2) Yeah, they're doing ten Best Picture nominees this year. I remember the Academy president saying, when they announced this change a few months ago, something to the effect of, "If I said this had nothing to do with The Dark Knight [not getting nominated last year], I'd be lying." So they're trying to be... more inclusive this year, because the big studios get pissed when they do put out genuinely good movies that then get snubbed in favor of blatant Oscarbait that doesn't really hold up a few years later. (Remember a couple of years ago on Extras, when Ricky Gervais told Kate Winslet that she'd need to play a Nazi if she actually wanted to win?)
3) THE BLIND SIDE FOR BEST PICTURE, WHAT THE FUCK?
A conversation I just had with my mother, who loves Sandra Bullock (aw, she's nice) and football (GRARRRRR):
"THE BLIND SIDE? WHAT."
"Well, when that many people see a movie..."
"But that doesn't mean it's GOOD."
"It IS good."
"You don't know! You didn't see it!"
"I saw enough of it!"
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P.S. Two reminders: the book episode (listener recommendations, plus Discworld discussion) of Made of Fail (guest: NADWCon co-runner foresthouse!) is up; and also TONIGHT IS LOSTNESDAY.