Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Oscars and whatnot

Exciting things are happening today. I had to leave work early for a thing and now I'm home with extra hours to spend writing. First I have to research the origin of poker because I have two characters who are going to play cards and discuss the rules of the game, but since this is a period piece I need to make sure the version of the game that I pick is one that fits the time. I'm afraid I may have to play poker this weekend as research. It's a hard-knock life.

There are too many movies nominated for Academy Awards and most of the time they end up being a publicity race anyway, but I'm still excited that Kathryn Bigelow was nominated. The Hurt Locker is a nearly perfect film and it deserves every bit of recognition it gets.

Avatar, on the other hand, is way overrated. It's pretty and expensive and made a ton of money. It is not an amazing story. There are whole categories for technical feats on film - Avatar should sweep those, but it should not take any award for storytelling.

The one film I feel like got robbed was The Road. Robert Duvall deserved a nomination for sure, and the screenplay is beautiful.

Annnd LOST. Who's excited? I am. What the fuck is going to happen? I DON'T KNOW. Nobody knows. Who's where? What's when? Does this show even exist or did my brain make it up while I was sleeping?

Now I will go write.


  1. I hope Bigelow wins. About damn time a woman wins Best Director.

    I will get violent if she loses to Cameron this year.

  2. Directed toward DIMA:

    I want the director of The Hurt Locker or the director of Inglourious Basterds to win the best director Oscar.

    Your way of thinking reminds me of people rooting for Halle Berry or Spike Lee simply because they're black.

    Do you think Bigelow would want to win simply because it's "About damn time a woman wins Best Director."?

    She deserves it because of the brilliant effort, not because she has a vagina.

  3. I had to research poker for Ghost Train, too - there's a big poker scene and I had to figure out what they'd be playing in 1890s Texas. Fun!

    For my current project, I've had to look up ticks, crabs, and seating charts for a 737 so far. (It's kind of a strange one).

    Patrick Sweeney
    I Blame Ninjas

  4. I am with you on the too many nominations boat.


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