I have yet to see The Hurt Locker, this year's success story. I missed it the first time around as I'm not all that keen on straight war movies (I prefer films like Lord Of War or Wag The Dog) but I'm now extremely keen to see it. The Academy can be a little proud this year but should still be ashamed of it's failure to recognize female directors: no previous wins in this category and only three previous nominations (Lina Wertmuller - Seven Beauties 1976, Jane Campion - The Piano 1993, Sofia Coppola - Lost in Translation 2003) plus two female director winners of the Best Foreign Language Film award. Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola did win Best Screenplay Oscars. [source: wikianswers.com]
Monday, 8 March 2010
Pandora's (Slightly Smaller) Box Of Oscars
Clearly the Academy Judges agreed with me: there was indeed no argument that Avatar deserved nominations for Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects as these were the three wins. A great achievement, but "only" a good film. In some ways the situation is similar to Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956) which was nominated for seven Oscars but only won Best Effects for some impressive envelope-pushing by John P. Fulton.