Oscar Nomination Extravaganza – Contest!

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There’s still time to get into the the drawing for an Inglourious Basterds DVD, but let’s not stop the contests there!

In 2010 for the first time in decades, there will be ten Academy Award nominations for Best Picture instead of just five. What exactly this will mean is yet to be determined. Will it encourage the Academy to include more offbeat, indie, and maybe even foreign films in the category? Or will it provide an opportunity for the top-level summer blockbusters to get a shot at major awards? Could we possibly see movies like Star Trek and Antichrist both nominated this year?

Thanks to Goon, who came up with this idea as a Row Three Challenge a couple of weeks ago, here’s your chance to guess! Which ten films from 2009 do you think will end up with the Oscar nominations come February? Remember, to be eligible, the films have to have had a theatrical release in the United States during 2009. Post your guesses in the comments section and we’ll tally them all up after the nominations are announced. Whoever has the most correct will receive a yet–to-be-determined prize pack, probably a DVD. We’ll let you know what the prize will be closer to the February nomination announcement. Sorry, contributors, you can play, but only for the glory.

We’d like to have all entries in before the Golden Globe nominations are announced on December 15th (because Golden Globes tend to be too good a predictor of the Oscars), so you’ve got about five days to come up with your picks and post them in a comment here. I’d also like to note that for the first time ever, there will be five nominations in the Animated Feature category, so please include five guesses for those nominations as well. We will use those guesses as a tie-breaker.

After the cut, a few possibilities to get you thinking (courtesy of Goon and Rusty, thanks for getting us started!). Feel free to throw in any others as well, of course – this is just a starter list.

A Serious Man
An Education
Invictus
Nine
District 9
Star Trek
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Lovely Bones
Avatar
Broken Embraces
The Road
Precious
Princess and the Frog
Up
Coraline
Home
Moon
The Hurt Locker
The Informant
Inglourious Basterds
It’s Complicated
Up In The Air
The Young Victoria
Damned United
Bright Star
Crazy Heart
The White Ribbon
The Maid
In the Loop
35 Shots of Rum
Mary and Max
Ponyo
Antichrist
Julie/Julia
Away We Go

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Andrew James
Admin

For reference, here are the official rules for Oscar about which films are eligible:
http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/

Darcy S McCallum
Guest

A Serious Man

An Education

Invictus

Nine

District 9

Star Trek

Broken Embraces

Up

Inglourious Basterds

Up In The Air

of course i hope Dr. Parnassus gets a best director nom and best foriegn film noms for Mother & Broken Embraces.

Bob Turnbull
Admin

Glory is all I need…

Ten Oscar Noms:

A Serious Man

An Education

Avatar

The Hurt Locker

Invictus

The Lovely Bones

Nine

Precious

The Road

Up In The Air

Animated:

Coraline

Fantastic Mr Fox

Ponyo

Princess And The Frog

Up

Omar Gomez
Guest

For best piture:

Invictus

Nine

District 9

Avatar

Precious

The Hurt Locker

Up In The Air

Julie/Julia

A Single Man

Inglourious Basterds

Best Animated:

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Up

Coraline

Ponyo

Princess and the Frog

Good luck to all contestants

–Omar

Goon
Guest

Can you run for animated and best picture, or can you only run for one?

guesses coming shortly.

rot
Guest

Precious

A Serious Man

The Hurt Locker

Up in the Air

Inglourious Basterds

Up

Nine

The Road

Bright Star

The Young Victoria

Goon
Guest

based on what I read about animated feature film, I take it they can run for best picture. I'm going to gamble on this years list taking advantage of the 10 on some mainstream pics. Also the buzz some of the late Oscar bait is apparently shit put a wrench in my initial 'locks'

A Serious Man

An Education

Invictus

Star Trek

District 9

Avatar

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Up In The Air

Up

animated:

Ponyo

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Princess and the Frog

Up

Coraline

Goon
Guest

I was tempted to break the mold, because I think Coraline and/or Ponyo could get bounced by Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. That one is a crowd pleaser, and the extent of such effect on the voters is the big X factor there to me.

Mike Rot
Member

Anyone who doesn't have The Young Victoria on their list is delusional. If there is one thing you can bank on with the Oscars, its their love for films about the monarchy, and this one is actually very good.

Goon
Guest

french canadian director, positive reviews arent positive enough, negative reviews are somewhat to very negative. not bankable enough for me.

maybe Golden Globes

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I think Goon is right on this one, Rot. If it were a british production maybe…

What is Canada's submission for best Foreign Language this year?

Mike Rot
Member

its a UK/US production, I am willing to put hard money on the table it will be nominated.

Mike Rot
Member

and it has a 73% on RT… to say they wouldn't nominate mediocre Oscar bait films is to have amnesia. What's important to remember is what a hard-on they have for the monarchy.

Mike Rot
Member

and I have seen it, it is a good film, it is custom-made for this sort of nomination.

Mike Rot
Member

Emily Blunt is great in it. It is the kind of film they are guaranteed to nominate when you have ten choices to fill. I wouldn't be as confident if it was five, even though with five I still think they would, but ten, absolutely.

Mike Rot
Member

And Torontonians will have a chance to see I Killed My Mother next month apparently at the Cinematheque. Looking forward to it.

Goon
Guest

"It is the kind of film they are guaranteed to nominate when you have ten choices to fill."

You're operating on the assumption though that they'll use the 10 films to fill up on more typical Oscar bait with only one or two 'pander' picks… I still think we'll see a couple more than that, which will push stuff like this out.

neil
Guest

Nine

The Hurt Locker

Up in the air

Up

Precious

Invictus

A single man

A serious man

an education

and

Star trek (why not, after how pissed people (or i) were at the Dark Knight not making the cut, and with the academy wanting people to watch the Oscars, why not go with one of the most popular blockbuster of the year?)

neil
Guest

oh and animated

Up

Fantastic Mr. fox

Coraline

Princess and the frog

Ponyo

Goon
Guest

I'll be shocked if Nine gets nominated after all the reviews that are coming out now

kurt
Guest

Holy Crap is THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG ever good! It is exactly everything that ENCHANTED should have been and more. First Disney movie that I've been honest to goodness impressed with in some time. I think there may be some Pixar-dust in the mix this time around, even if the film is very much a step back to handsome 2D Disney movie. This time they even (more or less) don't have icky gender/class/race issues which is kinda rare. P&tF may not have the majesty of The Lion King, but damn it comes into the ball park, and it is a quite fun picture to boot.

(a review shall be forthcoming…)

kurt
Guest

All that being said, it is still doesn't trump Fox or Coraline (even if Keith David manages to be better, he darn near steals this show as a wonderful villain) in the Disney than the Gaimen!)

Ashley
Guest

I haven't even started following the awards season races yet, but what the heck:

Best Picture:

A Serious Man

An Education

Nine

Star Trek

Precious

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Up In The Air

Crazy Heart

Avatar

Animated:

Up

Ponyo

Coraline

Princess & the Frog

Fantastic Mr. Fox

And I have seen exactly one of these movies! Yikes. Definitely fell behind this year…

Jane
Guest

Here's my stab at an Oscar prediction:

BEST PICTURE

An Education

A Serious Man

Inglorious Basterds

The Hurt Locker

Precious

Up in the Air

Avatar

Invictus

The Road

Nine

ANIMATED

Ponyo

Up

Coraline

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Princess and the Frog

Goon
Guest

joining Kurt in the praise for Princess and the Frog. Very fun…

but the Enchanted dig is cheap… there's nothing subversive about it, poking fun at Disney, to warrant any of that "what Enchanted should have been" crap. I think Kurt just wanted to remind everyone that he didn't like that movie.

Goon
Guest

I'll actually go and say I like P&F more than The Lion King… but a lot of the 'return to form' hype around this acts as if its the first good Disney animated film since the mid 90s… I submit that Lilo & Stitch is fine just fine.

kurt
Guest

I guess for me, disney allowing for some give to their formula while still playing to their base (so to speak), The Princess and The Frog finds the right balance. ENCHANTED, with its 'self-referential promise, simply failed to do much with it…ended up being more bound by the tried and true in the end. Yea, I wanted to remind you that I didn't like that film. 😉

Goon
Guest

i got 8/10 with 4/5 on animated.

Blind Side. YUCK

rot
Guest

a solid 6/10, oh yeah!

No matter how bad Nine was I am surprised its not nominated. And Young Victoria, well…

Andrew James
Admin

Looks like Ashley also got eight. We have a tie!

Goon
Guest

We're going to have to have a tiebreaker, either some screenshot competition out of 5 or a sound clip thing or just make it whoever guesses the most Oscar winners as a sidebar to the main competition later

Goon
Guest

yeah actually, 7 for Ashley. did I win my own game?

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