http://oscar.go.com/nominations/nominees Putting aside all the "WTF? RotF didn't get effects nod?" I would like to get some genuine feedback on the nominations in the other categories. As someone who enjoys film both as an art form and as escapist entertainment, I take a lot of interest in the Oscars. In the past, they've pointed out movies I would have never otherwise seen but wound up liking quite a bit (IE: There Will Be Blood), and they've also aroused my ire (how the blazes can someone make a comic book film that transcends its own genre to become a great film period and not get a nod for best picture or best director?). In short, I have fun with the Oscars, one way or another. Granted, the nerd rage often comes before the "maybe I should check this out..." But, that goes without saying. So there are 10 best picture slots this year. And I must say, congratulations to Up for being the first animated movie since Beauty and the Beast to get a best picture nomination. And also, major props must be given to Blomkamp and crew for getting District 9 up there. Can I get a WHOOP WHOOP for the little sci-fi film that could? Now, I did not see The Blind Side, An Education, Precious, The Hurt Locker (yet), or A Serious Man (yet), but I can say that Up, Inglorious Basterds, and Up in the Air all deserve thier spots. And District 9, while maybe not everyone's cup of tea, managed to do something really worthwhile with the "mockumentary" format in science fiction. Then, there's Avatar. Oh, Avatar, you just love to laud those effects over us, don't you? But surely, you won't try and take the little golden man away from someone like Jason Reitman or Kathryn Bigelow, would you? Oh, you would? Ok, but you're pretty much a really well-done tech demo up against nine of the most critically acclaimed films of the year. I mean, it's not like you won a Golden Globe or somethin-- Dammit. So, finally I get all of my favorite live action movies of the year in best picture slots, and a bunch of blue cat peopole come along and guarantee themselve major sweeping. Meaning Up in the Air gets the shaft again and James Cameron's epic LOLcat adventure gets a "WINNER OF 9 ACADEMY AWARDS" sticker on its DVD. I can see the reactions now. Film Prude: This is perposterous! I demand repercussions! Me: Curse you, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, you have shot down my dreams once more. Neill Blomkamp: Fookin' James Cameron. *Foo!* *panting* So, *panting* what do you guys think?