Early Oscar Favs??

upSome of you may know that every year five (5) movies are nominated for a Best Picture Award at the yearly Oscar ceremony, and, of those five, only one walks away with the top prize.

Some of you may also have heard that, starting next year, the academy has changed things around a bit. Now, instead of five movies to choose from, the academy will nominate 10 for the prestigious Best Picture Award.

I for one think this is great, especially after last year’s travesty where movies like The Dark Knight and Wall-E were ignored while The Reader and Milk were honored, granted, both were good movies but neither deserved the nod over Batman and Pixar.

While the academy says it’s to generate excitement, I for one think money is behind the expansion of the best picture category.  I mean, I for one am more apt to see a film if it carries the tag “Nominated for  Best Picture”.

Anyway, for those of you who do follow movie patterns, most films that get nominated for awards come out between October and Christmas, which is typically referred to in the movie industry as “award season”. It is very rare for a film released prior to “award season” to earn a Best Pic nomination but it happens.

The Sixth Sense came out in the summer of 1999 and eventually earned a nomination while Braveheart was released in the spring of 1995 and walked away with the Best Picture Prize the following year.

That being said, 3 months prior to the beginning of award season, I have listed a dozen films that have already come out, that I think have a good shot of cracking the Top 10 and earning a nomination for a 2009 Best Picture Oscar. (in no particular order, just how I remember ’em).

1. UP

2. STAR TREK

3. THE HANGOVER

4. PUBLIC ENEMIES TAKEN

5. ADVENTURELAND

6. EARTH

7. CORALINE

8. DRAG ME TO HELL

9. WATCHMEN

10. SUNSHINE CLEANING

11. THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD

12. AWAY WE GO

Like I said, studios don’t start rolling out their award contenders until late fall/early winter, however  I think we could see a few more contenders this summer that have yet to open.

Harry Potter, Funny People and Inglorious Basterds come to mind.

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One Response to “Early Oscar Favs??”

  1. Erin Flanagan Says:

    what about Gran Torino?

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