While I tried to appear indifferent to the Oscars in my last post, there are certain flicks, actors and writers I will be rooting for when I watch the telecast with some friends later today.
As to flicks, I’ll be pulling for Juno for Best Picture. While I don’t think it was the best movie of the year, I did think it was a sweet story and shows that the abortion is more complicated that pro-choice zealots would have. Here, a teenager gets pregnant and decides to carry the child to term.
And I’ll be rooting for Ratatouille for Best Animated Feature. A truly well done flick, with a great “conceit” as a premise, a rat who aspires to be a gourmet chef. This story resonates with anyone who has ever had to struggle to find his path in life, finding his life goals at odds with those around him and having trouble convincing others (in his chosen profession) of the seriouness of his endeavors.
Among the nominees for best actor in a leading role, I have to give it to Daniel Day-Lewis even if I didn’t much care for the film. He was, as always, brilliant.
For Best Actress, all five nominees clearly merit the honor. But, despite my love of Laura Linney (I thought she should have run for You Can Count on Me back in 2001), I’ll be rooting for Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose. While watching this flick, you don’t think you’re watching an actress portraying Edith Piaf, you believe you’re seeing the celebrated chanteuse herself.
While there are a number of talented actors up in the supporting categories, I believe two screen veterans should take home the statuettes this year, Hal Holbrooke for Into the Wild and Ruby Dee for American Gangster. Both inhabit their roles and steal the few scenes in which they appear. Honor them for their brilliant work in these flicks — and for their long careers.