Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Observations on Oscar

Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences named its favorites for 2005. Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Good Night and Good Luck, and Munich all received Best Picture nominations. When "Movies on My Mind" started, its first piece wondered whether Oscar would remember Crash, since it came out so early in 2005. It did. However, Oscar did not recognize Sin City, which I still believe is the most fascinating film of 2005. It also did not nominate much deserving Joan Allen as Best Actress in The Upside of Anger. And, it seems, the shine of Russell Crowe has finally worn off, as he could not lift himself, or Cinderella Man to Best Actor or Best Picture nominations (as he had for so many films in the past, including L.A. Confidential, The Insider, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind and Master & Commander). Today confirmed George Clooney as the filmmaker to watch. He scored three nominations (for Syriana and Good Night and Good Luck). Woody Allen earned yet another Best Screenplay nomination for his critically acclaimed Match Point, making him the undisputed record holder in that category. The Penguins didn't do quite as well as expected. While March of the Penguins landed a nomination for Best Documentary, the animated Madagascar and the Penguins-centric short spin-off A Christmas Caper both failed to gain nominations.

George Clooney received 3 nominations today, not 4.
Mad Hot Ballroom was robbed! I believe the best documentary.
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