Oscar column? Ha.

Posted by · 10:21 am · November 10th, 2008

Nothing to show for myself yet again this week.  I swear, in seven days time, I’ll get my act in gear on that front.  But without something to push the passion, it’s kind of hard not to let other committments take hold.

After AFI, some think “Doubt” has a Best Picture shot, others don’t.  I haven’t heard much from the peanut gallery on “Defiance,” which is odd — you’d expect the usual clawing over ourselves to be “first!”  I dug it.  I think it’s in the conversation.  But hey, there are still mysteries to behold.

Which brings me to it: break out the films already.  This is the worst bout of Oscar foreplay we’ve suffered through in a LONG time.  “Revolutionary Road,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Australia” and “Seven Pounds” need to stop playing peek-a-boo and man up already.  Am I wrong here?

Anyway, updated charts next time around.  Truthfully, they wouldn’t have changed much today if I did have a column in me.




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  • 1 11-10-2008 at 11:44 am

    Jamieson said...

    I don’t think Doubt will make the final five. It’s a handsomely made film with very fine performances, but to me it didn’t make a big enough impact in the last stretch of the film. I felt like it presented a lot of interesting ideas in its first half but left me underwhelmed in the end.

  • 2 11-10-2008 at 1:03 pm

    Roger said...

    THis is a odd year… we’ve entered November and there’s still about 10 movies with reals chances of making the cut to the final Five… I’m just hoping that they are holding the movies because they’re just way to good to be seen before their time…

  • 3 11-10-2008 at 1:47 pm

    McGuff said...

    In the light of Kris’ column throwing support behind a cinematographer this weekend, I put together a list of the acting performances I have seen this far that I deem Oscar-worthy. Note: I’ve seen 35 movies this year, and a boatload of the festival pics (the real contenders) I have yet to see. Surely, this list has a lot of evolving — and, hopefully, filling out — to do in the next few months.

    Best Actor: Josh Brolin (W.)

    Best Supporting Actor: Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder), Heath Ledger (Dark Knight), James Cromwell (W.)

    Best Actress: Julianne Moore (Blindness), Angelina Jolie (Changeling)

    Best Supporting Actress: Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married), Hiam Abbass (The Visitor), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Christina Barcelona)

    Heath is the only person I feel passionately about winning, of course.

  • 4 11-10-2008 at 4:49 pm

    Joel said...

    I’ve seen 52 movies this year. By the end of December, I’ll have seen nearly 75. I will be catching up with “Australia,” “Milk,” and “Slumdog Millionaire” once I return to Texas on Dec. 12. “Australia” and “Milk” I’ll miss out on because of leaving for Thanksgiving break the day they come out. And dadgummit, “Slumdog Millionaire” isn’t being released in Fort Wayne, Indiana (where I currently reside) this week or anytime soon, as far as I could tell.

    This December, though, will be chocked full of Oscar contenders, nearly one every day, as well as some mainstream fare (“The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Bedtime Stories,” etc.).

    Due to this, I hope that my time spent with movies this Christmas break will be fruitful. Two of my most anticipated Oscar buzz films–“Revolutionary Road” and “Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which I’ll be seeing on two consecutive days–better be good, or there’ll be hell to pay. The trailers are magnificent, so the films better be.

    As for films I HAVE seen, I’ll follow up McGuff’s comment with my personal favorite Supporting Actor performances (that have a chance at the Oscars), since this is, for me, a strong category this year:

    Heath Ledger. Duh. Need I say more? No. But I will anyway. It’s the best performance in the general medium of film that I have ever seen. Yes, even better than my previous Top Three (Brando in Godfather, Pesci in GoodFellas, Hanks in Forrest Gump).

    Robert Downey Jr. “Tropic Thunder” is the best comedy of the year, but Downey was more than a performer. Like Tony Stark, he embodied Kirk Lazarus from the inside out. He made “Thunder” into more than a comedy. His was a committed performance if I have ever seen one. The same goes for…

    …James Franco. His performance in “Pineapple Express” was utterly transcendent. And I only saw fifteen minutes of the movie! He stole that fifteen minutes and sold it. I’ll be seeing the film when it comes out on DVD (hopefully).

    Aaron Eckhart. “The Dark Knight” is the best film of the year, and Heath’s performance was the best in it. But Eckhart held his own in an intricately drawn performance that the Academy should definitely consider.

    Tom Cruise. Yes, Tom Cruise. Already gave my thoughts on Downey and the film, but Cruise’s fifteen minutes in “Thunder” was sheer, unadulterated awesomeness. If Cruise slips in under the radar, I won’t be surprised. His delivery of the onslaught (and boy, is it an onslaught) of f-words and sexual remarks was spot-on. It rejuvenates his seemingly lost career.

    Just an amateur film critic’s thoughts…