It is Oscar season and I saw 2 nominated movies recently that were based on true stories. The first, Invictus, was the better of the two and a satisfying watch. Morgan Freeman’s Oscar nomination is something I don’t quite get, but I didn’t find much to complain about in the movie.
The second, The Blind Side, was an interesting movie — in the sense, the story was amazing. I would recommend giving the movie a skip and instead, reading this 2006 feature at the The New York Times. That is the story of Michael Oher, the central character of The Blind Side. I didn’t read this before watching the movie, so the movie seemed interesting. Post reading, it became very obvious that the movie was being used as Sandra Bullock’s Oscar vehicle. There were many scenes that seemed not-essential to the plot, but I am sure those very scenes contributed to her Oscar nomination — which again I do not get.
I haven’t seen Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart, but most other acting nominations were disappointing this year. George Clooney for Up In The Air was incomprehensible. Among the 10 movies that were nominated for the Best Movie, I have seen a handful. In my very humble opinion, the only deserving nominations were The Hurt Locker and Up.
Anyway, the Oscars are over and there isn’t much point debating the nominations.