Oscar Nominations

They’re out:

http://oscar.com/nominees/nominees.html

More later, but you can discuss below.

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36 thoughts on “Oscar Nominations

  1. I saw “The Sea Inside” last night which is nominated for Best Foreign Film. It was a wonderful movie — go see it!!!

  2. If I were choosing based on purely subjective favorites (since I haven’t seen the movies), here goes:

    BEST PICTURE
    Sideways

    DIRECTING
    Sideways

    ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
    Don Cheadle – HOTEL RWANDA

    ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
    Imelda Staunton – VERA DRAKE

    ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    Morgan Freeman – MILLION DOLLAR BABY

    ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    Cate Blanchett – THE AVIATOR

    I am SO glad that Kinsey got diddley.

  3. Here are my picks, based on nothing but whimsy:

    — The Incredibles takes best animated film
    — The Village should get best score (very nice)
    — Spider-Man 2 gets best visual effects and best sound editing
    — Eternal Sunshine gets best original screenplay
    — Sideways gets best adapted screenplay/best picture

  4. But Steve, there’s a really important cultural shift happening, doesn’t anybody get it but me? I haven’t seen these movies either, and I’m a BIGTIME movie lover.

    Movies in the theater are going away, to be replaced by movies in the home. DVDs of older theatrical fare, cable, series, and actual films made specifically for the home viewers.

  5. D., I think you’re right, there’s something else going on this year, but I’m not convinced it’s solely the result of the rise in home theater. I do agree that’s a trend, but the nominees this year include some big-screen oriented movies (such as The Aviator). Instead, I’m inclined to see in this year some sort of real dissonance between the moviegoing public and the Academy. That is, this year seems to highlight the contrast between movies people watch and movies that receive critical acclaim.

  6. The Aviator is exactly the kind of movie that will work on the small screen. In fact, all the Best Picture nominees seem like small-screen movies.

  7. Anyone surprised Farenheit 9/11 got nothing? I read an article a month or two ago about how the Oscars would be all about either the Passion or F9/11. Not so.

    I saw Robin Williams accept a lifetime acheivement award on the Golden Globes and he said something about comedies never winning the awards. Has a comedy ever won significant Oscar awards, wonder?

  8. Not much since Capra. Though a number of people have won acting awards from comedies, notably John Gielgud for Arthur, and Maggie Smith for California Suite.

    It Happened One Night
    You Can’t Take It With You
    Annie Hall

  9. Billy Wilder’s THE APARTMENT with Shirley Maclaine and Jack Lemmon won Best Picture in 1961. It’s a great comedy with some story elements so dark that some people forget how funny it is.

    I think the Academy clearly stayed away from FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST to avoid controversy.

  10. I can understand staying away from Fahrenheit 9/11. But Passion? I mean, how political would it have been to give it nods for best costume design or something?

  11. “I read an article a month or two ago about how the Oscars would be all about either the Passion or F9/11.”

    That’s funny, I read an article a month or two ago about how the Oscars would completely ignore these films. Interesting…

    I personally think this year is pretty much a dud as far as Oscars go… 11 nominations for The Aviator? Good grief.

  12. Maybe that was the article I read, Bob…my memory’s so bad. I could swear it was talking about how the academy would have to choose between them, though.

  13. I love the Oscars. Sure, they’re political and popularity contests. But they’re fun.

    This year looks pretty good – The Aviator was superb (I say this as an unquestioning, shamelessly biased follower of Scorcese). Michael Moore will crow about his getting ripped off because the Academy wants to avoid controversy. That may be, but it doesn’t change the fact that the movie sucked – not just as a political statement, but as a film.

  14. Steve —

    I’m no movie critic. Perhaps it is just my preoccupation with my own death as well as my love for large bodies of water, but I loved this movie. I would go again tonight if I didn’t have to go visiting teaching 🙂 What was the criticism?

  15. I used to get awards screeners when I was a member of the Online Film Critics Society. I dropped out at the beginning of 2004, and I can’t say that I’m missed the screeners, since most of them were for movies I wasn’t hankering to see and wouldn’t have reviewed for my site anyway.

    (I still get screeners, but they’re of the microbudget, shot-on-video sci-fi/horror variety.)

  16. None, now. But that’s okay; it means I don’t have to keep up on new releases and flavor-of-the-month stars. Give me Michael Berryman, Rutger Hauer, or Rowdy Roddy Piper any day!

  17. Ah, THEY LIVE, what a special place it holds in my heart! The slogans Rowdy Roddy discovers when he puts on those glasses are brilliant. When he looks at his money and it says, “This is your God.” That rules. But the best part is when he has that twenty minute long fist fight with his buddy in an alleyway. Just when you think it’s over they keep fighting. I love that.

    Ah, THE HITCHER, what a special place it holds in my heart! When C. Thomas Howell is eating fries and he nearly eats that severed finger. Brilliant! I love that.

  18. Brian, I am laughing out loud right now, thinking about the fist fight and the fries. My favorite line from “They Live”: “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum.” I use that all the time at work.

  19. Now you’ve got me thinking about Keith David, one of the finest character actors out there. His lines in Men at Work still crack me up: “There are several sacred things in this world that you don’t EVER mess with. One of them happens to be another man’s fries. Now, you just remember that, and you’ll live a long and healthy life. “

  20. Brian G,

    Nice to meet a kindred soul. “They Live” is one of my all time favorites. Is there a better line than “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum”? The Matrix totally ripped off John Carpenter. The soundtrack is amazing (as I recall, one deliciously repetitive bass line), and the fight scene in the alley may be the greatest fight scenes in the history of cinema.

  21. My favorite Keith David line is from THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. “Is that the pork or the beans?” Love it.

  22. Well, it was certainly one of the LONGEST fight scenes in the history of cinema.

    (“Wait… they’re still fighting! Okay, another two minutes… Wait! They’re still fighting!”)

  23. Brian G wrote, “Billy Wilder’s THE APARTMENT with Shirley Maclaine and Jack Lemmon won Best Picture in 1961. It’s a great comedy with some story elements so dark that some people forget how funny it is.”

    THE APARTMENT does indeed span an astonishing range of emotions and styles. Jack Lemmon is funny and touching, and the young Shirley MacLaine is smart, beautiful, and, by TODAY’S standards, more indie-cool than many of the young performers who appeared in movies in 2004 (THE APARTMENT was released in 1960). It’s one of the greats, a film I don’t hesitate to recommend to pretty much anyone I know.

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