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78th Academy Awards Nominations
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PostPosted: 03.06.2006 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny Baldwin wrote:
Nothing all that surprising. The weakest movie of the Best Picture nominees won, in my opinion.




Damn right.



Over all, completely predictable. I actually got 83% correct in my predictions.



Oh, and Memoirs of a Geisha winning Best Cinematography? Bleeeeeech. Ugly, ugly work.



Stewart was fine but definitely neutered. His best comment was about the montage of Oscar montages. That was the only thing that seemed to come from him. "The Daily Show" tomorrow should be interesting if he's back for it.
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PostPosted: 03.06.2006 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crash? Crash?!



(I didn't hate the movie, but, yeah, weak.)



Yay for Hoffman. I was rooting for Amy Adams, but alas...



Only big surprise of the evening: "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" wins Best Song.
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PostPosted: 03.06.2006 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I forgot.



Most unintentionally funny moment: Within a minute of the montage of important films that tackle important issues, up pops an extended scene from The Day After Tomorrow. I nearly pissed myself laughing.
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PostPosted: 03.06.2006 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And while Terence Howard might have deserved his nomination, "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp" is a ridiculous song in a ridiculous movie.




Well, it looks like the Academy voters don't quite agree with you, Mr. Beltmann. = P



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PostPosted: 03.06.2006 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well, it looks like the Academy voters don't quite agree with you, Mr. Beltmann. = P



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PostPosted: 03.06.2006 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark Dujsik wrote:
Oh, I forgot.



Most unintentionally funny moment: Within a minute of the montage of important films that tackle important issues, up pops an extended scene from The Day After Tomorrow. I nearly pissed myself laughing.


That was funny... we all cracked up, too. Even better was Stewart's comment about how "none of those issues were ever a problem again." Notice how nobody in the auditorium seemed to think that swipe at Hollywood's self-importance was funny?



I also enjoyed Clooney's acceptance speech about feeling proud about being "out of touch." It was the gutsiest comment all night--but it was guts mixed with class. (Much better than when he made that Abramoff comment at the Globes, which was uncalled for, misjudged, and deeply uncool.)
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PostPosted: 03.06.2006 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

During the presentation of the song, I wanted the camera to scan the front row so I could see all of Hollywood's rich, white elite gettin' down to "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp." I'm guessing that award was a version of liberal guilt in action. Side note: Ever notice how Hollywood is willing to give African-Americans nominations and awards--as long as those awards are for acting according to minstrel show stereotypes?
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PostPosted: 03.06.2006 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
During the presentation of the song, I wanted the camera to scan the front row so I could see all of Hollywood's rich, white elite gettin' down to "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp." I'm guessing that award was a version of liberal guilt in action.




I agree that it's a silly song, and its win surprised me, but c'mon, look at its competition. While "In the Deep" and "Travelin' Thru" might be better songs, they're still bland, forgettable original-song material. I'd wager that "Pimp" had the edge because it's the only one of those three songs that tends to get stuck in your head after a listen or two. I don't care for much modern hip-hop (at least not the popular mainstream stuff), but the song was definitely bouncing around in my head for a few days after watching Hustle & Flow. The songwriting quality is questionable, but it's certainly a memorable, catchy tune, unlike the other two.
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PostPosted: 03.07.2006 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael Scrutchin wrote:
I agree that it's a silly song, and its win surprised me, but c'mon, look at its competition. While "In the Deep" and "Travelin' Thru" might be better songs, they're still bland, forgettable original-song material.


Can't argue with that.
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PostPosted: 03.07.2006 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael Scrutchin wrote:
I don't care for much modern hip-hop (at least not the popular mainstream stuff), but the song was definitely bouncing around in my head for a few days after watching Hustle & Flow. The songwriting quality is questionable, but it's certainly a memorable, catchy tune, unlike the other two.




I'd rather have seen "Whoop That Trick" nominated.
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Mark Dujsik wrote:
I'd rather have seen "Whoop That Trick" nominated.


Me too. I think that was the one that was supposed to be nominated, given the characters censor the title themselves in the movie. Silly Academy; it could've saved itself the trouble of changing "bitch" to "witch" in every one of the song's 567 choruses.
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