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Oscar misses its target, once more (but it’s not as bad as it sounds)

As I saw the nominations come out yesterday, I was thrilled by some but could’nt help to cringe at others. Overall, I’m not impressed. and here is me bitching about it.

What I think they blatently overlooked

Revolutionary road : How can you snub these performances by DiCaprio and Winslet ? In Winslet case, I can understand that the votes may have been split with The Reader. But Dicaprio’s snub is unacceptable and Brad Pitt’s nomination is undeserved. I would also put this in the best picture category. At least they recognized how good Michael Shannon was.

Batman Begins : Was a perfect example (same as Lord of the rings was) of how mainstream movies can be artsy, intelligent and brillantly directed. Total snub.

Rachel Getting Married : why the script was not nominated is shameful and shows a lack of perception, especially when Benjamin Button’s overlong, overboring and preformatted is nominated.

I’ve loved you so long (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime) : Kristin Scott Thomas delivered a top-3 performance this year. This one was for Kristen. As far as aching mothers go,  I liked Angelina’s performance in Changeling, it doesnt even compare to Scott Thomas’ turn in that film.

Happy Go lucky : Sally Hawkings was pure bliss in that film. Meryl’s spot was hers. Why they still give those nominations to Meryl Streep (that I love) is beyond me. And she never wins anymore.

Wall-E : to me, definetly was supposed to be in the BEST PICTURE category. It was a perfect film. But god forbid we take animation seriously.

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What is overhyped

The Curious case of Benjamin Button : I will give the film credit for its fabulous yet classical technical approach. But other than that, it lacks heart and is deeply boring. And I hated Taraji P. Henson in it.

Slumdog Millionnaire : Yes, it’s fun. Yes, it’s remarquably filmed. Yes, it has an awesome soundtrack. but, seriously, this is not a great film. It’s a good film.  Hollywood always manages to overhype films so much. This one is going to win. and it’s going to be a shame. a small one though, because the film does have its merits.

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and to end on a positive note, here’s a quick list of things they got right : anne hathaway, richard jenkins, frozen river, the class, milk, heath, michael shannon.

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The Batman is Alive and Well.

*** MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*****


Saw it last night. loved it.
It took me like 45 minutes to get sucked in properly, but after that, I was totally taken.

Highlights :

  • Every scene with the joker. I thought Heath Ledger’s performance could’ve been overhyped, but it wasn’t! he deserves every praise he’s getting. Most notable are the hospital scene, the prison scene and the now-infamous knife pencil disappearing act.
  • The good/evil themes explored very very intelligently. They didn’t feel old and overdone. They actually felt fresh. Batman’s dilemmas are actually interesting to follow.
  • The many plot twists : Two-Face becoming part of the plot, Rachel dying, Gordon’s “death” etc…
  • Everything that remotely has to do with makeup.
  • Maggie Gyllenhall replacing lamo Katie Holmes. Thank god !
  • Morgan Freeman’s hilarious facial expressions
  • Christian bale : best batman of the bunch.

Still can’t get over the batman voice, the numerous cityscape shots, the lame sonar thing and the mayor’s eyeliner, but I won’t use it against them 🙂

Overall, a very satisfying film that I would recommend for a good night out.

Note : Saw it in Imax. Unfortunatly, only a couple scenes are made for Imax. They’re nice, but not that impressive. So it’s not really worth it…