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Old 01-22-2009, 06:23 PM   #61
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is it just me, or is it totally bollocks that The Dark Knight wasn't nominated for best picture? it was better than every movie nominated.

on a side note, nice to see richard jenkins get nominated for The Visitor. that movie was pretty great.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:28 PM   #62
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Right, but there's only 5 slots! This year had too many notable performances to get them all in. And it's always going to be a bit biased in favor of Hollywood. I mean, the awards of other countries have a national slant as well.

The fact that an unknown like Cotillard could win, and for a film that wasn't even that big, says to me that anything can happen. You just can't expect a surprise like that every year.
It was a huge film, not surprising that she won at all given her performance, and she isn't an unknown either

The Oscars will always be the worlds biggest film awards, and because of that they should do more to scout out smaller films to find the best roles. Not just the most expensive films or directors or whatever. Then 'best actor' would actually mean best actor.
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Unknown to most of the American movie-going public, I meant.

And it was still a small film, regardless of how successful it was in France.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:40 PM   #64
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I don't understand at all this idea that TDK is best picture worthy, what on earth....

The Reader - haven't seen it, but it was a really cloying, mediocre book. And so obvious with respect to outcome that I expect it must be even worse in movie form. But I love Kate Winslet and I would be perfectly happy with her winning.

I think Sean Penn should win, but probably won't. And Slumdog shouldn't win, but probably will.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:17 PM   #65
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Unknown to most of the American movie-going public, I meant.

And it was still a small film, regardless of how successful it was in France.
I don't mean it was just big in France - it was 'big' in a lot of countries, had a large budget and a large subject matter.
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Again, doesn't matter. It was a small film in the U.S., where the Oscars are based, and where popularity often carries a lot of weight. It only cracked $2 million, which is decent for a French film, but not exactly a breakout hit.
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Well, like I said, if the Oscars are only capable of judging the biggest of foreign films then how the hell has it earned this status of being the worlds biggest film awards?

I'd rather win the Palme D'or
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Right, but there's only 5 slots! This year had too many notable performances to get them all in. And it's always going to be a bit biased in favor of Hollywood. I mean, the awards of other countries have a national slant as well.

The fact that an unknown like Cotillard could win, and for a film that wasn't even that big, says to me that anything can happen. You just can't expect a surprise like that every year.
This is true, and seeing Richard Jenkins in over Clint makes me smile.

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Well, like I said, if the Oscars are only capable of judging the biggest of foreign films then how the hell has it earned this status of being the worlds biggest film awards?

I'd rather win the Palme D'or
What else is there to compete with it? Even if the Oscar process is incredibly flawed, it still carries more weight to it than the Grammys or Emmys combined.

When something like Frost/Nixon, a solid and entertaining enough film, can be nominated for Picture, Director, etc... "just because," then it's a sign none of this will ever change. Some of the "greatest movies of all-time" didn't win Best Picture, or even got nominated. Doesn't matter too much to the public 50 years from now, does it?
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no Springsteen?
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In the Original Song category, Music Branch members shall meet to screen clips of the eligible songs and vote on the achievements. A DVD copy of the song clips will be made available to those Branch members who are unable to attend the screening and who request it for home viewing. Voting shall be conducted as follows:
Nominations will be determined by an averaged point system of voting using 10, 9.5, 9, 8.5, 8, 7.5, 7, 6.5 or 6. Only those songs receiving an average score of 8.25 or more shall be eligible for nomination. There may not be more than five nor fewer than three nominations.
So The Wrestler didn't get a 8.25 or higher rating? Are you kidding me? Back to this little fella
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"Little Person" from Synecdoche was my favorite Original Song, but that had little chance of being nominated either... same with "Dracula's Lament" from Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
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I'd rather win the Palme D'or
You're not gonna get an argument from me there. The list of Palme D'or winners towers over the list of Academy Best Picture winners.
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:45 AM   #73
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Very, very disappointed that Kristin Scott Thomas didn't make the list, I don't think that Brad Pitt deserves a Best Actor nod by any stretch. Happy to see love for Heath Ledger, Robert Downey Jr and Frost/Nixon.
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Is there a reason why Stephen Daldry's made 3 movies and gotten 3 nominations? He's like the Anti-P.T. and Wes Anderson.
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I will take small consolation that it could have been worse: Miley Cyrus could have gotten a nomination with a Bruce snub.

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