While I certainly enjoyed many movies in 2009, very few left me completely wowed. Maybe they fell victim to unfairly high expectations, but other than a precious few (and that doesn’t include Precious, which I’ve yet to see), I walked out of the theatres feeling disappointed more often than not.
The best film I saw in 2009 was Up, which has perhaps the best 5-minute sequence of any film in the past 10 years. There’s no chance it will win the Oscar for Best Picture, though. Essentially, that comes down to a race between Avatar and The Hurt Locker, both of which are good, neither of which are as good as Inglourious Basterds.
So, keeping that in mind, I share with you my picks on the upcoming Academy Awards, with my picks in bold:
The Blind Side
The Hurt Locker
A Serious Man
Up in the Air
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress