'District 9,' 'Up' Make Pleasant Surprises on Expanded Oscar List
I didn't see a better movie than District 9 last year, and I was sure it would get overlooked come awards season. Count me as a viewer who will have a rooting interest on Oscar night.
Sure, doubling the number of nominees also doubles the opportunities for mediocrities like The Blind Side, which scraped by with a measly score of 53 from reviews-aggregator Metacritic.com. But Academy members have always managed to nominate plenty of cruddy films no matter how few slots they had available. Some of them even win. Gladiator, anyone?
Best Picture Nominees
The Blind Side
The Hurt Locker
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up in the Air
Best Director Nominees
James Cameron, Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air