Thursday, February 18, 2010

One Category at a Time: Best Original Screenplay

It's a funny thing, awards season. I had no hatred for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds when first I saw it, but after winning nearly every writing award under the sun from critics and other organizations, its awards success has become my biggest pet peeve of the year. Everyone seems to be unanimous in their praise of the film, declaring it Tarantino's best. Nothing could be further from the truth, but alas, the baffling popularity of the film and the less baffling popularity of the man will lead him to his second Oscar for screenwriting.

This all comes at the expense of Mark Boal, whose screenplay for The Hurt Locker is nothing short of brilliant, and easily trumps any of its fellow nominees. If he prevails in this category, then The Hurt Locker wins Best Picture too.

Barring any surprises, your winner will be one of the aforementioned nominees. The other three will not win for the following reasons:
-The Messenger may be a smartly built, emotionally resonating character drama, but it's too small.
-A Serious Man may be thought-provoking and artistic, but it's too challenging.
-Up may be clever and flat-out hilarious, but it's too animated.

Will win: Inglourious Basterds
Should win: The Hurt Locker

Should have won: (500) Days of Summer

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Academy provides another epic blow
to entertainment value at the Oscars.
Say goodbye to song performances.
Cheers to the BBC for finally picking
up on this (previously blogged) story:
Academy ditches Oscar-nominated song performances