I didn't really get the Banksy dig.
Was I supposed to have not enjoyed watching Exit Through the Gift Shop?
Or is it just that someone that "underground" shouldn't likely be so front and center if they're to remain "legit?"
Oscars are a big farce anyways. The industry votes for the industry, it's all a self congratulatory pat on the back, "look, aren't we great".
As for Christopher Nolan, when I read he's attached to a film, I generally avoid it. Why? Because he gets so much love for being bland. The films themselves aren't bad, but they aren't very good either.
I'd really prefer it if the Social Network didn't win, simply because after watching it I fail to see how it represents the online generation, I understand all the characters are young and stuff, but the whole "online" presence is at best a very small sub-plot with the rest of it focusing on the characters and the ass-hole suing the other ass-hole who the writer keeps telling me isn't an ass-hole. It's a fine character legal thriller, though not Oscar worthy.
I haven't seen several of the films, but right now the best I've seen is The Kings Speech, so it's pretty good to see it getting the awards it deserves.
Did you really have to devote a show to a topic you already covered in Intermission? I'm a fan of your opinions and insights, but I feel as though this is a bit repetitive for those of us who still read.
And yet again, there is not a single film I give a toss about on the roster outside of the Best Animated Film candidates.
Perhaps it's a difference in taste or preference, but the one film of 2010 that had any influence on my mood, thinking, or attention beyond the purely technical had no chance at all of being nominated (primarily because it isn't a feel-good film, and it was grossly unpopular anyway).
So for that, the only thing I will say is that it's disappointing that the first genuinely GOOD "Dragon movie" stands a snowball's chance in Hell...because it's Pixar. Dreamworks is finally starting to get a sense of creative identity, and so for perhaps the first time, I believe the Best Animated Film award will actually be a judgment of merit.
On the other hand, Toy Story 3, while quite excellent and much deeper than How to Train Your Dragon, didn't really entertain or move as much in comparison.
I'm probably the only person who would nominate the non-Pixar film this year for Best Animated Film (and the only one who cares), and admittedly, for some of the wrong reasons. But dammit, Dreamworks made a GOOD Dragon movie, which up to this point had been utterly *impossible* to achieve, whereas Pixar proved that an established franchise that was popular before (albeit, really really good and popular for a reason) will remain popular.
That's how I'm justifying my black sheep nomination.
First of all, I probably have an unhealthy love for all things Pixar. They deserve top spot in their industry because they've earned it through consistently excellent releases.
Now, that being said, I'd really like to see some competition pop up that would challenge them to reach new heights. I can't help but feel that a monopoly on a category's wins will only breed complacency. Come on animation studios, give them a run for their money. A tougher race for best Toon oscar is a win/win for all involved.
Seeing as Daft Punk were shamefully spurned, and Clint Mansell was disqualified, I want the Social Network to take the Best Original Score. I just want to say Trent Reznor got an Oscar, and if you can't get Daft Punk's tribute to Wendy Carlos recognized, Trent's tribute will do. (Also, Hans Zimmer already has 4.)