Thursday, January 22, 2009

Academy Awards Nominations

The nominations were announced this morning. I totally forgot about them as I am currently suffering from a splendid case of Obamitis. I was very excited to hear Sean Penn was nominated for Best Actor in Milk. This movie spoke to my heart and his performance kept me spellbound. His transformation was incredible. I am always hear negative commentaries about actors. We constantly hear about their delusional lifestyles and their egocentricity. We all know that Tinseltown thrives on gossip and excess. Well, in many cases that might be true but the magic of a movie changing or at least exposing yourself to a different perspective of life is priceless. So I hope these 8 nominations for Milk (among them Best Movie, Best Director and Best Actor) get people to the movie theatres. Heath Ledger, as expected, was nominated posthumously for his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight, it was a scary performance different from over the top Cesar Romero and crafty Jack Nicholson. And then there is that radiant lady Kate Winslet with a powerful performance in The Reader. I have fallen in love with her acting and general demeanor ever since Heavenly Creatures (1994), I hope she wins. I still haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire or Frost/Nixon so I still haven't made up my mind about Best Picture.
One more thing, I think is a bit silly and incoherent to have actors compete for an award (how can you truly compare their performances if they are playing different roles!!!). But I must add that the Academy Awards are most of all a recognition of excellence in the field.

12 comments:

Steph said...

I never card for Sean Penn, until I saw him in I Am Sam. Now I really can't wait to see Milk. But then, I'd go see it regardless of who was in it.

The Pink Cowboy said...

You let me know how you liked it Steph, I would love to hear your opinion.

A Cuban In London said...

I like Sean when he's in the mood to perform well (Dead Man Walking). I would love Kate to win as long as she leaves the 'gather' back home. No one speaks like that here in Britain unless they want to sound posh. Many thanks for a wonderful post.

Greetings from London.

Lyn said...

I let my nose lead me to your blog... I'm pleased with the list of nominees. Announcement day always awakens my inner fan.
Can't wait to see Sean and all the others..The only ones I've seen are Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor", and the amazing Heath Ledger. Terrific.
Thanks for stirring up the interest.

willow said...

I want to see Milk! Although Penn isn't one of my faves, he is a talented actor. Kate, on the other hand is. I would love to see her win.

willow said...

Hey, your new profile pic is great! :):):)

bb mcclain said...

There's so many films I want to see but don't have the time. When I do go to see a movie, if it's not very good, I fall asleep. "Milk" looks like a good film to see and I probably won't see it until it's out to rent.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

The only one of those films I have seen is Dark Knight. Thought Heath Ledger was amazing - how very sad that he died. (Are any others from the film up for awards?)

Like your new profile!

Bachelor said...

PC,
Your new self-photo is cool. We could call it "Over the Edge"...
Let's have an Oscar party!! We could vote for certain categories and whoever comes up with the most wins, is given the Blog Oscar Award.
I've yet to see a good number of the nominations.
The Bach

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judy in ky said...

I would like to see "Milk" too. I always enjoy Sean Penn's performances.
I remember hearing on the news when he had been killed. It struck me in the heart. The movie must be very sad.

Jo said...

"Milk" is on my must-see list, as is "Slumdog Millionaire".

For a really great performance, see Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor". He has been nominated for best actor, and although I know he won't win, the movie is one of the best I have ever seen. Ever!