Scott, To Be Certain


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Oscar Rally

So it's that time of the month year again - Oscar nominations are upon us.

My increasingly prominent gut tells me that 5 of the 6 actors featured below will be toasting their Oscar short-listings come 5.30am Tuesday, LA time (12.30am Wednesday, Melbourne time).

If you want to catch a glimpse of my full predictions plastered over the web for posterity (and potential embarrassment), feel free to meander on over to the BBC news website for an edited-to-all-buggery short piece from yours truly.

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  • At 12:40 AM, January 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    so thats what you look like!! how exciting.

    You didn't do too bad with your predictions. I especially like that you know your women. I believe you got all the female noms exactly right.

  • At 6:40 PM, January 28, 2007, Blogger weasel said…

    You did well... but I'm glad United 93 was locked out, what a piece of offensive SHIT.

    I haven't seen many of the nominated films yet, but Little Miss Sunshine has my vote thusfar.

    PS. Nice picture :)

  • At 7:44 PM, January 28, 2007, Blogger Scott said…

    Thanks Weasel!

    Though I don't think there's a thing offensive in United 93's, um, execution.

    It was a brilliant, suspenseful, unique example of truly difficult film-making, with unknown actors chronicling anonymous heroism.

    I think the movie did everything possible to deliver a quality film that was also amazingly devoid of sentimality. It was nothing like the piece of shit World Trade Center was.

    Sure, it spent time showing the experience of the people responsible for the flight's fate and identified them by their religion - but I think they were humanised to the fullest extent possible and were (to the extent anyone alive can ever know) fairly portrayed.

    It's simply an amazing achievement. It's the most unbearably tense I've ever been in a cinema since watching "Maria Full Of Grace".

  • At 2:36 PM, January 29, 2007, Blogger weasel said…

    Disagree completely. I just walked away with a profound sense that Christianity = forgiveness and heroism and Islam = murder and hatred.

    This was largely because of the prayer motif, especially the repetition of the whole 'those who have sinned against me' bit.

    Beyond that it was a clever film, well shot, acted and directed. But I can't abide it as an overall work. And I also find the need to valorise the dead a little tedious. There must have been a few cowards up there.


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