The Oscars this year should be killed with fire and holy water.
The nominees announced are no surprise (with the exception of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), but the snubs are probably the most infuriating. No best supporting actor for Albert Brooks? No Dragon Tattoo for Best Picture (or Drive on a personal note)?
I’m not watching this shit
Suggestions and comments always welcome.
P.S. Seeing A Separation on the Foreign Film nominees was the only thing I liked about this shit heap.
I really don’t understand the fuss over Dragon Tattoo. The original Swedish version is much better. Hard to imagine anyone other than Noomi Rapace in the lead role.
The Dude needs to abide. It’s the Oscars….. But, yeah, unleash the complaints about a predictably safe list of choices. OMG!!!!! NO RYAN GOSLING!>>>RIWEOHIORHSFIOhpwFJODGHAJDFGNAKDNFGKSD
What do you hate more “Dude”, The Academy Award noms or The Eagles?
Good one, Ari!
It’s nice to know that the so called “liberal” academy still has problems with sex. I was expecting to root for Fassbender for Shame but a nomination is no where to be found.
We should be giving them a bit of credit for nominating Tree of Life. Possibly the first contemplative film ever up for Best Picture?
I was shocked to see Tree of Life get a best picture nominee, there’s hope yet. However no Fassbender nomination for best actor surprised me, maybe he split his own vote with Dangerous Method?
As usual I’ve only heard of one of the foreign film nominees, which doesn’t stop me from rooting for A Separation, hopefully the other films become available in some form before the awards.
Who is Demian Bichir and what is A Better Life? Never heard of this nominee, perhaps it should be called “Not Shame”.
I had no intention of sitting through that 9/11 movie, especially after seeing some awful reviews of it this past week, but now it’s nominated for best picture and I have no choice (seriously it’s a hopeless addiction I’ve seen every best picture nominee since 1934).
On a personal note, I’d like to tar and feather The Help, I figured it’d get a nomination because this is the Driving Miss Daisy crap the Academy always loves, Spike Lee should be spinning in his grave.
Yes, “The girl with the dragon tattoo” was over-hyped and Fincher has confirmed his status as a big studio puppet. As usual the Oscar nominations confirm that the Academy is either totally blind or consistently autistic. I haven’t bothered to see the ceremony for years and, this time, won’t be an exception.
Bridesmaids came out this year?? I could have sworn that was like a couple years ago…
Tree of Life only got the nod because of Pitt.
Bridesmaids does seem like 2009. Is this something we need to look into? Was there a breech in the space time continuum? Is Deckard a Replicant? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!?!?!!
That shows just how short term our memories are concerning early releases. Bridesmaids even popped up on Film Comments 50 best this year.
On Brooks, Albert:
Against: I thought he was “good” (not great) and that it was fun to watch him go against type, but slightly distracting.
For: “good” and “against type” are the usual things that the Oscars goes giddy over.
Conclusion: Albert must have done something to piss someone off.
@ari: i don’t think i ever will. not like last time: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/83rd_Academy_Awards
@muleyhaven: Remind me again about the Eagles…don’t have a good memory (or is it the band?)
@ben.: I don’t like Shame , but Michael Fassbender does give a spellbinding performance of a guy we really can’t care about. Btw, looks like Fox Searchlight’s promotion for this movie didn’t pay off.
@brad s.: brownie points indeed for them.
@wpqx: Haven’t seen A Better Life, but it’s a movie by Chris Weitz (of American Pie fame with his brother, Paul). You will see Mr. Bichir this year in Oliver Stone’s Savages.
Hey, everyone…I was really angry about this year’s nominees that I didn’t even appreciate some nominations (Tree of Life, for example), so if y’all thought of me as a troll, sorry. But my feeling overall still remains unchanged. If they want my love, then they’re gonna have to dig deeper than The Help.
@ ari: i meant “after last time”
The cinematography category this year is bitchin’.
I agree, the cinematography category looks credible.
But the Cinematography category is criminally without The Mill and The Cross
Chivo is a shoe-in to win. It doesn’t even matter who else is nominated for cinematography.
It’s funny, but these are all life affirming films about second chances filled with positivity. Even Tree of Life essentially has the concept of man’s importance in the universe and how man achieves grace and mercy. Aside from Moneyball, there isn’t a dose of cynicism in these choices and that has star power to sell it to the academy.
9 Choices. Whatever you guys think of them, Melancholia, Drive or Shame would have at least given some variety.
^Absolutely. But the Academy (and Hollywood in general) feed off stories of positivity and redemption. And I would include Moneyball. It’s a David versus Goliath story and the story is spun that in the end, he beats Goliath.
The Academy is anything but “Liberal”. They are actually quite conservative. As usual the Oscars are a big yawn. A films value and worth cannot be measured by any Awards. Only time and rewatchability can show that.
Tida Swinton major snub at least the hollywood foreign press could get there head out of there ass long enough to at least give her a nod another cold shoulder for Michael Fassbinder’s incerdible performance as well as Michael Shannon’s incredible performance in Take Shelter. And that’s just two categories. this years nomination’s have made me sick again another year and eventually the oscars will cary zero importance for me It tells me nothing for me if a film wins, now that I think about it’s almost never truly the best film of the year of course in my opinion. Don’t think I’ll be watching but I hope this means Tree of Life will come back to a few theaters here in L.A. Till the list of winners.
I wonder if some people didn’t vote for Tilda because she gave her Oscar to her agent. The Academy seems like a sensitive bunch and her dismissing her Oscar as not important seems like a good reason to snub her.
Of course I’m sure Tilda doesn’t care one bit.
@ The Dude lol It’s the band that “the dude” can’t stand.
Obviously she doesn’t want to win a popularity contest but it’s worse than that. It seems the awards stand more for good business great marketing enough to get most people not the right people to think it’s great. People should thank there agents films that win the academy awards are usually better thought in business school rather than any school of art. Excellence in making people, viewers view these films as excellent. In my opinion it has nothing to do with art or just plain great filmmaking.
@muleyhaven: (Why did I forget that? Dammit!) This time, AMPAS beats The Eagles.
@the people who thought that the “best cinematography” section was good: it actually is, although on a personal note, newton thomas segel was snubbed.
@nadafingah: slant magazine almost agrees with what you’re saying
@brad erickson: them goddamn conversatives indeed.
@david grillo & santino: say what you will about tilda, but she was in a pretty messed-up movie this year. Jessica Chastain, for any movie except The Help this year, should have been given a nomination.
Tilda should always win.
Spike Lee died too? News to me.