Thursday, January 29, 2009

Comments on The 81st Academy Awards Nominations

Kudos to the Academy for Recognising "Slumdog Millionaire" for the cinematic gem that it is;

Promotional art for Slumdog Millionaire

In particular, the nominations for;

Danny Boyle - Achievement in directing,
Anthony Dod Mantle - Achievement in cinematography,
A.R. Rahman - Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
A.R. Rahman (Music) & Gulzar (Lyric) - Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Kudos ALSO for recognising the cinematic vision of David Fincher and Co. for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button";

Promotional art for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

In particular, the nominations for;

David Fincher - Achievement in directing,
Eric Roth and Robin Swicord - Adapted screenplay
Brad Pitt - Performance by an actor in a leading role

And for "The Dark Knight" there were categories that, try as they might, the Academy could NOT have gotten away with had they ignored them;

Promotional art for The Dark Knight

In particular, the nominations for;

Wally Pfister - Achievement in cinematography (if only for making IMAX cool again)
Heath Ledger - Performance by an actor in a supporting role (if only for making Jack Nicholson's performance merely a memory and defining the true cinematic Joker)


All the nominations combined do NOT make up for that fact that Christopher Nolan SHOULD have been nominated for the cinematic marvel (no irony intended) that is "The Dark Knight"!

Christopher Nolan - overcame the bat nipples but not the Academy!

Nominations for The Dark Knight should have included (at the least);

Christopher Nolan - Achievement in directing
Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer - Adapted screenplay

Heck I'd even say that a nomination was even due for;

Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard - Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

I am truly torn... Fincher and Co., along with Boyle and Co., are masters at what they do...

BUT the Academy should quit whatever the heck they're smoking and ALSO recognise that Nolan is the MAIN reason why The Dark Knight was nominated for all the technical awards...

Too late now...

Note to the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: You tried to look like you tried... BUT you failed... miserably!

We WON'T be won over by a sympathy nomination, for Nolan, in the years to follow for a none comic book related nomination - at least I won't!

Unless it's a really good film... which knowing Nolan it probably will be... DAMN!


Hilath said...

Great post Aindhy.

I had lost faith in the Academy after it choose Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan. I could never forgive the Academy for that.

Shakespeare in Love was fun but to choose it over Saving Private Ryan, that was unacceptable.

Saving Private Ryan was chosen by the American Film Institute as its 2nd best film of all time.

I now only watch the Oscars just to see my favorite film stars on the red carpet.

The only awards I take seriously is Cannes which makes no distinction between English language films and "foreign" films. Cinema is a universal language and only the French seems to recognise that.

aindhy said...

Boyle's got the DGA... don't think the Academy will go that way this year though... in the spirit of screwing people over... they probably will go for someone else...

This would be their screwed up version of 'spreading the love'.

Somewhat in agreement regarding Cannes... Bollywood does not go down well there... even art films... but other Asian (especially Chinese) films seem to go down well there... The French seem to have a fascination with Chinese culture...