Let Go Of That Naked Gold Man…

Yes, it’s Oscar night again.  If I sound less than enthusiastic it’s because I am.  Again, like last year the Best Picture line up is a collection of quality films, but I am still in a snit because The Dark Knight did not make the cut.

So here are my picks.

Best Picture

Slumdog Millionaire – what can I say about a heartwarming story about mutilating children.  Still this rag to riches film captured a spirit that the audience responded to.

Best Actress

Kate Winslet (The Reader) –  she played herself on Ricky Gervais Extras last year and joked that if you want an Oscar nomination be in a holocaust film.  And her she is.

Best Actor

Sean Penn (Milk) – I know that I am swimming against the tide here by not picking Micky Rourke, but the thought of Rourke’s acceptance speech gives me the creeps.

Best Supporting Actor

Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) – The one aspect of The Dark Knight the Academy couldn’t ignore.

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis (Doubt) – with less than ten minutes of screen time she turns in an incredibly nuanced performance.

Best Director

Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) –  Boyle has moved from outsider cinema (28 Days Later, Trainspotting) to the “A” list.  What’s next, a Bond film?

Best Documentary

Man on the Wire – Inspired and inspiring.

And some others…

Best Foreign Film

Waltzing With Bashir 

Animated Feature Film


And that’s all I have the heart for.  Of course, tonight Lemming-like, I will be glued to the flatscreen watching the 2009 Oscars unfold like a slow motion auto accident – in rising horror and dismay.

One Response to “Let Go Of That Naked Gold Man…”

  1. I don’t care who wins what and won’t be watching. We’re not all lemmings :)

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