Why Avatar Still Won't Win Best Picture
Sorry, James Cameron: Sci-fi, computerized actors will scare Academy
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2009 9:33 AM CST
Director James Cameron speaks during a press conference of their new 3D movie "Avatar" in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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(Newser) – OK, so Avatar scored soaring reviews and scads of money, blah, blah, blah: That still doesn’t mean James Cameron is going to win another Oscar for best picture. Lane Brown details five reasons why not in New York:

  • Special effects: As in, the special effects are the only rave-worthy thing about the movie. Titanic, at least, had more going for it, even if the dialogue sucked.

  • The Academy: Its “current membership is comprised primarily of whiny snobs"—whiny snobs who, you may recall, snubbed The Dark Knight last year.
  • Screening copies: Sadly, the DVD copies furnished to Academy voters will be in standard-definition 2D—meaning all the glory of a 3D IMAX experience will be lost.
  • Science fiction: Oscar hates it.
  • Actors: You know, the ones suspiciously missing from “James Cameron's computer-generated, thespian-free Pandora. Sure, one could correctly argue that Avatar features the motion-captured performances of real human beings, but just try explaining that to technophobic ballot-wielding elderlies like Mickey Rooney and Dame Judi Dench.”