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The Oscars Are Over! Thank God!!
by Brian Yandle

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That beautiful shining award that everyone secretly desires.

That beautiful shining award that everyone secretly desires.
Perhaps it's just a minor character flaw or quirk if you will but I always seem to shake my head every year after the Oscars have come and gone. Without doubt, I know pretty much what to expect & usually the letdown will be inevitable. So why even bother to watch the Oscars, right? I don't. Probably won't in the near future.

Yes, there are worse fates than avoiding the Oscars like a plague or relying on second hand information in the event that you might have actually missed some form of divine intervention on the nights were all the stars come out to play. But aren't we sometimes more interested in the Tinseltown scandals rather than the Robin Hood vandals? I'll get it right one of these days but for now I loathe the Oscars & all the insane politics that come with it.

If there were any justice in this world, Sandra Bullock would never win an Oscar. NEVER!!! On the other hand, I do believe that Charlotte Gainsbourg is long overdue for the golden trophy & should've atleast been given a nomination this year for her brave if not ultimately daring performance in Lars Von Trier's ANTICHRIST Having said that, it would've been or should've almost a toss up between Gabourey Sidibe for her acting debut in the harrowing film PRECIOUS or Gainsbourg. Sandra, you
Precious girl indeed! We love you Sidibe!

Precious girl indeed! We love you Sidibe!
should be forced to render the prize & let these two women reap their rewards for job well done. Bullocks!

As far as male actors go, I don't think we could've asked for anything more honest nor deserving than Jeff Bridges' near perfect role in CRAZY HEART which I'm thankful to see was bestowed on that glorious night. I had kinda sorta hoped Viggo Mortensen would've been blessed with this honor over the last few years as his roles have been nothing less than revolutionary but no such luck. In fact, the man actually seems to be getting better with each film. However, I can lick my wounds this year as Jeff Bridges certainly earned every one of his stripes. Oscars, you have redeemed yourself here.

When we speak of great directors, I would've thanked my lucky stars if Tarantino walked away with his shit eating grin this year although the film he was nominated for is not his best by far in my book. Even so, the man has a solid rep for making great films which straddle the hardcore line between Hollywood & indie making him the perfect choice in my book. After all, must every mainstream film win an Oscar? I think not. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is still living proof that we can expect great things from a man we've all come to love over the past 17 years even though this
What the flip?? No nominations for Charlotte this year??

What the flip?? No nominations for Charlotte this year??
may not be his crowning achievement.

Often, we overlook foreign films or nobody cares who wins here because people hate reading subtitles for some reason or simply don't care to venture outside their own narrow world. In my honest opinion, there is nothing so exciting as catching the latest foreign film which generally offers more to it's potential viwers than just your average run-of-the-mill mainstream flick. My vote for this years' nomination would be none other than Park Chan-Wook's THIRST. Although the dude has made many great films, he really outdid himself this time around with this Korean twist on vampires. Trust me, every great element of film-making is in this pudding. From brilliant dialogue to incredible acting, THIRST is a winner all around.

Best Supporting Actress? Ok, the Oscars score another home room here with Mo'Nique in PRECIOUS. I think it's fair to say this was almost a given & there wasn't anyway of denying the power of Mo'Nique in one of the year's greatest works of art. Mind you, I have not always agreed with the final choices when it comes to nomination let alone awards but this is easily the best performance I've witnessed in many moons. Well done.

And to which gentleman do we owe the prestigious honor for best actor? Why,
And when will my dude win??

And when will my dude win??
Woody efffin Harrelson of course! In my book, he has always had the great potential & it was high time we gave him this recognition. Surprisingly, I agree wholeheartedly with the Academy's nomination for his striking role in THE MESSENGER. It just sucks that we didn't reward my dude a bit sooner but this nomination is a step in the right direction.

Best Picture? Oh geez. Am i qualified to answer that question as I've yet to experience Hurt Locker? Although the reviews have lavished such praise on it, I kinda felt as if I'd already been there a few times. Hmm, maybe I'll take that one up later with the slew of others films I skipped over this past year. There's always time to watch the Oscar winners, right? Perhaps. My vote for this year was PRECIOUS however. It's been a long time since a film moved me to tears & left me feeling as if I'd been punched in the gut by some great heavyweight. Sorry Hurt Locker. Hope that didn't hurt your feelings. No pun intended.

Ok, so two wins that I am proud to acknowledge isn't so bad for this year & I think we can live with the Academy although I still haven't changed my mind on the institution itself. Perhaps one day they will truly take me by surprise though I'm seriously not holding my breath. I bid you a great evening.

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Brian Yandle
If Pan met Apollo down with the sin, I would be amongst the angels who descended to Earth with great mission to seek newfound meaning & to explore great sinema. Brian was born in 1974 ofcourse on the NC/VA border & has been watching movies for as far back as he can remember. One should never forget a great movie nor pass up the chance to spread the word on a bad one.

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