Tuesday, February 2, 2010

10 Nominees for 2010 Best Picture, including "Up" and "District 9"

First, there were the Grammys. Then, there is the Super Bowl. Thirdly, there is the Oscars and finally, there is March Madness. Since the former event occurred last Sunday and the Super Bowl airs this weekend, let us talk about the Oscars.

The Oscar nominees for most categories were announced around 5 a.m. today in Los Angeles (February 2). As expected "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker" and "Inglourious Bastards" led the pack with the most nominations, but it was the surprising amount of nominees for Best Picture which sparked the Internet audience this morning. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, 2010 is the first year since 1943 that the Oscars has included 10 nominees for the Best Picture category.

Besides the inclusion of "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker" and "Inglourious Bastards" as nominees, 7 additional, yet notable films were added to the 2010 list for Best Picture: "Up In The Air," "Precious," "An Education," "District 9," "Up," "The Blind Side," and "A Serious Man" (via ABCNews.com).

Bloggers and some critics believe that 10 nominees for 1 category---and in particular, this category---would ruin the prestige of the show, but there are some analysts that welcome the idea. Famed celebrity blogger Perez Hilton disagrees with the number: "10 nominees for Best Picture is 5 too many! #Oscars," he said via his Twitter account. However, Jake Coyle, an AP Entertainment Writer, said via ABC News that the additional nominees give "movie folks" greater ease: "In an Oscar year defined by inclusion, fewer movie folks than normal spent nominations morning feeling snubbed."

Whatever the blogger/analyst's opinion may be, each of the 10 films nominated were worthy of their nomination. Some feel that there is a 5-5 leaders/trailers pack for Best Picture, said John Serba of Grand Rapids Press, but each of these films had a unique following unlike any film has had before.

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will air on Sunday, March 7, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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