It was the ok of times, it was the worst of times.
There are some interesting and deserved choices in this year’s Oscar nominees. Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road was a good one as he is the light of that film. Ditto Taraji Henson for Button. I’m not too great of a fan of Frozen River, but Melissa Leo was good in it, even if I think that slot should have gone to Michelle Williams for Wendy and Lucy. Particularly fun is Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder, in a blackface-comedic performance, where he discusses the oscar prospects of “going full retard”.
At the same time, I think there might not be a single great film nominated this year for best picture. Not one that will be remembered.
Also, there was neither an Oscar nomination for Bruce Springsteen’s song “The Wrestler”, nor Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino”, near unforgivable, snubbed in favor of some Pixar shit and the entirely forgettable songs from Slumdog Millionaire.
At the same time, it was good to see Martin McDonagh nominated for In Bruges, an interesting if not great movie.
Also, this pool is notable as pointed out to me by friends for the horrible exclusion of two brits: Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan from Happy-Go-Lucky, both of whom are deserving and the first of which actually won the Golden Globe for best actress. Just awful.