Thoughts on the Oscar Nominees

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, but I had a busy day, so I’m only writing about it now.

Every year I get excited and hyped-up about the Oscars, and yet I always know how stupid the whole thing is. If the best picture of the year actually becomes the Best Picture of the Year, I consider that a happy accident.

My quick thoughts on the Best Picture nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: The only nominee I haven’t seen, so I suppose I can’t render a verdict. But the reason I didn’t see it was because bad and lukewarm reviews convinced me that I didn’t want to see it. (Okay, Rotten Tomatoes says 72% of the reviews were positive, but so maybe I’m just reading the wrong reviews.) And yet it received 13 nominations–more than any other movie this year.

Frost/Nixon: I liked this one, very much. I gave it a B, but it’s a high B. Certainly not one of the best films of the year, though.

Milk: The one I’m rooting for. This and Revolutionary Road tie in my book for the best picture that stands a chance of winning an Oscar.

The Reader: An excellent film. I won’t feel bad if it wins.

Slumdog Millionaire: The traditional low-budget, arguably foreign film that became a surprise art house hit and doesn’t stand a chance of winning Best Picture. Only this year, it’s a movie I didn’t like.

Thoughts on some other nominees.

Kate Winslet up for Best Actress…again. One of these years she may win it. She’s up for The Reader, but gave a better performance (which is saying a lot) in Revolutionary Road, which was also a better film. (That’s saying a lot, too.)

Speaking of Revolutionary Road, I’m glad it’s up for Best Art Direction. It won’t win, but it made the 1950’s all the more oppressive.

”Down to Earth” from WALL-E is up for Best Original Song. Was there a song in WALL-E?

One thought on “Thoughts on the Oscar Nominees

  1. Funny, you’re the first I’ve read who thinks the crowd-pleasing Slumdog Millionaire is out of serious contention. I tend to agree with folks who see it as a Chariots of Fire-like contender to beat more Oscar-esque fare.

    The Peter Gabriel song in Wall-E is from the closing credits.

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