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Inception, The Social Network, TS3 Get Oscar Noms 201

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the stop-nominate-and-listen dept.
Among the Best Picture nominations this year are Inception, The Social Network and Toy Story 3. In addition to TS3, the Animation category has How to Train Your Dragon and The Illusionist. Also getting a nod in documentary was Exit Through the Gift Shop, which is worth your time if you are into that sort of thing. You'll have to wait a month to find out who the winners are... and to find out what the stars will wear on the red carpet. Or to play the Oscar speech drinking game.
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Inception, The Social Network, TS3 Get Oscar Noms

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  • by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @10:58AM (#34994890) Homepage Journal

    the King's Speech. I think most people here will relate to it.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Amorymeltzer (1213818)

      Indeed. We DO curse a lot and have a general distaste for being in public.

    • Agreed, although not for the reason you spoke of. I watched it over the weekend and was probably one of the best movies I've seen in years. Rush, Bonham-Carter & Firth were great and the script was rock solid. Definitely worth the money to see it on the big screen.
      • by krou (1027572)

        I wouldn't say a rock solid script and good acting make a film worth the money to see on the big screen (at least, not any more). A film like Inception, which has the visuals to match, sure, but the vast majority are just as good, and far more cost-effective, in the comfort of your own home. I stopped watching films in the cinema years ago because it's just way too expensive here in the UK. For just a bit more than the price of a single ticket (less, if it's a 3D film), I can buy the DVD brand new if I wait

        • I agree with all your points, but this film was worth it.

          I'm a married father as well and a date night costs about $40 for tickets and snacks ($25 for the second run show) plus another $40 if we go out to dinner afterwards, and that doesn't include babysitting and the like. It was still worth it.

        • by slim (1652)

          I stopped watching films in the cinema years ago because it's just way too expensive here in the UK. For just a bit more than the price of a single ticket (less, if it's a 3D film), I can buy the DVD brand new if I wait a few months. Since I'm married, and that means two tickets, the DVD is always way, way cheaper, and that's before even considering buying popcorn etc.

          I stopped because a big enough chunk of the public has forgotten how to behave in a cinema. There's nothing quite like being in a full screen, where everyone is gasping or laughing along with each other. But in the last 5 years or so, whenever I've been in a reasonably full UK cinema, other patrons have been happy to chat with each other at normal speaking volume, during the film.

          Ironically, there was a period when they showed an anti-piracy ad, in which someone watches a grainy version of a film, in which

    • by Seumas (6865) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @11:21AM (#34995240)

      It doesn't matter, because The Social Network or that stupid Ballet movie will win, anyway.

      Of course, it also doesn't matter, because nobody with a lick of sense gives a damn about a stupid fucking industry award. I mean, really, there couldn't be anything less relevant to our lives than an award given by a bunch of celebrities to a bunch of other celebrities about who plays pretend the best.

      Also, you can tell you're getting old when you look at the entire Slashdot submission and say "didn't see it, didn't see it, didn't see it, didn't see it, didn't see it, and didn't see it".

      • by Anrego (830717) * on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @11:31AM (#34995384)

        Amen.

        The fact that a large majority of people (even some very smart people) really get into this stuff depresses me. The whole celebrity worship thing is quite disturbing. I just don't understand the attraction!

        • by Seumas (6865)

          I can get the fact that someone might really dig a movie, but why anyone would give a fuck about an event to award people in an industry that they're not even part of is beyond me. If you sell vacuums, you might be super keen on who the Vacuum Engineer/Salesman/Manager of the year is. Otherwise . . . well . . . who cares? Even though I own and use a vacuum, it's irrelevant to me.

          Of course, as the ratings reportedly show, people care less and less every year, so . . . good.

          • by curunir (98273) * on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:54PM (#35000788) Homepage Journal

            ...but why anyone would give a fuck about an event to award people in an industry that they're not even part of is beyond me.

            It's for the same reason that people who know better buy lottery tickets. It's not because they think they can win, it's because they enjoy fantasizing about what would happen if they did.

            Similarly, the appeal watching the Oscars and paying attention to the Hollywood lifestyle is in the fantasizing about being part of it. The vast majority of the people in the world are not pretty enough, creative enough or otherwise talented enough to make it in that world. But nearly all the jobs are relatable enough to imagine yourself doing them, which makes it easy to imagine yourself living with all the perks of that life. You can imagine what it would be like to live in their expensive houses, drive their expensive cars and date their gorgeous girlfriends/boyfriends. And those fantasies, however improbable, are pleasant to have. So people tune in to live vicariously through those who are able to live that way.

        • by mibe (1778804)
          If you don't understand celebrity worship, you've basically missed a huge chunk of human history.
      • by Sockatume (732728)

        No, you know you're getting old when you look at the submission, say that, and then log in to post about it. Give it a few years and you'll be writing scathing letters to local politicans about the state of the roads and just how much it costs to gas up.

      • WRT the nobody caring about industry awards, the winner of that should go to George C. Scott [wikipedia.org]... who was nominated for Best Actor for Patton, and won it. He didn't go to the ceremony and returned the Oscar to the Academy. When asked if he would watch the ceremony on TV, he said he was going to watch a hockey game, which apparently he did. He later said that the award should be sent to the Patton museum, but since he didn't put it in writing, it was never delivered. The award is now at the Virginia Milita
      • If you can look at a Slashdot submission and say "didn't see it", then you just don't read Slashdot often enough. Kind of like the editors.
    • by slim (1652)

      Even those with a healthy distaste for the institution of monarchy?

  • Not that the other contenders weren't good, but Inception really was quite the unique story with a very interesting twist. It was the talk of the town for the first 4 months+ of 2010.

    I'm not a big DeCaprio fan at all, but his role was well done along with the others within the movie.

    • by spud603 (832173)
      And this emphasizes the Academy's priorities. They care about making a popular TV event much more than awarding great movies. Just because a movie was "the talk of the town" for a long time doesn't make it good.
      Inception was fine, but not exactly 'best movie of 2010' material.
      • by Enderandrew (866215) <enderandrew AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @11:49AM (#34995716) Homepage Journal

        I haven't seen Black Swan or The King's Speech yet. Let's assume most of the movies nominated were worth all the buzz. That doesn't change the fact that Inception is a masterfully crafted movie.

        The beginning of the movie is chaotic with no explanation, and Nolan very slowly unravels his tale while interspersing action sequences without making them feel obligatory. He also edits between multiple layers cleanly. He tells a complex story without overt exposition. This is far harder than most people realize. He gets great performances from a number of actors, and pushes the visual barrier as well.

        In the age of CGI and mammoth budgets, finding a way to show people something on film they've never seen is becoming harder and harder.

        If that wasn't one of the five best directing perforances this year, then I don't know what to say.

        For my money, Nolan is one of the best directors working today (along with Aranofsky, Boyle, Soderberg, and Spielberg) and this may have been his finest movie to date, and his most impressive directing work specifically.

        And before someone goes screaming about the brilliance of the Cohen Brothers, or Clint Eastwood, or Polanski or anything like that, those guys can put together a fine drama. But their overall directorial acumen does pale compared to someone like Nolan.

        • by spud603 (832173)
          I definitely agree that Inception was very well directed. I'd also like to point out that there's a whole category called "Best Director."
          My biggest complaint about the movie is its plot. While a good story is not sufficient to make something the best movie of the year, it certainly is necessary.
          • I apologize if I wasn't clear. When I said, "If that wasn't one of the five best directing perforances this year..." I was referring to the fact that it didn't get nominated for Best Director.

        • by Rakarra (112805)

          I would rank Clint Eastwood towards the top of the list for his overall stunning directorial work.

          Well, I would if The Hereafter didn't suck so much. :(

        • For my money, Nolan is one of the best directors working today (along with Aranofsky, Boyle, Soderberg, and Spielberg) and this may have been his finest movie to date, and his most impressive directing work specifically.

          For my money Christopher Nolan is the best director today, period.

          He has a technical mastery of his art but never lets the technical get in the way of the story.

          He is also equally adept at arthouse pictures (Following, Memento) and blockbusters (Batman, Inception).

          I've been a huge fan since Memento and he hasn't disappointed yet.

          Even his "weaker" movies are good. (Insomnia for example - which on a second viewing recently I actually enjoyed Pacino's performance more)

    • by wjousts (1529427)

      but Inception really was quite the unique story.

      It's all a dream? That's a unique story? I remember our grade school English teacher forbidding us from doing that trick when writing stories because so many kids would do it as soon as they'd reached the required number of pages.

      • by ukyoCE (106879)

        "It's all a dream"? You must have watched a different movie than me. Not only was it not "all a dream", but it was also nothing like the grade school "I-don't-know-how-to-resolve-this-so-lets-make-the-main-character-wake-up-and-it-was-all-a-dream" hack that you're referring to.

        • by corbettw (214229)

          it [was] not "all a dream"

          Are you sure about that? Maybe you should spin your top and see if it falls (or whatever it is you use).

      • by Rary (566291)

        It's all a dream

        Says who? We don't know if the top fell or not, so we don't know if he was dreaming or not. Realistically, when you piece it all together, it's more likely not a dream, but there is just the suggestion that maybe, just maybe, it is. But that's not even the point. The point is that Cobb didn't stick around to find out. It was reality to him. His children finally turned around. He was home. It doesn't matter if "home" is real or not. Either way, it's "home" to him.

  • by elrous0 (869638) * on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @11:07AM (#34995026)

    Maybe I'm just getting old, but I haven't been very interested in most of the Oscar films in years. Every now and then I'll see a movie that really impresses me, but they almost never get Oscar nom's (occasionally they'll get Independent Spirit nominations). But some of my favorite movies/TV shows of the last decade never got any attention at all from any of these awards shows. Session 9 [wikipedia.org] was the best horror film of the decade and never got any attention from any award show. Did Firefly or Battlestar Galactica ever win an Emmy? Nope.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by TheReij (1641099)
      BSG won a Peabody which is FAR more prestigous than any Emmy nomination.
    • by HungWeiLo (250320)

      There was a time when the rap group Three 6 Mafia had an Oscar, and Martin Scorsese did not.

    • by LSD-25 (676562)

      Did Firefly or Battlestar Galactica ever win an Emmy? Nope.

      Battlestar Galactica (reimagined) won twice for special visual effects, once for sound editing, and one for a "Razor" featurette.

  • How to train: yaay! (Score:5, Informative)

    by MobyDisk (75490) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @11:09AM (#34995054) Homepage

    As a fan of animation and kid's movies, I think How to Train Your Dragon was hugely underrated. It is one of those movies that even a 2 year old can sit through and comprehend, which is a rarity for a full-length movie. But the subtlety of the characters is great and the emotions were well acted and realistic. The main character also appeals to the inner geek. There is certainly nothing mind-blowing in it, and the CG is average. But if you like this style of movie and have never seen it I highly recommend it.

    • The movie was good, but John Powell's score [youtube.com] to How to Train Your Dragon was phenomenal. Almost year later and it still gives me goosebumps to hear it. I don't expect it to win Best Score (Inception and The Social Network are just too popular), but it certainly deserves it.

    • by Wulfstan (180404)

      Yep I totally agree! I watched it at the with my son on the big screen and actually found it lovely and moving - although unfortunately I have a feeling it lacks the star appeal to get itself top billing for an Oscar. Storyline was great, I found the script a bit weak in places, but for junior geeks I thought a great message about brains over brawn.

      Oh, and thanks a lot, you useless reptile :-)

    • I really liked HTTYD, but I felt that Jay Baruchel was not the best choice for the main character. Don't get me wrong, I like the guy and he plays a great geek, but his voice just didn't seem to fit the movie.
    • by wkurzius (1014229)

      The amount of advertising that this movie put out during the Olympics was offensive. I figured it had to be horrible if they were pushing it that much. Perhaps I was wrong.

      • by MobyDisk (75490)

        I guess it depends on what you watch. I made this post because I had never heard of the movie until we were looking for kid safe movies and thought we would try it out. I figured nobody had ever heard of it until now.

    • by kellyb9 (954229)
      I agree - How to train your dragon was one of the best animated films I've seen in years. It really seemed to come out of nowhere.
    • Agree 100%. Not only is it the best animated feature of the year (Toy Story 3 was good but not great), but probably one of the best animated features ever. It does a better job of character development than most movies and the main character is easy to relate to, especially for those of us that are categorized as nerds (social outcast, smart, good with gadgets, likes the hot chick, etc). My almost 3 year old son loves it and I don't mind watching it with him dozens of times.

      As for the other movies, I hav

  • ... to find out the winners.

    But only a week for the screeners to hit Usenet!!! Yay!!!

    • by leamanc (961376)

      Okay, I see you don't know how screeners work. They are sent out to the Academy members so that they can decide who to nominate, i.e., the results of which were announced today. Therefore, the screeners have been out for quite some time (since at least December). On Usenet, probably. And your favorite torrent tracker.

  • I saw this recently and was astounded by 2 things: 1) How a weird guy (Thiery) could convince a bunch of people to basically give him a boatload of money for questionable "art" - he seemed to out-Warhol Warhol! and 2) Seeing Banksy hanging his work in the Tate and nobody realizing that they had an extra image or two on their walls!
    • by Seumas (6865)

      I would give anything for Netflix to get the mother fucking clue, already. I can't tell you how many times I have clicked the "DO NOT FUCKING RECOMMEND THIS PIECE OF SHIT TO ME" button and yet it keeps popping up EVERY time as a suggestion. I said I didn't give a shit about this Banksy fucktard yesterday and I still don't care about him today. STOP SUGGESTING IT TO ME!

      The only thing even nearly as annoying is how it keeps suggesting fucking stand up comedy films to me. Comedians are boring assholes. How man

    • by slim (1652)

      It's a fantastic film -- I'd recommended it to anyone, even if they're not "into that kind of thing" (by which I assume, street art).

      But let's not assume too much about its veracity, eh?

      • by OzPeter (195038)

        But let's not assume too much about its veracity, eh?

        I don't think that that film had a budget big enough to fake Thiery's "accomplishments", or the line of people waiting to see his "art". But Banksy is pretty well documented

        • by slim (1652)

          Well, I wrote a bit about it, but then I deleted it because it had too many spoilers.

          Suffice to say that I think the LA show was a bit of a Candid Camera stunt, with the punters as the stooges.

          • by OzPeter (195038)

            Well, I wrote a bit about it, but then I deleted it because it had too many spoilers.

            Suffice to say that I think the LA show was a bit of a Candid Camera stunt, with the punters as the stooges.

            Thats what I mean about Thiery taking the Andy Warhol theme and running with it to the extreme (and I think even that point was basically covered in the film). I can see that LA show playing out exactly as shown and people reacting exactly as they did, and spending all their $$$

            • by slim (1652)

              Mmm, but I think Thiery may be a work of fiction to some extent -- and more Banksy's creation than his own.

  • I honestly don't understand the hype surrounding The Social Network. It's an OK movie at best. Not bad, but nothing memorable either. Inception should beat it in every category, yet everybody is talking about TSN. WTF?
    • by fpp (614761)
      My opinion only of course, but The Social Network is the best film of the year, followed closely by Inception. That opinion is not based on what anyone else says, that's based on me seeing it without knowing much about it when I went in. The reason why The Social Network comes first? Excellent directing, dense, rapid-fire, intelligent script, a great score, sharp, effective editing, and effective casting and performances all around. Hell, even the cinematography is excellent, especially when you see it
      • by kellyb9 (954229)

        I liked Inception, but I had difficulty following the plot.

        Of course you had trouble following the plot, it's a science fiction movie.

  • If you watched the movie, you might have noticed in the snow scenes, there's a vehicle that has 4 triangular tank tread kinda things, instead of normal, round tyres. What are they called, and are they commercially available?

  • Lets be totally honest, if you made the exact same movie in an alternate universe where no one cared about facebook, the movie would have bombed. The /only/ reason that TSN did as well as it did wasn't because it was a great movie, but because every idiot facebook user went "lololololol lets go see that facebook movie"
  • by Maxo-Texas (864189) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @02:50PM (#34998478)

    A man (Decaprio) gets on a plane, first class to america.

    The movie starts with his really vivid dream about the other people in 1st class.

    He wakes up, gets off the plane and goes home to his children.

  • There is just no other way to put it.
    Perfect voice acting, perfect writing, perfect plot.

    It was truly the third act and just incredibly well done.

    I think I will watch it again several more times in my life.

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