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5 Thoughts on the Oscar Nominations (Part 2)

Posted by HeroOfCanton, Jan 23 2009, 12:11 AM

2. Whither The Dark Knight?

Fanboys are in a tizzy today, because finally, this year was going to be the year when a summer popcorn blockbuster broke into the top categories instead of being relegated to the tech category slums. But not so much. The highly anticipated nominations for Adapted Screenplay, Director, and Picture didn't pan out for The Dark Knight. Instead, as conventional wisdom has it, TDK's spots in those categoeries were taken, nay stolen, by The Reader, that artsy, Holocaust, Oscar-bait movie that TDK fanboy, Kris Tapley, calls "pornographic."

Perhaps we should try a little perspective. First off, if this hadn't been a generally weak year for movies, no one would have even gotten their hopes up for a movie based on a comic book. Second, I understand the disappointment, but not the surprise. If folks who pay attention to awards are truly shocked that Harvey Weinstein got a Best Picture nomination for his movie The Reader, they must have been willfully blind. The first rule of awards season is never bet against Harvey Weinstein. I thought everyone knew that? Third, and I don't know how to say this delicately, so I'll just rip the bandaid right off--The Dark Knight isn't that good a movie. The script is a mess. For a movie to get the big nominations, a tight, focused script helps a lot. And don't try to argue that the Academy doesn't like crime mysteries with intricate plots. When movies do that kind of story well, like two of the best movies of the '90s, The Usual Suspects and LA Confidential, they win screenplay Oscars. I'm sorry fanboys, but you're just going to have to wait for something better to come along.

(Does The Hobbit have a release date yet, by the way?)


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