I'm even grumpier than usual about the Oscars, which I both love and hate. Most years, I have a movie I love that's somewhere in the hunt. Last year, even though I knew "Winter's Bone" wasn't going to win anything, it was fun to root for it.
The year before, I most rooted against "Avatar," and cherished the notion that "District 9" was in many ways the most original and thoughtful movie among the nominees.
The year before that -- well, at least there was the certainty that Heath Ledger's performance in "The Dark Knight" was the best work anybody did all year.
This year, I don't know what I think. The only movies that really challenged me were "Tree of Life" and "Melancholia". One of them isn't even nominated for anything because its director is such a jerk. The other one is nominated but way, way back in the pack. It's hard to know what to be happy about this year, except the fact that I've seen "War Horse" and nobody can ever make me see "War Horse" again.
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