Hierdie is die LitNet-argief (2006–2012)
This is the LitNet archive (2006–2012)
Reney Warrington - 2010-03-03
The racehorses are Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, Inglourious Basterds and Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, whilst the Central Park carriage horses are District 9, A Serious Man, Up, An Education and The Blind Side.
Obviously our blood would pump proudly South African if District 9 (Rotten Tomatoes [RT] score: 90%) came up trumps, but there is a bigger chance for Bafana Bafana to win the 2010 World Cup than for Neil Blomkamp to receive a little gold statue. Still, we appreciate the nomination.
A Serious Man (RT score: 87%) is apparently too Jewish and too anti-Semitic to win. I can’t figure that one out, but, since I haven't seen the film, I reserve judgement.
Up (RT score: 98%) was nominated in both the Best Picture and Best Animated Feature categories. Even though this recognises Pixar's inspired work, Up will ultimately not beat the likes of Avatar or The Hurt Locker. However, it will surely win Best Animated Feature.
An Education (RT score: 94%)has launched the career of Carey Mulligan, but it won’t do much more than that.
The Blind Side (RT score: 70%)was nominated only because of Sandra Bullock’s irresistible charm.
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (RT score: 91%) was co-produced and punted by Oprah. That is enough to put the Academy off. Just kidding! It was a surprise hit that took $47million at the box office, but I fear it will suffer the same fate as the Tarantino thrill ride Inglourious Basterds (RT score: 88%). It will not be able to stand up against the three main contenders for Best Picture.
Up in the Air (RT score: 90%) is just one of those rare occurrences. It's a quite serious, intricate film, but its gentle humour and George Clooney charm made it a popular hit. It took $82million at the box office! This would be my choice for Best Picture, but, then again, it's not up to me. The powers that be have decided that that 2010 Best Picture category is a two-horse race between James Cameron and his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker (RT score 98%). In that case, please let it be The Hurt Locker.
Morgan Freeman was probably born to play Mandela, but was his performance in Invictus worthy of an Oscar? I think not.
Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and George Clooney (Up in the Air) both put in powerful yet understated performances. I suspect the Oscar will go to Jeff Bridges, the safe choice, even though Colin Firth (A Single Man) surpassed everyone with his performance as George, a man with a broken heart, going through the motions of what appears to be his last day alive.
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
One of the highlights of the ceremony (to be held this Sunday, March 7th) will be to see the dirty rotten scoundrel that is Alec Baldwin in action as co-host. Hopefully he will live up to his 30 Rock character and behave badly.