From Avatar to Hurt Locker

(Through Rose-Coloured Glasses)

The 82nd Academy Award, i.e. the Oscars nominations for motion pictures were announced. The headline proclaimed: Oscars roam from outer space fantasy to earthbound reality with ‘Avatar,’ ‘Hurt Locker’.

Now I am confused, aren’t they all talking about the same war? In that far away planet called Earth, there is a little place called Iraq, with a massive underground treasure of black gold, that caused the big corporation to salivate. Under the disguise of fighting post 9/11 terrorism, with the pre-emptive strike on the illusive weapons of mass destruction (WMD), that “Inglourious Basterd” led us to believe, and plunged into another Vietnam quicksand of deathtraps. It is quite “An Education” for the past 8 years. That’s the “Precious” war that the movies are about, the war that we are pushed and tricked into. That is no “Avatar” fantasy, but all reality.

“A Serious Man” with a single-minded mentality, when his time is “UP”, and vacated the Office, he left everything “Up In the Air”, for others to clean out “The Hurt Locker”. But there are dangerous minefields everywhere, politically and economically. The whole world is in recession. People lost their houses, life savings and their livihood. Hope we won’t ended up in “District 9”-ish ghettos. This is a complete mess that no bomb squads will be able to defuse and clear. We are being “Blind Side”-ed but cannot afford to ignore any longer.

But where is Jake Sully when we needed him?

Oscar Nomination — Best Picture
• “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”
• “Up in the Air”

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