Comments for en-gb 30 Tue 05 May 2015 15:48:21 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at ferryfergie Academy got it right this time generallyActing - Bridges was remarkably good in Crazy Heart - the role of a lifetime for him . Bullock was playing against type - very well and arguably was the best anyway - plus the "award for career" argument - though I feel the field was weaker this year . The girl from Precious was brilliant , but it is such a depressing movie perhaps that played against her . Supporting roles - Monique and Waltz dominated the screen when they were onHurt Locker was well scripted , acted , was tense , beautifully shot .Avatar was visually stunning but nothing morethese were always going to be the prime contenders of the ten moviesOne disagreement I had was Up as animated film . A wonderful first half hour , but the last half hour was rather tedious. Coraline on the other hand was sublime Tue 09 Mar 2010 12:03:41 GMT+1 Philboyd Studge Avatar should perhaps have won for best film. It broke new ground and set new standards. No film since 2001 A Space Odyssey has so convincingly created the feel of a different environment. The award was in my view politically motivated. I do not deny The Hurt Locker was an excellent film, but it was not entirely original, any more than the plot of Avatar was. They should have invented a new award for Avatar, as they sometimes do in exceptional circumstances. Avatar is exceptional. Tue 09 Mar 2010 11:41:58 GMT+1 mridul_h Apart from a terrific style infused, the ‘Avatar’ surely and certainly able to capture the cause and not the results happening everywhere which is now a routine matter of disturbance everywhere. Even the Producer may not know what he or she has presented to the humanity through the Picture. It is really an ideal master piece of invention of both Science and Religion. Never before, I repeatedly seeing or witnessing the same Picture without meeting my thirst. This is what it is! The World applause the entire members who are associated with it to make the Picture a reality to remind us of the value we are carrying with us which we all preferring to renounce amasses while seeking our material gains. It is both Bible of Bible and Science of Science. Therefore the Picture is an undeclared Winner in every sense. (Dr.M.M.HAZARIKA,PhD) Tue 09 Mar 2010 11:15:48 GMT+1 Artur Freitas It is not easy to know the best amongst the best. I settle for the outcome in the knowledge that total consensus agreement only happens when national security is seriously at risk. The Oscars are not there, I mean not “yet”! Tue 09 Mar 2010 10:34:57 GMT+1 Rosemary I'm glad The Hurt Locker won, and I'm sorry Colin FIrth didn't get the Oscar. I don't usually watch the ceremony - I find it rather long-winded - but I'm still surprised at the sheer nastiness of some of the comments about it. Is there really any need to be quite so envious, spiteful and scornful about the people involved? Surely at least some of them have talent worth rewarding? Tue 09 Mar 2010 10:01:48 GMT+1 elder_citizen This post has been Removed Tue 09 Mar 2010 09:58:13 GMT+1 Ted Greenhalgh I trust that this is one topic that will get reduced coverage once the site is regrettably trimmed. Tue 09 Mar 2010 09:36:51 GMT+1 David I am thinking that this group of people posting here are all in need of good anti-depressant meds.More and more I'm thinking BBC posters recite the politically correct "all and everything that exists today in our world is horribly depressing worthless dross." That, psychologically, could easily be diagnosed as viewing life through a negative lens. Instead of commenting with one's own real opinion, every opinion here seems to echo a socially approved no-hope attitude of gloom. Congratulations on acheiving Clinical Depression for the whole of the UK. I'm truly sorry for wanting to say this but it seems so true.GET HELP, SOON, PLEASE:) Tue 09 Mar 2010 09:08:26 GMT+1 elder_citizen My pick for best actor was Jeff Bridges and my pick for best movie was Crazy Heart. It was the best Oscar show in a very long time. I will watch the Blind Side on DVD. No votes for Avitar. Tue 09 Mar 2010 08:43:43 GMT+1 jitz Somebody needs to define the word cinematography for me, because the definition I have doesn't add up with the fact that Avatar won that one. Tue 09 Mar 2010 07:55:52 GMT+1 andrew moss I think it is absolutely immoral to have this ostentatious display of unearned wealth when much of the country is facing the loss of their jobs, houses and pensions. the ultimate insult will be when they take off their silly, expensive clothes and start asking the rest of us to give to their latest charity. Tue 09 Mar 2010 07:54:37 GMT+1 Patrick Conley The Academy awards are much like other entertainment awards venues in that they are self-promoting. It's all very much a group back slapping contest. I believe that many of these films are excellent and deserve praise, however that should come from the public at large and not the industry trying to promote itself. Tue 09 Mar 2010 06:46:00 GMT+1 roy smith I would give an Oscar to Sarah Palin the brightest star in America today. The more dirt is thrown at her by the opposition Democrats and the ignoramuses of this world . . . the more she will bounce back. If the people I've seen walk off stage with their Oscar have one . . . Sarah Palin deserves ten. Tue 09 Mar 2010 06:16:34 GMT+1 Derick I would give an Oscar to David Milliband if he would cross the floor. Tue 09 Mar 2010 05:00:18 GMT+1 Michael Gorman Can't understand how "Hurt Locker" succeeded so much. Love war films but would not have placed this film in any Oscar category. Good but not great. Stunned by "An Education", would have given Carey Mulligan the Award in a heartbeat. Most happy that Mo'nique and Jeff Bridges captured an Oscar for their brilliant performances. Tue 09 Mar 2010 04:33:08 GMT+1 Michael Gorman Precious" was amazing. Walked out of the theater mumbling to my wife: "The woman that played the mother (Monique) was incredible. Whoever wrote that screenplay, with all that black language, was a genius." Academy agreed on both counts. Tue 09 Mar 2010 04:18:44 GMT+1 Michael Gorman Thought "An Education" star Carey Mulligan should have been named "Best Actress". I thought she was incredible. Wonderful film. Best I saw all year. Tue 09 Mar 2010 04:13:22 GMT+1 Kallol Biswas I think Kathryne Bigelow is the right person to win the best director because her directed film "The Hurt Locker" depicts the real picture of the country. In comparrison with James Cameroon's Avator does not tell the real picture of the country as well as society. According to me, Bigelow deserves to win the best Director. Tue 09 Mar 2010 04:04:58 GMT+1 Eden Richardson Everyone is saying Avatar or Hurt Locker or some movie that wasn't in the running because it was from a year or two ago. But I would pick Gabourey Sidibe for Precious. Now that's real acting. Tue 09 Mar 2010 02:59:43 GMT+1 Krishna Hurt locker is a good movie, but based on reality. Where as Avatar is pure imagination. In my opinion, the award must have gone to Avatar. It is well thought out movie. Tue 09 Mar 2010 01:57:47 GMT+1 Runckle @492. At 00:06am on 09 Mar 2010, JAIR CUNHASandra Bullock also won worst actress of the year award the night before!So no not everything she does she does well!Runc Tue 09 Mar 2010 01:03:35 GMT+1 Davis Miller I would MELT it, sell the gold and give the proceeds to charityI always wondered about the real cost of such an event. I'll bet that you can feed A LOT OF PEOPLE with this money. Tue 09 Mar 2010 00:35:08 GMT+1 Warren I don't know who I would give the Oscar to,but the big winner was.........POLITICS AS USUAL!!! Tue 09 Mar 2010 00:27:38 GMT+1 JAIR CUNHA SANDRA BULLOCK BECAUSE SHE IS THE BEST ACTRESS. SHE WORKS VERY WELL AND I LIKED ALL OF THE FILMS SHE HAD WORKED. NO MATTER ROLE SHE DOES, SHE DOES VERY WELL. Tue 09 Mar 2010 00:06:33 GMT+1 Runckle After last nights crap film winning best film I'd give Best film award to Gone with the wind! Tue 09 Mar 2010 00:01:28 GMT+1 ozzy definitely Avatar Tue 09 Mar 2010 00:00:32 GMT+1 John I really don't understand the oscars, how is it that its just the same few films that get nominated for most categories. I can appreciate that a film has a good director and actors but for it to have the best music, editing, screenplay and everything else as well seems odd. Surely there are other films that have some good aspects to them? Mon 08 Mar 2010 23:45:37 GMT+1 just a point Love this comment "481. At 9:42pm on 08 Mar 2010, Sepenenre wrote:That's easy.Christiano Ronaldo, the best actor I've ever seen, certainly when it comes to be pole-axed by fresh air."I wish I'd thought of it.I am really glad that Sandra Bullock won 'best actress', I don't think I have ever seen a film of hers that I haven’t enjoyed. Mon 08 Mar 2010 23:21:55 GMT+1 ib42 Not Avatar, please! Any movie but...... Mon 08 Mar 2010 23:08:33 GMT+1 Anglobert In today's troubled world - what a lot of balderdash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mon 08 Mar 2010 22:46:43 GMT+1 TGIGOOE "Moon" Mon 08 Mar 2010 22:35:39 GMT+1 whopayswins @jansumi Could you please tell me at which point did you walk out. Really like to know. Thank you Mon 08 Mar 2010 22:34:54 GMT+1 lordBanners I was dismayed to discover that getting the nod for an oscar involves about $2 Million in Campaigning and Wining & Dining, much like Democratic Electioneering.Oh, Tony Blair for the most Self-righteous Mealy-mouthed performance by a British Prime Minister. Mon 08 Mar 2010 22:06:48 GMT+1 BarryRunningwater 2009 was not a stellar year for film. For once Hollywood should take a look at ticket sales and have a prize for "Most Popular" film. Hurt Locker was not a particularly good movie in my opinion, lacking structure and meandering through a bunch of lame circumstances, which ensured of course that the Academy would pick it as best picture. To be honest I haven't watched the Oscars for a long time because the whole process is so subjective. What one person views as banal tripe (Inglorious Basterds) another would view as genius. It really is an elite cabal who chooses the winners which, more often then not, does not reflect the masses. Personally I think the best movies are the ones that reaffirm what entertainment is about, and those are usually the ones that are most successful at the box office. And those movies are rarely awarded top honours.Zoe Saldana is hot. I know, totally subject. Mon 08 Mar 2010 22:06:06 GMT+1 Seqenenre That's easy.Christiano Ronaldo, the best actor I've ever seen, certainly when it comes to be pole-axed by fresh air. Mon 08 Mar 2010 21:42:50 GMT+1 jansumi Well, I walked out of Avatar. Didn't see the rest - just want to see Last Station though - really tired of American content altogether. ( {; I live in Canada :) Anyso - for me 'A Single Man' was the jewel - so glad Firth won the BAFTA - i'd give both he & Tom Ford the Golden Globe & the Oscar. I usually get something out of watching the AA's - political & social subtexts, trends, nostalgia - none of that this year. Even the hosts - yawn - a strangely empty evening - or maybe not so strange in today's world... Mon 08 Mar 2010 20:58:28 GMT+1 Mustafa Beer Sadly I've had no opportunity to see any of these movies. But for consistently superb performances in virtually everything I've ever seen him in, I'd like to nominate Pete Postlethwaite! Mon 08 Mar 2010 20:58:24 GMT+1 Rourkesdrifter I'm a massive film fan, but loathe all the hoop la of the Oscars, lots of shallow people jockeying for position in a town that has no heart or soul. That said I have championed The Hurt Locker since the Autumn of last year when after seeing it, I just knew it was going to fly. It's an intelligent film that lets the audience decide for itself, it takes no sides, presents us with the facts, and treats the audience with respect, any film that can achieve that is worthy in my book. Mon 08 Mar 2010 20:47:05 GMT+1 gt0808 I liked the comment that said American films should have subtitles so you could understand what they were mumbling. I've felt the same way about British films and the barely intelligible potpourri of British dialects.I suggest we form a committee of British and American citizens in order to translate English into English (or British into American). By the way, i still maintain the correct word is ALUMINUM. That was the word used by the chemist who perfected the current method for purifying Aluminum from Aluminum Oxide. He was British - look it up. Mon 08 Mar 2010 20:28:21 GMT+1 sean56z The Academy should award an oscar to Ed Rendell for his stage role as tyrant of the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania needs a real governor. Mon 08 Mar 2010 20:22:36 GMT+1 Mike My boss, who acts as though she knows what's going on! Mon 08 Mar 2010 20:11:57 GMT+1 kraye "The worst culprits are, of course, the Americans, with their grating voices, especially the women. If available, I have to use subtitles just to understand what they're whining about. Elocution lessons are something they are in dire need of."------Yes, because God knows there are no grating voices on your tellies. The shrieking Cockney fishwives on the Eastenders anyone? Mon 08 Mar 2010 20:05:20 GMT+1 Old London Had the Oscars been around in 1945, surely one would have gone to Sir Winston Churchill for his performances as one of the greatest orators recorded in political and world history. Acts that have never been matched for their timing and delivery since. Mon 08 Mar 2010 20:02:36 GMT+1 John De Haura This question is asked every year on HYS. I don't wish to sound ornery, but I think the whole thing is pretty naff. If an award was handed to me for anything outstanding I have achieved or do, I would feel terribly embarrassed and cringe about the whole thing. I personally despise ceremonies, congratulatory appraisals and the dreadful narcissistic behaviour - it's nothing more than cringe-worthy.Existentially, I know when I do something good - and I try to do good all the time - and I certainly do not need people reminding or judging me of something I already am aware of and know.Is that sounding narcissistic? More humbly self-aware I hope. Mon 08 Mar 2010 20:02:09 GMT+1 Romar-Souza Actually, I would give the oscar to Avatar. It was, for me, the best film. Mon 08 Mar 2010 19:59:16 GMT+1 Neal Richardson Many of the winners and audience members like to tell us about the need to be green and conserve energy. Well how much is wasted on putting on this event, not to mention all the private jet and limo rides that go into getting there and back? What a bunch of hypocrites. Mon 08 Mar 2010 19:58:33 GMT+1 wiserthanyou Who realy cares, its only a materialistic merit. There are far more worthy subjects that deserve recognition. Tinsel town or whatever they call their sweet little community has no direct connection with how we live our lives so quite frankly like a lot of people, we don't give a damn. Mon 08 Mar 2010 19:52:44 GMT+1 Ralphie Here we go again. Unable to build an objective opinion people go off an anti-Labour rant again. What's the point of free speech if you waste it like this? I don't need Straw to tell me whether I need to know the details of Venables' recall, As an average member of the public I came to the conclusion that none gains anything from this knowledge, and therefore, and call me un-pc, I find people's interest in this morbid and macabre. Society is not served by this knowledge. All that society is served by is that, if found guilty, he will be sentenced accordingly. I may not have faith in politicians, but I do have faith in the law. Mon 08 Mar 2010 19:49:32 GMT+1 oldguy10 "Avatar" pioneered the technology that not only gives depth to the presentation, but puts the viewer right at the periphery of the action, and in come cases within the action itself. After looking at all the comments, I suppose my plot-sophistication gene is twisted, but I don't care. All I know is that I came away from "Avatar," "Up," and "The Blind Side" impressed and in a good mood, not like I was when I finished viewing "The Hurt Locker," an impressive film I suppose, especially when you consider it's based on a true story, but depressing to watch; or "Inglorious Bastards" where I only felt disgusted, depressed and not entertained at all.I found that those who made time to see Avatar in large screen format came away feeling as if they actually participated in the story, a feature all previous films lack. I was impressed and entertained. Now you know why I'm not a film critic. Mon 08 Mar 2010 19:31:56 GMT+1 john marsh I would like to nominate Barack H. Obama for best comedy actor in the political fiction catagory can anyone take him seriously? Mon 08 Mar 2010 19:31:19 GMT+1 Steve1960 Best Actor should have gone to Tony Blair, and Best Supporting Actor to Gordon Brown for The Chilcott Enquiry Mon 08 Mar 2010 19:28:58 GMT+1 wickedlymale Its a self serving ceremony which should be in private to mean anything. I am not interested in anything but whether or not its a good film. I'm sure they are lovely people but really they don't matter in the great scheme of things. Mon 08 Mar 2010 19:25:54 GMT+1 Lardo Pardo #1 Obama !........hands down, for his role in "Deception of The American People" Mon 08 Mar 2010 19:18:38 GMT+1 Cynical or what It's only acting; it's somebody pretending to be somebody else, therefore it's not important. Mon 08 Mar 2010 19:09:15 GMT+1 Over_40_Crowd MIND BOGGLING BORINGThis was the worse Oscars of all time. I eventually switched the channel and watched Survivorman instead. Way more action and if you have ever watched Suvivorman then this speaks volumes. Congratulations to Jeff Bridges on his win. That was well deserved. Mon 08 Mar 2010 19:09:08 GMT+1 usdeeper "Utter relief that Avatar did not win. To de-humanise people into special effects extravaganzas and expect oscars for it is perhaps foolhardy."You truly have no idea what some of the actors went through to make that movie. You appear to think they stood in front of a blue screen, said a few lines and then the computers took over. Far from it. Research what the lead actress went through for 12 months then come back and say it was nothing. Mon 08 Mar 2010 18:55:31 GMT+1 Pompadour I watched nothing I missed nothing. Perhaps it's generational but the type of pictures being made now lack class or any reason to spend two or three hours of one's time watching them. Last movie I actually entered a theatre to see was "Gladiator" with Russel Crowe back in 2000 having not seen a movie for some fifteen years beforehand and even that film a frankly poor imitation of its grander predecessor "Fall of the Roman Empire" with Sophia Loren a much more involved film. I think recent films give people little to care about other than sensorial stimulation with computerized visual acrobatics and non-stop violence but at the end of the day it leaves a bad taste or a yearning for something more and better. I was never interested in the old Star Wars sagas either because I didn't have the mind of a five year old and anything that has Nazis or stories about persecuted Jews in it I refuse to watch. I much rather enjoy the old B&W Sherlock Holmes flicks with Basil Rathbone that appear time to time on TV they're relaxing and have some sense to them. Hollywood now makes assembly-line adrenalin-coated kidstuff for the undiscriminating or subliminal propaganda for the political benefit of some group. Hollywood has always been a part time propaganda factory since WWII and I'm not taken in by the themes and arguments of some of its films. Mon 08 Mar 2010 18:44:42 GMT+1 MS MD NYC Zombieland had an excellent script, crisp direction and flawless performances. Why not a zombie best picture. Mon 08 Mar 2010 18:43:37 GMT+1 Rudy Haugeneder They were all rot and too expensive to watch which, unfortunately, we did. Give me back my money. Mon 08 Mar 2010 18:42:23 GMT+1 Slave to the System - I am not a number Anyone who lives in the real world, doesnt care about the oscars or what some actor/actress is wearing. Just shows what a joke the Oscars are. I cannot believe anyone really takes the Oscars seriously.Avartar gets far more viewers than the hurt locker which as the US army says doesnt even reflect real army life which it claims. Mon 08 Mar 2010 18:40:53 GMT+1 Shammi Harry Potter is just having great special effects.Oscar judges should also look towards the education and strong social message being passed by the idea used by the move winning the Oscar. Visual plus sound effects creat a great impact on minds lets make it a social responsibility of filim industry to just make the human society a dream come true society by selling dreams which are just not dreams. Mon 08 Mar 2010 18:26:04 GMT+1 Lynn from Sussex Last comment removed for daring to agree with two other comments about the awards that should be given to Blair and Brown.BBC moderators now back to pandering to Labour supporters, what a surprise. Mon 08 Mar 2010 18:24:27 GMT+1 Geoff As one who becomes increasingly concerned at the future of English spelling, I fear that "Inglorious Basterds" is giving me nightmares. Mon 08 Mar 2010 18:09:45 GMT+1 Ralphie A big thank you to all the misanthropes who try to soil everything with their defeatist and nihilstic opinions and feel compelled to share their obsessive, irrelevant and regurgitated views at every opportunity. If you really cared so much about your beliefs, you'd be actively pursuing them in the right place and the right time rather waste time on this forum with no other goal than to insult anyone that manages to stay positive and enjoy life despite the hard times we all live through. Everybody knows that positive, optimistic people contribute more to life than the miserable sods who try and drag everyone down to their squalid levels. Mon 08 Mar 2010 18:01:05 GMT+1 NethLyn Well there's one public service the Oscars have done - Bringing the original Inglorious movie to light at a bargain price. Now I'll get on to Tarantino's version later. It's all over for another year, since the season starts in late summer now I'll have to return to the flicks more often, so there aren't quite so many films stacked up. Mon 08 Mar 2010 18:01:05 GMT+1 Dajo Gordon Brown's evidence to The Iraq Enquiry - a classic Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:59:39 GMT+1 Ralphie 392. At 2:34pm on 08 Mar 2010, Ray Evans wrote:364. At 1:09pm on 08 Mar 2010, MrSelfrighteousnesshimself wrote:342. At 12:29pm on 08 Mar 2010, Ray Evans wrote:Oscars (for what they are worth) should not be nominated or judged/awarded until two years after the film is released. Would then be seen just how successful it was.Yes. And why not hand out gold medals, championship titles etc. 2 years after someone's won it just to see if they have proved worth it? What an absolutely marvellous idea!Only one person in this "thread" was being sarcastic. Guess who? Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:50:26 GMT+1 Doc Home Give it back to Oscar then we wont have to keep listening to endless award ceremonies. Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:39:00 GMT+1 thrill_vermilion "Ian Leonard wrote: Who cares? Come on HYS, there are far more pressing issues than this rubbish!"Well Ian - why on earth should discussing a "pressing" issue make any wordly difference. If you're that concerned about these issues then tear yourself away from your keyboard and actually do something about it.Talk is cheap, and on an internet forum, achieves nothing. Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:33:41 GMT+1 LE Mental Utter relief that Avatar did not win. To de-humanise people into special effects extravaganzas and expect oscars for it is perhaps foolhardy. I wouldn't want to keep watching actors reduced to cartoons in order to portray a story. Avatar's message is sound yet it delivered it in an 'inhuman' manner! In an increasingly de-sensitised world we need more human interest stories properly portrayed by the excellent actors we have. Therefore Hurt Locker, a contextual story with violence included deserved to win. Utter relief that Inglourious Basterds did not win. To re-write history and bombard the audience with gratuitous violence - or the revenge film of the millennium - serves no real purpose. I preferred the human story of The Reader last year. I was more affected emotionally by it.Lastly, I deplore the genre - Horror. To celebrate it at the Oscars was extremely bad taste. Much of horror has settled into mainstream society and it does incite people to mimic and act out violence for themselves. Children, nasty dvd games, adults who get their kicks, - all of this has come from a loosening of moral boundaries depicted by Hollywood in the Horror genre that has increasingly become not only more ludicrous but ever more dangerous and again, more de-sensitising to humanity. Also, 'kicks violence' cars exploding, murder, buildings being blown up, none of this does human society any good. We get more and more inured to it and where does it all end? Congratulations to Jeff Bridges - however it was tough because Colin Firth portrayal was brilliant. Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:31:44 GMT+1 ediemads Gordon Brown and his whole party for best actors. They are really good at pretending to want democracy and seem to have most of the population duped if the opinion poles are anything to go by. Brilliant acting. Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:28:09 GMT+1 thrill_vermilion "Frank Cowell wrote: Why does the BBC give such prominence to this pointless exercise? Important events -- real news -- such as the earthquake in Turkey are relegated to a back seat."Tell me Frank, does discussing "real news" make any difference? Will it help? Sometimes we want a little distraction, a celebration of man's achievements if you like, rather than his failures.Lighten up a little eh? If things bother you that much then get involved - do more than just talk about it. Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:26:44 GMT+1 usdeeper Best picture should not be based on whether it had GCI or was just 100% 'real'. Star Wars had some special effects in it too... and I think Titantic also had some in there somewhere. Avatar did have a decent story line and it took the viewer into a new world with wonders to dream about. For those 2 hours it took you away from it all. Your felt sadness for the loss of their home and the senseless destruction. You felt joy when they battled the bad guys and won.Yes, it is a story that has been used before.. but that is not the point. It was a great movie and you came away felling good. That Hurt Locker did nothing, made you think or dream of nothing and very few people actually watched it. Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:22:01 GMT+1 michael hessey I would give an Oscar to both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown for acting the part of Prime Ministers but actually carrying out the roll of Lying Prime Ministers who have ruined the UK totally. Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:07:09 GMT+1 Mrs A Hodson I would would give an Oscar to Gordon Brown for his performance as......Prime Minister!!!! Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:02:12 GMT+1 Torlies David Cameron for his role as a politician who cares about ordinary people. Must be difficult for him to relate to ordinary people given his wealthy and privileged background, but he's a master of his craft; totally believable (bet he can't wait to get back to his fox hunting after he's conned us oiks into voting for him!) Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:55:43 GMT+1 Essexbelle This post has been Removed Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:54:29 GMT+1 solanki I think it is time Meryl Streep was actually given an award rather just being nominated. She clearly blows away any other actress, past or present, in terms of sheer talent. She is so consistently excellent that it is unclear what she must now do to win. I think the voters judge her according to her past performances and not against the other nominees. For the past 27 years, she has been overlooked for the award fourteen times in favor of younger actresses who have not gone on bigger and better things after winning. I suspect this was Sandra Bullock's career peak. Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:50:41 GMT+1 Lance Oh, yes, and I meant to slag off on AVATAR, too, with another gratuitous barb at Cameron. Someone said he used to be a truck driver and had been carrying this story around since he was 17. To use a tired joke, that's an insult to all truck drivers, and to most 17-year-olds, who are already out of the adolescence that AVATAR wallowed around in while making a mess of the movie and the audience. I used to watch better cowboys-and-Indian movies at home on TV when I was ten, and they weren't contaminated by the phonied-up greenie message Cameron tried to use to justify blowing 300 mil on a bad comic book. It's too bad they can't predict earthquakes, because I'd send him a ticket to the next big one. Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:50:01 GMT+1 cory_cunningham I totally disagree with awarding the Hurt Locker any award! It was so far from actuality that it seemed silly, even ridiculous! Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:48:44 GMT+1 MizzJShaw I would wait until the film was shown on Channel 5's afternoon movie, by which time the actor who won the Oscar will have been long forgotten, and the film, now a DVD would be sitting on a table at a 'Church Jumble Sale'. Only very, good films or very good actors are remembered, and those would be the ones who deserved their Oscars. Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:46:52 GMT+1 Lance Complaints like "Shouldn't all this money be used for quake victims in Chile?" could be applied to everything from the beer you have at the pub after work to what you spend on your sweetheart's birthday. Of course there are better moral uses for the money, but all celebrations don't have to be quashed because there is suffering in the world. On the question of ethics and integrity of the awards and the participants, the reason the whole thing and the people don't just dry up and blow away is because big swathes of the world-wide public watches goggle-eyed while TV and paparazzi drop cameras down some chick's cleavage or into some dude's bleached incisors. We give them the power they have by going to their films and buying the celeb mags, etc. Of course it's all crap. Now on to important stuff - what a tripe merchant is James Cameron! The absolute classic "I"-laced quote from him was before the awards when he pre-empted Bigelow's moment by telling the world how HE had championed her talent and HE had "supported" her career. TITANIC was a good picture for him as a metaphor for his ego: a huge, fragile, dysfunctional mess Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:40:42 GMT+1 Patrizia This post has been Removed Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:39:45 GMT+1 GBcerberus Totally unimportant. It is a massive back-slapping exercise in conspicuous consumption. I learned that the freebie bag which every invited guest receives is valued at $80,000!! When they have children starving and people dying for want of proper medical care in their country, how can this be justified? Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:32:39 GMT+1 gt0808 Here's a list of the Academy Award nominations for Best Picture from 1941 and 2009. See the difference?1941How Green Was My ValleyBlossoms in the DustCitizen KaneHere Comes Mr. Jordan Hold Back the Dawn The Little Foxes The Maltese Falcon One Foot In Heaven Sergeant Suspicion2009The Hurt Avatar The Blind Side District 9 An Education Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire A Serious ManUp Up in the Air Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:30:59 GMT+1 Sir Digby Chicken Caesar Another year, another year I didn't watch it. I saw Hurt Locker on a flight, good film, I'm glad it won over Avatar. That would be embarassing if a film like that won best picture. Now I will ignore the news for the next couple of days because all they will talk about is what woman wore what, then complain about how superficial men are, when it's only women that care about shallow things like who wore what to the event. Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:29:06 GMT+1 SurfandTurf This post has been Removed Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:28:17 GMT+1 TechieJim This post has been Removed Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:23:08 GMT+1 Phil Sears David Cameron springs to mind, for his tireless performance in trying to sound knowledgeable and concerned about the 'ordinary Joe public'. But, on the other hand.....may be it isn't so good at it after all! Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:21:12 GMT+1 NicBeeb I would have gone for something like Gran Torino myself. Avatar is unique in that it's crossing different boundaries. The animation was so good that I forgot that I was watching an animated film - that's tough to pull off. What made it better was that the actors really acted through their voices, Zoe Saldana was amazing. However,I prefer to see real actors bringing a character to life, brilliant cinematography, excellent scripts, non banal subject matter and I want to be entertained. I haven't seen Hurt Locker but I'd like to think it won on those merits. Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:18:31 GMT+1 dude1967 This post has been Removed Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:13:38 GMT+1 KeithRodgers No amount of technical computer graphics can ever replace a good script well written which has all of the human emotions in it love, pain, sadness, irony etc.Animation is fine, but entertainment for me is like reading a good book the story line draws you in and captures your imagination. I like spy novels that have a complicated plot and a touch of realism to the plot. I want to go and see hurt locker because I have heard so much about how it presents the life of the bomb disposal team.Look at slum dog millionairs about the life of a poor Indian family superb story line.No fancy animation just lots of colouful human characters,lets face it animated characters will never be able to replicate humans! Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:13:31 GMT+1 Blamber This post has been Removed Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:09:49 GMT+1 Objective_Reality This post has been Removed Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:03:53 GMT+1 freindleonewhocares So "Hurt locker" won wow what a surprise,NOT!Just another tired war movie,my god,don't we have enough real wars to put us off these films for life?Directed by a woman,hmmm.smacks of positive discrimination to me,this result was so obvious that it made the whole exercise pointless from the start to finish. Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:00:02 GMT+1 topspin This post has been Removed Mon 08 Mar 2010 15:57:20 GMT+1 paul I would like nominate the BBC for its spin and pc bias on the news of what it wants to cover and not want to cover also I would also like to nominate HYS for its outstanding act of giving its members and users a far from wanted service. Mon 08 Mar 2010 15:53:59 GMT+1 powermeerkat It seems many of our British cousins are so full of hate for Tony Blair and Gordon Brown that they simply cant' help themselves on the topic of Oscars.BTW. Would you prefer the leader of BNP? Mon 08 Mar 2010 15:51:25 GMT+1 Michael Reeves Certainly not The Hurt Locker. Avatar was a great technical achievement, but just that. However,It did have a moral message. I really feel the "good story" factor was lacking all round this year. Mon 08 Mar 2010 15:50:58 GMT+1 powermeerkat At 12:09pm on 08 Mar 2010, Shalom Salam wrote:I would like to give an Oscar to all those who pulled live human beings from under the earthquake rubble in Haiti, Chile and Turkey and elsewhere.That would deserve a Humanitarian Award if one existed.And U.S. military would still amply qualify.Particularly re Haiti. Mon 08 Mar 2010 15:47:11 GMT+1