Monday, March 8, 2010

Robbery at Oscars!

Avatar was robbed of the Best Picture Oscar last night. Law enforcement would normally be out searching for the culprit, but the paddy wagon wouldn't fit the 5000+ Academy members accused of the crime.

Anonymous officials commented that the small, inconsequential winning picture, The Hurt Locker will unlikely be a topic of conversation within months and will be completely forgotten by next year.

21 comments:

  1. Read an article yesterday about how voting was likely to sway towards conservative films, thus ruling out Avatar.

    At first I wondered how a war film could be considered conservative, until I read that the film doesn't take sides. And fence-sitting is definitely conservative.

    But I seem to be one of the very few people in the Twittersphere/blogosphere who loved Avatar, so ignore me ;-)

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  2. Yes, Avatar was robbed. How can those bloated old windbags get behind something like Titanic all those eons ago, and then turn their back on Avatar, which is a much better film? I've heard so many people bad-mouth it and ignore the fact that this is one of those films that will change movie-making for years to come. Ack. It kills me. And District 9 - where were the accolades? That film was brilliant too, but sci-fi was shut down. Sorry for the rant Doug. I'm all bitter and blue over here.

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  3. I love watching the awards, but hate them too. LOL! SciFi and Fantasy rarely win the big awards.

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  4. I thought it was quite sad that this was the first time a female director has won for 'Best Picture'. I mean - 'wow'. Those Oscars are really gender-biased.

    But you're right - considering the fact that 'The Hurt Locker' was the film that most people didn't see, it is a bit of a sham that it won.

    On another note - Sandra Bullock gave one hell of a speech.

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  5. I am a big fan of Sci-fi and Fantasy, but I don't see how a bunch of special effects can win the best picture award. For the life of me I don't get the craze behind Avatar. I mean it looks awsome, it's a feast for the eyes and all that, but I seriously don't see what else it has that hasn't been done a million times before. When a Oscar goes to the sci-fi or fantasy movie, I want it to be a fantastic movie like LotR.
    At least the academy seems to have learned from their Titanic mistake.

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  6. Personally, I would've liked to see Up win, as it was one of those movies that, as I was watching it, I was thinking 'I haven't seen this movie before.'

    I thought the same about District 9, though didn't really bond with any of the characters.

    Avatar definitely upped the tech bar by light years, and I was entirely entertained ... but after the fact, I wished it had given me more character development and story depth.

    Hurt Locker? Meh. Bunch of set pieces strung together that left me wondering what, exactly, I was supposed to take away from the movie. Which was perhaps the point, but didn't make it the winner for me.

    So I guess Avatar wasn't robbed for me, but I wouldn't have given it to the one that did win!

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  7. There weren't a lot of powerful films in the running this year, but Avatar should have won Best Picture and Director. I really liked Avatar and thought the film was powerful and groundbreaking. The Hurt Locker was just a slice of life - no real beginning or ending - and it just didn't move me.

    After the scandal with the producer soliciting votes, The Hurt Locker's win is tainted for me.

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  8. I saw Hurt Locker and it was one of the best, most thought provoking films I have seen in a long time. I was glad to see it get the recognition it deserved.

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  9. I agree with Calamity Jane. I was very happy when Avatar DIDN'T win. I would have taken any other movie over it.

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  10. Kind of gave upon on the hurt locker after 15 min

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  11. I think the people that wanted Avatar to win did not see the Hurt Locker. I am the last person to watch a war movie, but seriously, Hurt Locker was, hands down, amazing storytelling.

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  12. Uh, I would've liked to see District 9 win it, but Avatar deserved it too, or more, Cameron did. His work has been groundbreaking since that crazy truck movie. He's a genius!

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  13. All I'm going to say is that Hurt Locker definitely deserved the awards and I've been rooting for the film since day 1. No bad mouthing Avatar at all- I just liked Hurt Locker better.

    No robbery at all!

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  14. I love how passionate everyone is about their movies. I wouldn't think of try to change anyone's minds. I liked Hurt Locker too, but was meh about it. The mini TV series Over There did a much better job of covering the same issues with far better acting.

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  15. Oh, Doug, you mean "The Hurt Locker" will be forgotten like Kathryn Bigelow's other movies have been forgotten, "Near Dark" and "Point Break"? Take off, you hoser.

    The Oscars have never actually awarded the best made movies only the movies that their mediocre membership consider good, generally big-budget American films with lots of bathos and special effects. They award movies that seem important, so long as you don't think too hard. Thinking too hard has never been a problem in Hollywood.

    Also, I hate all James Cameron films, which are nothing if not mediocrity and special effects posting as something important. I'd rather listen to Stephen Baldwin and Gary Busey talk about their personal philosophies.

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  16. Carolyn yeah District 9 was shut out all over the place. SF is always getting Rodney Dangerfielded.

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  17. Hey "surfer girl" Marta. Figures you'd be a Point Break groupie. You only like it for the hottie's, not the dialogue.

    I'm shocked we agree on Hollywood's IQ but you are only a Cameron hater because he's CANADIAN! So's Keanu but you can keep him.

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  18. I have to go with Calamity Jane on this one. Granted, I haven't seen Avatar, but from what I've heard, it's all special effects with the acting and story development being mediocre. Best Picture should be given for something more than just being able to use a computer and some cool tech toys.

    Wait a minute Marta, didn't Slumdog Millionaire win last year and that was not a big budget film. Unless I'm wrong. So there are times where it is actually deserved.

    I have to say, the one and only Oscar win that totally disgusted me was for Best Song at last year's Oscar (I think it was last year or maybe a couple of years ago, when Resse won Best Actress)...the rap song or hip hop song that made absolutely no sense to me. I thought there were much better contenders out.

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  19. I'm taking it that Kathryn Bigelow won the Oscar also for her vampire classic film Near Dark (which she directed when she was married to James Cameron, incidentally ;-)

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  20. Sorry, I loved The Hurt Locker, and while Avatar had wonderful special affects, it didn't deserve to win. The Hurt Locker was a brilliant movie, that was able to give you a sense of what these men and women go through on a daily basis.

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  21. *cough* I preferred District 9. ;-) I was rooting for that. hehe.

    It was still quite funny to see James Cameron's face. He was too cocksure for my liking. :P

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