For years now I have pursued what I refer to as My Oscar Project, I explain here. I only have a few films to see to accomplish the goal before February 24th. Two surprises for me were, for all the foreign film I've seen this year, not one is nominated in that category (quite a few are nominated elsewhere). And Norbit ?!?! Oh my ~
A few thoughts on the Oscar nominations announced yesterday .......
The beloved Once garnered a nod for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly". Not only a beautiful song, the scene we hear this song in is so touching. I cried both times it appeared in the film. (why did "Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy" not get noticed?) hehe
Another cool nom is one that was maligned a bit at the Golden Globe announcements (note to Billy Bush, imitating someone else is often referred to as "acting"). Cate Blanchett is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in I'm Not There. She plays Jude Quinn, a rock star who's career mirrors Bob Dylan's. At first I thought, well she's OK. Then I rented a Bob Dylan documentary, and was stunned. She nailed his walk, his speech and his mannerisms so well that, having seen her performance first, it looked to me like Dylan was imitating Blanchette.
Big cheers from me for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, four nominations! Such an original film that I saw in a very uncomfortable theater, and as the film unfolded, I really didn't care. Gorgeous!
And as my love for George Clooney has not waned, a little shout out. George, if your lovely girlfriend is washing her hair the evening of the Oscar ceremony, I can still jump into a gown and be in LA so you don't have to go it alone. Always willing to give : )