The Oscars, has the magic gone?
So the Oscars are only hours away, and you have probably noticed from the coverage on the site, I'm just not interested this year, but that's not because of lack of quality films to favour, or because the quality films aren't getting recognition, actually they are. So what's the problem?
Well it's not the Oscars as such, it's the dirge of awards running up to them that's the problem, and I'm suffering from serious award fatigue.
The other big issue this year is that the nominees really do deserve to win, and those that have been winning the awards to date are almost sure bets to take home an Oscar. There aren't any cliffhanging moments, it seems the awards are all but decided.
Do you feel that the Oscars are sliding in their importance? Do you place any importance on them at all? If a film has an Oscar nominee or winner in it are you more likely to go and see it? Are you going to head back through the Oscar winners and see a few of the films?
I'm not so sure that they hold the same weight they once did, and there's nothing in that other than the feeling that all the other awards ceremonies are detracting from the Oscars impact.
There's also something about my expanded global view of the cinema. Now I watch so many foreign and non-Hollywood films that are never going to see the light of day at the Oscars I tend to be less influenced by them.
Perhaps though there would be a way to win back those feelings, if they opened the awards to have more categories that catered for foreign and non-Hollywood films and talent, and perhaps started doing some form of interaction with the actual audience rather than a closed panel of industry insiders who have voted on quite a few other awards panels before this date.
I'm not sure if either would work, have you some suggestions, or do you think that the Oscars aren't broken?
Either way it doesn't stop the fact that I can't watch them this morning (they start at 00:30 for me) and all the Filmstalker readers will have to rely on the Cinema Blend Oscar Chat where you can chat live with a bunch of other film fans who will be watching and discussing the Oscars along with you.
Now, with that said I'm still going to look into the Oscars for a moment, remembering the list of nominations, here's what I think about the deserving winners, although I'm not choosing every category.
Actor: Forest Whitaker without a doubt, his performance in Last King of Scotland is breathtaking, whether you know what Idi Amin was like or not.
Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy because everyone says so. I haven't seen the film, but I can just tell from the pre-hype that this is his.
Actress: Helen Mirren surely, I would love to say Judi Dench for playing that creepy woman in Notes on a Scandal, but it will be Mirren for her portrayal of the Queen.
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson because she's the all American triumph over failure story.
Animated Film: Happy Feet, because it's an ecological story and it doesn't rehash an existing script with little to disguise the story. Sorry guys, but it is Doc Hollywood.
Cinematography: Oooh, I'm not sure about this and I was going to leave it out for that reason, but it's Children of Men or Pan's Labyrinth.
Directing: Martin Scorsese because they think he should get one for all the work he's done to date. Personally I would like to see it go to Clint Eastwood or Paul Greengrass, and in that order.
Documentary: An Inconvenient Truth (Filmstalker review), and that's that.
Editing: United 93 (Filmstalker review), a stunning film which should have way more recognition.
Foreign Film: Pan's Labyrinth (Filmstalker review) will win, although I think it should be something else.
Best Picture: From the list given, it's either The Departed or The Queen, and I personally think The Departed (Filmstalker review). Sure it's a remake, but in a sea of remakes this film has done something special, it has really managed to remake a film and make it just as good if not better. Then there are the superb performances throughout.
Screenplay: That's the very reason that The Departed should take this award too, although I think it might be Children of Men.
Original Screenplay: The Queen, what else?
Do you agree? You've not got long before the Oscars actually start, and do you care about the Oscars as much these days? Are they still as important?