With moms of Oscar contenders being encouraged hired to tweet about the show, Variety writer Timothy Gray suggests we pay dads a bit of attention. “It’s appropriate because 2010 was filled with meditations on life with father — or without him,” says Gray. He mentions that many of the 2010 “best picture” nominees deal with father issues, including “The Kids Are Alright,” “Winter’s Bone,” “True Grit,” as well as the mind-melding “Inception.”

Gray discusses the possibilities of why cinema examined fathers in 2010, suggesting that maybe the directors, who grew up in a Darth Vader “Luke, I am your father” (oops, sorry about that spoiler) generation, now are fleshing out the issue themselves. Is it a re-evaluation of the role of fatherhood? Is it an answer to other gender politics? Are we looking for a father figure in an economically-and-politically-lost time? Has it been going on and we’ve been missing it? Who knows.

Gray mentions, among many others, more 2010 movies from other categories that deal with father issues, such as: “Iron Man 2,” “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” “Shutter Island,” and “Tron: Legacy.”

Was 2010 the year of the dad in cinema? Or was it just when we, the viewers realized that fathers played such a big part in movie plots?