Oscars Preview: And The Nominees Are?
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
When the Oscar nominations come out this morning, 10 movies will be up for Best Picture. That's double the traditional five. Steve Inskeep got the scoop from reporter Kim Masters, who's following all things Oscar from Los Angeles.
STEVE INSKEEP: Okay. Ten Best Picture nominations?
KIM MASTERS: Now, you are going to see certain movies in the mix. Maybe "Up in the Air," I mean, definitely "Up in the Air," "Inglourious Basterds." But there are really two movies, I think, that are in contention here. Steve, can you guess which two are in contention?
INSKEEP: No. I have no idea, no clue, but one of them might start with an A.
MASTERS: Yes. So, one of them does start with an A - that would be "Avatar," the biggest picture of all time, likely to pass $2 billion in gross. And that is up against, it seems at this point, a little movie, perhaps the lowest- grossing movie ever to be in contention, "The Hurt Locker."
INSKEEP: Unidentified Man #4: (as character) Drop the phone.
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INSKEEP: (as character) I can't get a shot.
INSKEEP: You go from a fantasy about killing and war to a brutally real depiction of killing and war.
MASTERS: Also, that would be the first time a woman director - should she win Best Director - has won. I can't believe we're saying that in 2010, but that's the way it is.
INSKEEP: And I find something striking about a woman director of an acclaimed war film.
MASTERS: Yes, she is unusual for that. Her films are, you know, known to be - to use a probably bad word - masculine. You know, kind of dark, tough, gritty, big action. You know, she is certainly an atypical female director but she is a female director.
INSKEEP: Okay. So 10 films will be nominated for Best Picture Oscar this morning. We've named two that seems likely to be in there. Eight others will be in. What about the Best Actor and Actress categories?
MASTERS: And Best Actor, you know, there's kind of a frontrunner there. I'm going to quiz you again, Steve. Who is it?
INSKEEP: I don't know. George Clooney, I don't know.
MASTERS: You don't know? You're so not in L.A.
INSKEEP: Well, it's true.
MASTERS: Jeff Bridges seems to have a commanding lead for playing an aging country singer in "Crazy Heart." He is so good in that movie that it seems to be sort of a film draped around a performance, and he is a formidable contender. It's hard to know who can take it from him.
INSKEEP: Kim, thanks very much.
MASTERS: Thank you, Steve.
INSKEEP: Kim Masters hosts THE BUSINESS on member station KCRW.
MONTAGNE: And that, of course, Steve Inskeep talking to Kim.
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