Google+ Cinema Viewfinder: Back from Vacation with a New Poll

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Back from Vacation with a New Poll

Yeah, it's been a bit sporadic around here because I was on vacation. But a lot happened while I was gone. First, let me acknowledge the passing of two of my childhood icons, Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. Neither was known for any contributions to cinema, per se. But their influence on pop culture in general, and me in particular, was unavoidable. Secondly, a bit of a change for Oscar watchers. In a move that seems aimed to increase interest in the Academy Awards (don't think it will, as the Academy isn't even holding cinephiles' attention too well these days), the Academy has decided to increase the nominees in its Best Picture category from five to ten for this year. Let me know what you think in the poll on the left while I try to get my bearings before putting up a proper post.


Ryan McNeil said...

I have ten bucks that says Oscar still won't get the shortlist right, even with twice as many nominees.

Comedies, action, animation, and docs might still be left outside looking in, while twice as many Weinstein-approved weepies fill the bill.

Guess we'll have to wait and see!

Tony Dayoub said...

Hey Mad Hatter,

I just found out you nominated my article on Havana for LAMB Chops. Thank you.

Hope to keep seeing you around here.

Joel Bocko said...

I agree with the Hatter, unfortunately, on both counts. Although I expect we'll see the token, intermittent pleasant surprise expanded to maybe a couple, more consistent pleasant surprises. In other words, while the percentage of worthy choices will not go up by sheer numerical probability, the actual count of decent choices HAS to rise...right?