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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oscar Upsets

By John C.

I was upset by the fact that The Dark Knight wasn’t nominated for Best Picture, and The Reader got in instead, which is just solid proof the Academy is not cool enough to nominate a movie like The Dark Knight, which would only have made their ratings go up. But the one category that had me reloading the page, because there must have been a mistake, was Best Song. Everyone, myself included, thought Bruce Springsteen was in a lock to win for The Wrestler, which is perhaps one of the greatest film songs ever written, but he didn’t even get a nomination. That's right. No nomination for The Boss. Surprisingly, there are only three songs nominated, Jai Ho and O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire, and Down to Earth from WALL•E. It’s not like there wasn’t enough space, they can nominate up to five.

There were no actor or director nomination’s for Clint Eastwood for Gran Torino, no director nom for Darren Aronofsky for The Wrestler or Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight. No actress nom’s for Kristan Scott-Thomas in I’ve Loved You So Long or Cate Blanchett in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The Dark Knight should have been nominated for Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture, and The Wrestler should have not only been nominated, but have won for Best Song.

One of the nominees they did get right was for Heath Ledger’s brilliant turn in The Dark Knight, as The Joker. Exactly one year ago today he died of an accidental drug overdose, may he rest in peace.

So there you have it. Once again the Academy could have gotten it right, but they didn’t. And this year it wasn’t even that hard.