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A Few Thoughts about the Oscars

Since the nominations came out this morning, I feel compelled to comment on some interesting selections… I’m not going to hit on each nomination, or split hairs, or anything else so trivial (I have no say in how the Academy votes, so what’s the point going there, eh?), but there are some selections that I feel deserve a few words.

Woody Harrelson, Supporting Actor for “The Messenger.” A role that was far overshadowed by his turn in “Zombieland,” it is a role I would not have originally seen him in.

“District 9” for Best Picture. I consider this a longshot, partially because it falls into the “genre” category that the awards tend to shy away from… but it’s produced by Peter Jackson, so that alone helps give it a shot.

Along the genre lines, there had been talk for most of the year about “Star Trek” having a shot at a Best Picture nod. While there were several technical nominations (visual effects, sound editing, etc.), no Picture nod.

I’m not surprised at some of the nods – “Hurt Locker” has been doing well at the awards, and Cristoph Waltz has been getting lots of attention for his role in “Inglorious Basterds.” Similarly, “Up” was mentioned as having a shot at a Best Picture nod [which it got] now that the field has been expanded.

My two cents, on how I think some of the voting may go: I’m hedging my bet towards Waltz getting Supporting Actor, but I would like to see Matt Damon get an acting trophy to go with his writing statue. I’m hoping “Coraline” can pull out an upset, but I fear that “Up” may take Animated Feature before losing out in the Best Picture category. Beyond those, I’m keepingthe rest of my opinions to myself.

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And the Winner is…

The Oscar’s were last night, and much to everyone’s expectations, Heath Ledger was awarded the Best Supporting Oscar for his portrayal of the Joker in last summer’s The Dark Knight. Yes, the movie was good, and yes, Ledger disappeared into the role, but there is another item that needs to be considered: the “niche” market the role was in.

I don’t want to reduce the accolades that the performance deserves, but remember that the role was in a comic-book based action movie – one that normally gets consideration for visual effects or sound, but rarely anything for acting roles (yes, Ian McKellen was nominated as Gandalf, for Fellowship a few years ago, but that was really the only acting nom for the entire trilogy…) – but this award helps the cause of credibility (much like LotR identified that, yes, good, serious, non-campy fantasy movies can be made), and that there are really good actors doing work in some of these roles.

I say that to say this… with Watchmen coming out next week, I am curious to see how the “Academy” will react, and if there will be a push for nominations for next year’s ceremony (the first one that I thought of was “Best Adapted Screenplay”, but that’s the writer in me.)

Congratulations to all of the nominees, and other winners. I know the Ledger award is a bitter-sweet moment, and I hope the family is able to pass on just how good he was as Heath’s daughter gets older.

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