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So , what is everyone's feelings on last night's oscar awards.Alot seem to be upset by hurt locker winning out over James Cameron's Avatar.What are your thoughts?
WHY did they not recieve any awards!?!?!? whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
That really confused me...It was so good!
To be truthful, while I enjoyed Avatar and saw it three times in theatres I know it (in and of itself) isn't really what I'd call a cinema masterpiece - it's financial success has largely come from James Cameron's name, high priced tickets, and the fact that it's a 3D sci-fi 'grown-up' movie. It's a cool movie and a good time, but I don't it really moves anybody emotionally or anything. And while I haven't seen the Hurt Locker, a smart movie about Iraq (in the US a fairly relevant and close to home topic) would probably speak to "important critics" more than something like Avatar which is more of an enjoyable adventure than a thinking movie (and Avatar did have some awful cliche's thrown in sadly).
I can't really comment all that much on the show in general as I haven't seen many of the movies regrettably. I was at least glad that the director of the Hurt Locker seemed genuinely grateful and surprised at her award (though I didn't catch all of the 2nd speech, DVR cut off) - some of those award speeches were terribly arrogant or embarassing. (For example, when those two producers won an award for the movie about music in Zimbabwe (or somesuch) and one shamelessly ran forward quickly to speak and the other came trotting up and bulldozed him for the microphone - pathetic, how did they even make the movie?).
"If you can wait til I get home, then I swear we can make this last."
Well, I didn't see a lot of what was beamed on to Australian TVs. The coverage was pretty poor, though, from what I could see - you think that an awards night celebrating excellence in cinema would know not to play music while people were trying to talk! Their transitions left a little to be desired.
Regarding the awards... I've not yet had the chance to see The Hurt Locker - it's only just come out here, and even then only in the 'arthouse' cinemas, although I'm hoping to get to see it soon.
And while I have seen Avatar (only in 2D, mind you)... Seriously, look at the story. The Characters. Yes I enjoyed the film but I didn't really believe any of the characters, and the story was pretty flat. It deserved the awards for technical merit, for cinematography, because it was pretty outstanding in those areas. But I just don't think it had the story to back it up.
Man, what am I doing commenting in an Oscars thread, really? Avatar was about the only movie I've seen that was up for awards, either because I don't go to the movies much or because they just haven't come out here yet! It's really hard to judge a movie when all you've seen are ads and previews!
The Oscars are the academy awards.. they're not determined by sales figures or public response, they're voted for by a peer group of people involved in the film industry, most of whom are actors themselves. This explains why they go for the quality of script, acting and cinematography rather than the kind of thing which might impress an average person, because in many cases they're evaluating other people doing the same job they do.
This year they actually increased the number of best picture nominations in order to try and give major blockbusters a chance to at least be nominated. In many years, a film like Avatar wouldn't even have necessarily been nominated for an Oscar at all. It's not an art movie, it's not some kind of magnum opus.. it's a moneyspinning blockbuster which hides most of its acting talent behind CGI for most of the movie. It's prize is making a bucketload of cold hard cash for the trouble.. you don't need an Oscar on top of that unless it genuinely deserves one.
That said, I'm so so happy that District 9 at least got a nomination.