Best Picture Contenders 2010: The year Oscar lives dangerously
It's no exaggeration to proclaim the advent of the new 10 nominations rule has completely changed the Oscar race. Films that wouldn't have had a stone's throw of being seriously considered when there were only five nominees before now have excellent chances to forever engrave the magic words: "Best Picture Nominee" on their DVD, Blu-ray or iPhone download receipt.
The goal of the change, of course, was to make sure critical and commercial blockbusters such as last year's award season racers "The Dark Knight" and "WALL-E" weren't ignored by the sometimes too discerning Academy members. Things haven't completely worked out in the Academy's favor this year as the number of truly quality commercial hits isn't as large as you'd hope. Making matters worse are films that could have potentially sneaked in such as "Public Enemies" and "Funny People" aren't strong enough to make even a broad contenders cut. Still, looking at the pool of candidates it wasn't hard to find 29 legitimate contenders for Oscar 2010. And yes, they even include some popular summer flicks such as "Star Trek" and "District 9" as well as this December's highly anticipated "Avatar."
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Look for best actor, actress, the supporting categories, director and additional contenders breakdowns in the weeks to come.
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2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
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