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04 March 2010

Oscars 2010: Sunday Night Scamfest, Cubed

Hey BC, why do all these categories have the same small number of films? Because, film lover, would you really think the Academy a credible judge of films if Jennifer's Body was in the running? Or Law Abiding Citizen? Or The Blind Side? Wait-dammit!

Best Art Direction:
Deserves it: Sherlock Holmes, just to stick it to Avatar.

Doesn’t deserve it: Every friggin period movie ever made- Yes, I know a lot of work goes into recreating another time period, but really? You’re like moths to flames, Academy. What about A Single Man? Or The Road? Or Tetro? Or The White Ribbon, for crap’s sake?

Screwed: I think I just covered it.

Best Cinematography:
Deserves it: The Hurt Locker- Everything about this film was amazing, and I could feel the heat, the grit and the chaos from my theater seat.

Doesn’t deserve it: While technologically advanced, Avatar’s neon nightmare of a fantasy ecosystem was lame and unrealistic. Blame the computer geeks if you want to, but it’s not like Mauro Fiore took a leave of absence.

Screwed: A Serious Man- You’ll realize it eventually, Academy. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your lives. The Coens created a classic of epic proportions with this one.
Where the Wild Things Are- Lance Acord, you are a genius.

Best Directing:
Deserves it: Kathryn Bigelow- Okay, okay. James Cameron’s Avatar is allegedly a technical milestone, and I know a lot of work went into it, and the action sequences were kind of fun to watch, but it doesn’t change the powerhouse punch of Bigelow’s masterpiece, The Hurt Locker.

Doesn’t deserve it: Jason Reitman- The Academy must have their heads up somewhere if they thought that this testament to mediocrity was one of the finest 2009 had to offer.

Screwed: Who else? The Coens!

Best Documentary Feature:
Deserves it: Same as the Screwed category, both Tyson and Good Hair delivered, while such a lukewarm and technically heartless doc like Food, Inc. made everyone swoon.

Even Capitalism was better than Food, Inc. What gives?

Screwed: RIZE- It’s been 5 years and I’m still raw about it. It’s criminal what happens to truly good work.

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