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Oscar noms!

Ok, I'm way behind everyone else since I didn't get up before dawn to see the announcements but still ....

YAAAY! Jake got his nomination! That's so fuckin' great! I never doubted Heath would get his but Jake seemed a little more iffy. YES!

Awesome. This is just awesome. Now everyone who vows to see every Oscar-nominated film will have to go see Brokeback.

And I still need to see Munich! Surprised that Walk the Line didn't make the cut, but it's a tough year. I'm not that surprised that Russell Crowe didn't make the final cut. He has his Oscar and two more nominations besides, so even if he wasn't going around throwing phones, he might not have gotten in, just like Tom Hanks doesn't always get in.

I think with these nominees - Jake, Heath, Michelle Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, and Keira Knightley, ratings will actually be pretty good, even for a bunch of liberal-leaning "message" films and a smarty pants New Yorker host. ;-D


ETA: Reaction from the nominees. Heath, Michelle, Ang, Diana Ossana and more.


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Jan. 31st, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
I was a little surprised my Munich myself, but you know this year is like those great GREAT years of Hollywood when there were so many great performances and great movies to pick 5 was a travesty. Just wonderful all around and with the exception of Munich I've seen pretty much every single performance nominated and they are all deserving.

*especially Jake's* *smile*

I know this is terrible, but I hope if Brokeback wins for best adapted (and it should, I still can't believe how much like the story it is) that Larry speaks..sorry but Diana always gives the speeches, it's Larry's turn and seeing that he's written such classics as "The Last Picture Show" and "Terms of Endearment" he deserves to. *sorry, but I had to add that.*
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
sorry but Diana always gives the speeches, it's Larry's turn and seeing that he's written such classics as "The Last Picture Show" and "Terms of Endearment" he deserves to.

I attended a screening of BBM a few weeks ago, and afterwards there was a Q&A with Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry. From my impressions in that hour, I can assure you that if Larry wanted to give speeches, he could. I think he prefers the spotlight being on Diana. He definitely seems the sort who likes the work to speak for itself, though he was lovely in answering questions the audience had. Left to his own devices, though? He seemed at a bit of a loss. ;)
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
So, Larry = Ennis? ;-D Hee. Not every writer likes to speak or is fond of the spotlight, it's true. Look at Charlie Kaufman, LOL.
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
He seems like such a nice guy, you know, I'd just love to hear him speak, he's an amazing writer and they hardly ever get the chance to speak. *smile*

And I love the fact that he still types on a typewriter..that is just something I find totally endearing.
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
I agree - it seemed like Walk the Line would get in over Munich, but never count Spielberg out, I guess. Plus, I think Walk the Line might feel like a retread of Ray to some folks, even though I really preferred WtL, myself.

I need to see Munich, Pride & Prejudice and I guess Hustle & Flow now. And your're right, Larry McMurtry should get up and have his say! Maybe he hates public speaking? Who knows? I'm sure if he's not accepting himself, it's because he doesn't want to. Or has he even been at these events?
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
I can totally understand not wanting to speak in public, and I love Larry McMurtry, so if he speaks he speaks, it's just, how can I put this, well, Diana has had her chance to speak, I really just want to hear him.

And I HIGHLY recommend Hustle and Flow, one, I love music and it's kind of sort of in a way about that, and more importantly, well, if you've ever had a dream, you really should see it, believe me, it's all about dreams and not giving up.
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
You know, based on the trailers, I had zero interest in seeing Hustle and Flow, but so many people have said it's good. Then again, a lot of people liked Crash too. Hee. But I'll check it out.
Jan. 31st, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
OMG, in my spazzing I totally skipped the fact that Kiera Knightley was nommed, LOL. Neat!

Jan. 31st, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
Also, is this the first year in a looooong time that Best Picture and Best Director matches up? o__O
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
I think so! The Capote director must be ecstatic, since it's his first feature film. (He had directed a documentary before this). And even though I am rooting for BBM in all competing categories, I really did like Capote. And awww, I've always liked Dan Futterman and now he's an Oscar nominee too. Makes me smile. That, plus Matt Dillon and George Clooney and Rachel Weisz make me very happy, even if I'm not rooting for any of them specifically. (Still torn on Michelle vs. Rachel.) And Keira, too, of course. They must all be so giddy!

Jan. 31st, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
I'd say that they totally got it right with "Million Dollar Baby" but that's just me.
Jan. 31st, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
No, I meant all the directors of the Best Picture nominees are nommed for Best Director. Like, all five. I don't know when the last time was I saw that happen.
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah! I still need to see P&P. ;-D My nieces will be thrilled for her, I'm sure, PoTC and Bend it LIke Beckham and all.

And yeah, pretty damn good year, huh? Normally I'd be happy enough just rooting for Walk the Line.
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, yay! I'm so glad they both snagged nominations! Only fair. :D
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
Yes! *bounces* But Oscars are rarely fair. I do think that their youth and the apparent lack of support for their individual acting doesn't bode well for either to win the Oscar. But at least they got nominated! That's fantastic! ;D It would be weird if only Michelle Williams won although she's looking less and less likely herself.

Jan. 31st, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
A lot of these noms leave me cold, but then I could just be feeling FULL-ON BLACK RAGE that Maria Bello wasn't nominated. :P
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
And she'd been snubbed for The Cooler too. I got to go to a local screening of that with her and Alec Baldwin there for a Q&A and they were both terrific. I haven't seen A History of Violence yet but I've heard it's great. Some films just never get that Oscar heat, for some reason. :-/ I'd love to see Ralph Fiennes in there for Constant Gardener but I guess people figure he's had his Oscar shot already? Really a shame but it's a tough year.

I'm stoked for BBM, obviously. But I'm also very happy for George Clooney, Matt Dillon, and Rachel Weisz, to name a few. And I HATED Syriana and Crash, LOL. But I'm a fan of those two guys so hey, they'll always have this, even if they don't win. *crosses fingers for Jake, who I know doesn't have a shot in hell*
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
A History of Violence has the same staying power as BBM, I think. It's a film you watch and are still absorbing weeks later. I'm rather shocked at how overlooked it's been this awards season. I'd trade the William Hurt nod (as memorable as his role is) for a Maria one in a heartbeat. Next to Michelle Williams, it was the most gut-wrenching, raw performance I saw this year. And the film itself is just -- gah. Yes. See it as soon as it hits the shelves. There's this MOMENT that still gives me the creeps and I'd love to hear your reaction to it.

bookslut had my favorite synopsis of Crash:
Man: I had an experience today that reminded me that racism is still very much a problem in this country.

Woman: Yes. Racism is bad.

Man: It's very bad.

Woman: Yes, it is. Very, very bad.

Jan. 31st, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
I think I may have to end up seeing History of Violence on my own. Sometimes that's better than going with someone who you know is going to talk to you through the whole thing. *MAJOR pet peeve of mine* I've been meaning to see it for months! And when I do, I'll come back here to chat about it.

And BWAH about that Crash synop. Too true. GAH. It was the preachiest, most pretentious movie I've see in years. Soooo heavyhanded. Made Spielberg and Ron Howard look subtle, LOL. I think people are just busy congratulating themselves just for taking on the subject matter but execution counts too, guys! Because "Glory Road" was also a big fat lesson that racisim is bad, I take it? Heh. Even so, it had one or two powerful scenes, I'll give it that.
Jan. 31st, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wanted to add. Based on what I've seen of the films, I'd have taken Catherine Keener out of the running for Capote. She's a great actress but it's a real nothing of a part, if you ask me. I think she just got in based on her body of work, really.
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