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Breaking News: Next Academy Awards Ceremony Will Have 10 Best Picture Nominees

June 24, 2009

Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that they will now be doubling the nominees for the Oscar for Best Picture from five to ten, starting next year. This is a huge move for the Academy, and could be a reaction to some of the criticisms they’ve faced in the last few years. It had gotten to be a very indie-leaning, small budget, less known/popular movie awards show. Slumdog Millionaire was an exception, but the other nominees were hardly box-office big dogs. They’ve been criticized for this as of late, while critically acclaimed, popular, profitable movies like The Dark Knight were discredited, because of the uptight voters in the Academy. Hopefully with this change, it will allow them to broaden the scope of what type of film can win an oscar. Action and Comedy have been pushed aside for drama as of late. There was a time when Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars were nominated, while I have a hard time seeing that happening today just based on the way the Academy votes. Hell, even Babe was nominated in ’95.

So perhaps we’ll get back to the roots, when there were as many as 12 nominees for best picture. This will hopefully allow them to keep nominating the smaller films, which are typically very good deserving, while also getting in some of the more popular films, which can be just as deserving as well, despite their huge profit margins…

I also expect this to be a move to help bolster ratings of the show, which have been declining over the last decade or so. So will we see movies like Up, maybe even Star Trek, in the running at next years Oscars?


I’m So Over The Oscars.

January 22, 2009

If you read The Box Office Junkie, you know I despise the Academy Awards, but I’m a film blogger, and I feel obligated to post these. The most boring, stilted, pretentious, fickle, unreasonably admired awards show of all of time just released their 2009 nominations. Of course, fan favorites The Dark Knight and Wall-E were shunned from the Best Picture race because they were released in the summer and actually appeal to large audiences. Instead, we get The Reader?! Ugh. Here are the nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards, announced this morning: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

Best Picture
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”
Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Check here for a full list of nominations. Gosh, the Academy sure is in love with Benjamin Button… The only parts of this entire list that makes me happy is the fact Slumdog Millionaire is being recognized and that Robert Downey Jr. got nominated for his work in the uproarious Tropic Thunder. I’m pretty angry that Wall-E did not get the Best Picture nomination it deserved. Being stuck down in the Best Animated Picture category is a slap in the face to the beautiful, flawless film.

Honestly, if the Oscars didn’t effect theatrical box office tremendously, I wouldn’t bother reporting on them at all. They are boring and completely out of touch with the collective consciousness. In their efforts to prove they have good taste, they look over any film that is remotely mainstream, which just isn’t fair and makes for a very uninteresting awards season. I truly don’t understand their mystique and appeal. They are the very last show in the whole awards season, and they nominate the exact same films that everyone else does! I will certainly not be tuning in. But what about you? Do you agree with me, or am I just a cynic? Anyone else over the Oscars?