You're probably well aware that I am a huge fan of the film The Blind Side if you've been following my blog. There is some debate building around the film right now in whether or not it will be a factor at the Oscars. Commercially it is a smash success already making $186 million to-date and critically, the consensus is favourable. However, family-oriented sports dramas generally don't gain the respect of the Academy and this is the issue. I for one, feel the film is one of the year's best, and I've seen most of the contenders other than The Hurt Locker.
To date the film itself has failed to receive any nominations in any of the precursor award ceremonies leading up to the Oscars. Sandra Bullock in the very least continues to bring in the nominations for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy, garnering nods in the important Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards.
ABC will be airing an hour-long special this Friday, January 1, 2010 on 20/20 at 8 PM EST all about The Blind Side, in a perfectly-timed push to sway some attention its way for Best Picture consideration. The special will feature interviews with Tuohy and Michael Oher, whom the film centers around, and the film's cast members. Should be interesting.