Monday, February 25, 2008
Academy Awards All Around...
It was a very good night for the Mouse...
The Walt Disney Company's Miramax Film division's "No Country for Old Men" took home the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Can't really disagree with them... I loved the film. It and "American Gangster" are tied as my favorite of the year. Joel and Ethan Coen are very talented writers and directors. Javier Bardem was amazing as a ruthless killer that felt no empathy and spread death in his wake.
Pixar keeps racking up awards as well with "Ratatouille" taking home the Oscar for Best Animated Film... I was a little surprised at this since there had been a build up about "Persepolis" over the past few months as being the David which would defeat the Remy-Goliath. Once the awards season happened and Brad Bird's film kept winning awards that began to dissipate until it culminated last night. Bird gave an exceptional acceptance speech for an exceptional film.
Congratulations go out to all Mickey's employees and everyone else that took home Oscar gold...
Posted by Honor Hunter at 12:48 AM
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Yes, congrats to Brad, Jan and all at Disney/Pixar. Now don't go nuts here Hunter but...
"Bird gave an exceptional acceptance speech..." Uh, not so sure about the word "exceptional"...all I'm hearing today is the exact opposite, by everyone at my studio. Maybe nice try, by a nice guy, would be a better way of describing his effort.
If you'd seen the mess it was in before he came on board and how it's turned out with the box office and awards exceptional wouldn't be good enough...
Miracle might be a better one.
Uh, Mr. Hunter...did you read my comment? I was referring to his very unfunny, awkward SPEECH...not the film he so nicely directed...and yes, I did see the "mess" it was in...but as you know, (I think), all animated projects are in varying degrees of disarray at some point. Geez, so touchy with the Pixar stuff...really. Your friend, Bob:)
Just so ya know Bob,
I wasn't being touchy... you misread what I said as hostile. It's hard to convey tone in posts... think of what I said as flippent, monotone response. No malice intended.
Surf's Up got snubbed.
Spokker, you are on acid.
Doesn't matter. The Best Animated Feature category is a joke, created solely so another animated film is never nominated for Best Picture again. Too many in Hollywood would be embarrassed if they lost out to Renderman.
I don't think the rat movie would have won, but it could've been a contender.
I thought Bird's speech was awkward as well (especially after he noticed the "wrap it up" on the teleprompter). But he'll have a chance to make up for it next time.
"But he'll have a chance to make up for it next time."
He'll have many opportunities to get it right in the coming years.
I did think the part of his speech that went "What if movies didn't exist?" "Well then I'd have to invent them!" was a little arrogant.
I think he's a great director and all but he's no Thomas Edison.
I Love Ratatoulle, it's the best Disney's animated film. Persepolis is not good.
I haven't seen the film yet, but why is Persepolis not good?
It was the only other film contending with RAT*TAT*TOOIE. Surf's Up was nominated because the rules state that three films must be nominated or something.
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