The 2010 Oscars are just a few days away. The stars are picking out their accessories to wear in front of the cameras. And Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are running through their jokes in preparation for their hosting duties and they are the only reason I may even attempt to watch the Oscars.

There is no big storyline going into this year's award ceremony. It just doesn't have that feeling that it did last year with Health Ledger. I'm not saying we need a posthumous nomination every year, but the real problem is the lack of star power surrounding this year's ceremony.

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Sure Avatar broke every single record at the box office, but are the average viewers like me going to tune in for that? I don't think so. I would even bet that this year's Oscars is one of the lowest rated in history. That may not be a stretch since the ratings have been in the tank the last few years. The real problem is that the Academy has made changes to improve the ratings by nominating 10 films instead of five. They've done that in order to have more mainstream movies in the spotlight.

"District 9," "Avatar" and "Inglourious Basterds" are the only mainstream films nominated that people might care about. There are not enough movies in the category that fans want to root for like "Dark Knight." I really think a movie like "The Hangover" would have been a wise choice for this category. I'm not saying it should win, but many would tune in to see their boys on the split screen with the likes of James Cameron and the Cohen Brothers.

There isn't any feel good story like the return of Mickey Rourke or the kids of "Slumdog Millionaire." Now, that's not the Academy's fault that the movies this year were not like the previous year. But I do blame the Academy for not giving movies like "The Hangover" or other movies a little love. How about "Star Trek"? It was a huge movie in 2009 that made a ton of money and has a huge fan base. It was no doubt mainstream in 2009 as it was one of the most anticipated movies of the year.

I'll tune in to watch the opening monologue of hosts Baldwin and Martin. Then I'm off to watch something else. I'll switch back every now and then with the hope that I may catch Baldwin and Martin. If not, then I'm back to channel surfing. No big loss, but it will be a huge loss for the Oscars.

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