The movie that had the biggest impact on the Academy Awards over the last ten years is one that did not win best picture ... or even get nominated - it was "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's 2008 Batman movie that was shunned in 2009.
It was smart. It was critically acclaimed. It contained -- just barely contained -- an absolutely stunning performance by Heath Ledger. Audiences loved it. It earned tons of money for lots of people. And yet somehow it wasn't nominated, because it didn't fit a certain kind of mold. For more about what that mold is, see "The King's Speech" a really good looking historical drama with intimidating British actors and a story about triumphing over a handicap. Game, set, match. Back to "The Dark Knight." The Academy sensed that something had gone wrong. So now we have ten best picture nominees. How about just figuring it out right? Leave your comments below, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.