Tuesday, July 25, 2006

WHO WANTS TO GET A STATUETTE FROM RACHEL WEISZ? One thing worth noting--we're already halfway through the year, and has there really been a single legitimate Oscar contender yet? Sure, we've got some solid competitors in minor categories (odds are, we've seen our three nominees for Best Animated Feature already, probably several of the nominees for Best Documentary Feature, and some Special Effects contenders), and one or two potential top category nominees (Streep in Devil Wears Prada leading the way). Anything you want to submit for consideration? I'll offer two:
  • Garrison Keillor, Best Original Screenplay, A Prarie Home Companion. Sure, the story (to the extent there is a story) doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and there's a touch of egomania in the film, but the little character moments and the seamless integration of the real and the fictional are solid. While no single one of the performances is a standout, the ensemble is excellent.
  • "I Need To Wake Up," Performed by Melissa Etheridge, Best Original Song, from An Inconvenient Truth. I found the movie itself (though it's a likely winner for Documentary Feature) a bit preachy and overly obvious, but the song is among Etheridge's best--starting off slow and moving into a driving chorus off a simple riff.

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