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I never get why, every year, there’s one movie nominated for best picture but not best director (and, thus, also vice versa). Since most Academy voters couldn’t show you a well directed bad movie or a poorly directed good move (N.B. I certainly can’t), shouldn’t these always match? Or just be the same award? They almost always both go to the same film.

(the notable exception was Crash winning best picture but Ang Lee taking best director, but lots of people think Brokeback Mountain should have won, as do I.)

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I thought Brokeback AND Crash were quite poor myself.

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I’m happily surprised by Jason Reitman’s nom for director for Juno. I know he won’t win, (c’mon Coens!) but it’s still nice.

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Dude, I can’t say anything more except add dittomarks.

Yeah, we’ll have to do an Oscar pool this year, except this year seems easier than most.

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Marion Cotillard was superb in La Mome (is that what it was called in the US? over here it was called La Vie En Rose). Absolutely spellbinding. I don’t know what her chances are, though — Page and Christie are strong contenders, and have the advantage of Not Being Foreign.

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I’m disappointed that Cronenberg wasn’t nominated. You’d think I’d be used to it by now.

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IslandLiberal said on January 22nd, 2008 at 6:45 pm

For Best Actress, I was surprised that Knightley didn’t get a nom, based purely on the previous awards nominations (I haven’t seen the movie yet; hasn’t come to Charlottetown).

Of that competition, I think it’s between Christie, Page, and maybe Cotillard; you’ve got the old veteran (won some 40 years ago; that would have to be something close to a record for the most time between wins, wouldn’t it?) in a movie almost no one saw; Cotillard, in a foreign film almost no one in America saw; and Page, the talented starlet in the only movie seen by large numbers of people.

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Evan, I liked Eastern Promises too, but it’s not groundbreaking or brilliant or anything. It’s just a really good flick, a four-out-of-five stars sort of a deal. Some years that would be good enough, but I honestly can’t say it’s better than any of the BP nominees, nor Diving Bell.

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Well, I’d say four-and-a-half- but I did think it was better than JUNO (which wasn’t bad, but felt like a B+ to me). Plus I think the guy’s just had it coming since VIDEODROME and this was probably the best shot he had.

That said, either way, I think it’s the Coens’ year. They’ve had it coming for longest, and PTA always struck me as a bit more polarizing- some people like what he does (myself included), some people utterly despise it. Then again, TWBB is a grittier and slightly more naturalistic work than MAGNOLIA was, so that may win people over.

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If Hoffman doesn’t win for Charlie Wilson’s War, I will be very, very sad.

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juno was so so so bad. :(

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I agree that it was a little less annoying and cliched than Little Miss Sunshine though. But still both those things.

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I’m going to freely admit that of all these films? American Gangster is the only one I saw. I was a bad movie goer this year. A very bad one.

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