Oscars are coming up soon, in a week, to be exact. Are you excited about it? Honestly, I’m more excited about getting together with my friends to watch it. We’ve been watching the awards out of habit and, well, sometimes it’s hard to let go of habits. Most of the time, we don’t agree on the winners but hey, that’s life.
So, for now, let me share with you my favorite movies from last year that were nominated.
From Disney/Pixar, Up was surprisingly good. In fact, a lot of people were so surprised when they saw this movie. Some thought it was quite dark and depressing. Others thought it wasn’t cookie-cutter Disney formula, which they liked. I liked this movie not because it was depressing or that it wasn’t a cutesy film. I liked this movie because it had a good story and great characters. I’m sure it’s going to win Best Animated Feature Film. I’m still looking forward to that day when great animated feature films will be considered in the Best Picture category.
Up In The Air
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. I love Up In The Air! Everything about this movie was just great. The script and story was great. It was depressing, yes, but so is everything else in this world. It hurts but the great thing about this movie is that it doesn’t want to leave us with something positive, that after a hurt, something will good come. It shows us the middle part, that after we get hurt, tough, because life goes on, with or without us, and we gotta pick up the pieces and live life again, the best we can, before we can find that good thing again.
And the acting was amazing. I loved that everybody was on the same page. Nobody was outdoing anybody and they were more interested in bringing the character to life alongside the other characters. Everybody was a team player. And the music was awesome. Great, great soundtrack. Kudos to the sound designer!
Jason Reitman did a great job with Up In The Air. He made the connection between the seemingly arrogant and the seemingly ordinary so great. Great job all over!
The Hurt Locker
I almost missed out on watching this. But I got to watch it on DVD. It’s not an easy movie to watch. And if you’re expecting big explosion scenes with lots of gunfights, you will be disappointed. It’s a very real story about the soldiers and what they have to go through while stationed in these places.
I read an article stating that District 9 should win Best Picture at the Oscars because it’s “DOUBLE AWESOME!” I agree. It’s so original and so well-written and well-made that it’s so hard to overlook this movie. It’s a simple enough story about a guy who turns into an alien when his blood mixes with the alien blood. He tries to stop the transformation but it’s hard when the only thing trying to help you is an alien you can’t understand. There’s nobody in the movie I recognize, which is a good thing, because it keeps me focused on the story and what’s happening on screen. It’s a really, really good, awesome movie that everyone should watch at least once.
Have you seen these movies? What did you think? Do you think they have a chance of winning Best Picture at the Oscars this year?