Monday, 8 March 2010

Oscar thoughts

I watched The Hurt Locker last night. A deserving Best Picture. Bigelow is a great action director. You always have a sense of space, where all the action is taking place, and where all the known threats could come from. The pendulum of the film's rhythm swings between tension and release, much, one supposes, like the work and life of the protagonists.

Kathryn Bigelow, incidentally, turns 59 this year. James Cameron does seem to fall for strong, capable women. Staying with them - not his forte, apparently.

Single transferable voting was used for the Best Pic decision. Hendrik Hertzberg over at the New Yorker predicted it would bode well for The Hurt Locker. Probably spot on in his analysis. Was this used for the other categories?

Much has been made of the fact that there were 10 Best Picture nominees this year, but I can't get too worked up over that. There are 10 actors nominated, split by gender; 10 supporting actors nominated, again split by gender; and 10 screenplays nominated, split by whether they were original or adapted works.

Speaking of adapted works, I've concluded from the mentions of "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" that if I ever write anything that gets adapted into a screenplay, I should negotiate to include my own name in the film's title.

Finally, Sandra Bullock's performance may not have been great. (I have no clue - I didn't see The Blind Side.) But she's always good fun at awards ceremonies. A Razzie and an Oscar in the same year, and she showed up for both!

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