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By atreides (Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 10:33:30 AM EST) (all tags)
Hurt Locker? Really?

Sandra Bullock?!?! Really?

Pretty much everything else went as expected. There were a few minor niggles (Coraline should have won Best Animated, but Up had to get something) but nothing spectacularly wrong. I even expected The Hurt Locker to beat out Avatar for a number of reasons (voting actors don't like too much CGI, Hollywood wants to overcome the anti-war stigma of the last few decades, Cameron [legendary director to begin with] can cry himself to sleep on the piles of money he has made from the film, etc.). Nothing unexpected. Except for Best Actress...

Sandra Bullock? Is this a joke? To be fair, neither Welsh Girl nor I have seen The Blind Side. We have been watching the Best Picture nominees and each one of us has seen eight. I haven't seen Avatar (and that gnaws at me inside). She hasn't seem District 9 (she's not big into sci-fi, though she loved Avatar more than Titanic and believe me when I tell you she LUUUUUUVED Titanic). But we both chose to skip The Blind Side because it looked like maudlin crap on a stick. I didn't see Helen Mirren in The Last Station either because it wasn't in theaters long here and I couldn't find it by other means. I did see Mulligan and Sibide and both their performances were excellent and, as much as I would like it if the Academy gave people Oscars based on their performance in a year and not based on whether or not their career has earned it, I understand why they held off on those two. And I do think that Meryl Streep pretty much has been phoning in her performances for years. But there's a reason her phoned in performances get nominated year after year. Her phoned in performances are often better than (or at least comparable to) most actresses' hard work, blood, sweat and tears. In fact, I think she loses so often because Streep does it so well, it doesn't look hard and audiences clap louder at that high note if it looks like you're struggling to give it to them.

Sandra Bullock?!?!?! Has her career really earned this? Did you know she won a Razzie this year for Worst Actress? I can count on one hand the number of her movies I like. I can count on one finger the number of those performances she was good in (she was good in A Time To Kill). What were these people thinking?

So I'm going to watch The Blind Side and if I'm not at least OK with her performance, I may never trust the Academy's judgment again. Well, at least until next year.

And James Taylor didn't completely suck, either.

That is all.

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Oscar After-Analysis | 19 comments (19 topical, 0 hidden)
Bullock also accepted her Razzie IN PERSON. by BadDoggie (4.00 / 2) #1 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 11:10:34 AM EST
So fair fucks to her. She may have shit taste when it comes to picking scripts but she has class.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

Shit taste? by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 11:57:46 AM EST
Or Micheal Caine syndrome.  ("I'll play any part for the right paycheck.")

I've seen her in a couple of things where she actually acted.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman

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You say tomato... by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 12:26:21 PM EST
At the end of the day, what's the difference? I know I'd take any part she's done for half the money. Yes, I'd even do Speed 2: Cruise Control.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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Producer so signing the cheques by Vulch (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 01:00:37 PM EST
She's listed as Producer for All About Steve which is the one that got her the Razzie.

She's reported to be very easy to work with, turns up on set on time, knowing her lines for the day, sober, not hungover and ready to go, takes direction and doesn't throw "Star" tantrums. Keanu Reeves is one of the few who do better, he supposedly knows everyone elses lines for the days shooting and tries to make sure he knows who everyone in the crew is before filming starts.

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Keanu is that professional? by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 02:21:22 PM EST
What a pity he has less acting talent than the streetside deposits of a Russian drunk on a Chipotle's binge. I'm sure he's a nice enough guy but I think even Bill & Ted was a stretch. And if that's really you, Keanu, sorry, but it's what I see. Fair fucks to you too, especially if you really do learn crew names.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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Keanu by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #11 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 02:34:27 PM EST
He used to piss me off because he had really good taste in scripts and so kept turning up with his lack of talent in movies I wanted to see.

All the worse given that by all accounts he's a nice guy.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman

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and he's delicious to look at by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 02:55:32 PM EST

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Well by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 03:07:33 PM EST
He doesn't do anything for me.  Neither does Bullock, for that matter.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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Oh by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #15 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 03:22:39 PM EST
I haven't seen a single one of hte movies by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 2) #2 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 11:19:33 AM EST
and didn't watch the awards show.  i am totally out of touch with everything!

The Oscars were last night? by riceowlguy (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 11:35:09 AM EST
I kid, I kid...I've never been an Oscar-watcher anyway, but this year they seem especially irrelevant for some reason.

Most awards are handed out based on a whole list of criteria, most of which having little to do with what the award is supposed to be for (c.f. the Heisman Trophy and Baseball Hall of Fame).  The Oscars aren't different.  It really is about the industry looking inwards and collectively congratulating themselves for those things which they feel should be congratulated...or something.

As Dan Patrick pointed out, the hardest thing to do in show business is comedy, but you'll never see a comedy win Best Picture.

comedies by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #18 Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 01:57:12 AM EST
Never seen Annie Hall by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #19 Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 08:58:32 AM EST
and I don't remember laughing at Shakespeare in Love (actually, the joke is that it beat Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture, right?).

I think the commentator in question was talking about more pure comedies like "The Hangover", as apposed to artsy dark comedies. 

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Sandra Bullock by duxup (4.00 / 2) #5 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 12:13:56 PM EST
I'm going to be cynical and guess the racial aspect played into it.   Hollywood and critics seem to fawn over movies addressing racial issues, often when they're just token or laughable efforts.

Anyway yeah she's a lame actress. 

We just may have the same tastes in movies. by muchagecko (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 12:59:57 PM EST
Bullock is a lame actress, but even a lame actress can work her way through a romantic comedy. Which is where she should stay.

I will never watch The Blind Side, but think you are dead on with your guess that it's the racial aspect that won her the Oscar.

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So a purpose is like a box of powdered donut holes?
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Oh yeah by duxup (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 01:04:54 PM EST
Heck if I could be as bad an actress as she is I would totally rake in the money and be happy about it.

She's just a one note actress.   It works in places.  Like a Tom Cruise or so forth.  You know exactly what you're going to get, EVERY time.  That isn't horrendous, just not great acting.

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I didn't watch the Oscars. by me0w (2.00 / 0) #14 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 03:17:58 PM EST
They are a waste of time and resources.

HA! by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #16 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 03:28:06 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

wait by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #17 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 06:28:51 PM EST
the Oscars were this weekend?

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