The nominations have been announced and they include a wide spread of picks including Hollywood blockbusters and quirky outsider flicks. Here’s to a great award season!
The nominations for this year’s Oscars were a little weird, in my opinion. There were a handful of great movies last year (Doubt, WALL-E, and The Wrestler come to mind) and none of them are on the list. Instead, we’ve got formulaic Hollywood nonsense such as Milk and, inexplicably, Frost/Nixon. The Reader is the only really great movie on here. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the only nomination that is supposed to be very good; I haven’t made it out to see it myself yet. Slumdog Millionaire was also nominated.
As much as the accents were a turn off, it looks like I’m going to have to watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button after all. In my opinion, Pitt hasn’t done a great movie in ages, and, if the film is as good as everyone say’s it is, I’d love to see the guy pick up a win here; maybe it will get him back to doing the great movies he should have been in all along. That having been said, everybody loves an underdog, and it’d be awesome to see Mickey Rourke get the props he was denied of in the box office for his role in The Wrestler, an excellent that deserves a Round 2 with a nation wide release in theaters.
Everyone who has seen Rachel Getting Married has said that it was her breakaway role, and it looks like the Oscar folks agreed. Naturally, Meryl Streep is near the top of the list for her role in Doubt. Tabloid megastar Angela Jolie’s day job is actually as an actress, and she managed to snag a nomination for her role in The Changeling. Other nominees include Kate Winslet (The Reader) and Melissa Leo (Frozen River). This is Winslet’s sixth nomination, and I hope she gets the credit that she is due this time around
This category is the most interesting this year, in my opinion. Hoffman performed possibly the best role of his storied career through his role as the embattled priest in Doubt. Robert Downing Jr managed to earn a nomination for his comedic role in Tropic Thunder, but hopefully the Oscars will save their thunder for his role in this years likely classic The Soloist. As great as both Shannon and Hoffman were in their roles, its likely they both will be denied. Unfortunately, the rock star status of Ledger’s performance and his recent death make it seemingly impossible for anyone else to walk away with the creds in this category. Josh Brolin (Milk) also picked up a nomination.
I’m calling it early for Marissa Tomei for her role in The Wrestler, but I’d be just as happy to see Cruz pick up an award for her magical performance as an eccentric and blazen Spanish artist in Woody Allen’s most recent and largely ignored film, Vicki Christina Barcelona. Doubt picked up two more nominations for Amy Adams and Viola Davis.
Why people make such a big to do over the actors’ awards as opposed to the directors is something I’ll never understand. This years nominees include David Finch (Benjamin Button), Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon), Gus Van Sant (Milk), Stephen Daldry (The Reader), and Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). I’d be surprised if Boyle doesn’t walk out with the Oscar, but it belongs in the hands of Daldry
If WALL-E doen’t earn at least this one Oscar, there simply isn’t any justice in the world. Although Bolt was charming enough and Kung Fu Panda warmed over younger audiences, WALL-E transcended the genres of children’s or animated movies to weave a film that touched just about everyone who saw it.