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The Oscars Suck!

YY#10 Why so serious?

YY#10 Why so serious?


I knew I didn't see as many movies as I typically would have this year, but from the list of nominees for the 81st Academy Awards, I've only seen four of them: The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Kung-Fu Panda, and Wall-E. If I really wanted to, I could probably get in Benjamin Button, Defiance, and Slumdog this weekend. I could probably get in Frost/Nixon, but that has about zero appeal for me. I've been meaning to take in Bolt, but that has been out of my local theater for a week and the next nearest place is showing it for the last time as we speak.

As for the Oscars' television broadcast, I'm pretty sure that the Best Supporting Actor award gets handed out first, so I'm guessing the ratings will probably plummet after the first half hour when Heath Ledger is awarded the Oscar for his role as the Joker. That will pretty much mark the end of the night for me.

I kinda expected DK not to get nominated for Best Picture, but what makes the slight even worse is that it wasn't nominated for Best Original Screenplay. I thought Wall-E was good and it probably deserves the nomination, but Milk was based on true events, so it's half written already, and I've heard of In Burges, but I've never heard of Frozen River or Happy-Go-Lucky. DK is a brilliant, other-worldly kind of Gangster-Movie, and the Nolan brothers should have been recognized for their accomplishments. Ledger's performance is great, but it all starts with what's on the page.

DK did get nominated for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing (the difference I would like to have explained to me one of these days), but Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard weren't nominated for their extraordinary work in the category of Best Score. Howard does get a nod for his work on Defiance, but leaving out the brilliance and sure genius of the DK score is just criminal, in my opinion.
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I kinda expected DK not to get nominated for Best Picture, but what makes the slight even worse is that it wasn't nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

Oh my gosh, I am so with you on that. When I first saw the movie I could not recover from how absolutely flawless the script was. I had really hoped that Lord of the Rings could have loosened, if not opened, the doors for genre films to not be immediately dismissed as sub-par for a general "quality" film. But I guess it's too much to be expected. I really, really wish I had a magic ball that would tell me whether or not Heath Ledger would have even gotten the nomination if he hadn't died (It sounds terrible, I know, and it's not to say he doesn't absolutely deserve it, but DK deserved all those nominations you've mentioned equally as much as Ledger).

I agree. I probably won't watch beyond Best Supporting Actor. Not even to see if my girl Cate Blanchett takes anything home. I just have no passion for any of the big players this year. Granted, that's probably because I spent almost no time at the movies, but... almost none of them are screaming "Watch me! Watch me now!!" either. ;-)

EDIT: Hahahaha... Cate wasn't even nominated, was she? Silly me.

Edited at 2009-01-23 02:40 am (UTC)
Ledger's performance was getting buzz even before his death, so he would probably have gotten the nomination, but the sure win might have been up for debate.
Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing (the difference I would like to have explained to me one of these days)

We need a film student/maker to answer that.
I would guess first they mix all the sounds together and then edit them as need. Or the other way around.
I bet we could wiki it.

Anyway, I knew all but Heath would get snubbed in the major categories. So typical of the Academy Awards.
The Oscars have gotten a bit snobbish, haven't they. It's starting to look like you only have a chance for a nom if your film is released after Halloween, preferably around Christmas and in as few theaters as the rules will allow.

Edited at 2009-01-23 03:18 am (UTC)
Beh Heath ledger is even more annoying dead than alive.
I do agree that the whole "We've lost a Great Actor" thing that Hollywood and The Media have been saying comes across as melodramatic hype. They wanted a new Kennedy and they got it in Obama, and they wanted a new James Dean and got it with Ledger.