Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Doubt & Early Oscar Picks...

I can scratch Doubt off my list. Good movie - again set in the 1960's and this movie has some serious actors in it. Amy Adams, Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymore-Hoffman.

Doubt is the story of a Catholic school/church in what I believe is New York City. Pretty much the whole movie takes place in and around this school. Now what I found really interesting is the school itself. Whatever school they actually used was really old and creeky, which I think set the mood for the crazy happenings that go down through the second half of the movie.

As with most "good" movies - this one doesn't really give up anything huge until the very end... much of what happens is very subtle and requires you to pay close attention. I almost stopped it with a few minutes left because I was tired and ended up being totally shocked by the end.

Also, here are some thoughts on what movies/people might win. You can see the full list of nominees on the official site.

Best Actor: Sean Penn
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger
Best Actress: Anne Hathaway (dark horse)
Best Supporting Actress: This is a tough category. I have seen all these movies and Amy Adams is really good in Doubt and the scene with Viola Davis in that movie is insane and Penelope Cruz is hawt and so is Marisa Tomei. I'm going to have to settle on Taraji P. Henson for Benji's Button, er, I mean Benjamin Button.
Directing: Milk
Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

... and I think the guy who yelled out "whatever" during the proposal scene in "He's just not that into you" deservers the -best audience member in a supporting role award - for sure.

But seriously, it's hard to say who's going to win because although I think Hollywood produces more garbage year after year, the top end of the spectrum just keeps getting better and better. I really believe that all of the big films this year are all really good. Having watched them all in such a short time frame, I think they blend together a bit because I don't have time to really think about, or digest, what I have just seen.

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