Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oscars wrap up

The Academy Awards are over for another year. Am I the only one who wasn't very excited this year? Since they opened up the Best Picture category to so many films, the whole thing has been lacking drama for me. And this year, none of the nominated films stood out to me as being spectacular. Where were the truly outstanding films, like Melancholia? We Need to Talk About Kevin? And why the hell didn't Tilda Swinton get a nomination?

I think part of my problem was that I haven't seen enough of the nominees this year. Most of them opened recently here, and I haven't had the chance to see them yet. But then, I also haven't felt much of a desire to see any of them either. The Artist, yes. Hugo? Yeah, okay. But I have no desire to see The Descendants or Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I saw The Help and it was predictable. Midnight in Paris was fun, but hardly a Best Picture. Moneyball and War Horse hold no appeal at all, and while I really liked Tree of Life, I can see why it was overlooked.

What are your thoughts on this year's selection?


  1. I agree that the best picture category was lackluster at best. The film that stole my heart this year, and I'm so happy it won, was the animated short "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.". This beautifully animated story is something anyone can appreciate but it's something especially special if you're a writer. I've never seen anything that so completely captures the feeling of why writers write. It's wonderful! Take 15 minutes and check it out at

  2. Thanks for the tip!

    I hadn't seen any of the shorts this year.