The 83rd Oscars Nominations: An Opinion on the Opinions

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The 83rd Academy Award Nominations have been announced.  The internet is ablaze with debate about the deserving, undeserving, the snubbed and the surprises.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see most of these films, as a few of  the releases were delayed to my country of residence, South Africa, or I just missed the film house release and am waiting for the DVD. Either way, I am in a bad place to judge any of these films. I haven’t seen many and can’t go by hearsay in judging Oscar-worth films.

Much of the debate so far is how the Oscars is just confirming films that were well received by critics. This, of course, is at ends with the 80th Academy Awards (2008), which was coined “The Year of The Underdog”. The Academy was trashed by many critics as snubbing  mainstream filmhouses and films, instead focusing on Indie films, or having chosen the underdogs, the low-cost, low-earning films.

Now, the same critics flame a debate about how mainstream the Oscars have become. Blink, and the waters change, eh?

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Proudly South African? Not us!

   That title is not aimed at me. It's the Media of South Africa. They are very picky when it comes to what they will report on, and if it's supporting our country, no, we can't have that. BLAME ZUMA!! YEAH!! OR APARTHEID!! Sorry, gotta stop blaming that.

    With news of Mr. Niell Blomkamp's film, District 9, being nominated in 4 catagories for the Oscars, I got quite pissed off. Not because I don't like the movie, but because I loved it.
    I am South African, and the movie is directed, edited, written, just about everything, by South Africans. If Peter Jackson didn't produce it, it would be a South African production. The reason why I am so pissed off, is that good ol' South Africa refused to even touch this movie until it made $37 million in 2 days. After that, the media couldn't get enough of it.
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