They announced the nominees for Best Picture this morning. They’re expanding the list to 10 movies, so that they can further dilute the notion of “Nominated For Best Picture” in the service of marketing campaigns. I’m glad to see Pixar’s Up getting on the list, although I don’t think it is Pixar’s best movie. And I hate to stereotype a movie I haven’t seen, but…
The Blind Side? Seriously? Isn’t that a Lifetime Channel exclusive? And Sandra Bullock is nominated for Best Actress?
Sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room, I overheard an Entertainment Tonight-type television show talk about Bullock as taking the title of “America’s sweetheart” from Julia Roberts, who “held it for ten years.” Besides speaking as if describing a title belt (a funny idea already), I like the idea of Sandra Bullock taking the title of “Julia Roberts” from Julia Roberts.
At the risk of sounding elitist, I’m going to go all in on The Hurt Locker (which I have seen) being a vastly superior movie in every possible way to The Blind Side. And I’d say the same about Star Trek. And probably The Emperor’s New Groove 2: Kronk’s New Groove, which I assume does not contain paternalistic depictions of racial empowerment that make you feel rather queasy. Which is the impression I got of The Blind Side from watching its trailers.
Has anybody actually seen The Blind Side? Can anybody tell me if it’s as bad as I assume it is? Mostly I wrote this post so I can try this wordpress poll feature.