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“Hurt Locker” best picture of the year

Oscar_Hurt_Locker_Violation.JPG “The 82nd Annual Academy Awards” will be handed out Sunday night and all of the speculation as to the winners will finally end. As a countdown to the big night, I am taking a look at the six top categories and offering my opinion as to who will win. The great thing about the Oscars is everyone has an opinion. Please feel free to share yours as the week goes along.

Today: Best picture/director

“Avatar” is visually stunning but the story falls flat. Director James Cameron will just have to be happy with the movie being the biggest box office hit of all time.

The sentimental favorite “The Blind Side” won’t sneak up and knock off the winner.

Cameron should take a look at “District 9″ because the film blends great special effects with a compelling story. It’s a great film but science fiction never does well in this category.

“An Education” is one of the films that would have not even been in the running had the list been limited to five. It is one of the 10 best of the year but not strong enough to win.

I still can’t figure out how “Inglourious Basterds” made the nomination list so obviously I’m not picking it to win. There are some great moments but director Quentin Tarantino needs to learn how to edit down his movies.

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” is a powerful production that is among the year’s best but not THE best.

“A Serious Man” is great work by Joel and Ethan Coen but just barely falls short of being a serious contender.

The moving and magical “Up” will win in the animation category but has no chance of being named best picture.

“Up in the Air” is tightly written and well acted. In any other year it could win but there are at least two movies on this list that were far better.

The big winner on the night will be “The Hurt Locker” and Kathryn Bigelow will take home the Oscar as top director. This is a brilliant example of filmmaking.

Responses to "“Hurt Locker” best picture of the year"

Mike Scot says:

“Hurt Locker” was good, but nowhere near the spectacular achievement of “Avatar.” Will the Academy spit in the face of the Biggest Movie in history, and by extension – all the millions of fans who’ve gone back to see Cameron’s masterpiece over and over and over again? We’ll find out Sunday. I hope Entertainment Weekly has called it right. They’re predicting the Academy will split the vote – giving the Directing Award to Kathryn Bigelow for “Hurt Locker”, and the Best Picture nod to “Avatar.”

Michael says:

Didn’t Avatar already win Best Picture back in 1990? Oh wait, that was Dances with Wolves. My mistake.

George B. Feist (DUKE) says:

MY PICKS…BEST……ACADEMY AWARDS

PICTURE…HURT LOCKER (PERSONAL FAVE: DISTRICT 9 AND AVATAR)
DIRECTOR…HURT LOCKER KATHRYN BIGALOW
ACTOR…JEFF BRIDGES (PERSONAL FAVE: JEREMY RENNER-HURT LOCKER from MODESTO)
ACTRESS…SANDRA BULLOCK (PERSONAL FAVE: MERYL STREEP AS JULIA CHILD)
SUPP. ACTOR…CHRISTOPH WALTZ
SUPP. ACTRESS..MONIQUE
ANIMATED FILM…UP
FOREIGN FILM…WHITE RIBBON
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY..HURT LOCKER
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY…UP IN THE AIR
DOCUMENTARY…THE COVE
ORIGINAL SCORE…UP
SONG…WEARY KIND-CRAZY HEART
FILM EDITING…HURT LOCKER
CINEMATOGRAPHY…HURT LOCKER
COSTUMN DESIGN…YOUNG VICTORIA
ART DIRECTION…AVATA
MAKE UP…STAR TREK
VISUAL EFFECTS…AVATAR
DOCUMENTARY SHORT…MUSIC BY PRUDENCE
SHORT FILM…ANIMATED….A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH
SHORT FILM…LIVE ACTION…MIRACLE FISH
SOUND EDITING…HURT LOCKER
SOUND MIXING…HURT LOCKER