Tuesday, January 25, 2011
THE OSCARS: COMPLACENCY EQUALS VIOLENCE
Stay down mother fucker! The nominations for the awards show that even the mainstream critics criticize have been announced. Expect a more theoretically charged analysis of the Oscars and awards shows in general in issue 2 of SW.
I just want to announce the surprises. It is a good to see Winter's Bone even get nominated, when the mainstream said it wasn't going to and 4 times (Best film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay). I personally was not a fan of the film, but it represents somewhat of underground spirit with how it was made (a bunch of documentarians got together and "just made a movie" in a lot of ways) and its dark subject matter (its a modern gritty film noir that takes place in the Ozarks and/or 'real America'). Still, where was the best director nod? The director, Debra Granik, surely deserved it over Tom Hooper whose King's Speech had nothing going on, Darren Arononfsky who made his worst to date, and David O Russell whose The Fighter film ends with showing us its aim of acquiring Oscars. Or is that Bigelow won, so now get a break from female director nominations for a few?
Then with the foreign category we did not see Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives or White Material. Not sure if those films were not the ones submitted, but the former at least represents one of the best films made in years.
Expect more hate come issue 2!