1.26.2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

No, no, not Christmas! Not even back-to-school, like that Staples commercial. No....it's Oscar time!! I love this time of year with good movies and awards all around.

The Oscar nominations were announced last week, and now I've begun my work on seeing all the movies in the major categories, or, at least as many as I can. I've got a lot of work to do this year. Let's see...what've we got? Here are this year's nominees--I have not seen the movies with asterisks next to them.

Best Actor in Supporting Role
Josh Brolin, Milk**
Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

Best Actress in Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt (quick note about this later...)
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler**

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 Director
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Front/Nixon**
Gus Van Sant, Milk**
Stephen Daldry, The Reader
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
Front/Nixon**
The Reader**
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Screenplay
Frozen River**
Happy-Go-Lucky**
In Bruges
Milk**
Wall-E**

Best Picture
Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon**
Milk**
The Reader**
Slumdog Millionaire

Whew. See? I've got a lot to do.

About that role in Doubt that Viola Davis played. Last week Oprah mentioned on her show that she wanted to play that roll. She called to express her interest in the roll and was told en. oh. No. I give a standing ovation to anyone who tells Oprah no. This all started back when she had her 40th birthday. She tried to go into a hotel with her dogs and was told no by the clerk--the hotel had a "no pets" policy. Oprah got huffy about it and basically said, "But I'm Oprah Winfrey." The clerk wouldn't back down. On her 40th birthday episode, a manager from the hotel called to apologize and said the clerk had been dealt with. Excuse me?!?! She was doing her job and she was "dealth with"? That really changed my opinion of Oprah. She used to act like she was "one of us," but then this happened. Whatever. Kudos to whomever told her no on the movie part!



Deb and I tried to see Milk yesterday, but it was sold out. We ended up seeing Revolutionary Road. I thought the movie was very well done and the acting fantastic, but man, it was depressing. I think Michael Shannon's nomination as supporting actor is very well deserved--he completely stole the two scenes he was in. I think Leo may have been overlooked for a nomination because it's hard to buy him as a miserable suburban father--he's got such a baby face, it's almost like he's playing grown-up. Kate Winslet was wonderful--I'm curious to see her role in The Reader to see why she was nominated for that, and not Rev. Road.



For those Hok and Dominic fans from SYTYCD, you should know that their dance crew is now on America's Best Dance Crew on MTV, Thursdays at 10 (I think). It's great to see them and their crew is fantastic--they do some unbelievable tricks. Love 'em!

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