Monday, October 4, 2010

Why 2010 Is the Year for 10 Nominees

Two months ago, pundits were once again complaining that the Academy was going to have to find less than stellar fill-ins to complete is ten nominees for Best Picture, as only about four summer films left any mark: Winter's Bone, Toy Story 3, The Kids Are All Right, and Inception. But as the festival season swooped upon us, suddenly we were inundated with plenty of contenders, and there are still a few buzzed projects left to be seen. Suddenly, not only did the question of ten become more complicated, but the question of who can actually win has suddenly become a toss up.  

This is great news for the Academy, who took a lot of heat last year, when fill-ins such as A Serious Man and The Blind Side were needed simply to fill out a Best Picture roster. This year the competition will be stiff, and even with ten nominees, I'm sure a great number of excellent films will still be on the outside looking in. So maybe, just maybe, all those doubters of the ten nominee system will change their minds, and enjoy the fact that in a great year for film, there will be plenty of love to go around.

Here is a look at how the category is stacking up:

Locks (ok nothing is a lock yet, but let's rephrase this, The Best Contenders):

1. The Social Network
2. The King's Speech
3. 127 Hours
4. Toy Story 3

Looking Good:

5. True Grit
6. The Fighter
7. Inception
8. The Kids Are All Right
9. Another Year
10. Made in Dagenham
11. Black Swan

Other Contenders:

12. The Way Back
13. Hereafter
14. Rabbit Hole
15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
16. Somewhere
17. Love and Other Drugs
18. Fair Game
19. Secretariat
20. Blue Valentine
21. Winter's Bone
22. Conviction
23. For Colored Girls
24. The Town
25. Shutter Island

That's right...count them...25 big time contenders. Guaranteed some of them have not been seen this year, but even if they are not good, there are still at least 19-20 contenders we know are good, and I'm sure I forgot some. This year looks like it is going to be a epic battle to the finish line....I can't wait.

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