Monday, February 25, 2008

And now the Oscars

Best Film: No Country for Old Men
Best Directing: Coen Brothers, No Country for Old Men
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

So, acting-wise, it seems the rest of the world is giving America a masterclass. No surprises there, given that most American movies these days don't require much work of their actors: hence they don't build their talents in quite the same way.

Controversial opinion maybe, and certainly I'm not denying that there are some great American actors out there. But most of those who are truly great have tried spreading their wings a little beyond their own comfort zones.

Truth be told, of course, No Country for Old Men was not the best film of the year. I mean, it wasn't even the best film of the year that I saw, and I saw very few new releases. It was okay, nothing more. Honestly, I thought Sweeney Todd was better, and you'll be able to read my review of that soon, over at that other blog of mine.

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Blogger Red said...

While I'm delighted for Javier Bardem, I feel that he shouldn't have won for his reductive Terminator-style role in NCFOM. Why wasn't his talent recognized for The Sea Inside, I wonder? Why does Hollywood wait for a class actor to appear in a pretty blah film with a nuance-less role to acknowledge them with an award?

Oh, well. Good on him, anyway. And good on Marion Cotillard. Glad we bought La Vie en Rose when we did, I bet the staff at Zavvi are busy repricing all those DVDs today!

25 February, 2008 10:40  
Blogger Milla said...

Best foreign language film
winner: The Counterfeiters -well deserved!

25 February, 2008 10:52  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

I thought There Will Be Blood should have won for best picture. I wont argue Best Director...not that i dont agree I am just not going to argue it. I am glad the bros got it i guess. I jsut thought There Will Be Blood was more of an achievement than Country.

25 February, 2008 13:35  
Blogger furiousBall said...

I agree with sheamus, There Will Be Blood was more of a shift in moviedom. Both movies were amazing, but yeah, Daniel Day absolutely deserved the nod.

25 February, 2008 14:25  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I was just so pleased for Tilda Swinton...I have long admired her. And she looked awesome...good to see some old fashioned avant garde at the Oscars...its been a long time.

I thought Jon Stewart did a great job and the program went by a good pace. I loved the song writers, filmmakers for "Once" and their thank you speeches.

I think you make a great point about the young working chops of actors outside U.S. where independant films are mostly produced. These movies of the rest of the world and their audiences are rigorous stories and characters and work environments where a young person can really exercise their skills.

There is a reason that actors absolutely fight over and love to work with someone like Cronenberg...

And of course...I think you guys are full of shit about NCFOM...heh's a fucking brilliant film hidden under a simple format...and I was thrilled to see McCArthy get some nods and the Coen Bros rock and deserved all the awards!!!!

Heh heh heh heh....

25 February, 2008 15:59  
Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

I agree with Aste about No Country...I just saw it and thought 'am I missing something?' I was glad Javier won the award, but was disappointed that Viggo didn't win in his category because I thought the job he did in Eastern Promises was brilliant. Ah well.

But, another way to look at this: none of the actor awards actually went to Americans. I think that says a lot.

25 February, 2008 16:06  
Blogger Avid Andy said...

NO COuntry was nothing special to me. I think I wanted to like it more than I did. Not sure why it won.

25 February, 2008 18:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't seen most of the movies nominated. I also fell asleep while watching them last night. I was hoping Jon Stewart would have been funnier though.

25 February, 2008 18:02  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

i agree with shea. i loved no country for old men... but there will be blood was just a phenomenal movie all around. it was much stronger, i think, than no country

ah well... i'm pretty satisfied overall. i AM thrilled that daniel won... not that it was a surprise... but i'm still thrilled.

and way to go juno for original screenplay and glen and marketa for song (their speech(es) were so cute!)

26 February, 2008 04:35  
Blogger Glamourpuss said...

I rather liked No Country For Old Men. But then, I probably saw less new releases than you last year, so I'm no judge.


26 February, 2008 10:31  
Blogger Cynnie said...

I cant say enough about Javier Bardem..he has been in several better movies, but ..oh well..

about the weight losing thing..( yeah I'm late )

Fuck you..
I hate you .

26 February, 2008 16:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anxious to read what you thought about Sweeney Todd. I saw a short little documentary on the making of it and it looked amazing.

26 February, 2008 17:50  
Blogger Judith said...

A well deserved Oscar for Marion Cotillard

26 February, 2008 20:44  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Missed the awards but you are right about them doing what they do with our American films. I havent seen to many new releases this year but just what i saw on tv on comercials dont look to good.

27 February, 2008 01:15  
Blogger Gardenia said...

Looking forward to Sweeney Todd review - my daughter and I were going again - and found that it was out of the theaters here already..

29 February, 2008 01:14  

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