For the first time since 1943, 10 films were nominated for Best Picture. Many predicted this would cheapen the category by letting in films that didn't deserve the award.
However, the opposite proved true, with a field that included "The Blind Side," "Avatar," "Precious" and "Up In the Air."
While "The Hurt Locker" was a good film, and a triumphant depiction of an EOD team, the movie got an extra Oscar push from overall wartime sympathies and Academy love for director Kathryn Bigelow.
In my opinion, the Coen brothers' "A Serious Man" and Disney-Pixar's "Up" were the better of that year's nominated films. If any animated film were to win Best Picture, it should have been "Up." —XFINITY Entertainment Staff
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