Nominees & Winners for the 82nd Academy Awards

Sandra Bullock with her Oscar for Best Actress

As Supple magazine predicted, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges went home with the Oscars for the Best Acting in a leading role. And Kathryn Bigelow proved that her directing was the best as she won the Oscar for the Best Director and her film The Hurt Locker won a total of six Oscars for the following:
Film editing
Best picture
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Original screenplay

Mo’Nique was happy that she won an Oscar for her role as an abusive mother in “Precious.”

“I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics,” Mo’Nique said.

Jeff Bridges accepts the Academy Award for Best Actor while Kate Winslet applauds him during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, March 7, 2010.

Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz arrives at the Governors Ball after the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 7, 2010.

Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman ever to win the Oscar for Best Director.
Her ex-husband James Cameron’s Avatar won three Oscars.

Nominees & Winners for the 82nd Academy Awards

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” -Winner
  • George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
  • Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
  • Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Matt Damon in “Invictus”
  • Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
  • Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
  • Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
  • Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds” -Winner

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”Winner
  • Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
  • Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
  • Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  • Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
  • Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
  • Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
  • Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” -Winner

Animated Feature Film

  • Coraline” Henry Selick
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
  • The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
  • The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
  • “Up” Pete Docter-Winner

Art Direction

  • “Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair-Winner
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
  • Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
  • Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray


  • “Avatar” Mauro Fiore-Winner
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel
  • The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd
  • Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson
  • The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

Costume Design

  • Bright Star” Janet Patterson
  • Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
  • Nine” Colleen Atwood
  • “The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell-Winner


  • Avatar” James Cameron
  • “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow-Winner
  • Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
  • Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
  • Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

Documentary (Feature)

  • Burma VJ” Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
  • “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens-Winner
  • Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
  • Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
  • The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
  • The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  • “Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett-Winner
  • Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Film Editing

  • Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
  • District 9” Julian Clarke
  • “The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis-Winner
  • Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke
  • Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz

Foreign Language Film

  • Ajami” Israel
  • The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)” Peru
  • A Prophet (Un Prophète)” France
  • “The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)” Argentina-Winner
  • The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band)” Germany


  • Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
  • “Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow-Winner
  • The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Music (Original Score)

  • Avatar” James Horner
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat
  • The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
  • Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
  • “Up” Michael Giacchino-Winner

Music (Original Song)

  • Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
  • Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
  • “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett-Winner

Best Picture

  • Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
  • The Blind Side” Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Producers
  • District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
  • An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
  • The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro, Producers-Winner
  • Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
  • Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
  • A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
  • Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
  • Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Short Film (Animated)

  • French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
  • Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
  • The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
  • “Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin-Winner
  • A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

Short Film (Live Action)

  • The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
  • Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
  • Kavi” Gregg Helvey
  • Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
  • “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson-Winner

Sound Editing

  • Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
  • “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson-Winner
  • Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
  • Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
  • Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Sound Mixing

  • Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
  • “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett-Winner
  • Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
  • Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Visual Effects

  • “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones-Winner
  • District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
  • Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
  • An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
  • In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher-Winner
  • Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • “The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal-Winner
  • Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
  • The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
  • A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Tomorrow is the Big Day of the Oscars

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82nd Annual Academy Awards, March 7th, 2010

Best Picture:  Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air 
Actor in a Leading Role:  Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Renner 
Actress in a Leading Role:  Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibe, Meryl Streep 
Directing:  Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air, Precious 

 Tomorrow is the Big Day of the Oscars

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Do not be surprised if the director of Avatar, the most debated movie on the Internet‎, James Cameron loses the coveted Oscar for Best Director to his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow or Lone Scherfig, director of An Education. One thing for sure is it is not going to be a walk over for any of the directors of the films nominated for the Best Picture.

The Hurt Locker has already won the BAFTA and in fact, James Cameron ‎said he would be glad to see her winning the Oscar for the Best Picture as well. He knows that she really excelled in directing her Iraqi war thriller.

1. Avatar
2. The Blind Side
3. District 9
4. An Education
5. The Hurt Locker
6. Inglourious Basterds
7. Precious
8. A Serious Man
9. UP
10. UP in the Air

I see Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) clutching their Oscars for the Best Actress and Best Actor in leading roles..
Many film critics say it is going to be either George Clooney (Up In The Air) or Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), but I am betting on Jeff Bridges. And of course Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia) knows her greatest contender for the Best Actress Oscar is Sandra Bullock.

I wish all the Oscar Nominees the best wishes of their dreams.

NOTE: The news video of the Oscars will be on Supple magazine 24/7.

2010 BAFTA Awards Nominees and Winners

Winners of the 2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards were announced at the official awards ceremony airing on BBC1 on Sunday, February 21, 2010 from the Royal Opera House in London with the complete US recap on cable channel BBC America starting at 8PM ET.


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards 2010:
Nominees and Winners.

* The Hurt Locker
An Education
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Up In the Air

* Fish Tank
An Education
In the Loop
Nowhere Boy

* The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow
Avatar – James Cameron
District 9 – Neill Blomkamp
An Education – Lone Scherfig
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

* The Hurt Locker – Mark Boal
The Hangover – Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino
A Serious Man – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Up – Bob Peterson, Pete Docter

* Up In the Air – Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner
District 9 – Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
An Education – Nick Hornby
In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire – Geoffrey Fletcher

* A Prophet
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Let the Right One In
The White Ribbon

* Up
Fantastic Mr. Fox

* Colin Firth – A Single Man
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up In The Air
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker
Andy Serkis – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

* Carey Mulligan – An Education
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
Audrey Tautou – Coco Before Chanel

* Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
Alec Baldwin – It’s Complicated
Christian Mckay – Me And Orson Welles
Alfred Molina – An Education
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones

* Mo’nique – Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire
Anne-Marie Duff – Nowhere Boy
Vera Farmiga – Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick – Up In The Air
Kristin Scott Thomas – Nowhere Boy

* Up – Michael Giacchino
Avatar – James Horner
Crazy Heart – T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton
Fantastic Mr. Fox – Alexandre Desplat
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – Chaz Jankel

* The Hurt Locker – Barry Ackroyd
Avatar – Mauro Fiore
District 9 – Trent Opaloch
Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson
The Road – Javier Aguirresarobe

* The Hurt Locker – Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
Avatar – Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
District 9 – Julian Clarke
Inglourious Basterds – Sally Menke
Up in the Air – Dana E. Glauberman

* Avatar – Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair
District 9 – Philip Ivey, Guy Poltgieter
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Nominees TBC
Inglourious Basterds – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco

* The Young Victoria – Sandy Powell
Bright Star – Janet Patterson
Coco Before Chanel – Catherine Leterrier
An Education – Odile Dicks-Mireaux
A Single Man – Arianne Phillips

* The Hurt Locker – Ray Beckett, Paul N. J. Ottosson, Craig Stauffer
Avatar – Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Tony Johnson, Addison Teague
District 9 – Nominees TBC
Star Trek – Peter J. Devlin, Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Mark Stoeckinger, Ben Burtt
Up – Tom Myers, Michael Silvers, Michael Semanick

* Avatar – Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones
District 9 – Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – John Richardson, Tim Burke, Tim Alexander, Nicolas Aithadi
The Hurt Locker – Richard Stutsman
Star Trek – Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton

* The Young Victoria – Jenny Shircore
Coco Before Chanel – Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen, Jane Milon
An Education – Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Sarah Monzani
Nine – Peter ‘Swords’ King

* Kristen Stewart
Jesse Eisenberg
Nicholas Hoult
Carey Mulligan


Peter Jackson Selects Andres Borghi’s Film ‘Working Day’ as ‘Your Big Break’ Winner

TOURISM-NEW-ZEALAND“Your Big Break” winner Andres Borghi on the New Zealand set of “Working Day.” (PRNewsFoto/Tourism New Zealand) LOS ANGELES AND AUCKLAND, CA UNITED STATES AND NEW ZEALAND

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Peter Jackson Selects Andres Borghi’s Film ‘Working Day’ as ‘Your Big Break’ Winner to Air Leading into IFC Film Independent Spirit Awards

Academy Award(R)-winning Director Chooses Winner of 100% Pure New Zealand’s Filmmaking Competition to Premiere March 5, 2010

LOS ANGELES and AUCKLAND, New Zealand, March 5 /PRNewswire/ — Academy Award®-winning director Sir Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) selected Andres Borghi from Argentina as winner of the 100% Pure New Zealand Presents Your Big Break ( short film competition today. Borghi’s film, “Working Day,” will air on IFC just prior to the Film Independent Spirit Awards live broadcast on March 5 at 8 p.m. Pacific/11 p.m. Eastern.

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According to Jackson, “The standard of all five films was very high. Any of them deserve to win, but it came down to personal choice. (Working Day) stood out as a fresh and original piece of storytelling. This was an extremely accomplished piece and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for Andres’ future work.”

“100% Pure New Zealand jump started my work and career,” says Borghi, who also acted in his film. “I also thank Peter and Barrie for helping me polish my work and gain international exposure.”

Jackson selected the film after five finalists traveled to Queenstown, New Zealand, where they shot and directed short films to capture the essence of the world’s youngest country with help from Academy Award®-winning producer Barrie Osborne and world class post-production facility Park Road Post Production. The finalists were selected by Osborne and a panel of judges from a pool of over 1,000 screenplays submitted between December 9, 2009 and January 15, 2010.

All five finalists’ films will screen in front of hundreds of the entertainment industry’s brightest at the 100% Pure New Zealand lounge at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards, of which 100% Pure New Zealand is a Principal Sponsor, and on the Your Big Break Web site,

“‘Working Day’ captures New Zealand’s stunning landscape, diversity of people and richness of culture,” says Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler. “With this and the other completed films, we now have five wonderful assets to promote the country to potential visitors.”

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300,000 Tickets Sold at 60th Berlinale

Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu poses with his Golden Bear award for Best Film for his movie ‘Bal – Honey’ during a photocall at the 60th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010.
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Did you know that 300, 000 tickets were sold at the 60th Berlin Film Festival to set a new attendance record?

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This year’s anniversary Berlinale celebrated another fantastic highlight with the Award Ceremony on February 20, 2010. As has become tradition, the festival again came to a close with its Berlinale Kinotag for the public on February 21. For eleven days, the Berlinale provided visitors with cinematic discoveries, touching moments and stimulating encounters.

Amid a flurry of flashes from photographers and the applause of fans, countless stars strolled up the red carpet at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. Magical pictures from the Brandenburg Gate during the live transmission of the reconstructed version of Metropolis went around the world. And with “Kiez-Kino”, a special programme for neighbourhood cinemas, the Berlinale once again paid tribute to its loyal Berlin audiences. For its birthday, the Festival registered a new attendance record, with approximately 300,000 tickets sold. What is more, the interest of industry attendees remained strong: almost 20,000 accredited visitors from 122 countries attended the Festival, including about 4,000 representatives of the press. With the Berlinale, Berlin has once again demonstrated that it is a film metropolis.

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival will be held from February 10 to 20, 2011.

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‘1040’ World Premiere in Los Angeles Friday, March 12, 2010

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‘1040’ World Premiere in Los Angeles Friday, March 12, 2010

LOS ANGELES, March 3 /PRNewswire/ — Feature film documentary 1040, produced by Adventures.TV in conjunction with Arowana Films, is scheduled to premiere at the 2010 City of the Angels Film Festival (CAFF) on Friday, March 12th. The film will be screened at The Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Hollywood at 7:00 PM, followed by a Q&A with the film’s cast and crew and the Official 1040 After Party.

1040 looks at Christianity from an unconventional lens as it explores its influence in Asia through the eyes of both Christians and non-Christians alike. Renowned minister and artist Jaeson Ma tours across China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia filming the dramatic changes taking place through interviews with top Asian celebrities, artists, entrepreneurs and Christian ministers.

Asian artists like Van Ness Wu, Jin the MC, and Sean from “Jinusean” are a few of the celebrity figures who provide insight into the role of Christianity in the entertainment industry and how it is impacting popular culture and changing the lives of artists, celebrities and fans. Hip hop legend and minister MC Hammer, who is also featured in this film, stated, “The world is looking at Asia at this historical moment. With its economic rise, there is also a powerful spiritual movement that is spreading and transforming entire cultures.”

1040 refers to the area known as the “10/40 Window”, a region between 10 degrees and 40 degrees north latitude that spans from North Africa to East Asia, where Christianity is currently spreading and reaching areas that in the past were predominantly Buddhist or Muslim.

“With interviews and never-before-heard stories, 1040 sheds light on the incredible changes taking in Asia today,” stated Ma. “The phenomenon it documents is profoundly significant to people of all backgrounds.”

Various community organizations such as Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) and Privy will be at the world premiere to show their support for 1040. The Official 1040 After Party will be at Opera Crimson in Hollywood.

Tickets for the premiere can be purchased online at for $10.00.

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Should You Believe Eli?

Should You Believe Eli?
~ By Adeleke Adeyemi

Film Title: The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic film directed by the Hughes brothers.

“I was so busy trying to protect the book and learn it that I forgot to live it.” — Eli (played by Denzel Washington) in The Book of Eli


‘Apocalypse and aftermath…  again!’ should be the caveat emptor — ‘let the buyer beware’ — posted on this latest Hollywood offering. On display is its fascination, and sometimes paranoia, with the alluring theme of what holds promise for Man’s immolation — the Apocalypse — by the god(s) of the universe. Perhaps more important is the hydra-headed question of ‘What next?’

This is the task The Book of Eli set itself. One thing it does quite well is its showcase of many of the common views people have of the Bible. First: the Bible, Christianity, and religion in general constitute a tool to gain control over the weak-minded simpletons of our world. That’s why Gary Oldman’s character Carnegie wants the book.

Its words have power, he says; that it’s a weapon that will help him achieve his goals of control and power in the post-apocalyptic wasteland the world has become. Second: Bible is a great piece of literature, but nothing more than that, part of a collection that includes greats like Shakespeare, Milton, and others ‘greats’… but no more or less important than the others beyond their literary value. Bible as Literature course is very interesting, but it completely missed the point of what the Bible is really about.

Finally, there’s the view that the Bible is a great source of inspiration and moral direction, that it is a guide for learning how to be a good, nice person. This is illustrated when Eli shares what he believes is the point of the book, or at least it’s what he got out of it.

All interesting viewpoints…that, quite frankly, miss the point! The Bible is more than just a piece of great literature worthy of preservation as a part of humanity’s literary heritage. It’s more than just guidelines on how to live a moral life, or just inspiration to give people a “higher purpose.”


The Bible is entirely unique. Here’s something composed of sixty-six different books by 40 different authors in three different languages from several different parts of the world over a span of over a thousand years, and yet it’s a single, comprehensive, non-contradictory revelation of God’s love for humanity, the problem of sin, and God’s solution for that problem.

From Genesis to Revelation, this is what the Bible is about: this message of humanity being devastated by sin, separated from God and doomed to hell (and not being able to do anything about that through our own virtues and good works. God loves us so much that he himself provided a solution for that problem of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ: God’s son, God in the flesh.

This need of a Saviour sets the Bible apart from being just literature or a guide for being good. However, there’s hardly a hint of any of this in The Book of Eli. While it may not be necessary for that to be a part of the movie to make it good; but if the aim is to try and show why the Bible is important, these facts seem rather strange to leave out.

While The Book of Eli falls short of articulating a thoroughly grounded Biblical vision of the way things are, the film has a lot going for it. Eli’s character affirms the idea that we walk by faith and not by sight, and it’s a nice bit of story-telling that we don’t discover his physical blindness until the very end. A further interesting twist: the most famous prison in the world (Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay) has become the repository for the last best hopes of humankind.         

Clearly, there is more emphasis on the Old Testament sense of justice (lots of gore-gumption; it’s an action thriller) than on the New Testament message of grace (although Eli does eventually confess how much more he needs to do for others than for himself). As for the Bible as a tool of oppression, there are unfortunately many examples to ticked off, from the Inquisition to slavery to the decimation of native peoples in the Americas. The Oldman character is a stunning depiction and brilliant accounting of good ideas in the service of perverse objectives.

Will another movie follow to show what the world will be like without other versions (and indeed perversions) of the Bible? Like Joseph Smith’s Book of Mormons and the “New World” Bible of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Quran, littering as they do the landscape of the soul of humanity.

Adeleke Adeyemi, a geologist and author is the Editorial Consultant of the Supple Media print edition and the Senior Staff Writer of Timeless newspaper in Lagos, Nigeria.

Korean Director Joon-ho Bong’s Film ‘Mother’ a Favorite at Green Globe Film Awards


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Korean Director Joon-ho Bong’s Film ‘Mother’ a Favorite at Green Globe Film Awards

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The acclaimed Korean film “Mother” hit the mother lode at the 2010 Green Globe Film Awards with nominations in six categories. Although Korea’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards was overlooked by the Oscars, the film was the top pick by global film lovers when selecting the nominations for the Green Globe 100 Viewers’ Choice awards. “Mother” has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Best International Film (Asia), Best International Drama (Asia) and Best International Thriller (Asia). In addition, Joon-ho Bong was nominated for Best International Director (Asia) and Hye-ja Kim was nominated for Best International Actress (Asia). The film, which competed at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, will have its U.S. premier in March 2010 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival with a theatrical release on March 12th.

The results of the worldwide online voting will be announced on March 23, 2010 at the Green Globe Film Awards and Emperor’s Dreams Dinner Gala at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. Awards in the categories of major motion picture, environmental, humanitarian, animated and international films will be selected by the global audience who vote online at The 2010 International Film Category Theme is “Asian Films”.

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