Hunger for "Avatar" continues to build, fed by the recent release of a new, long, all-revealing trailer and more photos. Check out this video interview with director James Cameron too. Sure, only two sci-fi flicks have ever been nominated for best picture at the Oscars ("Star Wars," "E.T."), but now there are twice as many nominees in that category than there used to be, it's a thin year in terms of rival competition and — best of all, "Avatar" fanboys — a fantasy film actually won in the past, let's recall. "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003) went undefeated to tie the all-time record (11 chunks of academy gold) also held by "Titanic," which, coincidentally, was directed by "Avatar's" James Cameron. Back in 1997, Cameron proved lots of Oscar prophets wrong when they predicted his budget-busting, disaster-plagued "Titanic" would sink. Now most Gold Derby readers believe his "Avatar" will defy the odds and be nominated for best picture. See poll results below. Notice that 11% of respondents (as of Friday afternoon) believe that "Avatar" will actually win best picture! They're crazy, of course, but I personally agree with the majority that it will be nominated.
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October 23, 2009 | 12:54 pm
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