Poly Post panel predicts Oscar Nominations

By Erik Carr

A Poly Post three- person panel of movie critics made a
prediction on what the 10 nominations for Best Picture in the 82nd
Academy Awards should be.

Movie contributor Aaron Fenn and staff writers Anthony Clegg and
Stephanie Fehrmann believe the movies will be ‘Crazy Heart,’
‘District 9,’ ‘Invictus,’ ‘The Road,’ ‘Up,’ ‘Avatar,’ ‘The Hurt
Locker,’ ‘Inglorious Bastards,’ ‘A Serious Man,’ and ‘Up in the
Air.’ One film they believe to be a lock for a nomination is ‘A
Serious Man.’ ‘It’s one of the Coen brothers’ best films,’ said
Fenn.

Awards Circuit, a film critic site, has the same feelings as our
panel but wants ‘Avatar,’ ‘Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by
Sapphire’ and ‘An Education’ to be nominees as well.

The panel believes movies like ‘Avatar’ should not be considered
despite the tickets sales.

‘I think a lot of buzz has been around ‘Avatar,’ said Clegg.
‘It’s just taking a lot of the attention away from better
films.’

This year there are approximately 25 films competing in the Best
Movie category.

‘The change from five to 10 [nominations] is really dumb
[because] there are not 10 movies that are worthy of it this year,’
said Fehrmann.

In 1943 at the 16th Academy Awards was the last year to have 10
nominees.

The new number will result in a wider range of candidates. Films
range from the usual critically acclaimed films to ones that both
pleased critics and made millions at the box office.

‘The Academy doesn’t like nerdy things,’ said Fehrmann. ‘They
don’t like fun. It needs to be dark, dramatic and have a
message.’

On that note, tune in to ABC on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m. to
see the Academy Award nominations.

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