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list rarely includes movies I review on a weekly basis.
However, despite Hollywood’s best efforts, a few rogue
blockbusters receive nominations and this year is nodifferent:
The Social Network, Inception, Toy Story 3
made both lists. For my money, this makesthem winners. However, you can
t enjoy the spectacle of the Oscar show if you restrict yourself to the big moviesyou really liked on opening weekend. No, you have to dig
around the multiplex and watch the anomalies, the “black swans” of Hollywood that didn’t sell tickets but impressed
the hell out of Academy voters.The movie with the most nominations (12) is a dull littlestory about a pompous ass with a speech impediment whohas to, after a build-up of decades, make the bloody speechof his life as Britain enters the bloody war against Hitler.No special effects, no 3D imagery but just a few actors in afew rooms, talking. And they are the same sex, no less.
So, you wouldn’t walk across the street to see it but whenit wins a ton of awards, you’ll be dying to s
is the top contender for the top awards.Now the second most-nominated movie (10) is
,a remake of a John Wayne movie produced and directedby the quirky Coen Brothers, who essentially work outsideof the Hollywood system and have the ability to makewhatever damn movie they want. They keep costs down,attract top actors and stay true to their inner vision of story
and visual themes. They didn’
t make #1 at the box officeuntil the third week of release, which is a remarkableaccomplishment to the power of word of mouth and the