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And the winner is...

Wow. I have to say I'm surprised. Not that I'm a legitimate judge, because I haven't seen most of the movies that were in the running. It's just that I was so taken with Avatar that I couldn't imagine anything else grabbing Best Picture.

So it took three Oscars. That's no small achievement. And has, to date, grossed $2.5 x 109 dollars worldwide, making it the biggest moneymaker of all time (and don't toss that "adjusted for inflation" hqiz at me - dollars are dollars) - far surpassing Titanic, which peaked at $1.8 billion. Not a bad return on the investment, whatever it was, even at a a potential ceiling of $600 million. So I suspect Mr. Cameron is weeping all the way to the bank.

Despite the moral bankruptcy of the Academy - they awarded Best Picture to "Silence of the Lambs" instead of "Beauty and the Beast", which frosted my fuzzy chops no end - I'm sure "Hurt Locker" is a worthy film. I might see it at some point, and I might even like it. But nothing else from 2009 could possibly surmount Avatar in my mind for the most phenomenal cinematic experience I have ever had.

That said, props to Ms. Bigelow for breaking another glass ceiling, and the rest of those involved for walking away with so many awards.

On other fronts, I'm very pleased for Sandra Bullock. She's a hot lady with huge Acting-Fu, and she deserves this award bigtime. I liked "Coraline" a lot, but "Up" moved me more - for the love of Mogg, it made me cry within the first 10 minutes. Jeff Bridges has always been one of my favorite actors, and I was happy to see him win the award.

I guess I have another list of movies that I'll have to see now.

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secoh
Mar. 8th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
To be honest, I agree with the academy on this one. Avatar well deserves best CGI/best directed/best 3D or whatever. But best movie? Not with that plot and story. The acting was good but not epic good. The scenery and direction was utterly brilliant, but the story was linear pulp. Very much a visual movie. I still love it tho!

I'm yet to see Hurt Locker. It's on my list of things to see this year. I dont know if it deserves best directed, though Avatar should have been darn close.
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deckardcanine
Mar. 8th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I dunno; I used to think they'd never award a fantasy, but The Return of the King really cleaned up. Since sci-fi is overall closer to reality than high fantasy, why not?
deckardcanine
Mar. 8th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'm glad Avatar won the visual categories and none else. I was beginning to fear that the Academy was pandering too much to popular taste.

I also disagree with you on 1991. TSotL is one of my all-time favorite thrillers. BatB... well, maybe I'll have to see it again sometime. I remember it being well-done but no better overall than the other three major Disney features of my childhood. And as Scott Meyer of "Basic Instructions" points out, it's no so romantic when you realize it's a story of Stockholm syndrome.

I guess Bullock was the most deserving in her category, tho I'm still holding out for a third Streep win someday. I had some problems with Bullock's character, but that's not her fault.
tarinfirepelt
Mar. 9th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
I have not seen Hurt Locker so I cant comment on it. But I am glad Avatar did not get best picture. It earned the technical awards hands down, but the story...I predicted every plot twist in the movie and could pretty much tell you what was going to happen next the whole film. Very Cliche. So I dont think it earned the best picture.

Just my opinion of course.
ccdesan
Mar. 9th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
You're not the lone ranger - many folks I know agreed with the Academy. My son would probably agree as well, and he's got quite the sophisticated movie palate. Meh. I guess I'm just a boor...
r_caton
Mar. 9th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
I, too have not seen Hurt Locker - so I took a trip to Amazon.co.uk and looked at the reviews for the DVD.
Not very good....
in fact almost unanimous in their dislike of it.
alaskawolf
Mar. 10th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
seeing that the hurt locker came out late 2008 how did it qualify for the 2009 awards?

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