Thursday, 22 January 2009

Of Oscar Nominations....and Why They've Pissed Me Off

Well the Oscar Nominations are in. I'm quite happy with some of them. Benjamin Button managed to get 13 nominations (that's more than Lord of the Rings: Return of the King got) and 10 nominations for Slumdog Millionaire. Both got a ton of nominations I agree with such as both getting Best Picture and Director nominations. Brad Pitt deserves his Best Actor nomination even if I hope Mickey Rourke gets it for The Wrestler (don't you fucking dare give it to Sean Penn Academy!!!)

However now lets see why they've annoyed me. The Dark Knight got 8 nominations. Great. All of them, however, except for Heath Ledger are for stuff no one cares about. Everyone knows that the only awards that matter are Picture, Direction, Writing and Acting. Dark Knight got 1 nomination in those departments. No mention of Best Picture (it was better than The Reader for sure) and no mention of Best Director for Christopher Nolan who despite being one of the best directors in the business is yet to receive any recognition from the Academy. Same goes for Writing. So Dark Knight wasn't one of the best comic adaptations of all time? It seriously didn't deserve a nomination, it didn't have to win, just get the nod that it was a fantastic film. Also if Heath Ledger doesn't win now, the Academy is fucked.

Yay for the Wrestler's two nominations (both in acting). Boo for the fact that Darren Aronofsky has been ONCE AGAIN snubbed for Best Direction. However we can get over that because the guy is as amazing as he is. However the fact that the song "The Wrestler" by Bruce Springsteen at the end of The Wrestler didn't get a nomination despite there being only three in that category anyway, two of which are from Slumdog Millionaire. I hope the song from Wall-E wins, but I wish to God more that The Wrestler had gotten a nod. Also Mickey Rourke had better win.

There are other things I'm annoyed about no nominations at all for Gran Torino? Vicky Cristina Barcelona for Original Screenplay? Leo DiCaprio for Revolutionary Road? Well at least In Bruges got nominated for Screenplay and Robert Downey Jr. got a nomination for Tropic Thunder. At least it wasn't all bad. But the Dark Knight/Wrestler snubs hurt. Whilst Wall-E was in for a shot as Best Picture, really it doesn't hurt as much as the other two because it WILL win Best Animated Feature, I just wish Dark Knight and The Wrestler were even in with shot.

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