Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Academy Awards Nominations

Here, from the Associated Press, are the nominations for the Awards of Merit from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences--called "The Oscars" after someone's "Uncle Oscar," said to be the actual inspiration for the trademark statuette of a Crusader knight holding his broadsword.

As expected, Brokeback Mountain, the movie about the homosexual cowboys, won a nomination for Best Picture, Best Actor and Supporting Actor (for the two gay 'pokes), Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay (for the two-writer team), and one other Oscar, probably in a technical category, that the article did not mention.

This while The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was blessed to get an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Ted Baehr has already said that the Golden Globes become less relevant with every passing awards season. I expect him to say that about the Oscars, too. Time was when the movies garnering the most Academy Award wins and nominations were also the most successful at the box office. Not anymore!

Those guys at Hollywood are idiots--and I use that word in its origina, ancient meaning of "one in a world of his own" (from the ancient Greek idios, idie, idion meaning one's own).


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