Oscars 2009: Best Picture

With the buzz  for this year’s Academy Awards on the rise, I’m taking a look at the best picture nominees and who I think deserves to win

Avatar: Well, James Cameron is richer than God now. While technically impressive on a scale yet to have been seen, Avatar proved to be an exciting and jaw dropping ride, despite the poor script and uninspired dialogue. While it may not be the best film of last year, it’s definitely one of the more important ones in recent memory

The Blindside: the Academy’s requisite, tearjerker bait film. Without a doubt the weakest and most conventional film of the group

District 9: a$30 million sci-fi film that takes in place in South Africa? Not exactly Oscar bait at first glance. But Neill Blomkamp gives us a summer blockbuster with a pulse and a heart and proves that the genre can compete with the rest of them

An Education: the lesser known of all the films, it is anchored by Carey Mulligan’s performance. Despite the favorable reviews, it stands the least chance of winning

The Hurt LockerKathryn Bigelow’s intense and nerve-racking film about a bomb disposal unit in the Iraq war. A frontrunner for best picture and may also end up winning best director for the first female in Academy history

Inglourious Basterds: Tarantino’s return to form after the self-indulgent Death Proof is evidence of his weird genius and how much better the cinema world is with him in it

Precious: a harrowing look into a world of abuse and hate, Lee Daniels’ film shocks the viewers with the powerful performances. I hope Mo’Nique’s speech is just as good as the one she did at the Globes

A Serious Man: another critically acclaimed film by the Coen brothers, A Serious Man boasts their taste in odd ball humor mixed with pathos. An engrossing film that deservedly belongs in this list

Up: a personal favorite from the past year, Pixar’s new film practically dares any other animation studio to go toe-to-toe with their creations (Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr.Fox definitely being the huge exception), and for very good reason. Too bad its nomination for best animated film is going to split votes

Up in the Air: Clooney was made for the role of a traveling employee reaper in this reflective film


~ by johnkarma on February 19, 2010.

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