I have finally watched The Hurt Locker – winner of the Best Picture award in the recently concluded 82nd Academy Awards. I have to say that it is a great war film that has the right mix of action, drama and light moments with some excellent cameos. Jeremy Renner has really put up a great performance as the non-conventional Staff Sergeant William James. It’s really fun to watch him and it’s exciting to see what he does next. He so rightly deserved the Best Actor nomination.
Which brings me to my next point. While I have to agree that The Hurt Locker is a good film in its own right, I still think that Avatar should have won the Best Picture award. The technological advancements to filmmaking brought about by James Cameron and his crew plus the moving environmental-friendly message of the movie are just too paramount to be ignored.
Sadly, the votes are still decided by older members of the Academy which may still not be in touch with recent filmmaking trends. So a digital 3D film such as Avatar would be, for lack of a better term, alien to them. Some Academy members might even be biased against awarding films that viewers have actually watched and liked. Some awards are even given out to some movies or directors just to prove a point, e.g., Kathryn Bigelow, the director of The Hurt Locker, is the first woman to win the Best Director award.
In the interest of diversity, my one wish is for the Academy to open up its doors to newer members and to have every type of movie fan duly represented in their ranks so that each and every movie will have an equal opportunity of winning that highly-coveted Best Picture award.
Again, I’m not taking away any credit for The Hurt Locker’s win but my heart still bleeds for Avatar…