That's what my guess was also. Looking into it, it seems that a SciFi flick has never won Best Picture. I thought LOTR fell into that category, but it's technically a Fantasy film. There are certain genres that are not that well-received by the Academy (SciFi, Animated, Children, etc), so it's always cool to see new genres win...Originally Posted by Ionan;3827484;
...but hopefully not this year. I don't want Avatar to win, and truth be told, if the competition really is between that and The Hurt Locker (with I. Basterds as the possible spoiler), I really hope THL takes it. I would be really disappointed with an Avatar win.
And very true about the nominess for Best Animated Picture! I don't care what anyone says, I think 2009 has been a solid years for movies altogether. I've only seen Up and The Princess and the Frog, but they all seem very deserving of the award. Up is the obvious winner though. Maybe I'll un-italicize The Secret of Kells and check it out online. Most of the time, I would feel major guilt for watching a movie online for free, but knowing that it had no US release, I wouldn't feel so guilty.