The funny thing is that as disinterested as you seem to be, you will watch the entire show and then go on to write about it and then talk about it on the podcast.
for the past 30 years I've been fallowing Oscars, I was always more interested technical awards. And I was pleasantly surprised to see less merchant ivory films in best art direction and more genre films in that category. I've always felt more interested in that catagory then the best actors and film category.
Aside from the obvious omissions, the documentary category is... bizarre. No Senna, no Cave of Forgotten Dreams, not Into the Abyss, no Interrupters... Then again it always is.
Why is Bérénice Bejo considered a supporting actress? That's pretty clearly a lead role, to me.
Drive got basically nothing. that seems weird. it's not surprising that that dumb "Extremely loud blah fucking blah" movie is in there but it doesn't mean that it should be. And Fassbender was great in X-Men but the Oscars would probably never nominate someone from an X-Men movie. I wish i had seen Shame though. heard great things
What to say other then I feel like every year I try to give the benefit of the doubt that maybe just maybe the Academy will redeem itself for the snubs and obvious political hand outs it awarded the year prior but I can see that this is just never going to happen. Why cant we have an equally prestigious award show that isn't afraid to recognize and award the films and performances that should be recognized? A show that isn't afraid to put Drive or Melancholia in the best pic category?
The fact that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close alone got nominated is ridiculous and maddening. Whatever respect I may have had feels like it dashed out the door with that nod. Plus, Albert Brooks, Michael Fassbender, Shailene Woodley and Elizabeth Olson snubs just kind of pushed me over the edge. Particularly Brooks.
I really can't believe how Drive and Melancholia aren't nominated for more (even none for Melancholia). It makes me kind of sad as a Dane and just a film lover in general. To me, Melancholia was the best film of the year, while Drive was pretty damn close to hitting that mark also. Some of the people nominating films for the oscars really have no appreciation for art.
This seems like the worst batch of nominations in the five or so years that I've closely paid attention. I usually make it a point to see every film that garnered a nominee for Best Picture/Actor/Actress, but it looks like that streak will be broken this year.
Snubbed as it was, I'm glad Drive got the Sound Editing nomination. I don't know what actually qualifies as Sound Editing (composition? sound choice? ambient noise?) but everything auditory was near perfect - the songs were great (been listening to College - Real Hero pretty regularly now), the audio was both sharp and muted when need be, and most of all, the cars sounded like monsters which isn't as common as one would expect. Most cars in Hollywood sound very high-pitched compared the deep bass rumble of Drive.
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