Thursday, January 22, 2009

Academy Award Nominations--The Good, The Bad, and The Mickey

Well, I spaced on the Golden Globes, due to lack of interest, but here's the complete list of this year's Academy Award nominations for categories I care about, along with my comments. (Note the complete shut-out of "Revolutionary Road," which I applaud. Who wants to see a humorless drama about 1950s unhappy, unfulfilled pretty rich people? Not me!)

Best Actor:

* Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor”
* Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon”
* Sean Penn in “Milk”
* Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
* Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler”

It's so awesome Richard Jenkins was nominated; he hasn't a hope in hell. Frank Langella will always hold a place in my heart for a) being the best sexy '70s Dracula ever, and b) flapping around with his robe open in the remake of "Lolita." He might get an Alan Arkin-esque lifetime achievement Oscar, but I kind of doubt it. I would love Mickey Rourke to win, just because I want to see his craaaazy speech and I always love an underdog success story, but we all know Sean Penn has it in the bag. Murdered gay beats freakshow wrestler any day. Although Mickey did beat out Sean Penn to win the Golden Globe, so keep hope alive!

Best Supporting Actor:

* Josh Brolin in “Milk”
* Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder”
* Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt”
* Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”
* Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road”

O, the agony and the ecstasy! The ecstasy comes from Robert Downey Jr.'s nomination for "Tropic Thunder." Huzzah! The agony is that he's up against Heath Ledger. SIGH.

Best Actress:

* Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married”
* Angelina Jolie in “Changeling”
* Melissa Leo in “Frozen River”
* Meryl Streep in “Doubt”
* Kate Winslet in “The Reader”

Dear god in heaven, don't let Angelina Jolie win another Oscar. Give it to Melissa Leo, whoever she may be. Jolie CANNOT ACT. When will people realize this fact? Kate Winslet would be ok by me, although this whole "let's feel sorry for the illiterate Nazi" movie is kind of annoying. She should have won for "Little Children," dammit!

Best Supporting Actress:

* Amy Adams in “Doubt”
* Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
* Viola Davis in “Doubt”
* Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
* Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler”

This is a tough one. Amy Adams and Viola Davis will cancel each other out, I predict. Marisa Tomei is probably deserving, but she already won this category (for "My Cousin Vinnie," naturally), and no one wants to say "two-time Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei" if they can help it. I would like to see Taraji P. Henson get it because I liked her in "Hustle & Flow."

Best Director:

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, David Fincher
* “Frost/Nixon”, Ron Howard
* “Milk”, Gus Van Sant
* “The Reader”, Stephen Daldry
* “Slumdog Millionaire”, Danny Boyle

David Fincher should win--for "Zodiac"! I hope Danny Boyle gets this, but if Gus Van Sant wins, that would be ok with me, too. Just no Ron Howard! After winning every award on earth for that "Beautiful Mind" claptrap, lil' Opie Cunningham deserves NOTHING ever again.

Best Documentary Feature:

* “The Betrayal (Nerakhoon),” Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
* “Encounters at the End of the World,” Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
* “The Garden," Scott Hamilton Kennedy
* “Man on Wire,” James Marsh and Simon Chinn
* “Trouble the Water," Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

This category is always tough. "Trouble The Water" has the Katrina guilt factor going for it, but "Man on Wire" should win for sheer awesomeness.

Best Motion Picture of the Year:

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
* “Frost/Nixon,” Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
* “Milk,” Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
* “The Reader,” A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production, Nominees to be determined
* “Slumdog Millionaire,” Christian Colson, Producer

I say give it to "Milk" for casting Diego Luna and James Franco as Milk's gay lovers! Or "Slumdog Millionaire," which makes me crave Indian food every time I see the commercial!


Anonymous said...

I'm very peeved that they ignored Sally Hawkins in favor of Angelina Jolie. Boo, Academy!

And the actor I enjoyed most in Milk never gets mentioned for awards: Emile Hirsch. He was an adorable gay with great dance moves!

I must differ with you on best 70s sexy vampire. My vote goes to George Hamilton. I love the nightlife!

Terri R.

Anonymous said...

Also, Slumdog Millionaire and Heath Ledger are OVER-RATED! There! I said it!

Terri R.

Anonymous said...

I just saw "Revolutionary Road" and I can't buh-leeve Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't nominated. The movie was a so-so downer (the costumes and sets are incredible), but I didn't know that they were actually going to be saying, OUT LOUD, "We're special and want to escape the hoplessess of suburbia." Instead of it being the unspoken thread of their motives.

That, and they put SALT STAINS on Michael Shannon (who deserves the nom) armpits to show that he'd repeatedly sweated through his suit. Genyious. But, just eh of a movie.