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Academy Award Nominations 2010

February 1, 2010

“And the nominees are…Avatar and The Hurt Locker both share the most nods (9) with Inglorious Basterds just behind (8).  The best picture race produced a surprise in The Blind Side, whose lead actress was also nominated.  In the acting categories, the only real surprise is in the supporting actress category where none of the Basterds girl’s made it through.  Instead Maggie Gylennhaal and Penelope Cruz take the last few spots.  Although these are minor surprises, the supporting categories are already written and Monique and Christoph Waltz should go home with the top prize after already sweeping the guilds and critics!  The Directors matched the Director’s Guild and the competition is once again on for Cameron Bigelow showdown in both the Director and Picture race.  Screenplay nominees were safe with a surprise from The Messenger whose actor was also nominated in supporting.  In the tech categories, Avatar took hold of most of the categories although The Hurt Locker wasn’t too far behind.  The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus and Harry Potter also took some nods.  The only surprise in the sound categories is the exclusion of 2012 and District 9 over The Hurt Locker.  When you get nominated in a category that you were far from contention, you know you are a major favorite.  Avatar was excluded from the always unpredictable Best Song, so unfortunately, No Leona Lewis at the Academy Awards.  In the end, Up became the second animated film to get a best picture nod (The first was Beauty and the Beast).  Kathryn Bigelow becomes the fourth woman to be nominated for best director (And at this point, the first to win the big prize).  Meryl Streep increases her record now to 16 nominations.  Precious becomes the fifth film with a predominantly African-American cast to be nominated for best picture.  Avatar and District 9 became the 3rd and 4th sci-fi films to be nominated for best picture.  Notably snubbed for awards this year are (500) Days of Summer, The Hangover, The Road, This is It, and 2012!”

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December 30, 2009

“Great star power and the musical of 2009″

Final Thoughts:

When i say its the musical of 2009, that really isn’t saying much.  Name another musical in 2009?  That aside, the film was good, but not on the same level as Marshall’s last directorial hit Chicago.  That film had the story, the music and the cast to support the musical.  In this case it was more Glee vs Rent.  Unfortunately Nine’s story is actually quite dull. A director who seems to be going through a mid-life crisis.  He has a big budget film to direct but does not not know what the story is about.  The musical numbers were definitely the highlight of the film and the transition from spoken word to song was actually done well although it was very hard to create an emotional attachment to any of the characters because we only had a few minutes of each at a time.  Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz who play the wife and mistress of Daniel Day Lewis’ character were quite memorable.  Their performances, including Day Lewis’ were quite stellar.  My favorite part of the film was actually the beginning and the end when all of the characters are introduced.  It was like the super-bowl of acting as each major star was ushered into the limelight.  This film worked for me because it boasted the most academy award winning cast, but in the same sense, they were also too big for their roles and it was difficult to overlook.  Overall though, it was definitely entertaining in most parts and worth the price of a ticket if you like Kidman, Cotillard, Cruz, Lewis, Dench, Hudson (Kate, not Jennifer), and Fergie (Yes, from Black Eyed Peas).

My grade: 93.5 (Watch It if you like the above named actors)

Rotten Tomatoes: 37 (Rotten)

MetaCritic: 48 (Mixed or average reviews)