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Jan. 31st, 2006

Oscar noms are out! Considering the Oscars are usually my Thing, I'm uncharacteristically blase about them this year. Didn't even know they were coming out today until I went to Yahoo! News this morning.

Overall, the noms are pretty unsurprising. And the Best Picture and Best Director noms are the same, which, like, never happens. The Sorkinverse lover in me is pretty pleased that both Dana Whitaker and Congresswoman Andrea Wyatt are nominated for Oscars, though. Hee!

Taking a page from carmen_sandiego, here's my Oscar watch list.

A History of Violence
Brokeback Mountain
Cinderella Man
The Constant Gardener
Good Night, and Good Luck
Hustle and Flow
Match Point
Mrs Henderson Presents
North Country
Pride and Prejudice
The Squid and the Whale
Walk The Line

Hmmm. Not doing too well. Last year I managed to see most of the major nominees before the ceremony, but I'm thinking I'm not quite gonna make it this year. I do have Crash and The Constant Gardener in my Netflix queue, but I've got to finish the Dead Like Me discs I've already got out first.



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Jan. 31st, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Didn't Mikijean hate A History of Violence? Hrm. I trust that girl's opinion like whoa.
Jan. 31st, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
She did not enjoy it. Cronenberg and I don't get along anyway, so I'm not expecting to like it much either.
Jan. 31st, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
Don't miss Walk the Line! I am right peeved it is not on the Best Picture list - it has a level of sophistication that Ray didn't, particularly in the performances, and is much more deserving of the nominations that Ray had. Sigh.

I have a feeling that Munich and Good Night and Good Luck made it in more for their subject matter, but I still haven't seen Munich either and can't really judge. Good Night and Good Luck was very good - but I think History of Violence was very much over looked for Best Picture.
Jan. 31st, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
Walk the Line and Capote are the top of my "try to get to a theater" list. Good Night and Good Luck was okay, but I agree that it's mostly the subject that's moving people and not the treatment of it in the film. I have no desire whatsoever to see Munich--it just looks too bleak.
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
It's true about Munich. :s I will probably see it at one of the local rep cinemas at some point, which will at least cost only $4. But then, I do love me some Eric Bana. I agree with G's assessment of History of Violence. It's definitely very smart about the issues it deals with. Capote was very good, kind of a thinker too, but then again not the happiest of subjects.

I think maybe AMPAS wants us all to be depressed this year.
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Jan. 31st, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna give it a shot on DVD when it comes out. I'm kinda leery of it, though, because I really hate Cronenberg's movies. This one sounds less hateful than most of his stuff, though.
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Plus there's the Viggo.
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
The Viggo should not be overlooked.
Feb. 4th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
I know I'm coming late to the party here but...

I strongly, strongly recommend you see The Constant Gardener, it's out on DVD already. It's just all around well-done. Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Wietz (I have no idea how to spell her name) are fantastic, I was really surprised that he didn't get as many major noms as she did. The story is a really engaging mix of political thriller and love story. And the cinematography is gorgeous. Kobayashi from the Usual Suspects is in it too, and you can't go wrong there.

It's my 2005 Best of Pick.

The Squid and the Whale is basically a less-stylized Wes Anderson movie. But Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney and the Baldwin (can't remember which one) were great. The Baldwin will have you saying "Brother my brother" to people.

I'm trying to find Junebug, I love Amy Adams, I really want to see it.

/film geekiness.
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