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Old 12-01-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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The 2008 Oscar Season Thread

Well it's almost that time of year again. Critics awards should be coming out in a matter of days and stuff, so that's exciting.

Going into December, what movies do you guys hope to see in theaters? Is Benjamin Button as much of a frontrunner as everyone's making it out to be? Will DiCaprio and Winslet get their first wins? Is Mickey Rourke really this year's Comeback Kid? Does The Dark Knight stand a chance of being nominated for Best Picture?

I can't think of any more pointed questions, so go on and discuss here.

Feel free to post any other thoughts on '08 as a whole, too. Maybe this can serve as a general wrap-up thread or something. I don't know.
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:06 PM   #2
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To start off, here are my 10 Favorite Films of the Year So Far and a few of the ones I want to catch as soon as they make their way over to my neck of the woods:

1. The Dark Knight
2. Synecdoche, New York
3. Let the Right One In
4. Wall-E
5. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
6. Pineapple Express
7. Quantum of Solace
8. Tropic Thunder
9. Iron Man
10. The Promotion

The Brothers Bloom
Che
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
Frost / Nixon
Milk
Rachel Getting Married
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire
The Wrestler
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Sean Penn better be nominated for "MILK". That's all I have to say.
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:14 PM   #4
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I can't say I've seen many Oscar nomination-worthy films in the past year, but if Kristin Scott Thomas doesn't even bag a nomination for I've Loved You So Long then I'm never bothering to watch the damn ceremony on television ever again, ever.
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How long until Westboro Baptist does some sort of "Sean Penn: Fag Enabler" thing?
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:49 PM   #6
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I'm guessing the 3 big titles this year will be

Milk
Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight

And hopefully The Wrestler stirs some interest, because it looks fucking marvelous.
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Best Picture:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Hunger
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actress:
Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)
Meryl Streep (Doubt)
Angelina Jolie (Changeling)

Best Actor:
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino)
Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Sean Penn (Milk)

Best Supporting Actor:
Heath Ledger (TDK)

Best Director:
David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
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My shortlist so far:

Synecdoche, New York
The Dark Knight
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
My Blueberry Nights
Man on Wire
Tell No One
The Fall
Pineapple Express
Snow Angels
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Old 12-02-2008, 04:04 AM   #9
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The Dark Knight will not get Best Picture nom
(this is the Oscars, not MTV awards)

Joker will get Best Supporting and has good shot to win.


Kristen Scott Thomas has done much better work than "I have loved you so long." The movie is over rated. Yes, the big scene at the end has impact, but the set up, the whole rest of the movie is a bit tedious.

Synecdoche, New York will get few if any noms,
someone should put C Kaufman back inside of Malovich's head.
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The Dark Knight will not get Best Picture nom
(this is the Oscars, not MTV awards)

Joker will get Best Supporting and has good shot to win.

The Dark Knight has a very good shot at a Best Picture nomination. I personally don't think it deserves one, but it's a definite possibility.

But, yes, I will be rooting big time for Heath to win Best Supporting Actor. That would be an incredible moment.

And I'll just take this moment to say that I fucking LOVE the Oscars. I know it gets shit on by a lot of people for being "hollow" or overstuffed or an "exercise in Hollywood self-congratulation" or whatever but I don't care. I'm a pretty big fan of awards shows in general and Oscar is the grand-daddy of 'em all. It's the best. I've watched every ceremony since I was 5 and it's one of my favorite nights of the year.

It's also a big dream of mine to actually win an Oscar. And I have no doubts that it will happen someday. My acceptance speech will be crazyyyyyy.
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Two locks:

Milk
Slumdog Millionaire


90% Likely Given The Fact That There Hasn't Yet Been A Mainstream Flick With Major Audience & Critical Appeal:

The Dark Knight


I like to give extra credit when possible. Gus Van Zant did both Milk and Paranoid Park this year, so he'd be my pick for Best Director.

I think foreign film should easily go to The Edge Of Heaven. Everything about it seems like it deserves uncle Oscar. Definitely one of the year's best.

Rachel Getting Married is tricky. Big star/critical appeal but it hasn't won over audiences in the same manner. Not sure if that will hinder it from being nominated or not, but it certainly won't win.

Vicky Christina Barcelona was my favorite film of the year but I'm not sure if there's enough Allen-philes on the Academy that want to acknowledge that he isn't far past his prime.
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I'm fairly certain The Dark Knight actually will get a large number of nominations across the board. People just fucking love that movie way too much for it not too. 94% on Rottentomatoes, 82 Metacritic score, almost universal praise, record breaking commercial success, and a behind-the-scenes-on-the-screen tragedy.

Plus, all this in a notably weak year for film. Pretty much the perfect storm for some major notoriety.
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It's not a weak year for film. A weak year for mainstream cinema. There's been a lot of great documentary, foreign & art house stuff.

You can't really boast about The Dark Knight being liked by the average viewer. If that had any play than some turd like 300 would've been nominated for Best Picture. Also, it's Metascore & Rotten Tomatoes aren't like that amazing. It'll be lucky to even stay in the year's Top 20 on Metacritic or even make my top ten. It's a great comic book movie, but it's still merely a comic book movie. It really didn't do anything new artistically.
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It really didn't do anything new artistically.
But a movie doesn't have to do something "new artistically" to be recognized by the Academy and nominated for Best Picture. In recent history just take a look at Crash. That movie sure as hell didn't do anything "new artistically" and it friggin won Best Picture. I'm still a little bit baffled by that, btw.
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despite it's status as a genre picture, it's the quality of the filmmaking on display in TDK that might elevate it to a Best Picture nomination. it's hardly that art is a prerequisite for getting a nomination. it's much more to do with execution, cultural impact, and just whether nor not the people who decide these things 1) like the film, and 2) feel as if that film is among the "best" that their industry has to offer and thus should be the representation of what the industry has achieved in any given year.

there's nothing too artistic or groundbreaking (even from a SFX standpoint, as opposed to, say, LOTR) about, say, "Radiers," but the film got a BP nod due to it's superlative, flawless action filmmaking. i don't think TDK is quite the landmark that Raiders was, but i think that some nominations will cement Nolan's place as an A-list director, and rightly so.
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