Who should win:
"No Country" best pic
"No Country" director
Ellen Page Best Actress
Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor
Stop hating, Ruby Dee gave a great performance as Denzel's mom in American Gangster, though, she should have gotten that oscar back when she played Gator's mom in Jungle Fever.
Glad to see There will be Blood get all those nominations. As far as best actor, just give it to Danie Day Lewis now.
Juno being up for Best Picture is arguably the funniest thing about the movie.
Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth: The Golden Age?? Seriously??
Here's hoping that means there will be even more sequels:
E 3: Rise of the Machines
Elizabeth 4: This Time It's Personal
Elizabeth 5: Risk Addiction
Elizabeth 6: The Thunder Down Under
The performances of Ruby Dee and Julie Christie in this year are both excellent but they'll probably win for lifetime achievement. Without depriving an especially deserving performance by another actress. Roles for female actors in MAINSTREAM, English speaking films seem especially weak this year anyway, look at the nominees. You could credibly list another 10 male actors or different performances deserving nominations this year.
Documentaries: as opposed to (almost)every previous year when most of the subjects were WWII? The category is always nominated/voted on based on subject not quality of the film. At least the Motion Picture Academy has finally settled the question: Hitler=Evil.
No song nominations for Eddie Vedder or Kimya Dawson? Three songs from Enchanted? (Jay-Z's American Gangster songs weren't in the film).
There Should Be Blood for virtually ignoring "Into the Wild" - but then maybe the Academy feels they've already given Bad Boy Penn his due. Hal "Mark Twain" Holbrook would win were it not for Anton Chigarh. Otherwise, it's the Coen Bros., Depp et Cotillard. And Blanchett [as Bob not Liz] will be the first person to win two Oscars for portraying two persons who've also won Oscars. Unless Tilda rightly squeaks by.
ya know, I loves me some Ruby Dee, but is her 4 minute hamfisted turn in American Gladiator: the Movie, really worthy of attention?
and I seriously loves me some Cate Blanchett, but Elizabeth: the Golden Age of Overwrought Cinematography was a big piece of poo...
other than that, the acting nominations aren't bad, but I wish they had nominated James McAvoy from Atonement, and Josh Brolin from No Country...oh, and Helana Bonham Carter, too.
i'm predicting johnny depp for best actor. why? because people in hollywood, and the academy, like him. and he likes people!
daniel day-lewis is bat-shit crazy, doesn't like to do promotion for his films, doesn't like people, period, and his character is hugely unlikeable. not to mention he's a fucking ham actor.
Is it just me? I am so not on this Juno bandwagon. I thought it was completely charming and cute but best picture of the year? That is just sad.
Is it just me? I am so not on this Juno bandwagon. I thought it was completely charming and cute but best picture of the year? I don't get that at all.
Still wondering why people didn't laugh out loud when Johnny Depp thought it would be a good idea to sing in a modern day musical. And then he goes and poses on the cover of RS w/ his shirt half open, a cross necklace 'round his neck, out dated facial hair and hair to match. Is this the 80's? Yes, he's a great actor and a handsome guy. But I wonder if he did these things as a joke.
I thought Once and Sweeney were both better than Juno. Agreed that McAvoy got robbed...he was by far the best thing in Atonement. Vedder should have gotten in for best song. "Surf's Up" over the Simpsons Movie? Bullshit. And of course, the failure to make "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days" eligible for best foreign flick is a travesty.
@11 - I believe it's called "Show Business" - next question.
@5 I don't think any of Dawsons songs for Juno were original.
Juno for Best Director, really? That's so confusing. If they needed a nomination to round out the category, couldn't they throw in some other token like Polley for Away from Her? Same small chance of winning, but at least her nomination would be more interesting.
Juno was funny, but not worth that many nominations. The one for Ellen Page might be the only one I agree with. But Best Actress is going to go to Marion Cotillard.
I think the nominations for the most part are pretty exciting this year, since I liked most of the movies nominated.
@4 - I saw Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. She deserves the nomination.
So, my two picks I agree with are:
Performance by an actress in a leading role:
Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose
Performance by an actor in a leading role:
Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Very nice to see TWBB get a bunch of noms. Sarah Polley and PT Anderson nom'ed in the same category is great!
Very nice to see Atonement not get a bunch of acting noms.
Ellen Page is cute (and I'd love to see her play janeane garofalo's kid in a movie), but I don't know if that role was "acting" - she comes across the same way in interviews.
More noms for Once would have been nice.
The shutout of 4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile in best foreign film is a crock.
Will, Cate is wonderful, (I don't think she is capable of being awful), but there WERE better performances last year...spread the wealth, I say and that movie was very silly.
Ellen Page is a charming and unique screen personality, but so far, she seems to be a one trick pony...she does sarcasm very, very well but that's about it...still, I'd rather see her nominated than Angelina Jolie.
oh, I forgot to post this; Oprah is going to be one missed off mother that "The Great Masturbators" didn't get a nomination...
If Obama fails to get the nomination, she may go nuculear...
my brain usually blows up with the noms because i don't know if I should focus on commenting about who DID get nominated or if should spend more time commenting on who SHOULD HAVE gotten nominated. i suppose it's all a simple process though.
sad for no darjeeling limited.
was the aerial or the violin eligible for anything?
@ 7 -
Short performance nominations are nothing new. Judi Dench was in "Shakespeare in Love" for just a few minutes and took that Oscar. It was a consolation Oscar because she should have won (and everyone knows it) for "Mrs. Brown" the previous year (when Helen Hunt inexplicably got it for "As Good As It Gets").
Oscar history is rife of people not getting a deserved Oscar and then getting one the following year for something less.
It's all still fairly exciting because one hopes the Academy will make the right decision and avoid sentimental favorites (Elizabeth Taylor in "Butterfield 8" and John Wayne in "True Grit").
By the way, I keep hearing that Marisa Tomei didn't really win for "My Cousin Vinny" but her name was read out by Jack Palance and the Academy didn't want the embarrassing job of a public retraction.
@22, that Marisa rumor .
(fixed link:) that rumor is false
Ratatouille should have been nominated for best picture.
There Will Be Blood should win for nearly everything its nominated for.
@26 Including the seldom seen category: Best Death by Conversion of a 7-10 Split.
No Best Song or Best Score nominations for Eddie Vedder's work in Into the Wild is a travesty of a mockery of a sham. But the one that really frosts my cookies is no Best Makeup nomination for Eastern Promises - the work the makeup artists did creating those Russian-mob tattoos was AMAZING.
Pardon my complete, profound and utter ignorance, but...was Once not eligible for nominations or did it just not garner any?
@11: The reason I don't laugh at Johnny Depp is that I think he picks interesting roles. Even if it's not a good idea (I haven't seen Sweeney Todd yet but want to), it's interesting. The guy either really doesn't give a shit about Hollywood expectations or he's good at pretending he doesn't, but he always plays interesting characters. Even if the movies suck or if he winds up sucking, he's at least interesting. Plus, I want to fuck him, so I'll watch anything he's in. ;)
Of the best picture nominees, I've only seen Juno, so I have no way of knowing what should win. I did love Ellen Page in the role, though.
Yeah for Tommy Lee Jones in In the Valley of Elah........he deserves to win.....
Persepolis vs. Ratatouille? Christ, what a choice.
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