Sunday, January 25, 2009


I’m a bit of a Johnny-come-lately with the Oscars, but I haven’t noticed any other local blogger’s reporting, so I might as well have at it. This semester’s schedule puts a big damper on the daily blogging, which is fine and dandy with me. The education I am getting is invaluable.

Back to the Oscars … Heath Ledger took another posthumous nod for his role in The Dark Knight. He’s up against Josh Brolin, Milk; Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder; Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt; and Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road.

The only one of those films I’ve seen was Tropic Thunder. Downy did a nice job, but nothing compared to Ledger. Tropic Thunder wasn’t what I thought it would be; I expected it to be funnier, but it took a more serious tone toward the end.

Slumdog Millionaire seems to be this year’s cult favorite, garnering all kinds of attention. It’s been playing at our favorite indy theatre, The Moxie, for a while now. Unfortunately, we have not yet made it over there to see it (or any other flick at the new locale). I’m hoping this summer will allow me the time to go back to The Moxie.

Another film that has seen the spotlight is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which holds no interest for me. Seeing another – and likely less captivating – version of Forrest Gump does nothing for me and I don’t want to end up regretting another Oscar season filled with the winners like the Titanic. I’d prefer something different, better, more significant to take home the statuette.

My life doesn’t feel very glamorous right now and I would enjoy a break from the economy, war, corrupt governors, and vacant Senate seats. An evening of red carpets, flashy dresses that show a little leg and cleavage, and the best of film sounds just right. We look forward to the Academy Awards and our Oscar watch party, although this year may look more like a potluck dinner.

Click here for a list of the nominees
Click here for a printable ballot


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run_deep said...

I gave up on the Oscars when Titanic won best picture.

Jack said...

Run Deep,

I feel your pain. I think our mutual friend, Heavy P, feels the same way when Lord of the Rings Return of the King won.