Avatar (James Cameron and Jon Landau) - I've been inside the film (Imax 3D). Amazing team work. Script could be better, but the "we all are one" theme is wonderfully explored. Cameron has an artist timing to find out trends. The winner without doubt. (I'm truly sorry that coleague's recognition hasn't come with the audience's worldwide success. But that's how history is. You can't please them all!)
The Blind Side (Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson)- It's a sweet film with a lot of tears effect. Sandra Bullock's impeccable, no doubt. Since I've never heard of the player they based the story on, Bullock's character takes over control. Ok, it's a little bit fairy tale. Who wouldn't love to be a part of a perfect family?
District 9 (Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham) - Good direction. To mix documentary and drama isn't new. Characters are shallow. Hated the protagonist. Story's inconsistent to adress a unique theme. Follows several directions to get nowhere at the end. Disappointing.
An Education (Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey) - It's an interesting portrait of adolescence... Fair nomination to Actress in a Leading Role. I'd say the highlights of the script are the well constructed dialogues. It's not an extraordinary film, but it's well done. Alfred Molina's brilliant. How come he wasn't nominated? What a shame, Academy...
The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro) - Good direction. But I guess it's making more success 'cause it's a boy's film directed by a woman. So what? Film didn't catch me - maybe just in some tension moments. War's stupid and boring. A bunch of imatures trying to prove to others they're men. Give me a break! (Congratulations, "womankind"! But my sixth sense tells me that that was more an anti-Cameron move than a Bigelow recognition. And what a revenge to give it to his ex! Am I wrong? Wasn't film industry somewhat envious of his worldwide smashing success?)
Inglourious Basterds (Lawrence Bender) - Smart and funny, a creative contribution to the genre. Great direction. Very Tarantino, whatever that means...
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness) - It's a punch in the stomach. Simple, rich and profound. A film as films should all be. I loved. It'll be really unfair if Mo'Nique (supporting role of the mother) doesn't win. (Yes! She won! Film deserved all the prizes and more!)
A Serious Man (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) - I guess if I were jewish I would understand this film. But I'm not. Too many private jokes. Or life is a meaningless joke that you must accept without look for a meaning? Is that the point? The protagonist has no power over his life! How's that supposed to be drama? Foolish. All right, the Coen brothers can afford that kind of supposedly artistic production at this point of their carreer.
Up (Jonas Rivera) - The clip sequence from the beggining, presenting the characters til that moment is a lesson for all moviemakers. Sometimes tender and cute, sometimes just slapstick action. Film couldn't decide wich audience it would address. The last part of the film is pure cliche.
Up in the Air (Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman) - A pleasant surprise. Clever and a little bit critical to the system, I guess. Does Clooney plays himself?