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Is This It?

Is This It?

So my foot is firmly in mouth re: any suggestion “Avatar” wouldn’t be all it could be and more. Pretty much everyone who saw it yesterday went ape shit for it, and all of a sudden I’m very excited to see it Tuesday night here in Dubai. As a result, I present you with what seems like a very good bet for this year’s best picture lineup. It’s the first time I’ve felt like I could predict this lineup with any significant confidence:

Avatar
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Invictus
Nine
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up In The Air

Nine, A Serious Man and Inglourious Basterds are the weakest links, here… But I can’t imagine too many films that could really work up the buzz to take their places.

Also… the Cameron vs. Bigelow battle of the exes faceoff for best director seems officially on! Director is looking like Bigelow, Cameron, and Reitman for sure (a woman and two Canadians!). Beyond that it could be various folks. I’m guessing Tarantino and Daniels…

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