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02 March 2010

Oscars 2010: Sunday Night Scamfest

Rather than launch into a rant about how the Academy is, in their attempt to go throwback, really screwing themselves, I am just going to go on down the line. P.S. I’m not going to bore you with my super geeky two cents about doc shorts and sound editing:

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Deserves it: Jeremy Renner- Renner’s understated and haunting performance in The Hurt Locker was worth the price of ten admissions.

Doesn’t deserve it: George Clooney- Really, Academy? You saw all the movies this year, and that’s who you thought deserved the nod? Bologna.

Screwed: Michael Stuhlbarg- Stuhlbarg’s turn in A Serious Man, the newest Coen Brothers classic (it truly is, in every sense of the word), was seriously astonishing.
By the Way: What about Sam Rockwell in Moon? He was amazing, two times!

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Deserves it: Gabourey Sidibe- Unfortunately, I missed Precious when it came to theatres (which sucked because it was one of the films I wanted to see most this year), but I can tell by process of elimination that Sibide is the strongest nomination in this category.

Doesn’t deserve it (aka WTF?): Sandra Bullock- Since when does a thick southern accent and a stern facial expression (that never changes once throughout the film, btw. It’s like she was wearing a mask.) count as good acting?
Meryl Streep- Really, Academy? Streep’s impersonation of the culinary First Lady is mockish at best. You’re better than that. Ms. Streep.
P.S. If you were going to nominate a Streep performance this year, why not her inspired and remarkable turn in Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson’s modern classic? Seriously, guys!

Screwed: Maya Rudolph- Much love, Ms. R. You stole the show in Away We Go.

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