That's credible: Oscar movies grounded in reality

Fri Mar 5, 2010 2:04am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Hollywood is not exactly known for its grip on reality, but the experts have given an "A" for authenticity to the 10 contenders for the best picture Oscar on Sunday


"It is extremely unlikely the life forms would be so close to those on Earth; on the other hand, I'm sure at some point in the future we will be able to use our brainwaves to drive avatars, at least in the virtual world. The next step -- to use (brainwaves) to drive actual representatives of ourselves in the real world instead -- is probably a very long way off, but you can't say it cannot be done. It's a new area of engineering and biological engineering that hasn't been explored yet."

-- Piet Hut, professor of astrophysics, Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University


"If you look at success rates of staying in school, tendencies toward violence, drugs and alcohol (abuse), teen pregnancies and acting out in school, one-on-one mentoring will significantly reduce those risk behaviors. While the movie portrays a significant and deep mentoring relationship, it's a Hollywood idealized dream. The family in the movie is wealthy, but we all have to struggle every day. I also saw all the young boys who were left behind. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had more African-American male mentors?"

-- Karen Mathis, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America


"The way that the MNU people are portrayed and the kind of Afrikaans English they speak (are) reminiscent of the way in which the police (in the days of apartheid) treated black South Africans. The (aliens, known as Prawns) have a language with a click element in it, which is suggestive that they are representative of Xhosa or Zulu speakers. The Prawn metaphor is very effective in confronting (the issue of race) by making that difference more radical."   Continued...

<p>Actress Anne Hathaway (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announce the nominations in the Best Motion Picture of the Year category during the 82nd annual Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills February 2, 2010. Nominees clockwise from bottom left are Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, A Serious Man, Up and Up in the Air. The 82nd annual Academy Awards will be presented in Hollywood on March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>