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And the most surprising moment of the 2010 Oscars was…

March 15, 2010


At least Waltz didn’t get snubbed, but glad to see we’re all on the same page.

Mark my words, folks – some day, hopefully soon, QT will get his due. Politics, man. Too much freakin’ politics.

– Sandra Bullock wins Best Actress: 4 votes
Hurt Locker wins Best Pic: 6 votes
– The wonderful lack of long-ass speeches: 1 vote
Hurt Locker wins Best Original Screenplay: 1 vote
– The general lack of love for Tarantino and Basterds: 12 votes
The White Ribbon / A Prophet get robbed of Best Foreign: 7 votes
– That freakin’ hour-long interpretive dance routine for the Best Score nominees: 6 votes (what the hell was that?)
– Other: 1 vote for “Avatar wins Best Cinematography”, 1 vote for “Up in the Air loses Best Adapted Screenplay to Precious” (didn’t see that coming either), 1 vote for “The White Ribbon / A Prophet not getting robbed because Argentina makes the best foreign films!” (that one’s up for debate), 1 vote for “Martin & Baldwin were actually funny” (agreed) and 1 vote for “No Aiden R. on the red carpet” (oh you…)

Well, that’s it for the Oscar nonsense this year. Back to the good shit!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2010 10:35 am

    At least Christopher Waltz got the best supporting actor. People surely would have protested him not getting the award!

  2. March 15, 2010 3:27 pm

    This was a tough poll. The loss for original screenplay and cinematography were bad, but I couldn’t believe A Prophet and White Ribbon lost.

  3. Kevin permalink
    March 15, 2010 3:42 pm

    Here is my issue with Bastards.

    For one thing it has some very slow parts. Yeah the dialogue is good put the pacing is a little screwy.

    But the big problem I have (and pacing problems contribute) is the mood of the film is very confused. Is it supposed to be an action movie? Suspense? Comedy? Too many characters get killed off too quickly, and even many of the ones that last a while… what do we really know about Aldo? The only character that is really gets fleshed out is Waltz’s.

    Take Daniel Bruhl’s character. He’s a nazi and kind of a putz, but he seems to mean well and is likable. Then, out of nowhere, he threatens to rape Shosanna? It was like Tarantino was writing it and thought, “Crap, I’ve made this guy too likable. I need to make him seem like a prick so no one will be too bummed when he dies in a second.”

    By the way, and this is minor, but that reminds me of how useless the character of Shosanna’s boyfriend was. The only reason he seemed to be in the movie at all was to try and let the audience know she wasn’t going to fall for Bruhl.

    I liked the movie and don’t think it was necessarily any less deserving that Hurt Locker or Avatar. I just think it was an above average film with flaws that came out in a weak year.

    • Kevin permalink
      March 15, 2010 3:46 pm

      I forgot, look at the scene where Bruhl leaves the theater. He clearly feels guilt or remorse for having killed all the soldiers in the watchtower. Creating empathy for his character. Why would Tarantino put that scene in if he’s going to kill him off in 2 minutes? Not only that but make him out to be a jerk and kill him.

      • March 15, 2010 6:22 pm

        Basterds was used as a sort of meditation of violence. The Nation’s Pride scene is a good example of this: when the Nazis are watching and celebrating the death of ally army you are repulsed, but then


        when we see Hitler gunned down during the theatre scene by Aldo’s gang the audience is reveling in the joy of that scene. It turns the table on our expectations. Bruhl’s character is somewhat similar to that.

  4. Darren permalink
    March 16, 2010 4:53 am

    Great example of a film which didn’t get enough awards love. C’mon, I know the Academy would scoff at giving it the Best Picture, but that’s why we have Screenplay awards. For the REAL Beast pictures of the year (seriously, look over any given ceremony – odds are the Screenplay winners are better than the Best Picture winner).

  5. mcarteratthemovies permalink
    March 16, 2010 2:56 pm

    The Academy has it out for Tarantino. That’s all there is to it! I lied in my blog when I said I wasn’t bitter. I am EXTREMELY FRIGGIN’ BITTER that “Inglourious” got the shutout on everything but Christoph Waltz’s Oscar. If nothing else, it deserved Best Original Screenplay. I’m also still pissed that Melanie Laurent didn’t get a Best Supporting Actress nod but they put MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL in the race?

    WTF, man. WTF.

    • March 16, 2010 11:51 pm

      Isn’t Laurent really a lead actress in the story though? She definitely deserved a nomination in one of the categories.

      • Darren permalink
        March 17, 2010 10:46 am

        Yep, but you could make the case that Christoph Waltz is leading – I’m fairly certain he has the most screentime. I think the Academy just likes to keep the quirky stuff in the supporting categories where they feel it belongs (remember last year with a blackface Robert Downey Jnr and a comic book villain?).

        But yep, she did deserve something – I’m so sick of all the Diane Krueger love while Laurent gets passed over.

  6. March 16, 2010 7:05 pm

    Guess who did the write-in on Best Adapted Screenplay?

  7. March 22, 2010 2:31 pm

    I was more shocked at the lack of love for Reitman and Up In The Air.

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