And the nominees are…

oscars-in-memoriamThe nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards are in!  BU’s Paul Schneider, Chairman of the College of Communication Department of Film & Television and a member of the Directors Guild of America, shares his predictions for who may be going home with a statue on March 7th:

“The Academy seems to have achieved one of their goals, which was to get more commercially successful films into contention and, they hope, to increase interest and ratings.  Based on best picture noms for Avatar, UP and The Blind Side, they have three of the top grossers of 2009.  This may provide a larger slice of the movie-going audience something to root for and a reason to tune in. Overall, this is quite a good, quality list and showcases a balance of genres and formats from intimate personal stories to huge action/ special effect blockbusters, as well as an animated feature.  There is something for everyone here.

The best director nominations also have built-in drama.  Ex husband and wife, James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow are both nominated.  Although the budgets of their two films, Avatar and The Hurt Locker are over $200 million apart, they both garnered nine nominations.  When you add to the mix the fact that Kathryn Bigelow is a woman director working in a genre (war film /action) that used to be considered a ‘man’s game,’ you have the ingredients for a very interesting evening.  A win by Bigelow is certainly a  real possibility.  I would be surprised if someone either than Cameron or Bigelow wins, even though the other nominees are worthy and deserving contenders.”

Contact Paul Schenider, 617-353-5031, paulsch@bu.edu.

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