The Oscar Nominees were announced today. Normally they don’t mean anything to me because of all the crappy movies and actors and songs that get nominated (and win) each year. Normally, they don’t honor the best, artistic movies of the year – only those that have the most popular actors. However, this year’s two films with the most nominations – No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood – happen to be my favorite movies of the past year. For once they got it right. Or did they? Where are all the nominations for Into the Wild? That was an outstanding movie. Not even a nod for Emile Hirsch for Best Actor?? Come on. George Clooney – are you kidding? Oh yeah, wait a minute. He is a big-time A-List celebrity. We don’t want to recognize a guy whose name we probably can’t even pronounce.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment, however, is in the music categories of Best Song and Best Original Score. At least the Best Song category features “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once. Besides that, they all suck. What the hell is the movie Enchanted? Is that the one with Dr. Daydreamer or McMacDreamy Guy from Grey’s Anatomy or a show like every other doctor-show that’s really not about doctors but about people who don’t look anything like doctors that have sex with each other like rabbits…? Oh yeah, great movie…How about Eddie Vedder’s amazing song “Guaranteed” from Into the Wild? I believe that song captured the message, feel and voice better than any movie of the year. (see previous post to hear the song)
As for the Best Original Score, I’m not so cynical. I still haven’t seen The Kite Runner or 3:10 to Yuma, so I’m not quite sure. What I am sure of, however, is that the Academy has lame rules for what is/is not eligible to be considered for this award. Apparently Jonny Greenwood’s utterly amazing and sure-fire winner for There Will Be Blood isn’t eligible because not all of the songs were written for the film. A valid point the Academy has, considering the word “original” and also because I was unaware of this fact. Yet all that aside, if one composer such as Jonny Greenwood can put together a group of songs like he did – that should be rewarded. Forget these rules. Take away the music and the movie – as outstanding as it is – wouldn’t be half as good. That should be the reasoning behind the score. The score should win hands down based on the fact that in the first 15 minutes (and many minutes thereafter) of the movie there are NO WORDS – just movement by the actors and the bone-chilling music. In any other movie or circumstance, it just wouldn’t work. (Think Castaway, for example. I wanted to die just watching that movie.)