by Sam Juliano
Yeah the Oscars are a sham and many of the voters are wankers. Artistry escapes them, and politics and commercialism rear their ugly heads definitely. When Crash beat Brokeback Mountain in 2005, many tuned off for life, unwillingly to even engage in the fun.
Allan Fish, Maurizio Roca and Jamie Uhler are classic Oscar bashers as well as they should be. I choose to engage in all the guilty pleasures it afford, and have hosted a party with an Oscar pool since 1978 at my home. it’s fun to discuss the omissions and the dire rules each and every year and to make predictions. It’s also fun to acknowledge that rare unexpected time when the voters by luck or a rare moment of inspiration make some right choices. While the masterful The Artist will be taking home the Best Picture prize on February 26th (it received 10 nominations to Hugo’s 11) the naming of The Tree of Life in the nominations for Best Picture, and Terrence Malick for Best Director is surely one of those great moments that are reached even as Allan Fish states, ‘they have to get it right sometimes.’ War Horse also got into the Big Show in the main category. Here are the nine films that are in for Best Picture:
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
For best director:
Malick (The Tree of Life)
Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Anyone have anything to say about these nominations and/or the acting noms, or all or any of the others?