Electricity & Lust

Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Oscars!

Posted in Actors & Actresses, Awards, film, oscars, Sam by Sam Unsted on January 22, 2008
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Well, I am actually so, sorry about the lie. Still, like the saying goes, every lie is sweeter if you mix some Van Halen in.

So the Oscars were announced today and, as you can see my my middling to good predictions, a few interesting surprises occurred. No major ones really in the Picture category, much of that could have been predicted but I like to mix things up. The best director nods too were fairly on the nose with the notable exception of Joe Wright losing out to Jason Reitman for Juno.

The main surprises occurred among the best actors and actresses. Perennial nominee Laura Linney nicked one for The Savages, knocking out Angelina Jolie’s fantastic performance as Mariane Pearl. Then again, Angie already has an Oscar and gets to go home to Brad so she’ll likely be floating around her house singing ‘C’est La Vie’ by Bewitched. The actor category goes one better and delivers two surprise nods for Viggo Mortensen and Tommy Lee Jones. Jones has likely been rewarded for his work in both In The Valley of Elah and No Country For Old Men but Viggo’s is puzzling. It’s a major snub for McAvoy in Atonement, joining Knightley on the list of Brits given the cold shoulder.

The big loser for the nods is Sean Penn whose Into The Wild was roundly disliked. Really nice however to see Sarah Polley given an adapted screenplay nod for Away From Her but annoyance reigns in me for Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead being shoved to the side.

No real surprises in the other categories so onwards to the ceremony folks. Enjoy!!

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