Posted by Brad @ 3:52 pm on January 22nd 2009

Oscar Nominations

Are out. Benjamin Buttons and Slumdog Millionare lead. Doubt picks up an Oscar nod for all four of its lead actors, and Milk and Frost/Nixon get lots of love too.

Dark Night shut out of Best Picture. Clint Eastwood shut out of everything. In Bruges, Revolutionary Road, Happy-Go-Lucky shut out of most of the places that would count for them. Marisa Tomei is back.

I want Mickey Rourke to bust open the Oscars like a hotel room door.


  1. I’m with Filthy. The Oscars lose a lot of their lustre when you take into account who the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences actually are.

    I can’t make a definitive statement about whether Rourke deserves to win. His is the only one of the category’s performances I’ve seen. It is indeed an excellent performance. But if he wins, it will be because he’s an insider being welcomed back into the limelight, not as some form of paradigm-busting shift in the calculus of what Hollywood deems good. When a comedic performance wins Best Actor, THAT will impress me.

    Comment by Rojas — 1/22/2009 @ 4:02 pm

  2. Shit, I thought Filthy Retired. His site stopped updating a few years ago, and I eventually took it off the bookmark list. Good to see.

    Comment by Brad — 1/22/2009 @ 4:19 pm

  3. Oh, and I mostly agree. I’m happy to see Slumdog Millionare up there with so many, but the Oscar-bait pictures (Benjamin Buttons, Changeling, Doubt, Milk) annoy me, just because they are movies made with more or less the sole purpose of winning Oscars. I’m happy to see the likes or Rourke, Tomei, Downey Jr., Health Ledger, etc. But it occurs to me in viewing the nomination list that the Academy is in kind of a weird flux state between the new and old guard—both have their quirks and glaring myopias.

    Comment by Brad — 1/22/2009 @ 4:22 pm

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