I'm writing this in Massachusetts. Been a crazy couple days, so I don't expect to actually do another full Oscar update until possibly Wednesday (though I'm going to try to do it earlier). Meanwhile, while I freeze over here, let's take a brief look at what is going down.
AFI has released their ten best. Definitely an interesting list. Iron Man and Wendy and Lucy being surprises. And no Slumdog? Though, I highly doubt this list has much weight in the big picture. It's still nice to get as many accolades as possible. Here's the list.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Wendy and Lucy
Also, the Boston Film Critics have announced their awards. I hate to type this, but what a bunch of wimps. A tie for Best Picture and Best Actor? Pick a damn winner. Ties shouldn't be allowed. It gives the city of Boston a bad reputation in my opinion. No guts, no glory.
As for the actual winners, I was surprised to see Wall-E pick up another Best Film. I still don't think it's getting nominated, but good for Pixar.
I think this Best Actor race is going to be an intense one on one battle with Penn and Rourke. I still like Penn, but if this tie tells us something it is that both performances are rock solid. Here's the list of the major winners.
Best Picture: Wall-E and Slumdog Millionaire (tie)
Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk and Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler (tie)
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Director: Gus Van Sant, Milk and Paranoid Park
Best Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk