Popularity Contest

I’m starting to think that awards like the Golden Globes and the Oscars are really awards for most popular or highest grossing film, particularly the ‘Best Picture’ category.

Just take a look at the nominations for the Best Drama Golden Globe: ‘Avatar’, ‘The Hurt Locker’, Inglorious Basterds’, ‘Precious’ and ‘Up in the Air’, which to you screams best drama? Is it the over-hyped visual MMO gamers wet dream, the powerful but disturbing ‘Precious’ (only read the book, not see the film), the clever and witty ‘Up in the Air’ or the tense war drama ‘The Hurt Locker’… (sorry haven’t seen ‘Inglorious Basterds’ so can’t comment as I know nothing about it)? Yes, you got ‘Avatar’ won for Best Drama! It also won Best Director, beating Kathryn Bigelow, Clint Eastwood, Jason Reitman and Quentin Tarantino!

The nominations for the BAFTAs are announced on the 21st Jan, lets hope that these don’t turn into giant popularity contests (although ‘Avatar’ has been long listed for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Cinematography as well as a ton of technical awards). Incidentally, the BAFTA long list is actually kind of interesting:

Best Film: Avatar, District 9, An Education, Gran Torino, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Invictus, Moon, Precious, The Road, A Serious Man, A Single Man, Star Trek, Up and Up in the Air.

I think the five films we’ll be seeing in nomination list are: An Education, The Hurt Locker, Moon, Precious and Up in the Air. (I wish I could believe ‘Star Trek’ was worthy of a Best Film BAFTA, but much as I love it the sci-fi film that deserves that accolade is ‘Moon’).


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