I have so many random thoughts about the Oscar nominees, but for now I’m going to contain myself… at least until I’ve seen a few more of the films. I’ve rented Maria Full of Grace to watch sometime in the next week, and as I didn’t make it to KC tonight to see Ray, I will have to wait for it on video (Feb. 1) to complete my Best Picture Nominee viewing. I was 13/24 at the Golden Globes — the biggest surprise for me was Clive Owen winning Best Supporting for Closer. I really thought that was solidly Thomas Haden Church’s award, and I hope (though I’m not sure if I’d bet) that it is his Oscar. One general comment: Was there a dearth of good roles for women this year in major releases, or what? Almost no one I know has seen even a fraction of the pictures that the Best Actress nominees were in, and a few of the supporting roles are, to me, shockingly small. I would really like to see Vera Drake, but if it’s opened anywhere closer than New York, I have yet to find it.
Biggest surprise: Clint Eastwood’s nomination for Best Actor. I don’t know why it surprises me, it just… does. Second biggest surprise: No mention of Closer (excepting Clive Owen), even though it’s a surprise I’m not unhappy about. I am surprised that Mike Nichols isn’t up for director while Taylor Hackford and Mike Leigh are, but having not seen either Ray or Vera Drake, I have no basis for my surprise.
Movies 2005: The updated list so far.
1. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
2. Ocean’s Twelve
3. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
5. The Aviator
6. Million Dollar Baby
7. Hotel Rwanda
8. Being Julia
9. In Good Company
10. Racing Stripes
That’s right, I saw the talking zebra movie. It was cute and a matinee and shut up. Dustin Hoffman, I’d watch that man act like a tree. If I get a dog, I think I might name him Dustin Hoffman and then always refer to him with both names. As in, “Dustin Hoffman and I went for a walk yesterday, and Dustin Hoffman got really excited and chased a cat up a tree. Silly Dustin Hoffman.”
Now to eat cheese and crackers and perhaps read The Taming of the Shrew.