Originally Posted by dybbuk
How to Feel Better About Your White Guilt--oop I mean Crash, Slumdog Millionaire and the King's Speech are all awful. I never got into the LOTR. The Departed was a sympathy win and not near Scorcese's best films. The Hurt Locker was painfully overrated. Million Dollar Baby, The Artist and Argo were all fine, but hardly spectacular. That leaves No Country for Old Men which was fantastic. Best Picture has been one of the worst categories for a long time now imo.
I loved Crash and I don't have white guilt. I voted for Crash actually because I really loved it at the time (and that Bird York song "In The Deep" - very beautiful) the performances were strong, it was interesting and engaging. I can see why it deserves a certain amount of derision but it's still a well made film.
I liked The King's Speech too. It was quite a touching story and I say that as a person who has zero love for the British royal family - royal families in general but especially the British royal family.
Haven't seen Slumdog and I've been meaning to watch No Country For Old Men for years! Haven't seen Hurt Locker either, anything my brother recommends I instantly shun even though he actually has good taste in films now!
LOTR - bleugh. Can't believe it's leading. I'm not even gonna start a rant about how those three movies had their strengths but weren't spectacular overall.
Million Dollar Baby kinda got you, you couldn't help it. Clint Eastwood makes good films. I was never a fan of his until films like this and Gran Torino. I remember I saw GT, Seven Pounds and Benjamin Button almost back to back weeks. Okay, not masterpieces for the ages but films with a lot of heart!
The Departed was very entertaining, quite gripping, good plot but I don't remember much about it now. Might not have been Martin's best but still better than a lot of other nominees in recent years.
I'm going to watch Argo this weekend.