Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oscar Death Race pt. 13 (THE BIG SHABLAMMO)

Well here it is folks, the two final awards on our journey, two that have seemingly been decided for months now. Whatevs. Let's do this all together now.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- Frost/Nixon
- Milk
- The Reader
- Slumdog Millionaire

Best Achievement in Directing

- the Curious Case of Benjamin Button - David Fincher
- Frost/Nixon - Ron Howard
- Milk - Gus Van Sant
- the Reader- Stephen Daldry
- Slumdog Millionaire - Danny Boyle

Who Should Win?: Milk is the only one of these films that belongs anywhere near this list. It might not be in my top 5 of the year, but it wouldn't be far outside it. The other ones wouldn't in my top 30. Also, Gus Van Sant directed two movies better than anything these directors did this year. Fucking Ron Howard and Stephen Daldry.

Who Will Win?: Danny Boyle. Slumpoop. Mark it down.

Who Got Snubbed?: Look, people are gonna try to tell you that it was a shit year for movies. It wasn't. It was just a shit year for Oscar nominations. My lovely Rachel Getting Married, the freeform doc magic of My Winnipeg, the crazy ambition of Synecdoche NY, the topical, beautiful WALL-E, Kelly Reichardt's great Wendy and Lucy, the visual splendor of the Fall, I could go on and on and on and on. There are more than 30 movies I saw from last year that I like better than Slumdog. It's been a great year, now let's sit down and enjoy as the wrong things from it get Oscars. xoxo.

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