Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The 2008 Academy Awards
Alright, so my pompous little Oscar rant from December turned out to be off the mark predictions-wise, but gimme a break-- I tried to call the winners before any films were even nominated. I still got four of the major categories right, and Diablo Cody did indeed win for Juno, which was the point of my diatribe to begin with. Best Original Screenplay is officially a joke category that only rewards offbeat quirk (Juno, which actually isn’t that bad, and Little Miss Sunshine, which is) or stories that work entirely on a gimmick (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Somewhere along the line, people got confused and started thinking the “original” meant “unique” rather than “not based on previous material.” If I were to crank out a script over next weekend about a vacuum cleaner salesman that starts a mariachi band, I’d probably be nominated next year. And if I got Philip Seymour Hoffman to star in it, I’d be a lock for the win.
Complaints aside, I suppose I’m glad that No Country For Old Men won, if only to get the surprise of seeing that the famously reclusive Cormac McCarthy was actually present at the ceremony. Regardless, It's sort of unfortunate that all the attention getting showered on No Country will only lead to it being considered overrated, which is strangely what happens with the Academy Awards. The industry and the media spend three months kissing the nominees' asses, but as soon as the award is actually given, they start talkin' shit.