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the oscar nominations popped out this morning, and there were some head-scratching surprises (where's clint?) and some delightful surprises (marisa tomei and kate winslet were both appropriately nominated, and for the right roles, and michael shannon's completely deserved nomination (which may, alas, be overlooked in the hagiographic excess attached to heath ledger)). i have indicated the films i have seen in green, and bulleted those nominations which are my favorites.
best picture
the curious case of benjamin button
  • milk
    the reader
    slumdog millionaire

    best actor
    richard jenkins, the visitor
    frank langella, frost/nixon
    sean penn, milk
    brad pitt, the curious case of benjamin button
  • mickey rourke, the wrestler

    best actress
    anne hathaway, rachel getting married
    angelina jolie, changeling
    melissa leo, frozen river
    meryl streep, doubt
  • kate winslet, the reader

    best supporting actor
    josh brolin, milk
    robert downey jr., tropic thunder
    philip seymour hoffman, doubt
    heath ledger, the dark knight
  • michael shannon, revolutionary road

    best supporting actress
    amy adams, doubt
    penelope cruz, vicky cristina barcelona
    viola davis, doubt
    taraji p. henson, the curious case of benjamin button
  • marisa tomei, the wrestler

    best director
    david fincher, the curious case of benjamin button
    ron howard, frost/nixon
  • gus van sant, milk
    stephen daldry, the reader
    danny boyle, slumdog millionaire

    best foreign film
    the baader meinhof complex, germany
    the class, france
    departures, japan
    revanche, austria
    waltz with bashir, israel.

    best animated feature film
    kung fu panda
  • fortunately, frost/nixon, bolt, and waltz with bashir are still showing locally.

    Date: 2009-01-22 05:48 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    Thanks to having met you, I have seen many many more of the nominated films this year than I have ever seen before.

    And even still have not seen all of them. something to aim for for next year.

    I'm extremely interested in Waltz with Bashir... and... as you know... Bolt. I have an interest in Frost/Nixon, but it is not on my MUST see list.

    Date: 2009-01-22 05:57 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    we need to get to bolt. i think waltz with bashir is either at or coming to kendall.

    it looks like i might get to see frost/nixon in denver (i may take a break and wander off to do that as a mind-cleanser).

    Date: 2009-01-22 06:04 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    I absolutely concur with you, RE: Bolt. And Waltz is at Kendall now!

    That sounds excellent. And hooray for cleansing your mind.

    I may see slumdog millionaire as a sort of pause from building this weekend... I keep on hearing about it... and Brandon wont stop talking about it.

    Date: 2009-01-22 06:34 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    cool. i think you'll enjoy slumdog.
    you may want to hit bashir, too; it probably won't be around long.

    Date: 2009-01-22 07:08 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    Noted... if I have time I'll definitely run by it.

    Date: 2009-01-22 06:54 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    I have seen too few of the nominees to make any educated comments. But, if Melissa Leo should win, it would be well deserved.

    Date: 2009-01-22 07:50 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    What happened to that sex-soaked international craze hit, The Bitter Tears of Miss Kitten S?

    Date: 2009-01-22 08:03 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    i don't think enough academy members understand the obscure taiwanese dialect used in bitter tears. the film is really beyond comprehension if one doesn't understand the commentary of the old woman under the beech tree.

    but i'll grant you that miss kitten s. is a natural; her seductive tabletop dance scenes are among the most arresting ever set to film. i don't think she should have been deported for her art, but am happy she has found an american home in her dotage.

    Date: 2009-01-22 08:15 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    How clever of you to understand the essentially gnostic role played by Old Mother Beech in that film.

    Kitten was only ever really understood in Paris. I've heard her murmur reverently on more than one occasion: "Thank Goddess for Cahiers du cinema!"

    Date: 2009-01-22 08:34 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    YOu'll enjoy Frost/Nixon. It's a little contrived, but what movie isn't? And Frank Langella is that good.

    Date: 2009-01-22 08:39 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    well, that's ok. i got enough raw realism in benjamin button (and how nice to see e.t. got work again after all these years!).

    Date: 2009-01-22 11:36 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    Disappointing that In Bruges didn't make it. Once again, Belgium gets ignored.
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