Friday, January 23, 2009
Okay, so the Oscar nominations were a bit predictable this year, but maybe the winners won't be. Let's break it down:
I've seen Tropic Thunder, and I must say I CANNOT believe that Robert Downey, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance. I nearly fell out of bed when I heard his name announced. I mean, come on! Granted, I usually like his acting. But two of his movies in 2008, Iron Man AND Tropic Thunder were horrible! Not to mention that his whole role in the Ben Stiller flick was TOTALLY stereotypical and had underlying aspects of racism. Yes, yes I get the whole satire thing, but I just really think it went too far. Why did his lips stick out so far? Ugh.
Moving on to the other nominees: I LOVE Mickey Rourke. His performance in The Wrestler was understated but powerful at the same time which defines some of the best performances in cinematic history. I still need to see Milk, But I'm sure Sean Penn did a great job, as he did in just about every other character he's ever portrayed. Not sure about Josh Brolin, but he was good in No Country For Old Men at least. Richard Jenkins! LOVED him on Six Feet Under. But I didn't see him in The Visitor. Frank Langella, congrats! I definitely want to see Frost/Nixon. Brad Brad Brad. I would say this is his coming out party, meaning his first grown up role where he has proven he's more than a pretty face. But my vote is for Mickey Rourke, who clearly needs a break and a big pat on the pat for his performance and virtually fighting his way back to the top.
Now, I LOVE Kate Winslet, and was nearly devastated when wasn't nominated for Revolutionary Road which was one of my favorite movies of 2008, hands down. Neither was Leo. A disgrace I tell you! I would have been okay with Leo not being nominated but not Kate either? For shame! Michael Shannon, who played the perfectly psychotic-yet-very-sane son to Kathy Bates gets a nod instead. The Oscars love the surprise nominations, and this is definitely one of them. But not to take away anything from Michael, he was actually good in the movie.
On to Doubt, LOVED the movie. Thought Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman totally deserved their nominations, but Amy Adams and Viola Davis? I'm still scratching my head at those. I thought they both did a good job, but not a great job. Amy was good, and had her comedic moments right on time. and Viola's ONE scene was great. But please aware, she was only in one scene. But I hate to take a nomination away from a Black woman, but still....
I LOVE Marisa Tomei, and she had guts to play a stripper who befriends the aging Mickey Rourke, but I don't know...Oscar nomination? I guess there weren't many other supporting actresses out there. Though Taraji was THE BOMB in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. If you would have told me a year ago that that chick from Baby Boy was going to be nominated for an Oscar, I would have laughed in your face. But Taraji was so touching in the movie. I absolutely LOVED her performance. Penelope Cruz, I love her, I want to see the movie but I haven't yet. LOVE her. What else can I say?
Heath Ledger stole the show in Dark Knight, but what about Aaron Eckhart? He was wonderful in the movie as well. And no best movie nod for Dark Knight? I know it was a caper flick, but if you really listen to the lines of Ledger and Eckhart, they speak about so many things going on in society like the power of good and evil and evoking anarchy is already crazy world. I LOVED the screenplay. It could have at least been nominated for that. It was practically shut out.
Okay Anne Hathway from The Princess Diaries?? Wow, I didn't see Rachel Getting Married, but damn...She must have really reincarnated herself to a damn good actress since Bride Wars. She's lovable, but she's here with Angelina and Meryl. 'Nuf said. I didn't see Changeling, but I'm sure it was good. It's on my list of movies to see, along with Vicky Christina Barcelona. I think Angelina was robbed from of a nomination for last year's A Mighty Heart, but unfortunately she won't get one this year. This one is going to Kate Winslet, who I love but I am still think she was nominated for the wrong movie. Just once I'd like a holocaust to slip by, with Oscar taking notice. Although of course i realize the importance of the topic. But I think nominating movies like Revolutionary Road and Dark Knight would prove that the Oscars aren't just out for the stereotypical melodrama, but for very realistic and understated movies as well.
So I haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire, yet. But I feel like it's been so hyped up that I am going to be disappointed. So I have been dragging my feet on that one. I just can't imagine it being good, but maybe it is. But then again a movie about two teenage lovers, one who wins a million bucks just isn't for me. But everyone says there's more to it than that, apparently there is.
I haven't seen Frozen River, but after reading a brief synopsis of the movie, I'd like to check it out. And I love that Melissa Leo is nominated for it. I just love the underdogs who no one ever expects to win.
Where's Cate Blanchett (Ben Button) and Bruce Springsteen (who wrote the title song for The Wrestler)? Bruce won the Golden Globe and wasn't even nominated for an Oscar! He's the Boss, dammit! And Cate was quite endearing in the Brad Pitt flick.
Let me know your thoughts.