Thursday, January 22, 2009
I'm still in shock.
How can the Academy not
nominate The Dark Knight
for Best Picture, and Kate Winslet for Revolutionary Road
? (Well, she was nominated for Lead Actress in The Reader
, but...) And how did Angelina Jolie in Changeling
get in instead of Kristin Scott Thomas in I've Loved You So Long
? (Don't talk to me about poor Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky
. I wanted to kill Poppy in that movie.) And where's James Franco for either Milk
or Pineapple Express
? Or Wall-E
for Best Picture? Or Leonardo DiCaprio for Revolutionary Road
? Or Dev Patel for Slumdog Millionaire
? Or Michael Sheen for Frost/Nixon
? Or Rebecca DeWitt for Rachel Getting Married
? And Taraji Henson for The Curious Case for Benjamin Button
? That character was such a one-note caricature! And did Brad Pitt do some acting ba
in that movie?
Why does the Academy hate Christian Bale so much? First, there was the snub for his monstrous turn in American Psycho
. Next, there was the snub for his eye-popping transformation in The Machinist
. And now, a lock out of The Dark Knight
from the top prize? Bollocks.
But I am happy for Michael Shannon getting the nod for Best Supporting Actor in Revolutionary Road
. He was an electrifying presence there. And Viola Davis for Doubt
, especially after getting snubbed for her work in Far Away From Heaven
. And I'm happy for the Clint Eastwood snub in Gran Torino
. About time.
My fearless forecast: Slumdog Millionaire
for Best Picture. Gus Van Sant in Milk
for Best Director. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
for Best Actor. Kate Winslet in The Reader
for Best Actress. Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
for Best Supporting Actor. And Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
for Best Supporting Actress.
It's a wide-open race.
Get the full list of nominations here
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