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It's the Oscars again

It's the Oscars again

So the Oscars nominations for 2006 are finally out. It’s a resonably good measure to see what “quality” films you’ve seen this year. And as usual, I’ve failed disgracefully this year.

The only film I’ve seen that’s been Oscar-nominated in the major categories is Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit. Oh dear. Really must go to the movies more often.

Why Kiss Kiss Bang Bang didn’t get a nomination for best original screenplay still beats me. That script was so sharp and witty… Also surprising to see the total lack of King Kong in any of the major categories. It was slightly disappointing but still bloody amazing.

Brokeback Mountain got 8 nominations. But being a man with almost zero interest in tragic love stories unless they’re attached to epic melodramas a la The English Patient, I’ve got no desire to see it. It’ll just depress me, and no amount of sightings of Anne Hathaway’s breasts is going to persuade me otherwise.

Crash and Good Night, and Good Luck both got six nominations each. Both are films I wouldn’t mind seeing, but I just know it’s going to be one of those films that I keep meaning to see, and never getting round to. I’ve probably got more interest in Syriana, just because I love multi-plotted storytelling a la Traffic or Love Actually.

Memoirs of a Geisha also got six nominations, but I’m in two minds about whether I want to watch what is ultimately an exploitation picture that perpetuates the notion that Japanese/Asian women are delicate mysterious flowers.

I was just reading about Capote, which got five nominations. But it seems like I ought to know who or what he was, before I see a film about him.

For some reason, I just can’t bring myself to see Spielberg movies any more. I haven’t even seen War of the Worlds. So Munich is probably out – even if it is more about the psychology of revenge rather than an analysis of terrorism.

Walk The Line looks quite interesting, but I only know one Johnny Cash song, shamefully. Oh, and the soundalike who did an advert for Folgers coffee when I lived in the USA.

3 Comments

  • I'm a delicate mysterious flower??? Who knew!

    Out of all of the movies, I have only seen Crash (because it was available on Digital cable). I rarely go to the theatres anymore. But I do recommend Crash. I know it got a lot of criticism, but I thought it was well done.

  • I'm torn about Memoirs of a Geisha. I object to both the fetishisation of asian women and the fact an American producer has no problem casting a Chinese woman to play a Japanese woman (this promoting the idea of "they all look the same to me" interchangeability). But as the Chinese woman cast is Zhang Ziyi and I adore her, I want to see any film she is in. Argh!

  • Skarlett

    I wonder how Crash would translate to a non-American audience, as it touches on VERY American issues and problems.

    Brokeback Mountain was tragic, and wonderfully filmed, but not much different than any other tragic romance if you ignore it's two boys.
    But the fact that it is two boys is what makes it challenging.
    I really liked the short story it was based on, I loved specific shots and scenes from the film, but overall I wouldn't say its a must see.

    Munich I found slow and preachy-while having an engaging story, the constant character lines of reminding us how the rest of the world abuses those of the Jewish faith took away from the film, and the story.

    Am yet to see Good Night and Good Luck, but am planning to see it tomorrow night 🙂

    Capote!
    My favorite film of the year.
    I adore Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and have enjoyed all of his character work up until now.
    Now-you're not knowing much about Truman Capote (you prolly know more than you realize) I took a friend of mine to see it, who knew absolutely nothing about him, and she walked away from the film as effected as I.
    Seymour-Hoffman SHOULD win the Best Actor award, but if he does not, my 2nd favorite is Terrance Howard in Hustle and Flow.
    I didn't recognize Terrance Howard in this film.
    He's captivating.

    Felicty Huffman should win the Best Actess award, but I expect it to go to Reese Witherspoon. Reese does a lovely job, but its a safe role.

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