I don't like this new system of ten Best Picture nominees. Sure, maybe something that might have otherwise been overlooked gets nominated, but then maybe the nomination process needs to change, not the number of nominations.
This year we have: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids are All Right, The King's Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter's Bone. As far as I'm concerned, Inception, The Fighter, The Kids Are All Right, Toy Story 3, and True Grit don't belong there. Not that they weren't good movies. I thoroughly enjoyed most of them (see previous post for the exception). Still, the only reason they're nominated is because now they have to come up with ten movies.
Let's face it, there are plenty of years that there aren't five great movies made, let alone ten. The idea that a movie is one of the best of the year loses meaning when the year is filled with movies like The Tooth Fairy and Life As We Know It.
No way should Avatar have been nominated for Best Picture last year. Or Up, for that matter. I loved Up, but as the best movie of the year? NO. Also, District 9, A Serious Man, The Blind Side, and Inglorious Basterds did not belong there. And yes, I realize this leaves only four nominees, but that's my point.
There are plenty of outstanding performances in some not great movies, so its pretty easy to come up with at least five leading/supporting performances every year. But I'm not kidding when I say that I don't think that there are always five great movies in a year. So nominate based on quality not because you have spots to fill. Maybe it comes down to two movies. I realize that odds-wise it's much less exciting, but come on. If all of the art museums in the world burned down simultaneously tomorrow, would we start to rebuild with Dogs Playing Poker and Velvet Elvis, or would we have fewer museums? I'm hoping we'd have fewer museums.
Great isn't a comparison. Great is great.
*The rest of the nominees were: Precious, Hurt Locker, An Education, and Up in the Air