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81st Academy Awards

Discussion in 'The Movies' started by Steve615, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Steve615

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    From variety.com:
    The nominations for the 81st Academy Awards have been released.
    'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' leads the pack with 13 nominations.
    'The Dark Knight' received 8 nominations.
    Heath Ledger got a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 'The Dark Knight'.
    Here is a link to the list of all nominations up for Oscars this year:

    http://www.variety.com/awardcentral_article/VR1117998919.html

    Some other items of interest.
    A few big names were left out of the nominations,including:
    Clint Eastwood,Christopher Nolan and Bruce Springsteen,among others.

    http://www.variety.com/awardcentral_article/VR1117998922.html?nav=news&categoryid=1982&cs=1

    Here is a brief overview of some of the top awards.

    Best Motion Picture:
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Frost/Nixon
    Milk
    The Reader
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Best Lead Actor:
    Brad Pitt in Benjamin Button
    Sean Penn in Milk
    Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
    Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
    Richard Jenkins in The Visitor

    Best Lead Actress:
    Kate Winslet in The Reader
    Angelina Jolie in Changeling
    Meryl Streep in Doubt
    Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
    Melissa Leo in Frozen River
     
  2. Dario33

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    Glad to see Richard Jenkins get the nom (disappointed he got it over Clint though).
     
  3. wilbur_the_goose

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    Slumdog better win. Best film I've seen in years!
     
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  5. Steve615

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    Tonight's the night to see who takes the Oscars home.
    ABC's coverage begins at 7PM ET with a one hour Barbara Walters special.
    Her guests include Hugh Jackman,Mickey Rourke and Anne Hathaway.
    The "Red Carpet" show will air from 8-8:30PM ET.
    The main event will start at 8:30PM ET.
    Wolverine,aka Hugh Jackman will host the awards show tonight. :)
     
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    Plan on watching (DVRing just in case since I have to work today and may run long). Hoping for a good show though and some upsets. :)
     
  7. BubblePuppy

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    Why would Bruce Springsteen deserve a nomination?

    Just curious as I have not seen any of these movies.
     
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    There was alot of press/media talk awhile ago about a song that he done for the film 'The Wrestler' with Mickey Rourke.
    That's all I know in regards to the Springsteen talk.
    I think there are some folks on here that have seen the film...perhaps they could comment on it.
     
  9. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    Thanks for the reply, appreciate it. :)

    I was a bit interested even though I am not a Bruce Springsteen fan.
     
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    You're welcome. :)
     
  11. Steve615

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    Heath Ledger got the Best Supporting Oscar for 'The Dark Knight'.
    'Slumdog Millionaire' walked away with several Oscars,including Best Picture.
    Kate Winslet won for Best Actress,Sean Penn won for Best Actor.
    Complete list of winners at the following link.

    http://www.oscar.com/oscarnight/winners/
     
  12. hdtvfan0001

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    This years Awards clearly was the "Year of the Politically Correct".

    Some of the choices were made obvious to messages and views and not movie quality or content. Seeing more of these things happening every year - it takes away from the real original intent of this ceremony....but such is life.

    Despite what happened to him personally - Heath Ledger was the only "no brainer" award all night.
     
  13. spartanstew

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    It also won the Golden Globe Award for best original movie song, but for some reason didn't even get a nomination at the Oscars.
     
  14. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    Since the '90s what year isn't the year of "Politically Correct"?:nono2:
     
  15. Chris Blount

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    I actually enjoyed the show this year. I think it was well produced and the host was a riot.

    I agree about the politically correct thing. I'm a big fan of movie music and some excellent veteran composers were nominated. Who did the Oscar go to? Some guy nobody every heard of who's composing skils are a joke.

    Slumdog was really starting to get on my nerves especially towards the end when some great people were passed over.
     
  16. wilbur_the_goose

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    Chris - did you see Slumdog? My favorite film of the year - by far..

    BTW - I thought the show itself was first rate. Best in many years.
     
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    Wasn't it passed over because Springsteen refused to shorten the song during the Academy Awards?

    Or, was that Peter Gabriel who refused to shorten his song?
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

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    Ratings were up 6% this year...but still way down from 10 years ago....people in general are not embracing the gimmicks and politically-charged and agenda comments.

    As for Slumdog....thanks, but no thanks.

    A movie about the poor and violence on the other side of the globe melded along with a game show theme near the end doesn't warrant my $10. Clearly anyone with a camera and even a moderate budget can make a moview about almost anything these days - creativity has been lost to shock, anger, violence, and gimmick.

    There's a reason why all the movies nominated this year combined brought in less at the box office than Dark Knight - no one really cares for the artsy fartsy or political-agenda movies, except for the Hollywood inner circle. They are simply not entertaining or interesting for the most part. It also explains why the awards shows also grab lower viewing share for several years now.
     
  19. Charise

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    It's a mystery why Springsteen wasn't nominated, but it was Peter Gabriel who said he wouldn't perform a shortened version of his song. I don't blame him really, and then they put his song in between the other two. I watched (but haven't seen any of the movies), so they kind of blended together for me and sounded more like one long song.

    I'm not sure who votes on the songs, but they are usually 20 years out of date on what constitutes a "best song." I think that's one reason Disney pictures were so dominant in winning for so many years.

    I think Hugh Jackman is terrifically talented and appreciated seeing his dancing and singing showcased. I'm not sure why Beyonce was there when so many others could have played that role--probably to get people to watch?

    All in all pretty dull for me except for the dance numbers, only because every award had already been highly predicted. No surprises does not make for good television.
     

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