I finally found a good analysis of the Academy Award nominations. Yes, I could easily give my own, but I feel that the opinion of someone who actually gets to vote for the Oscars could explain the nomination hoopla better than I can.
But, I will say this…
I kind of hope that Crash wins Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain. It won’t happen I know. Instead, Crash will probably win Best Screenplay, because that is how the Academy awards equally good films.
Also, I will be very ticked if the Hamas election ruins Paradise Now‘s chances for the Best Foreign Language Film oscar. While movies can be about politics, politics should not influence voters when choosing the most deserving film.
Now onto the analysis.
Nommie Nommie by Jeffrey Wells Hollywood Elsewhere
A hearty yee-haw for the eight nominations that went to Brokeback Mountain this morning. This pretty much certifies that Ang Lee’s film has the Best Picture Oscar in the bag. Someone tell me how this won’t happen.
And a big college yell for Best Picture nominees Capote (as well as Best Actor contender Philip Seymour Hoffman, Best Director hopeful Bennett Miller and Best Adapted Screenplay nominee Dan Futterman), Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco’s Crash, and George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck.
And a confused head-shake over Munich taking the fifth Best Picture nomination.
I understand the reasoning, I think. Why shouldn’t a movie that appalled a significant portion of film cognoscenti the world over with that ludicrous cross-cutting between Eric Bana schtupping his on-screen wife and a reenactment of the 1972 shoot-out between Black September kidnappers and German police at Munich’s Furstenfeldbruck air base…a film such as this is surely a finer and more worthy achievement than The Constant Gardener, Walk the Line or Match Point.
Three and a half hours ago (around 7 am) I received an e-mail that said “Steven Spielberg says fuck you,” and I guess I deserved that.
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