Oscar 2017 Thoughts Mini-Reviews

Below are the thoughts I posted on Facebook about each of the Best Picture nominees for the 89th Annual Academy Awards. They are listed in the reverse order that I watched them.

My favorite is Lion. This was definitely a weak year with only a few nominees worthy of a Best Picture nomination let alone a win. No great movies here. After seeing all 10, Lion is still my personal favorite of the nominees. The picture I enjoyed the most on 2016 was Star Trek Beyond. But, hey! Sci-fi movies need not apply for Oscars right!? 🙂 At least we have the dresses to look forward to tonight.

Until 30 minutes in, I almost abandoned the movie. It got better. As usual Viola Davis was a tour-de-force. Yet another tough movie to watch. I guess Denzel played the ultimate self-centered cad well enough. I’ve had my fill of Denzel. I wanted to dislike this movie – especially given the first 30 minutes but ended up liking it. Oscar-worthy. I don’t know. If you have 10 slots to fill maybe. But, as with my comments elsewhere I strongly suspect this nomination too was a direct result of last years protests.

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Oscars Production 2009

oscar statue Reference: Roger Ebert’s 09 Oscar Page | Official Oscars Website | IMDb Oscar 09 Page | Wikipedia 81st Academy Awards Page

Kudos to the producers of the 81st Annual Academy Awards for some wonderful changes to the show this year:

  • Nobody was prematurely played offstage: Winners were FINALLY allowed to give their acceptance speeches. Thank God!
  • Intros: Introductions to the acting awards by prior nominees is a terrific idea. It was great to see/hear the Oscar greats while hearing a personal introduction to each of the nominees.
  • Orchestra Onstage: The orchestra wasn’t hidden in a hole – rather they were put on stage where they could be seen. Perhaps when seen publicly they were too embarrassed to prematurely play someone off! 🙂
  • No Comedian: While Hugh Jackman was OK, the best part of this change was that the nominal host spent little time on stage, thereby giving the actors and other winner more time to talk. I miss Billy Crystal but I enjoy the winners getting a fair shake at an acceptance speech.

Dale’s 2009 Oscar Roundup

oscar statue Reference: Roger Ebert’s 09 Oscar Page | Official Oscars Website | IMDb Oscar 09 Page | Wikipedia 81st Academy Awards Page

Here are my thoughts/picks for the major categories of the 81st annual Annual Academy Awards show- to be held on February 22, 2009. Links in this post are to my reviews of each on The Daleisphere. The rating I gave each to each appears in (parenthesis). Movies where I indicate [RCS ] indicate a ‘review coming soon’

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has 13 nominations, Slumdog Millionaire has 10, The Dark Knight and Milk each have 8 nominations, Wall-E has 6 and each of Doubt, Frost/Nixon and The Reader have 5.

Best Picture

Slumdog Millionaire should win Best Picture and I predict it will win. It was the best picture of 2008.

I rated each of the following movies 5 out of 5 in my reviews. In my opinion, each were better overall movies than those nominated other than Slumdog Millionaire:

Still, I would give the Best Picture Oscar to Slumdog Millionaire.

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