Archive for February 12, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Picture & Best Director – 2004

If there were ever a corollary year for Best Picture to this one, in the last decade (because 1998 is obviously the best) 2004 is it. Obviously 1998 fits better, as the film that won is a big, lush period piece campaigned for hard by Harvey Weinstein that beat a film that was regarded at the time, and still is regarded, as a modern classic. The jury is still out on whether the film that got beat is a modern classic, so, that’s why I go with 2004. A film that plays right into the Academy’s sensibilities, using emotion to mask a general blandness, instead of brilliant filmmaking. That much can’t be denied. As it stands, the film that is going to lose Best Picture, despite being the critical and social (based more on the pun than the actuality. I really don’t know what the idiots like or don’t like) choice, will be great filmmaking losing to a film that’s meant to be “emotional” (which, it didn’t make me cry, which, I cry at Speed Racer — love that movie).

Makes no goddamn sense. But, the only thing that matters is personal opinion, and that’s theirs. Now I get to have mine.

Best Picture – 2004

And the nominees were…

The Aviator (Warner Bros., Miramax)

Finding Neverland (Miramax)

Million Dollar Baby (Warner Bros.)

Ray (Universal)

Sideways (Fox Searchlight) (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Now, look – will the soundtrack kindly produce a sound?”