative exes was a much juicier story and an easier one to sell. So the story had to be that Cameron was the scorned ex-lover who was scheming behind the scenes to deny his more artistically-inclined ex-wife her moment of glory. So the entertainment media played up Kathryn Bigelow as a woman whose time had come vs. Cameron as the ego-centric madman who was trying to steal her just-deserts with his big, scary, expensive, and (worst of all) popular Hollywood movie. As a result, the media at large basically turned the hard-ass director of Point Break and Strange Days into yet another damsel in distress. Thus, it's hard to argue that she was awarded her Oscar last night based on the merits of her work alone, when so many seemed to be merely 'giving' it to her out of their own sense of history, obligation, and wanting to 'get back' at James Cameron for his imagined crimes. She's not the first person to win an Oscar based as much on politics as the work itself, but it's disappointing that the media circus rendered a worthwhile achievement into something approaching a charity case.


the academy cheapened itself. Had it not had the good sense to not highlight the drama queen-professional victim-trivial actress Farrah Fawcett I would be ready to write off the process entirely.
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Reply Mon 8 Mar, 2010 09:46 pm
Motion Picture: "The Hurt Locker."

Actor: Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart."

Actress: Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side."

Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds."

Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."

Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker."

Foreign Film: "El Secreto de Sus Ojos," Argentina.

Adapted Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher, "Precious: Based on the Novel `Push' by Sapphire."

Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, "The Hurt Locker."

Animated Feature Film: "Up."

Art Direction: "Avatar."

Cinematography: "Avatar."

Sound Mixing: "The Hurt Locker."

Sound Editing: "The Hurt Locker."

Original Score: "Up," Michael Giacchino.

Original Song: "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart,"

Costume: "The Young Victoria."

Documentary Feature: "The Cove."

Film Editing: "The Hurt Locker."

Makeup: "Star Trek."

Visual Effects: "Avatar."

Jespah: 9;
Tsarstepan: 9;

Tied for 2nd:
Djjd: 7;
maporsche: 7.
Reply Tue 9 Mar, 2010 05:49 am
Congratulations are in order for the lovely and wise Jespah who isn't here today to accept her prize.

Too bad. I guess I get to keep the money since I tied for first place.

And for our last place winners? I mean second place finishers....
A year's supply of gefilte fish.
Reply Tue 9 Mar, 2010 06:48 am
Eep, I'm here!
Reply Thu 11 Mar, 2010 07:58 pm
Do you want some of the gefilte fish? Plenty to go around. If I win the Powerball lottery, I'll share some with you jespah. Smile
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Reply Thu 11 Mar, 2010 08:36 pm
Seeing I didnt get a prize (some silly rule about having to enter) how do you respond to claims that the Academy Awards are rigged ? Hmm ? Well ?? Your silence can only incriminate you further.....
Reply Thu 11 Mar, 2010 08:58 pm
Quite your whining and eat this moldy fish before it gets any moldier!
Reply Thu 11 Mar, 2010 09:06 pm
What the hell is wrong with that fish ? Apart from plenty...
Thats not really mould is it ? And its eaten like that ?
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