January 22nd, 2009

movies, oscars

Oh, here they are

Nominations pr the 81st Academy Awards!

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, The Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, The Reader

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

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

Best Foreign Language Film:
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
The Class
Waltz With Bashir

Best Animated Feature:
Kung Fu Panda

Best Original Screenplay:
Frozen River
In Bruges

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

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

Best Picture:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
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Oscar thoughts

OK, first thoughts:

  1. The White House website changed over from Bush to Obama at exactly noon on the 20th. So why does oscars.com not have the full list of nominees even now, nearly 30 minutes after the nominations were released? Isn't the private sector supposed to be better at this sort of thing than the government? Wikipedia is on the ball though, with the high profile nods at least.
  2. Revolutionary Road sort of got ignored, in the high profile awards at least. I haven't seen it, but the commercials didn't make it look very good, and even though I think he's improved immeasurably in recent years, I'm still a little suspicious of any film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Looking over the big list, I see it got a few more nominations, but still.
  3. I guess Academy voters didn't hold Bride Wars against Anne Hathaway.
  4. I don't remember that Jolie's performance was particularly highly praised back when The Changeling was in theaters. Kinda of the opposite, actually.
  5. I wonder when the last time was that a married couple got acting nominations in the same year? Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams were never married, so they don't count.
  6. A huge percentage of the acting nominees came from films that did not get Best Picture nominees. Best Actor is the only category that has more than one, and even there it's only three out of five.
  7. Doubt got a lot of high profile nods for a movie that didn't get a Best Picture nomination. Amy Adams becomes the first Buffy veteran with two Oscar nominations.
  8. There is a rare symmetry to the Best Director and Best Picture categories this year. Though it's the second time in the last four years.
  9. 9:22 AM -- oscar.com still doesn't have the full list of nominees. oscars.org (the official AMPAS site) is on the ball though!
  10. Only three nominees for Best Song this year, and two of them are in Hindi. So that's probably a second Oscar for WALL-E. Of course, a Spanish-language song won a few years ago, and people love Slumdog Millionaire, so who knows.
  11. Best Animated Short nod for Presto. That was a great cartoon.

More later maybe.

  • Current Music
    Inside Man soundtrack - Chaiyya Chaiyya

Ten random things: January 22

Ten friends and relatives of Chris Farley who were interviewed for The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts:

  1. Kevin Farley (younger brother)
  2. Joel Murray (cast member, Second City)
  3. Tim Meadows (cast member, Second City and Saturday Night Live)
  4. Charna Halpern (director/teacher, ImprovOlympic)
  5. John Goodman, (host, Saturday Night Live)
  6. Mike Shoemaker (producer, Saturday Night Live)
  7. Lorri Bagley (girlfriend)
  8. Ted Dondaville (friend, Red Arrow Camp)
  9. Tim O'Malley, Second City cast member)
  10. Tom Farley (older brother)

I just started The Chris Farley Show this afternoon, a 2008 oral history biography of the late Saturday Night Live star, and it's pretty good so far. I admire oral histories; I think it would be very challenging to weave fragments from dozens of interviews into a coherent narrative.

  • Current Music
    Fountains Of Wayne - Fire Island
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Oscar followup

Lori has done my legwork for me, pointing me toward an entry at USA Today's Lifeline Live blog:

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie aren't the only thespian twosome to compete for acting trophies in the same year. The last time an acknowledged couple were in the same race was Heath Ledger as a lead and Michelle Williams for supporting in 2005's Brokeback Mountain, notes USA TODAY's Susan Wloszczyna.

As for married couples going after acting honors at the same time, you have to go back a ways in history:

  • Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, both for lead categories in The Guardsmen (1932)
  • Charles Laughton, lead, and Elsa Lanchester, supporting, for Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, both leads, in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  • Frank Sinatra, supporting, for From Here to Eternity, and Ava Gardner, lead, for Mogambo in 1953.
  • Rex Harrison, lead for Cleopatra, and Rachel Roberts, lead for That Sporting Life, in 1963.

Can you think of any we missed?

I can't, but I will point out that Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were nominated in 1969. But it doesn't count, because Newman's wasn't for acting; he was nominated as producer of one of the Best Picture nominees, Rachel, Rachel.