Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Professor Screenwriter and other geniuses.

Comments on the last post offered confirmation — not that any was needed — that readers are sick to the teeth with Oscar chatter. Fair enough. We’ll call a halt for a few weeks, before returning to the subject in …

Tue, Feb 2, 2010, 23:46

   

Comments on the last post offered confirmation — not that any was needed — that readers are sick to the teeth with Oscar chatter. Fair enough. We’ll call a halt for a few weeks, before returning to the subject in the days before the ceremony itself.

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Professor Screenwriter celebrates A Serious Man making the final 10.

There was, however, no way Screenwriter was going to allow today to pass without bragging about his extraordinary success in predicting the Oscar nominations. Of the 25  I called, I got 23 correct. To paraphrase Lionel Hutz, I don’t use the word “genius” very often, but I am the greatest genius in the history of the world.

Okay, this year’s Oscars did, for the most part, go according to plan. Many sites will have had a similar hit rate and, if I’d included the best supporting acting prizes, my success ratio would have plummeted. Nonetheless, 23 out of 25 ain’t bad. If I’d been working at Lehman Brothers in the early part of this decade the economy would be in a much healthier state right now.

What were the surprises and how welcome were they? Well, District 9 took the best picture spot that I had reserved for Star Trek. We have no complaints there, though it would have been nice if both had made it in. Invictus continued to fade and was eventually edged out by Blind Side. That Sandra Bullock flick is the only one of the 10 I haven’t seen, so I can’t comment on its quality. But… Well… Are you looking forward to it?

Everyone expected Julianne Moore to make it in to the final five for her supporting turn in A Single Man — and she deserved to — but that place was taken by Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart. Good for her.

There was, however, no doubt about the biggest shock of the nominations. (And not just for the Irish.) The Secret of Kells is a fine film, but the team’s achievement in securing a best animated feature nomination is quite staggering. Somebody has been working very, very hard — and cleverly — at ensuring that voters watched Tomm Moore’s beautiful picture. I don’t use the word genius often…

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