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    SAG Upset! Basterds Rule!

    By kyle | January 24, 2010

    Now that SAG has given its top award to what is obviously the best film of the year, I seem to recall someone saying (at a time when most seemed to think “Basterds” wouldn’t even get nominated): Don’t count it out for the Oscar. It may have even been me. I really, really, really doubt Best Picture is going to “Avatar,” with its cheesy dialogue, its arrogant director, its gung-ho moments, its scary implications for actors (who are by far the largest voting branch of the Academy). Okay, it’s a great looking movie. How many fantasies have won the top Oscar? Only the final Lord of the Rings picture. And it made gobs of money. Not a lot of movies that topped the box office in their year won Best Picture either.

    Topics: Movies, Oscars | 1 Comment »

    One Response to “SAG Upset! Basterds Rule!”

    1. Patrick. Says:
      January 24th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

      The Best Picture field is scarily competitive this year. Precious is easily the outlier, but the remaining contenders — Avatar, Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, and Inglourious Basterds — are all harboring worthy momentum. I know you want Basterds to take home the trophy, but which film is your runner-up? The precursors have been scattershot at best.