When was the last time an Oscar Best Picture reflected the times we live in? The Departed? Not so much. No Country For Old Men? Not quite. Crash? Maybe, but that film wasn’t worthy. Back in the 1970s, films that won top honors always felt like they personified the year in which they won. You can argue for other decades, but for the most part, the 2000s thus far have failed to do so. I mean, the films that won the top gold guy following 9/11 were Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, and Chicago. Seriously?
As we approach this year’s telecast, one would hope Hurt Locker or Up in the Air would overtake Avatar to claim Best Picture. Years from now, decades from now, either one of those two flicks — if they win anyway — would be best remembered as a film that personified the war-fueled and economic disaster that was 2009. Thanks to dwindling Oscar buzz for the George Clooney airliner and a Locker producer’s lame attempts to sway Oscar judges, I’m not so sure that will happen. It could very well be a glorious night for James Cameron or a surprising Inglourious night overall. Continue reading