Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oscar nominees announced

If you're looking for a list of Oscar nominees, why not head straight to the source, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences? More on this year's nominees later. OK, one quick observation. I'm surprised to see "The Reader" on the list of best-picture nominees, and not only because I had issues with the movie. (See review posted on Dec. 25th.) No "Dark Knight?" Oh well, sometimes it seems as if Oscar exists only to advance careers and give us all something to carp about.
If you want a story on the nominations, try the Associated Press, which leads by telling us that "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" received the most nominations, a total of 13. Was that one for each of the years that seemed to be passing as the first three-quarters of the movie slowly unfolded? No, I'm not a fan. (See review posted Dec. 24th.)

But wait, there's more....
Those who thought that Clint Eastwood might win a best-actor nomination must have been disappointed. Eastwood's "Gran Torino" didn't show up on the list. I know that "Synecdoche, New York" is a divisive movie, but Charlie Kaufman's original screenplay was one of the year's most inventive.

Join me in complaining. It changes nothing, but it feels so-o-o-o good.

The Associated Press reports that Condoleezza Rice, a recent and now former Secretary of State, has signed with the William Morris agency. Some things need no further comment.

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