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?