Oscar nominations come out Monday, which is always one of the year’s big days in Hollywood. So … any thoughts on what will be Best Picture?
“Avatar” was a great accomplishment, but its weaknesses in story disqualify it from Best Picture in my mind. I enjoyed “Inglourious Basterds,” but it was good not great. “Up in the Air” was again good but not great. I have not seen “Precious,” but those who have speak very highly of it. (My daughter said she was very glad she saw it, and never wants to see it again.) “The Hurt Locker” is on pay per view so I’ll probably see that soon. The most powerful new movie I’ve seen this year was “The Road,” based on the Cormac McCarthy novel and starring Viggo Mortensen. It doesn’t get mentioned much for best picture, which isn’t surprising given its bleakness. But it’s very well done, and like “Avatar” creates a very convincing alternative world.
So at this point I would lean toward the two films I haven’t seen yet: “Precious” and “Hurt Locker.”