Avatar Leads Sci Fi/Fantasy Awards with Ten Nods

Avatar leads with ten nods, but a few other Oscar contenders are in the mix for the Saturn Awards. Avatar was not nominated as Sci Fi, but rather Fantasy. These nominations remind me of “if the internet ran the Oscars.” It is truly an orgiastic gathering of all films...
Posted On 19 Feb 2010

Little Gold Bits

Cinematical’s Erik Childress asks the question, would Shutter Island have been one of the ten if it had been released in 2009? The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg talks about the preferential balloting, Jim Cameron’s blockbuster and various other things in his...
Posted On 19 Feb 2010

London Film Critics Award Winners

I don’t know how we missed this but here they are from Alt Film Guide: FILM OF THE YEAR Avatar The Hurt Locker A Prophet The White Ribbon Up in the Air DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Jacques Audiard ‚Äì A Prophet Kathryn Bigelow ‚Äì The Hurt Locker James Cameron ‚Äì Avatar Michael...
Posted On 18 Feb 2010

Dirty Dealings with the Academy’s Preferential Ballots

There is a rumor going around that some Academy members are voting strategically in hopes of pushing their favorite through. Favorite, in this case, probably doesn’t mean the movie they liked best but rather, the movie that their buddy made, or their boss made, or their...
Posted On 18 Feb 2010

Oscar Flashback – 1977

2009 produced some of the best Sci Fi films the Oscar race has ever seen. Usually there are one or two that flirt with the edges of Oscar but it’s rare for one, let alone two, to be nominated for Best Picture. For a while there, it looked like there would be three, and that...
Posted On 18 Feb 2010