Interviews with this year’s Oscar nominees at In Contention

Posted by · 3:37 pm · January 29th, 2009

Mickey Rourke (Best Actor, “The Wrestler”)
Michael Shannon
(Best Supporting Actor, “Revolutionary Road”)
Amy Adams
(Best Supporting Actress, “Doubt”)
Marisa Tomei (Best Supporting Actress, “The Wrestler”)
Danny Boyle (Best Director, “Slumdog Millionaire”) (also here)
James Marsh (director, “Man on Wire”)
Kristi Zea, Albert Wolsky (Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, “Revolutionary Road”)
Chris Menges (Best Cinematography, “The Reader”)

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  • 1 1-29-2009 at 3:55 pm

    McGuff said...

    Thanks for linking these, Kris. I had somehow missed the Marsh interview, and I’m glad I found it, because he discusses my criticism with the film:

    Another crucial part of Marsh’s approach was to eliminate any mention of the Twin Towers’ ultimate tragic fate, even though Petit’s autobiography, upon which the film is based, addresses the subject. “It was a defining choice for me,” he insists. “What am I going to say about 9/11 that hasn’t already been said? That’s not the story we’re telling here. Of course the subtext, and the sadness, is still there, but I trust the audience to complete the story for themselves.”

    While I loved “Man on Wire,” I was horrified by the non-mention of the Twin Towers fall. It’s the elephant in the room throughout the film. I just can’t comprehend having a movie that is, essentially revolving around a man’s love affair with a piece of architecture, and not recognize the buildings’ demise. If that movie was missing anything, it was the film of Phillippe Petit’s first trip to Ground Zero.

  • 2 1-29-2009 at 4:30 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Gotta disagree with you there, McGuff. I was also surprised by the absence of any 9/11 references, but pleasantly so. I like how Marsh attempts to reclaim the memory of the buildings as something symbolic of hope and ambition; I thought the sadness of their ultimate fate was all the more resonant for being unspoken.

    I totally understand how others would feel differently; there’s no right or wrong answer. But I think Marsh made an interesting call.

  • 3 1-29-2009 at 4:35 pm

    McGuff said...

    I thought the sadness of their ultimate fate was all the more resonant for being unspoken.

    Hadn’t really thought about this, and it’s a very good point. We go down disagreeing, of course, but glad to hear another take.