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The Random Musings of an Oscar Watcher

28 Feb, 2011 By: John Latchem

So, the Academy declares that Inception is the best looking and best sounding film of the year, but can’t see fit to recognize it takes a great director to put that kind of team together? I’m still a little fumed that Christopher Nolan was overlooked for Best Director, which is probably the biggest snub since 2008, when Christopher Nolan was overlooked for The Dark Knight.

And even though Inception won four Oscars, tied for tops for the night, it probably should have won more. For example, check out the Best Original Score presentation.

Not to take anything away from the music of The Social Network, which served a very specific purpose within the context of that film, but it says something when they play portions from the five nominees and then announce the winner as one that clearly isn’t the best. (My respect for the Academy’s musical tastes has been declining in recent years, so I don’t know if it’s a good or bad sign that I was thrilled “We Belong Together” won for Best Original Song. I kind of love that little song.)

How do you not say Hans Zimmer’s awesome music for Inception shouldn’t have won? And I’m not saying this as an Inception apologist. It wasn’t even my favorite film of the year. (of the films I’ve seen, I’d rank Toy Story 3 and The Social Network ahead of it).

Take note that I’m not going to say that The King’s Speech didn’t deserve to win Best Picture. I haven’t seen it and am not prepared to make any such declarations. Covering the home entertainment field, I tend to not see many movies in theaters anymore, since a usually get them on disc two or three months after they premiere anyway. So I haven’t seen a few of the nominees and winners yet.

Along those lines, amid all the hooting and hollering about how bad the telecast was and what can be done to improve it, here’s my take: How about not using major spoilers in the clips? Some of us still like to pretend we don’t know what to expect going in.

Then again, what do I know?

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