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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

"That's the beauty of argument. If you argue correctly, you're never wrong."

*UPDATE: As of 6:30 p.m., comments appear to be working again. no longer wants to hear not a word of what you have to say.*

It's the time of year when everyone and their Aunt Hildy regails you with their Oscar nomination predictions, in advance of the actual announcement later this month. Oh, you think Forest Whitaker might get a nod for The Last King of Scotland or Helen Mirren for The Queen? We'll you're a genius Aunt Hildy. News flash, spoiler alert: They will. And they deserve them. But what about the performers who turned out to be revelations in their roles, large and small, and they closest they'll come to an Oscar is if they trip over their kid's Oscar the Grouch toy on the way to noodle the nanny. All week long I'll be throwing my alternative nominations against the wall to see what sticks. And by that I mean, to see what generates the most emails and comments that begin with, "Dear Brunch Bird, You dear, are an idiot." First up, the chaps.

Best Male Performances That Won't Get Nominated:

Danny Houston, Children of Men
Barry Pepper, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Steve Coogan, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
Sacha Baren Cohen, Borat
Guy Pearce, The Proposition
Aaron Eckhart, Thank You for Smoking*
*Winner, according to me.

Watch for the Ladies Who Won't Get Nominated tomorrow, Best Movies That Won't Get Nominated on Thursday, and Most Disappointing Movies of 2006 on Friday.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You for Smoking is brilliant. As for Children of Men, it hasn't opened in Australia yet...

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Baker said...

LOVED Thank You for Smoking. Hilarious.

12:22 AM  
Blogger Carrie M said...

I think we could be surprised with Sasha and Aaron. Seriously. If Johnny Depp can get an Oscar nod for Pirates (and he did deserve it) then so can these boys. I LOVE Aaron Eckhart. And Guy Pierce is just constantly sad.

1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesomeness. I thought it was me. (re: the comments)

2:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and about the movies. I am gloriously unqualified to have an opinion on this. I've only seen four movies in theaters this year. They are as follows:

1. Night Watch
2. X3
3. Scanner Darkly
4. Casino Royale

Evidently, I'm a 17-year-old boy. At least that's what anyone analyzing my ticket stubs would surmise...

I did watch the Notebook on DVD two nights ago. That should add a healthy dose of chick flick.

2:24 AM  
Blogger Barzelay said...

I loved The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada. It was my absolute favorite movie on my 2005 list, but I know that a lot of people didn't see it until this year (not that a lot of people saw it this year, either). Likewise with Tristram Shandy (#6 on my last year's list). And The Proposition will definitely be up there on this year's list for me. So I like your picks.

But I've gotta say that I really disagree with people about Thank You For Smoking. I already said this on a friend's blog:

"Thank You For Not Smoking had a lot of great humor, particularly in its first half. But it completely wussed out at the end by turning into a typical father-son buddy movie and abandoning its entire bad guy you love premise. It took the easy way out and totally cheapened everything that had come before it. For me, it ruined the whole movie, not that everything that came before it was spectacular anyway. There were large blocks of time that went really slowly."

It wussed out by abandoning Aaron Eckhart's brilliant smug asshole character. He turned out to be a good guy that had a bad job, instead of a bad guy had that a hell of a lot of charm. So, while I still agree that Aaron Eckhart was awesome in it, the movie pissed me off, sold out on its premise, and doesn't ultimately deserve the praise it's getting.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Brunch Bird said...

E-Speaking of Australia I'm going to have to email you a clue from this Sunday's NYTimes crossword. They want an Aussie expression for talking a lot. I don't remember the letter count but I'll get it tonight.

B-"Is your mommy a doctor?" "No." "A researcher of some kind?" "No." "Well then she's hardly a credible expert is she?"

Carrie-Hopefully you're right. I'd forgotten about the Depp nomination.

Alejandra-Egads. That list is hilarious. I wanted to see Scanner Darkly but I've got this weird phobia about eyeballs in multiple quantities (for instance, the cover the Pixies' "Trompe le Monde" album makes me want to vomit) and I saw in the commercial that some character in that has an oversized head with a bunch of eyeballs so I said 'No, sir,' to that one. That was a scary peak behind the curtain of my brain wasn't it?

Barzelay-Whoops, you're right about Three Burials. But Tristram is eligible for this year's Oscars. As for Thank You For Smoking it's a perception thing. You were bothered by the conversion, I thought it was fine. I just thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Going back to pull the quote for the title I was blown away again when rereading the dialogue from that movie. So in short, NUH UH! ;-)

2:36 PM  

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