23 January 2007


....this year's Academy Award nominations. For the first time in a while I have missed a couple of the nominees for Best Picture. I wanted to see "The Departed" but it's a lo-o-o-ong film so I never got round to it. (CCB's theory on film length - if you can tell the story of "Citizen Kane" and "Carry On Camping" in less than 100 minutes - why make films any longer?)
I never really fancied Little Miss Sunshine as it didn't look like they'd been faithful enough to the book. Given the large role he plays in the narrative, I would have expected Mr Happy to be on the poster, and even the little worm was missing!
"Letters From Iwo Jima" is in foreign, although I have seen "Babel" and it was pretty much all in foreign too. "Babel" is a good film, but not a great film and shares an identical structure with last year's winner "Crash", except it isn't as good, and (the cardinal sin) it lasts longer. Which only leaves "The Queen" which I hadn't realised the Americans has so taken to their hearts. Perhaps if the many British "jokes" - "Tell Gordon he'll have to hang on!" - don't resonate it seems more poignant and heart-felt. Peter Morgan must be rubbing his hands with glee!
Surely Peter Baynham's nomination as one of the writers of "Borat" marks the only time an Oscar nominee has appeared in a Pot Noodle commercial.
As I said above, Forest Whitaker's portrayal of Idi Amin is well worthy of any prize awarded for anything, and it would be great to see him accept his award in the Helen Mirren style; "You didn't fall in love with me, you fell in love with Idi Amin...."

1 comment:

The Short American said...

The Departed is long, but it's soooo good. I really liked it, which was surprising as I don't like long films, or violent ones, and this one was both. So you should go see it. Now. I'll wait.


I agree that LKOS was excellent and so was Forrest Whitaker. I'm surprised Children of Men wasn't nominated for anything.