Stale pastry is hollow succour to a man who is bereft of ostrich. - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
It's great to see "The Artist" getting so many nominations. Oscars usually are a total joke so it's really refreshing to see a good, arty film rewarded.
For the most part it's box office trash, as usual.
Tilda Swinton not nominated is an outrage and calls for self-immolation.
If Meryl Streep will get an Oscar for that abortion of a film, I'll gag.
What normally is the only interesting category at the Oscars, Foreign Language Film, is really predictable this year.
"A Seperation" should easily win, based on its universal critical acclaim and the tons of awards it got already.
Although given it's muppets like Beyonce voting, who knows. I somehow doubt that she has an interest in New Iranian Cinema (she should because it's amazing).
Although as Vash01 said, he deserved it for "Tree of Life" anyhow.
I think the academy should definitely consider foreign language performances and scripts in their nominations. I don't understand how excluding them makes things more "fair". Sometimes, a foreign film gets noticed by chance more than anything and if an actor has a chance to have a bigger career out of luck, I say more power to him/her.
I bet there are great performances in American and British films that never get noticed and never get nominations. That's not fair either, but it's the way it is.
I don't think we should be against having a handful of actors in foreign films who, sometimes by chance, make an impact in the Oscar race. It's much better for foreign films in general when someone gets recognized in any of the other categories. And I, for one, tend to love foreign films.
I believe under an older system the Academy used, the film would be nominated for foreign film one year, then the actors, directors, writers, etc. would be eligible the next year.
So thrilled for Gary Oldman and Bret McKenzie!! Way long overdue for Oldman and as a LOTR fan who got to know Bret through his participation there and then w/Flight of the Conchords...So wonderful that such a talented guy is getting an Oscar Nom.
Also happy for Melissa McCarthy. While I won't be watching Bridesmaids as it's not my kind of comedy, I do really love her in whatever I've seen her in. To repeat myself in a way...So wonderful that such a talented lady is getting an Oscar Nom.
I'd love to see Glenn *finally* get an Oscar, but I also think it's Meryl's. Could care less about Best Actor as I'm so tired of George Clooney playing himself and getting rave reviews for his "acting" and the same goes for Brad Pitt. That's just me, but if you want to throw some rotten fruit or veg my way...
No Madonna nomination for Best Song? Excuse me while I head over the corner in order to laugh myself silly over that one.
And for those lamenting the no Nomination for Michael Fassbender. I'm a Viggo Mortensen fan. I say this w/sadness, but welcome to our club.
I'll be pulling for The Artist on Oscar Night, as it's beyond fantastic to see this little movie that I'm guessing no one thought would do anything, get all of the buzz and recogiztion it's getting. Plus, I want to see that adorable Jack Russell up on the stage w/them again.
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Again, you are missing my point. I am not talking about the film; I am talking about awards other than the foreign film award- like best actor, best screenplay, as examples. I already explained the rationale in my original post- there are just too many foreign language films to pick up the best actor/actress/screenplay/anything else from. Only a few get the visibility to be nominated for those awards, so it is unfair to all the others that had great performances but they did not get the visibility just because the film was not among the top. That is the rationale- pick from a smaller pool (English language only) when they give a few token awards to non-English speaking movie actors/writers, etc. They are essentially ignoring other great performances by doing that. How do you know a great performance in a foreign language film only occurs once in 3-4 years? How do you know that only one film in 10 years has a good enough screenplay to compete with an English language screenplay? It's a matter of being fair to the whole world that makes movies in other languages.
I have no problem with foreign language films; I actually like them better than the cheap stuff Hollywood puts out. They do get their awards- for best foreign film, and I have no problem with it. I try to see all those that got the nominations, because I know there is a good chance of them being good.
I never said anything against foreign films; I have already said I like them better than most Hollywood films, so you don't need to tell me how good they are.
The first logical post I have read on this topic. I have been accused of not liking foreign films, just because a few posters did not understand what I was driving at. It's true that the voting body would have a tough time picking just 5 best performances from what is released world wide (it's different in an international film festival because it's a smaller pool). I think a closer rationale may be that they just don't have the time to watch that many films. I think (not sure) for best foreign picture, the countries submit their entries and then the academy decides on the 5 nominations. Naturally if other awards are given (e.g. screenplay) it is likely to be from only the very small pool, while many others are ignored.
I don't think 'Iron lady' is a horrible film, but I don't think this is Streep's best performance in recent years. I will be extremely surprised if she wins the Oscar this year; there are too many really strong lead actress roles & performances this year. Most other years this may have been good enough for her to win. I would have liked to see Swinton on the nominated list, but who can be dropped? I have not seen her movie, so I can't say.
Vash, it sounds like your stance on foreign films in Best Film category is similar to why you would like a separate category for Best Child Actor.
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I am still expecting Davis to win then Streep/Williams in a virtual tie for 2nd followed by Close and then Mara.
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I guess the rule exists to prevent having songs picked from albums which already exist?
If that's the case, why can't they amend it to say that it's fine as long as the album is released after the film and the soundtrack are?
I mean from the organisers' perspective having Madonna perform at the Oscars ceremony would be incredible. And it would make great promotion for her upcoming album too. Everybody wins.
The pool of great performances in English is already huge. Only 5 are chosen. So the process is, by your own estimation, unfair to English language films because many of them are never released widely, are considered art house films and are not backed by big studios.
This whole discussion started because Demian Bichir was nominated and Michael Fassbender wasn't. You thought Bichir's movie was in a foreign language and that he shouldn't have been nominated because of that and now Fassbender was robbed. Since Bichir's movie is actually in English, does that make the Fassbender snub more "fair"? I don't understand why.
Do I think that some foreign films are better than English language films and haven't been recognized by the Oscars? Yes. Do I think there are probably better foreign language films than those foreign films recognized by the Oscars? Yes. But I don't think it's bad when any good (maybe not the best) foreign language film gets recognition in categories other than Best Foreign Language Film. I think it's fantastic.
I believe you misread my post, Vash. I'm not patronizingly telling you how good they are. I'm merely saying that I like them and anything that puts them on the map is good in my eyes.I never said anything against foreign films; I have already said I like them better than most Hollywood films, so you don't need to tell me how good they are.
I think I missed when someone accused you of this (unless it happened in another thread I haven't read). Some of us are just disagreeing with you.I have been accused of not liking foreign films, just because a few posters did not understand what I was driving at.