24 February 2008

And for the Best Picture of the Year...

Nominees: Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood

Who Should Win: (tie) No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood

You know, this is probably the first year where I would be entirely satisfied with the Oscar going to two films (other than the year Crash won, where I wanted anything BUT Crash to get the Oscar). Both are remarkable in their own right and both will stand the test of time.

The WTF? Nominee: Atonement

Before seeing Atonement, I was disappointed that the Academy went for what's expected of them: a boring costume drama. And while I didn't despise Atonement, it lacked something... and I think that would be getting the meat of the book lost in translation. I can't think of any film I've seen recently where I've thought, "Wow, this was probably an amazing book... too bad for the film."


Anonymous said...

ANd you're right. It WAS an amazing book.

One of the reasons this is sad is that the film is certainly gorgeous to watch, and clearly involved exquisite work from amazingly talented people. It's like going to the symphony where everyone plays brilliantly and yet you feel unmoved.

Hot scene in the library, though. . . .


Brian Anderson said...

I like your propose, but I can't recognize the second film, is that Keira Knightley? and the second question, just a secure tabs measure, is that movie "pride and prejudice"?