Early buzz says Social Network is a lock in the best picture department.
I say Inception is too. Not only because it was friggin great, but with ten spots to fill (still dumb) and the fact that the 10 nomination change was basically because of The Dark Knight snub, I say it's a lock. I'll also put DiCaprio in the maybe pile for actor too. Two strong lead performances in two well received (critically and commercially) flicks from two acclaimed directors. One or the other.
Really hope Duvall gets recognized for Get Low too.
I'm a professional nerd, a friggin UNIX Admin (you don't get more nerdy) and I'm just tired of people sensationalizing the profession. It's like people who design websites are Rambo, Charlie Sheen and the guy from sword fish all wrapped up into one. It just ain't happening, making facebook was ridiculously boring up until it was sold for an F-Ton of money. IT is boring plain and simple the movies about them are 99% BS.
I think you are letting insider bias jade you on this. Apparently early word is that it is insanely entertaining and not boring at all. It's not like it's two hours of some kid typing code either. The legal turmoil here is entertaining because of this specific case.
I also think that Facebook itself is inherently more entertaining. You're trivializing it a bit. It isn't just any website. Some kid that put up a message board for his buddies. It's (as I understand it) the second most popular website in the history of the internet. Facebook itself, like it or not, is completely ingrained in today's culture. That may sound silly, but it is absolutely true whether the haters want to admit it or not. Something like one in twelve people on this planet have an account, and that's pretty mind boggling, and that's why it'll lend itself to a more entertaining movie than one about the guy who invented wilcobase.com
I'm not arguing the fact that the movie isn't entertaining or even the importance of facebook in today's pop culture. What I'm trying to say is that the movie should be 2 hours of some college kid writing code, that's how it happened. This movie, supposedly based on a real event, is going to be 99% Hollywood. If they're going to make a movie like this they should make it fictional, the 'Based on a true story' sticker is being used to liberally and holds no wait now a days.
But no one is confused on the how it happened. The story here is what happened to a handful of guys after it happened. I don't think they're glamorizing the life of a web designer as much as they're playing up the drama in the relationship between these five or so guys after a carrot was dangled in front of their face.
Not a big Keira knightly (however you spell it) fan, I think the pirates of the Caribbean movies ruined her. I guess if I were to go to the movies today I'd see the town, I didn't think it looked that good but people keep comparing it to heat so I'd have to check it out.