Losers of 2010: Winners of 2010 opinion

With the 10 best films list out of the way, I want to highlight a few winners and losers of the year, taking a look at events that I find particularly interesting in more detail. Tomorrow, the winners, today, the losers. Last year, Brit flicks drew my attention and my losers of 2010 are, well, the winners of 2010.

2009’s Avatar and The Hurt Locker battled it out at the most underwhelming Oscars for some years in March but it is the tail end of the calendar year’s film award celebrations that produced the most baffling, undeserving winners. Somewhere, Sofia Coppola’s empty and uncomfortably opulent film scooped the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and Uncle Boonmee, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s technically substandard, wallpaper paste spiritual waffle won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the biggest prize of all, as well as considerable, widespread acclaim. There must have been something in the water.

I think there was a drought of great, destined-to-be-classic films in 2010, both in the mainstream and independent cinema. Thankfully, 2011 already looks set to make up for it.

28th Dec 2010