What Is It With The Oscars?

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So I guess congrats should go out to the “The Hurt Locker” for winning the Oscar for Best Picture last night. I continued a trend last night that has stretched pretty much all 15 years of my adult life. I’ve never actually seen the movie that received Best Picture in the year it was released. Actually most years, just like this year, I’ve never even heard of the stinking movie.

I thought I might break the trend this year having seen both “Up” and “Blind Side” but I realistically knew they had no chance in heck to win the  prestigious award because…

1. I had seen them.

2. I actually like them.

3. I even understood them.

So let’s hold our own Oscars today. What was the best movie you saw this past year?

83 Responses to “What Is It With The Oscars?”

  1. Amy says:

    Avatar was robbed!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Accessories =-.

  2. Jim F. says:

    UP – I loved it for so many reasons – It is just a good story regardless of animation or not. To me it proves you can not beat a good story.

  3. kevin says:

    I was a big fan of The Blind Side. The only other nominee I saw was Up – which I enjoyed as well. I’m always a sap for stories of redemption, so I was hoping for The Blind Side.

  4. Michael says:

    Despite the bad language. I really liked District 9.
    .-= Michael´s last blog ..The Worst at Hide and Seek =-.

  5. Hard to pick just one…

    Loved Blind Side, Precious, and Up. They were all so different but all so well done.
    .-= Lindsey Nobles´s last blog ..Message Received. Loud and Clear =-.

  6. Joel Mayward says:

    My top three are The Hurt Locker, The Road, and Up.

    I think I’m one of the only few who saw The Hurt Locker, but still haven’t seen The Blindside.
    .-= Joel Mayward´s last blog ..Let Jesus Define You =-.

  7. holly says:

    If I say New Moon will you delete this? :) And, I’m totally kidding – not a good movie at all (even though I love the books).
    Nate and I were having this very discussion last night – most of the movies we had never even heard of before, much less seen. I’ll admit, I’m glad that Avatar didn’t win because that looked beyond stupid to me, but what do I know, I like vampires and werewolves? :)
    .-= holly´s last blog ..The Transformation =-.

  8. Helen says:

    I cried during both “The Blind Side” and “Up”. I loved both of those movies.
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Happy Birthday, Peter Pollock =-.

  9. katdish says:


    I absolutely adore that movie.
    .-= katdish´s last blog ..Taking a Tumble (by Billy Coffey) =-.

  10. Alison says:

    “The Blind Side”. Very glad Sandra Bullock won Best Actress…she was awesome in the movie and I loved her speech last night.
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..Vapor =-.

  11. joyce says:

    The Blind Side. These days I like something heartwarming.
    .-= joyce´s last blog ..A New York Minute =-.

  12. Heidi H says:

    Star Trek, The Blind Side, & Up…I think I’m one of only 7 people in the country that hasn’t seen Avatar. :)
    .-= Heidi H´s last blog ..Baby Molly =-.

  13. Rodney says:

    I thought the hurt locker was about a bully in junior high. jk

    I would have to say the The Blind Side.
    .-= Rodney´s last blog ..Wednesday 9-2-09 Day Nine =-.

  14. Rob says:

    Loved The Blind Side, Up, and Avatar. Saw District 9…it was interesting enough, but not necessarily Best Pic worthy in my opinion. Still want to see The Hurt Locker, Precious, and A Serious Man. If I had to choose, though, I’d have to go with The Blind Side because 1) it’s about redemption, 2) it’s about football.

    By the way, props to Up for winning the Original Score Oscar! Fantastic music!
    .-= Rob´s last blog ..I WANTED TO PUNCH A KID IN THE FACE =-.

  15. Cheryl Floyd says:

    UP! was really, really good.

  16. Cheryl Floyd says:

    OH, but I really enjoyed A Christmas Carol too.

  17. Derek Lynas says:

    Avatar (3D) IMAX! Just as always with the Oscars, I’m now highly motivated to see The Hurt Locker. This panel obviously doesn’t like movies that combine elements of (Robocop, Jurassic Park, and the Matrix)into one movie.

  18. Bill Renfrew says:

    Blind Side was my favorite movie that I saw last year. But it was also the only new movie I saw last year so I’m not sure if my vote counts.

  19. jessica says:

    The only one I watched was UP in 3D with your boys and I loved it! Wish I would have seen a few more!
    .-= jessica´s last blog ..Community Group =-.

  20. I agree with your post Pete =) ! Definitely Up & The Blind Side are from my fav movies I saw last year.

  21. David Knapp says:

    Pete I thought I was the only one! Wasn’t Milk last year. I never heard of it. I haven’t even seen it at our local rent a movie place. Same goes for Hurt Locker. I guess these two movies never came to Joplin, MO theaters.

    I saw Up and would have wanted that one to win. The first computer animation movie that made me suck back the tears.
    .-= David Knapp´s last blog ..Mosaic Mercy Blogroll =-.

  22. Jay says:

    ‘The Hurt Locker’ won a well deserved Oscar. It was an amazing film. That movie will suck you in during the first 5-10 minutes. In addition, it had none of the left-wing politics that has permeated movies about the Iraq War. It didn’t preach a message. It told a story with compelling characters.
    .-= Jay´s last blog ..It Was Oscar Night =-.

  23. ttm says:

    Rab Ne Bana De Jodi


    (I’m a sucker for subtitles and round, dynamic characters… )

  24. Patty Grimm says:

    The Hurt Locker. Hands down.

  25. jessica says:

    I really enjoyed “The Blindside”…but then I enjoy a movie where I need a box of tissue.
    Avatar…was dumb. Pretty, but dumb. {is “dumb” on the words we aren’t supposed to use list?}
    .-= jessica´s last blog ..Sickness & Suffering =-.

  26. Rob says:

    Movies? Who has time to watch movies?! How about anything with Keanu Reeves? 😉 (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure)

    Looking forward to seeing ‘the Hurt Locker’ and ‘the Blindside’
    .-= Rob´s last blog ..Be Thou My Vision =-.

  27. Kyle Reed says:

    I actually blogged about this in the context of ministry and the oscars: http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com/oscar-world/

    And I think the best movie I have seen in the last year was definitely Hurt Locker

    You should see this movie. It was great.

  28. mpt says:

    My top three favorite movies last year (in no particular order) were…

    Hurt Locker
    District 9

  29. Zac says:

    (500) Days of Summer. Such an awesome movie.

  30. Diane Moody says:

    Thrilled that Sandra Bullock won for BLIND SIDE, and loved the movie. But Meryl Streep was AMAZING as Julia Childs in JULIE & JULIA! She WAS Julia Childs!

    And I have to say, I was glad AVATAR got dissed a little. I am SO done with special effects and the tired “man is killing the planet” message movies. And what is with (the latest) Mrs. James Cameron? Girl, you have GOT to eat a CHEESEBURGER!

  31. Tim says:

    Definitely UP. The Blind Side was great, too, and I’m really glad that Sandra Bullock won Best Actress. I had no interest whatsoever in seeing Avatar, but I’d love to see The Hurt Locker.

  32. Nate says:

    I loved Up and Star Trek. Frankly, even though I thought Avatar was cool, I wasn’t as big a fan as everyone else I know. And I haven’t seen The Hurt Locker or The Blind Side yet, but I definitely intend to.
    .-= Nate´s last blog ..Missional (pt. 2). . . =-.

  33. The Blind Side was fantastic. Avatar was really interesting. Up in the Air was just depressing. I’d go with Blind Side, but didn’t see the others.
    .-= Chris Sullivan´s last blog ..On Writing =-.

  34. paula says:

    Definitely UP … that was the best 3 minute love story!

  35. Jay says:

    Dude…you HAVE to see Hurt Locker…I am typically not an Oscar winning movie watching kind of guy, either. This movie is different…set out a night and watch this either with some guy friends or your wife (not your kids). Great movie!
    .-= Jay´s last blog ..The Way… =-.

  36. Nick says:

    Avatar was definitely not the best based on the story line. However, because it was so awesome in the IMAX 3D, I’d have to say it is the best movie I saw this year.

    My wife forced me to see “Dear John” and “The Time Travelers Wife” – They were two of the worst movies I’ve seen this year.
    .-= Nick´s last blog ..Is It Our Responsibility? =-.

  37. Wes Howard says:

    Hurt Locker was a really good movie and deserve the win, but my personal favorite this past year was (500) Days of Summer.
    .-= Wes Howard´s last blog ..Church as a kid: The Invitation =-.

  38. Jason says:

    If you haven’t seen The Hurt Locker.. GO SEE IT!!! It DEFINITELY deserved best picture.. and I’ve seen ALL the nominees…

  39. David says:

    I think Zombieland was robbed and Bill Murray should have got an Oscar for his role in it. Maybe it’s just me…

  40. I’d not seen or really heard much about The Hurt Locker either. I’ll have to check it out though. As I already said, I liked Up the best, even though I knew it wouldn’t win best picture – it’s too story driven, which I like but isn’t too mainstream.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.
    .-= bondChristian´s last blog ..How I wrote a recommendation letter – what would you add? =-.

  41. Been so long I think CARS should win!
    .-= Bill (cycleguy)´s last blog ..I Think I’m Learning =-.

  42. robert says:

    “avatar” has already won it’s best picture oscar back when it was “dances with wolves”.

    i agreed with many of the best picture picks for my money i would pick “up” just because it was so amazing for an animated film.

  43. Some of the most enjoyable movies out there will never get recognized by the Academy. They get nods here and there… costuming, set design, music, makeup, or the untelevised tech awards. Don’t get me wrong; all of those elements are essential to telling a compelling story, to pulling the viewer in and helping them suspend their disbelief long enough to buy into the story and enjoy it. But every one knows that the awards that say a film has really been recognized are the ones for the actors and actresses in it, in supporting roles and not, the writing awards, the directing awards, and the best picture. And that’s where the Academy’s politics and bias are obvious.
    No science fiction film, no matter how well done it is, no matter what meaningful message it sends, wins Oscars. No fantasy film, no matter how well told or beautifully painted, or how classical the story is, wins Oscars. No comedy, no matter what the larger message is, wins Oscars. In the end, the Oscars are all about ramming Hollywood politics down mainstream American throats.

    My best movies of the year were District 9, Watchmen, Star Trek, Avatar (sorry, LOVED the visuals), and UP, but at the moment, that’s because those are the only ones I remember. I know the husband and I commented repeatedly how this was a GREAT year for movies. Are they all “clean”? No. Absolutely not. Watchmen was rated R for many very good reasons. But they still had an excellent story to tell, comments on society as a whole, and we had excellent discussions about all of the movies afterward.

    I just wish the Academy would pause and recognize real talent sometimes.

  44. Rita says:

    Didn’t see some of the others and I’m sure they were probably great, but I’m pretty much an old school girl. Loved Star Trek. Brought back lots of memories and thought it was very well done.

  45. Traditionally, i haven’t seen, nor heard of the movies up for best picture, and considering that of all the movies nominated for ANY category this year, i’ve only seen 3 (Up, Princess and the Frog, Transformers), I’m gonna go with Up.

    It really does speak on many levels though -spanning the entire range of human emotion as i like to say – and, were it not animated, it would probably have been considered more seriously.
    .-= brenten gilbert´s last blog ..on the ten girls left… =-.

  46. Kevin M. says:

    My favourite movie of 2009 was “Star Trek.” Yep, I am a trekkie! :)
    .-= Kevin M.´s last blog ..Sermon Synopsis 3/7 – A disciple passes on the good news =-.

  47. jeremy says:

    THE FANTASTIC MR FOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best movie of the year!

  48. Jennifer says:

    I think that I might be the only person that just was not that impressed with The Hurt Locker. I mean I thought it was okay, but definitely not the hype it has gotten. Hmmmmm….

  49. Lori Allen says:

    My favorite movie was a little indie flick called Away We Go… I also enjoyed Whip It a lot!!!

  50. jeff bullock says:

    hmmm… haven’t seen any of these movies, “The Hurt Locker”, “Up”, “Blindside” (they are my favorite band), “Avatar”, or “Precious”. If I had to choose based on the little that I know, I would have guessed Avatar. It did gross the most money ever, right? So dispute the handful that didn’t see it, those that did probably persuaded those on the fence about seeing it. With that being said, I was surprised!

  51. Laura Anne says:

    An Education.

    By FAR the best movie I saw in the last 12 months. Carey Mulligan is FANTASTIC in it, and hopefully she’ll have her chance again for the Best Actress Oscar – if she’d won it would have been completely deserved as she gave a wonderful performance as Jenny.

    I expect there is much more great acting to come from Carey Mulligan.

    I loved Up – pleased it got Best Animated & Best Original Score (both well deserved awards) and The Hurt Locker is excellent also. It well deserved Best Picture.
    .-= Laura Anne´s last blog ..BK’s Oscars 2010 =-.

  52. jeff bullock says:

    I hate mis-types! I said above “dispute”, and meant “despute”. Please excuse auto-typing on my phone.

  53. Jenni Catron says:

    I’m so with you. I rarely know the movies that win at the Oscars. Just not much of a movie buff and then I’m a sucker for sappy love stories that never win awards.
    .-= Jenni Catron´s last blog ..Home Foundation Benefit Concert =-.

  54. Brad says:

    I started writing a new movie script last night called, A Precious Locker. It might have a chance. What da ya think?

  55. Jack says:

    Out of the ten, my favorite was District 9, followed closely by Up and The Blind Side. I’ve seen 7 of the 10 nominees (a rarity for me to have seen that many), and I think they were all pretty good. Still have to see An Education, Up in the Air, and Precious .

  56. I know this is totally obvious that its coming from a 19 year old, But I loved inglorious B……. haha I am a huge Tarantino fan. Yes, and I am still a christian. I think Hurt Locker deserved the award, it was a good movie, but hard to watch because of its depictions were so real and intense. Up also made me cry when I saw it with my brothers and sisters. A christmas carol was amazing. And I know most didn’t see it, and most probably shouldn’t see it, but Adventureland was one of my favorites as well.
    .-= Tanner Pemelton´s last blog ..Crash =-.

  57. Jody says:

    “Inglourious Bastards” was my favorite comedy, if that tells you how sick I am, but “The Hurt Locker” was a well deserved Best Picture. Speaking as an OIF vet, it is the best movie so far of this current war(s).

  58. Sarah says:

    This year? That’s rough since I watch a few DVDs a week. I loved “Valentino: The Last Emperor” Yeah, I know, I’m a dork.

    There are plenty of others I love too, but I didn’t see them this year.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..And The Winner Is…. =-.

  59. britt says:

    What a great year of movies! I saw 9 out of 10 (haven’t seen An Education yet) and loved all of them for completely different reasons.

    The Hurt Locker was my favorite. One of the few war films that made me feel like I actually knew these guys.

    District 9- a film addressing social issues of apartheid, class struggle and cover ups disguised as a scary alien movie.

    Up In The Air- loved the characters, loved the clever dialogue. I want to be on a cross country flight with any of them.

    Up- so glad it’s beautiful score won. The first animated film to make me cry, since Bambi. Ha

    A Serious Man- probably my least favorite although I’m usually a big Coen Brothers Fan.

    Loved the true story of Blind Side but it felt a little Lifetime Network for me. Happy for Sandra.

    Avatar didn’t move me (except for the magnificent CGI display) when I saw it but I found myself thinking about it days later.

    Precious- such GREAT performances. How did Monique do it? She channeled one of the most despicable monsters I’ve seen on film and then played scenes where you actually empathize with her.

    Inglourious Basterds- Quentin is a true original and Christoph Waltz stole the show.

    I really thought the awards show was great except for the corny 80’s style break dancing segment. Ha!

    • Laura Anne says:

      Ok, you’ve like taken words out of my mouth and so glad you said that about The Blind Side. I hope you like An Education.
      .-= Laura Anne´s last blog ..BK’s Oscars 2010 =-.

    • Jen says:

      I was so THRILLED that Christoph Waltz got Best Supporting. He was absolutely amazing… He gave me the creeps the moment he appeared on screen.

      And it just cracks me up that tarantino has the ba—guts to re-write history 😉 How many kids will fail history because of this movie, do you think? 😀
      .-= Jen´s last blog ..Just Ducking In… =-.

  60. Anna says:

    CRAZY HEART was 100% amazing. Jeff Bridges was incredible and so is the soudntrack.

  61. Julie says:

    I saw District 9..it had some awesome potential but never really lived up to it. I saw UP and while it was a pretty good movie, due to its intense scenes I felt like it wasn’t really a good film for small children.
    The movies I loved and would have voted for
    The Ugly Truth
    The Proposal
    Star Trek
    I even enjoyed Wolverine, though I felt that it also had more potential then it lived up to.

  62. Tina says:

    I had two faves…UP and The Blind Side. UP was awesome, the story was great…and who doesn’t like a talking dog? The Blind Side…well..was incredible and relevant, not only because it was true…but we could all take something away from it. Sandra deserved the Best Actress award…

  63. carrie-anne says:

    Up was amazing! Precious was so tough to watch because of some life parallels for me. However, it was a beautifully touching movie. It pulled at the heart strings tons. Not for kids, and many of the words would be on Brandi’s list of words not to say…even for adults :)

  64. Amy says:

    I was hoping for Blind Side. Up was amazing also, but I loved the Blind Side. Haven’t seen Hurt Locker. Honestly I hadn’t even heard of it until Oscar night.
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Project Life – March 2 – 8, 2010 =-.

  65. Derek says:

    What’s funny, most movies that win best picture I have never even heard of. I don’t know what criteria they use to select winners, but none of the movies I like win, the movies I’ve never heard of do.

    Best Sound goes out to STAR TREK!!! Oh YA!
    Best Picture goes out to STAR TREK!!! (Runner up, Blind Side)
    .-= Derek´s last blog ..The Skinny On The Bible =-.

  66. Rachel says:

    I’d have to say Up. I say Up, not because it’s fantastic (which it is), but because it’s the only movie I’ve seen this past year that actually came out this past year.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Unconscious Mutterings =-.

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