Oscar nominations for 2011

The Oscar nominations for 2011 were announced this morning. Here are the nominations for Best Motion Picture:

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King’s Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone

Such is my state of affairs and my growing indifference to visual media, that I have seen exactly none of the movies on the list. I think this is the first time in my life that I haven’t seen at least one of the films up for nomination.

I decided to scan through the rest of the list, consulting every title that appeared and as it turns out, the only movie I’ve seen on the list is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 which appears to have received two nominations (for Art Direction and Visual Effects). And the only reason I saw that movie is because Kelly and I happened to find ourselves with a few hours of time, unencumbered by the Little Man.

Considering all of this careful, I find that I am completely unmoved by the fact that I haven’t seen these films, and the thought of going to a movie is no longer very appealing. At home my DVR is clogged with episodes of TV shows that I haven’t watched, and about which I am rather dubious if I will ever get back to. There is some good TV writing and acting going on out there, but as a whole, movies and television appear to be going in a direction that I just don’t care for.

(I will admit, however, that I find myself scanning TCM more and more and recording things from 50, 60, 70 years ago. Those movies I don’t mind watching at all.)

I’d feel rather alarmed about this if I thought I was missing something, but something tells me that the movies being made today generally aren’t worth my time. I’d rather write, read my Astounding’s or hand out with the family.


  1. I of course have seen none of those either, since we don’t go to movie theaters…but Inception is on our coffee table now and Toy Story 3 is coming soon.

    1. My guess is that at some point, Toy Story 3 will be in our house in some form. I am so sick of cartoons and cartoon movies. The Little Man loves them, and at this point, when he watches them and I am in the same room, I put on my Bose noise-cancelling headset.

  2. I would have to agree with you Jamie. Its hard to get out and the cost is ridiculous even at matinees. That having been said, I did see True Grit and it was great! Very much in line with the original, but the young girl in the movie did such a fantastic job. I enjoyed the Social Network just because I’m far enough on the periphery that seeing something like that intrigues me probably the way ER and Surgery shows intrigue those non-medical folks (although I am a sucker for Scrubs). I have yet to see The Kings Speech, but Tricia said it was very well done.

    1. I’ve heard that The King’s Speech is good, but despite that, I have no motivation to get out and see a movie, even if I had the time. I’d rather write, read golden age Astounding’s, or spend time with the family. There is a lack of originality in film today. How many of those movies nominated for best picture are either a remake, a “re-boot”, or based on a book?


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