(The same picture that every writer has used the past bijillion years for covering the Oscars)
The picture the public wants to win: Avatar. It was the biggest economical success in film’s history. The movie was an experience that the vast majority of its viewers enjoyed. It was the cinematic experience of the year.
The picture that critics want to win: The Hurt Locker. This is the smallest film to ever be nominated for this category. It’s this year’s “Slumdog” in the sense that everyone who’s seen the movie has enjoyed it and the only problem is…very few have seen it. (It’s not quite as universal as Slumdog, because it s a War/Action, instead of Drama/Romance. However, the War/Action audience (also known as “men”) is a fairly large one, and many have missed the film.
The picture that is a combination of box office success and critical acclaim: Inglorious Basterds. This is the true underdog of the category. It would be a huge upset and history will frown upon the fact that Tarantino didn’t receive an award for his “masterpiece”.
The picture that is able to entertain, teach and satisfy the entire audience: District 9. It won’t be taking home the award but if you had to recommend one movie from this year to somebody, without knowing anything about them, it would have to be this film.
Dirty Little Secret (In case you didn’t know)
Best Picture Nominees
Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, and Up in the Air.
Best Director Nominee
1. The Hurt Locker
3. Inglorious Basterds
5. Up in the Air
^The truth is that this is the real list of Best Picture Nominees this year. If you’re cheering for The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, A Serious Man, or Up it’s just not going to happen.