Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Let the Countdown to Oscar Night Begin!

The nominations for the 82nd motion picture Academy Awards were announced this morning. In Los Angeles, this event is accompanied by more angst and anticipation than the Nobel Prize. There are many changes in the format this year, although very few surprises among the nominees. For the first time ever, there were 10 nominations for Best Picture: The Hurt Locker, Avatar, Blind Side, Up (pictured above), Crazy Heart, Up in the Air, Precious, A Serious Man, An Education and District 9. Hurt Locker and Avatar tied for most nominations this year, with 9 each. There is (almost) something for everyone onthis massive list including Sci-Fi, animation, Iraq war action, love stories and the heartbreak of the current broken economy. As per usual, no comedies are represented, although The Hangover was a strong contender. Of course Flaming Nosers are terribly disappointed that their beloved Star Trek was not among the Best Picture nominees, even with the expanded list. I take comfort in the fact that the Blogosphere is burning up with pols showing Star Trek as the #1 pick in the "We Was Robbed" category.

For a complete list of all the nominations, click on the link above. The Golden Globes were (as usual) a harbinger of this year's Oscar nomination, as many of the same titles and actors are on the list. I'm pleased to see Globe winner Chris Waltz (Inglorious Basterds) nominated for Supporting Actor.

The Flaming Nose can feel free to write all it wants about the Oscars, even though we are primarily a TV blog. That's because the Academy Award show telecast is one of the biggest TV events of the year. It's live...it's splashy, the ratings are Super Nova sized and no matter how long, weird, exhausting, exhilarating or (sometimes) disappointing we must always watch it. That's the law. The year I don't watch the Oscars you better check me for a pulse. This year's telecast will fall on March 7th, at 5pm pacific on ABC. It will be co-hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, who have already made comic magic together in a couple of 30 Rock episodes and the recent movie It's Complicated.

I will be hoping for Kathryn Bigelow to win Best Director this year for her harrowing war drama, The Hurt Locker. She already got the nod from the Director's Guild (a first for an XX chromosome human) and is a front runner for the Oscar. She'll be competing against her ex-husband James Cameron (Avatar) for the honor. Now THAT is going to make for some interesting side comments on what is already the high holy night for celebrity gossip in the entire universe!

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Looking forward to watching, though even with an expanded nominee list I'm not as truly interested as in previous years. Thanks for the heads-up, and at least the Martin/Baldwin duo act should entertain!