Tuesday, 22 January 2008

What the *&$% Part Deux

So, on purely numerical terms, I didn't do too bad: 21 out of 30 nominations, an average of three per category. But while I can feel a little smug on that front, having now seen the full list of nominations, it's anger, frustration and plain old-fashioned disbelief that are currently filling my senses.

Let's talk positives first: Johnny Depp (Best Actor), Casey Affleck (Best Supporting Actor), Ellen Page (Best Actress), Brad Bird (Original Screenplay) Saoirse Ronan (Best Supporting Actress), No Country For Old Men (Best Picture), Julian Schnabel (Best Director), Roger Deakins (Best Cinematography) for Jesse James (and for No Country), Once (Best Song). And that's about it...

I get the love for Juno and Michael Clayton. Both are smartly-written, well-crafted and nicely performed, but neither are one of the best five film directed movies of the year.

Sweeney's shutout for Best Picture was, if I'm honest, not that much of a surprise, but for it to receive just three nominations in total (for costume, art direction and Johnny) is criminal. That's the same as Transformers for crying out loud. And nothing for Tim, come on people.

And to award Cate Blanchett a Best Actress nomination for Elizabeth: The Golden Age, a role she's played before and played better before, is plain daft. Now I love Cate. I think she's great in almost everything, and her Best Supporting Actress nod for I'm Not There is richly deserved, but to pick her above for Angelina Jolie for A Mighty Heart... Arrgghhh!

And finally nothing for Zodiac. As expected. Not even special effects.

Take a look at this and tell me why not...



It's a strange world indeed when Norbit gets more Oscar nominations than Zodiac.

Consider my mind well and truly boggled...

3 comments:

Essi said...

I'm also sad that Sweeney didn't get more nominations. :( Well, I haven't even seen most of the films nominated, so I can't say much about which is the best in my opinion. But Burton is a true artist. However, I'm of course extremely happy for Depp! It was pretty mind-wrecking to watch the live broadcast on the Oscar website and afterwards I had a strange feeling of happiness and major disappointment all mixed up with bafflement. :D

Wow, I hadn't seen that clip about Zodiac! Thanks for posting. What a shame indeed that it didn't get any nominations.

Karen at Johnny Depp Reads said...

The mind boggles...

Norbit? bah!

Fran said...

I nearly choked on my tea when I read 'Norbit' ... then I realised it was for make up. But still. Norbit???

Pretty much the same gripes as you Sweeney-wise ... at least there was a bit of Jesse James love, though :)