theJudeAbides wrote:I'm sorry, but lack of Dark Knight and/or Iron Man being, at the very least, nominated for best picture = epic fail.
So, I was able to watch a recorded version of the Oscars (on our TiVO equivalent), albeit less that half of it as my Dad had disconnected the box. What follows is my unofficial "review" of the night.
I really liked this year's ceremony. I think this is one of the best Academy Award ceremonies in years, I was nearly bored to death for the last three. I loved how life was injected back in, even in our economically-challenged times. The stage design was so glamourous and glittering, and even though I didn't have full faith in Hugh Jackman the moment he stepped on stage I was convinced. All those who remember the glory days of Billy Crystal and John Cusack must have had an inner "hurrah!" when Hugh burst into his energetic opening number, complete with cardboard-and-duct-tape sets.
However, I do have to say to Jude that it will be a while before the Academy gets over its prejudice against popcorn summer movies. Not to snub anybody, but really almost all of the Best Pictures are not movies you'd go out to see to kick back with a couple of pals. "Hey Bob, do you want to check out Frost/Nixon? The action in there is awesome!" I did think that The Dark Knight was deserving of a Best Picture nod, but I'm very content with Heath Ledger winning for Best Supporting Actor. That was one of the most emotional moments of the night bar none. I'm sorry, but I cannot take Iron Man seriously as a Best Picture contender at all. It was witty, fun, groundbreaking and I really enjoyed it, but Best Picture? I don't think so.
However, I was upset that Iron Man was beat by the Curious Case of Benjamin Button in the VFX category. Benjamin Button more than deserved its win for makeup, but visual effects? Compositing Brad Pitt's head onto a variety of other actors is a piece of cake these days. Hell, the Wayan Brothers did it in Little Man. But the suit of armour going mano a mano against F-22 Raptors? Now that was Oscar-worthy.
Hooray for Slumdog Millionaire! The little movie that could took it all, and it was just a wondeful event when all the cast and crew present bounded onstage to receive Best Picture. It's a lovely tale of the underdog's triumph that mirrors that of Slumdog's story in beautiful symmetry.