2010 Oscar Winners

List of winners at the 82nd annual Academy Awards:
- Motion Picture: "The Hurt Locker."
- Actor: Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart."
- Actress: Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side."
- Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds."
- Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."
- Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker."
- Foreign Film: "El Secreto de Sus Ojos," Argentina.
- Adapted Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."
- Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, "The Hurt Locker."
- Animated Feature Film: "Up."
- Art Direction: "Avatar."
- Cinematography: "Avatar."
- Sound Mixing: "The Hurt Locker."
- Sound Editing: "The Hurt Locker."
- Original Score: "Up," Michael Giacchino.
- Original Song: "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart," Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.
- Costume: "The Young Victoria."
- Documentary Feature: "The Cove."
- Documentary (short subject): "Music by Prudence."
- Film Editing: "The Hurt Locker."
- Makeup: "Star Trek."
- Animated Short Film: "Logorama."
- Live Action Short Film: "The New Tenants."
- Visual Effects: "Avatar."

ROzbeans 14 years ago
Consider inflation though. 3D tickets are hella expensive. When Titanic came out, movie tickets were about...7 bucks. A 3D ticket, depending on where you live, is easily twice that. Still, I saw it - it was a beautiful movie, albeit a really simple story. I dig those big twists like 'The 6th Sense' and Avatar is pretty straight forward rated PG13 which includes the 8-13 age group. Repeat movie goers are usually in the 20-35 age crowd and the romance and kick ass sci fi machinery appeals heavily to that demographic. Personally I can't wait for the sex scene they cut out which will be in the DVD release.

Just saying. Blue Na'vi sex? O_O
Gongaa 14 years ago
Movies ARE pop entertainment [...] Many actors aren't really "actors" so much as filling a specific look.

I thought about what I wrote some more later today, and this is the essence of what I kept coming back to. You're exactly right - I think...

I'm not sure who the Academy is (which is why I added "I think..." up there), but I'm guessing it's the same people acting in all these movies? That seems to be a pretty small subset of the overall number of people who can claim acting as their profession. And if they are all Julia Robertseseses and Orlando Blooms, then my analogy was pretty far off the mark. It would be more like the Britney Spearseseses and R Kellies voting on whichever Top 40-ish song is the "best."

No offense to Julia Roberts or Orlando Bloom - I've liked movies they've been in - but I wouldn't trust Britney Spears or R Kelly to make any sort of judgement on the artistic merits of the last year's music. Sure, maybe they could make some good calls on production value, since they and their handlers seem to spend so much effort on that aspect of it all - but that's not what makes art.

For Avatar (which I haven't seen) to shatter Titanic records means it broke through nearly every genre of fans out there. It also isn't like this record gets broken often - so I think when a movie comes around that shatters a record that has persisted over a decade it is probably at the least the movie of that year.

I honestly don't know enough about all of that to say anything sensible.

And while you can argue the artistic side of whatever the hell movie won - you also have to account for the fact that avatar was a huge breakthrough in new movie technologies - and that step forward should also count for something.

Agreed, that should account for something. But what? Can technology make art? When I hear people singing through a vocoder or the mechanical gloss of overproduction, I'm inclined to say no. The engineers who develop those technologies certainly do good work, but it's the tasteful application of those technologies that makes the difference to my ears. Again - I'm no movie expert, so maybe the stuff that made me think "wow" when I saw Avatar would make other people roll their eyes thinking it's overdone? But all of that is moot if the Oscars don't reward movies based on their artistic merit.

Finally - usually the roles that win best actor/actress are very good roles. But I've often seen actors "act" in a much superior way in roles where they completely disappear - often you forget who they are - but the movie doesn't fit the mold of what wins academy awards so no one even talks about it. So saying that these actors vote for the best acting of the year is also a joke.

That is certainly more feasible than the idea that a movie that fits a specific mold always coincidentally contains the best acting.