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Poll: Will 'Inception' be nominated for best picture at the Oscars?

July 16, 2010 |  6:19 pm

On opening day, "Inception" is already proving to be a hit with moviegoers and film critics. Are Oscar voters next?

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"Inception" director Christopher Nolan got a mixed reception from academy members with "The Dark Knight" two derbies ago. It was nominated for eight Oscars and won two — including best supporting actor for Heath Ledger — but it failed to make the list for best picture. Outrage over that snub was one of the reasons the academy chose to expand the number of best picture nominees to 10.

"Inception" scores 76 at Metacritic. The L.A. Times hails the film: "A tremendously exciting science-fiction thriller that's as disturbing as it sounds. This is a popular entertainment with a knockout punch so intense and unnerving it'll have you worrying if it's safe to close your eyes at night."

USA Today likes "Inception" too but doesn't gush so much: "The film is easier to admire than to fully grasp or be moved by it. Still, it's worth surrendering to the dream."

The New York Times merely shrugs it off: "Though there is a lot to see in 'Inception,' there is nothing that counts as genuine vision. Mr. Nolan’s idea of the mind is too literal, too logical, too rule-bound to allow the full measure of madness — the risk of real confusion, of delirium, of ineffable ambiguity — that this subject requires."

Photo: Warner Bros.

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'Inception' ignites Oscars debate among bloggers

July 6, 2010 | 11:39 am

Inception Leonardo DiCaprio Christopher Nolan Academy Awards Oscars poster "Inception" does not open for 10 days, but this latest film from writer-director Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight") has already set off a spirited debate in the blogosphere about its potential at the Oscars. The bloggers all judge "Inception" to be an outstanding sci-fi action thriller. However, there is divided opinion as to whether "Inception" is a lock to contend for the top Academy Awards.

Steve Pond of the Wrap says the movie "will no doubt have some naysayers; it won't follow 'Toy Story 3' in flirting with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating. (Of the handful of people I know who've seen it, most loved it, but one really, really hated it.) And it might be too much of a sci-fi, special-effects-genre picture to win over the more conservative elements of the Academy come Oscar time. But remember: If the Academy's move to 10 best picture nominations can be laid at the feet of any one film, that film was Nolan's last one, 'The Dark Knight.' It’s hard to imagine that voters won’t find this one thrilling enough to put it in the 10, and in quite a few other categories as well."

For Greg Ellwood of HitFix, the film "should benefit from strong reviews and is clearly a player in a number of categories this Oscar season. However, 'Inception' won't be for everyone. As noted, the picture requires the viewer to pay close attention to events even as they are clearly spelled out in front of them. Not all audiences will be prepared to have to 'think' during their summer movie season, but those that go for the ride will find an incredibly stimulating reward hit them before the credits roll."

Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood believes "this eye-popping film will wow moviegoers all over the world -- its complexities will only encourage debate and repeat viewings -- and should also score well with critics and year-end awards groups. Oscar nominations in technical categories are a certainty, but 'Inception' is also a strong contender for multiple nominations, including best picture."

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