Info Gluttony

Little Gold Statues

Posted in film by echan on January 22, 2009

Oscar nominations are out, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button somehow received 13 nominations? Why? How?

These are my preliminary thoughts:

Wall-E wasn’t nominated for Best Picture?  😦  And even though, it wasn’t one of my faves, I’m surprised that The Dark Knight wasn’t nominated in this category (and that Nolan was snubbed in the Best Director category).

Sean Penn as Best Actor for Milk, please.

Kate Winslet was nominated for Best Actress for the Reader, and not Revolutionary Road. Surprising. I hope she takes home a statue soon.  She’s replaced Emma Thompson as my favorite British actress.

I was very happy to see that Robert Downey, Jr. was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Tropic Thunder.  I think Heath Ledger will definitely win it, but the Downey nod made me chuckle.

Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress! Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress! She held her own against Meryl Streep in Doubt.

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Addendum: Took me a second to realize, that other than Angelina Jolie’s nomination for the Changeling, the lack of Clint Eastwood love from the Academy is conspicuous this year.  Nothing for Gran Torino?  A shock.

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  1. Warren said, on January 23, 2009 at 1:18 am

    To add, I completely agree that it’s a shame about Wall-E and an utter travesty about The Dark Knight. Sadly, the Wall-E situation is a direct consequence of the asinine Best Animated Feature Film category, so there’s not much surprise there. Don’t get me started with The Dark Knight! However, the real injustice is the lack of a nomination for The Wrestler… and what about Springsteen’s snub! All I can say is that Benjamin Button had better not win Best Picture; it’s such a flawed movie! 13 noms? WTF?

    Unfortunately, Sean Penn and Meryl Streep are such Academy favorites that their inclusion was a foregone conclusion. Both are undeserving. You are absolutely correct about Viola Davis. She not only held her own, but also managed to outshine Streep in what only 10 minutes of screen time! I’m really glad to see that Richard Jenkins got a nod for his role in the Visitor.

    BTW, Gran Torino was a mess of a movie; the acting from the rest of the cast was cringe-worthy. Also, I hope that Winslet’s (guaranteed) acceptance speech is a better performance than the overacted one from the GGs.

  2. eflan said, on January 23, 2009 at 1:51 am

    I’m going to see Gran Torino this weekend, so, I’m really just surprised that Eastwood had 2 movies (the Changeling and Gran Torino), but got little love, since the Academy usually adores him.

  3. Warren said, on January 23, 2009 at 5:41 am

    would it make any difference if strongly suggested that you don’t see gran torino? it’s definitely a netflix rental at best… and that’s being kind.

  4. eflan said, on January 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Actually, after talking to my friends, we may see the Wrestler instead, if that makes you feel better.

    Even though you seemed to have disliked Gran Torino, I’ve got a soft spot for old Clint.


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