' ' Cinema Romantico: Oscar Reaction

Monday, February 25, 2008

Oscar Reaction

My thoughts & feelings regarding the 80th Annual Academy Awards....

-Okay, so Amy Ryan didn't win for Best Suppporting Actress. It's wrong - dead wrong - and we all know it. But at least they didn't give it to Ruby Dee for her dull-as-a-butter-knife turn and instead gave it to someone who offered a fantastic performance, Tilda Swinton for "Michael Clayton".

-And how about that Best Actress upset? Marion Cotillard for "La Vie En Rose"? The DVD I've had in my hand at Blockbuster at least 3 times only to put it back down by thinking, nah, she won't win Best Actress so why do I need to see it?

-In regards to my Oscar Nomination Reaction we have now been able to ascertain that since Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova won for Best Original Song for "Once" that yes, Virginia, there is a God.

-And, by the way, how about Jon Stewart bringing Irglova back out to say her "thank you" after the punk-ass orchestra played her off before she could speak. Jon, you're a stud.

-My favorite Jon Stewart line of the night was him pleading with the powers-that-be to invite the writers to more of the award galas with the following: "Don't worry, they won't mingle".

-Dress of the Night goes to Nicole Kidman, and not necessarily because of the dress but because of the colossal necklace she was wearing that placed attention - let's be honest, people - squarely on her necklace-free left breast. As my friend and fellow filmmaker Daryl said (with his wife sitting right beside him, mind you) in relation to Ms. Kidman's lovely breast, "I just want to nuzzle it."

-"Atonement" earned victory for Best Score and I'm just ecstatic it won something.

-Diablo Cody. My homegirl. Can someone who went to the University of Iowa to write but decided the whole thing was b.s. (just like me) and taught herself to write (just like me) and worked at an ad agency not as a copywriter but as a gopher (just like me) win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay? GOD DAMN RIGHT.


Wretched Genius said...

-I also wanted Amy Ryan to get the award, but I can't complain about Swinton.

-Cotillard's victory was a joke. The movie wasn't that good, and her performance was a standard biopic one.

-My focus was also drawn to Kidman's left.

-Diablo Cody. I think she is not nearly as good as the hype. It's nice to see a first timer get the Oscar, but Tony Gilroy's script was far more deserving.

Nick Prigge said...

I think the Best Actress was probably a split the vote situation. Besides, if Cotillard and Julie Christie decided to go into the alley and fight we all know Christie would knock her out in about four seconds.

Wretched Genius said...

My vote was for Linney, but I always knew it was just a dream.

Rory Larry said...

in some fairness to the orchestra (who don't interrupt speeches on their own account but rather are told by the show producers to do it) they did actually stop playing when they realized Irglova wanted to speak but she was already walking away a second time and so they started playing again. Still it was nice that Stewart brought her back out.

I agree with Brad, Linney's performance was the superior one of the four I saw (I missed Cotillard's performance).