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wormlander 2/19/2013 10:34:57 AM

I don't see why people bother mentioning Rotten Tomatoes in this context. The RT score is just based on a number of "likes". A film could have a 100% RT score and (theoretically) still only have an average of 3.1 out of 5. That said I'd personally have wanted to give an Oscar nomination to "Skyfall" (I'm behind "District 9" and "Avatar" getting an Oscar each as well) but someone really has to get over the Dark Knight hype. Ledger was terrific but other than that "TDK" hasn't enjoyed much replay time outside Bat Man fan-boy circles. I also must confess I'm just as happy getting a new Bruce Wayne for the Justice League movie as I was when they replaced the equally non-charismatic Edward Norton for The Avengers.

TheStormrider 2/19/2013 11:02:27 AM

 Correct me if I am wrong,  or perhaps I skipped the paragraph but didnt LOTR win a shit ton of awards?

shac2846 2/19/2013 11:39:08 AM

 You were right about last years contenders being a steaming pile but as you also mentioned this year was a great crop of movies. It happens. I think if anyone pays close attention there are years when a lot of good movies come out and they are usually followed by a few down years. However, I thought the exact same thing as you did about the empty tenth slot. Why not nominated skyfall. Sure it wouldn't have one but just being able to say it was the first 007 film nominated for best picture would be awesome. But yeah it seemed promising when they first opened the category Avatar and District 9 would not have gotten nods without the increase in nominees. 

hanso 2/19/2013 12:01:41 PM

 Avatar would've gotten a nomination in the old 5 movie nominee system because Avatar was one of the front runners to win best picture that year.  It was Avatar, Up in the Air and Hurt Locker if I remember correctly.

Avatar is also boss.

jackwagon 2/19/2013 12:04:55 PM


Return of the King did.  It was nominated in 11 different categories, and won every category it was nominated in.  All its wins were well deserved, though the common perception was that the awards were given for the entire trilogy given its commercial and critical success.  It's really the only film of its genre to clean house at the Academy Awards since probably The Wizard of Oz, which still lost Best Picture to Gone With the Wind.

ripum853 2/19/2013 12:10:04 PM

 Avatar most likely still would've gotten nominated due to the Cameron factor; and it was the other front runner of the year against The Hurt Locker; District 9 wouldn't have gotten nominated though, but I'm glad it did.


I would've loved to see Skyfall get nominated this year, as again, we'd finally see a 007 film nominated; but also because Sam Mendes has said on a few occasions that they were primarily inspired by The Dark Knight, and you can see it through out the film: the cinematography, the music, the villain that "wants to get caught", etc.; and how Mendes mentioned the significance of TDK in modern cinema history :-D.  

Either way, a fan of TDK or not; it's still sad to see top genre films lose nominations to lesser quality award bait films.  TDK should've gotten in over most of the nominees that year, especially The Reader and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ("Forrest Gump 2: He Ages Backwards").

But yeah, Harry Potter could've gotten in over most of the nominees of last year (couldn't Hugo be considered a genre movie though?  Even though it was directed by Scorsese?); Extremely Loud, and Incredibly close got pretty bad reviews all around, and War Horse was one of Speilberg's weaker films.

 It would've been nice to see a 10th nominee for Skyfall...but if there was a 10th nominee, then it probably would've been something like The Master, Flight, or Moonrise Kingdom.

shac2846 2/19/2013 1:01:31 PM

All apolagies. I meant just district 9 but oh well. Type too fast.  enjoyed the hell out of D9 but it struck me as odd that it got a nomination but also cool at the same time. Yeah Avatar would have definitely gotten a nod.

goirish83 2/19/2013 3:21:33 PM

Remember, these are the same touchholes that didn't nominate Ben Affleck for Best Director, after "Argo" kicked ass at the Golden Globes.  I still can't figure that one out.

blankczech 2/19/2013 11:04:29 PM

Excellent Sci-Fi Books do not win National book awards...but they do win prestigious Hugo and Nebula Awards.  Some one should create prestigious awards for the best genre movies.

blankczech 2/19/2013 11:31:11 PM

 Actually the whole concept of bestowing awards on artists and their artwork is silly (whether it's music, dramatic art or whatever).  You can't compare artists / art.  Can you imagine if they gave out awards for Fine Art Paintings...like Best Still Life Watercolor by a woman.  How can you really pick one song as the song of the year, one band as group of the year, one actor as best actor or one movie as the best movie.   What's the criteria.  This isn't sports...there are no stats to compare, no won / loss records, no world champion.  They are comparing apples to oranges, it's ridiculous.  I accept the Academy Awards for what they are(and what they aren't)...and I roll with it (the die is cast...I don't see any point in trying to change them now). 

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