We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: that name is O-S-C-A-R.
Forgive us while we have a David Foster Wallace moment: here are the list of nominees, annotated.
"The Constant Gardener"
"A History of Violence"
1. Eh. Nothing surprising, though we were still hoping in our heart of hearts that "A History of Violence" might make pull through. All "issue" films, more or less â€” even "Capote" is less a traditional biopic than an examination of an artist’s responsibility/ruthlessness.
2. We’ll be sick to our stomach if he wins. We also do drink a lot, so that might happen regardless.
3. Yes, yes, everyone adores the Dame, but how many charming curmudgeons can one human being get feted for playing in a lifetime? Also, no "Geisha" Zhang Ziyi, despite all of Sony Pictures’ cries about how it’s totally harder to frantically emote when one has no idea what one is fumbling, phonetically, to say. Praise Jesus!
5. Wouldn’t everyone rather see her get the nod for "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"? And, incidentally, how straight-faced an awards year is this, when a heartrending portrait of divorce is the closest to comedy we get?
7. Bah! We did see "Tsotsi" last night, which was very good, if very much the type of film that wins this category, and we’re going to go out on a limb and suggest that it or "Sophie Scholl" will hold out over "Paradise Now," simply to continue the Academy’s tradition of rendering this award, like Best Documentary, completely unsatisfying.
8. Attack of the "Mother Teresa school of filmmaking"? Though "Murderball" was fine and all, and we’re far happier to see it up there than "The Boys of Baraka," which is indisputably of the MTSoF. We’d really love to see "Darwin’s Nightmare" win this one, but who are we kidding?
9. Good stuff.
+ 78th Annual Academy Awards: Nominees (Oscars.org)