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Oscars 2006

Who should win Best Picture?

Brokeback Mountain9%[ 5 ]
Capote5%[ 3 ]
Crash22%[ 13 ]
Goodnight and Good Luck7%[ 4 ]
Munich57%[ 33 ]

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Oscar Nominations 2006

Here we go again - it's Oscar time. The Academy Awards nominations were announced today and contain the usual mixture of shoe-ins and outside chances.

As expected, Brokeback Mountain has grabbed the most nominations, sitting comfortably in eight categories. Ignored by most award ceremonies, Munich finally gets some recognition in multiple categories, and George Clooney is also looking forward to a good night, with both Goodnight and Good Luck and Syriana up for important gongs.

The all-important Visual Effects category is something of a mystery this year, with Revenge of the Sith rather inexplicably not in the running. While Narnia and War of the Worlds both showcased impressive work, excluding episode 3 does seem like an odd oversight.

It's a remarkably bold year for the Academy, with social and political movies filling the line-up, after last year's fantasy-fest. Whether they will play it safe on the night remains to be seen, however.

What do you all think? Let us know your opinions, and don't forget to vote in the Best Picture poll!

Click here to see the full nominations and place your vote!

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Posted: Tue, 31st Jan 2006, 3:20pm

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Oscar Nominations 2006, full list


Vote for Best Picture at the top of this page!

Best Picture
Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Crash
Good Night and Good Luck
Munich

Best Director
Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain
Bennet Miller - Capote
Paul Haggis - Crash
George Clooney - Good Night and Good Luck
Steven Spielberg - Munich

Best Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
Terrence Howard - Hustle and Flow
Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line
David Strathairn -Good Night and Good Luck

Best Actress
Judi Dench - Mrs Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman - Transamerica
Keira Knightley - Pride and Prejudice
Charlize Theron - North Country
Reese Witherspoon - Walk The Line

Best Supporting Actor
George Clooney - Syriana
Matt Dillon- Crash
Paul Giamatti - Cinderella Man
Jake Gyllenhaal - Brokeback Mountain
William Hurt - A History of Violence

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams - Junebug
Catherine Keener - Capote
Frances McDormand - North Country
Rachel Weisz - The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain

Best Original Screenplay
Crash
Goodnight and Good Luck
Match Point
The Squid and the Whale
Syriana

Best Adapted Screenplay
Brokeback Mountain
Capote
The Constant Gardener
A History of Violence
Munich

Best Animated Feature Film Of The Year
Howl's Moving Castle
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Wallace & Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

Achievement In Art Direction
Good Night, And Good Luck.
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
King Kong
Memoirs Of A Geisha
Pride & Prejudice

Achievement In Cinematography
Batman Begins
Brokeback Mountain
Good Night, And Good Luck.
Memoirs Of A Geisha
The New World

Achievement In Costume Design
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Memoirs Of A Geisha
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Pride & Prejudice
Walk The Line

Achievement In Film Editing
Cinderella Man
The Constant Gardener
Crash
Munich
Walk The Line

Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year
Don't Tell
Joyeux Noèl
Paradise Now
Sophie Scholl - The Final Days
Tsotsi

Achievement In Makeup
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
Cinderella Man
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures
(Original Score)
Brokeback Mountain
The Constant Gardener
Memoirs Of A Geisha
Munich
Pride & Prejudice

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures
(Original Song)
"In The Deep" - Crash
"It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" - Hustle & Flow
"Travelin' Thru" - Transamerica

Best Animated Short Film
Badgered
The Moon And The Son: An Imagined Conversation
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations Of Jasper Morello
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One Man Band

Best Live Action Short Film
Ausreisser (The Runaway)
Cashback
The Last Farm
Our Time Is Up
Six Shooter

Achievement In Sound Editing
King Kong
Memoirs Of A Geisha
War Of The Worlds

Achievement In Sound Mixing
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
King Kong
Memoirs Of A Geisha
Walk The Line
War Of The Worlds

Achievement In Visual Effects
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
King Kong
War Of The Worlds

Best Documentary Feature
Darwin's Nightmare
Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room
March Of The Penguins
Murderball
Street Fight
Best Documentary Short Subject
The Death Of Kevin Carter: Casualty Of The Bang Bang Club
God Sleeps In Rwanda
The Mushroom Club
A Note Of Triumph: The Golden Age Of Norman Corwin
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ARE YOU KIDDING ME???
Star Wars 3 DIDN"T get nominated for VFX OR SOUND????????????

that is ****ing RETARDED....

How did someone get nominated for supporting actor for cinderella man..??? wasn't cinderella man in last years oscars??

And once again, I havn't heard of half the movies that get nominated for the most stuff.... aka... Capote, Crash, Good Night and Good Luck.

... these get stupider every year...

-MAGIC
Posted: Tue, 31st Jan 2006, 4:09pm

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Most of the nominations are fairly decent this year, I reckon. However, the lack of ep3 in the visual effects category makes the whole thing a bit of a farce, really - particularly given that some categories have 5 nominated films. Why does visual effects only have 3, when there's plenty more than could have gone in (ep3, Serenity, Sin City...).

Very odd.
Posted: Tue, 31st Jan 2006, 4:18pm

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Soo dissapointed... lol
Episode 1 and 2 didn't get visual effects... and ep 3's were intense.. i've been rooting for ep3 to win it all year.. now not even nominated!
King Kong, Narnia and WorW were good.. but i sitll the ep3 shoulda taken it down... kind of like how ROTK won so many.. when it wasn't as good as the others.. kind of like a "pay off" from the academy for screwing them the two previous years....

Alot of the nominations seem decent tho.. just I'm really shocked at that one cuz i wanted it to win lol.. ddaanng

-MAGIC
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Looking back, this year hasn't really had many blockbuster films. I mean you have Revenge of the sith and War of the World's and some others but not as many as some years.
Posted: Tue, 31st Jan 2006, 4:47pm

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i thought i saw somewhere lucas himself saying he didnt expect anything because he's kind of an independant. which is why gary oldman couldn't play greivous... damn hollywood.... damn them all to hell.....
Posted: Tue, 31st Jan 2006, 4:54pm

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Star Wars EP3 not being in the "Achievement In Visual Effects" section is very annoying!

The amount of custom software and techniques created for EP3 is greater than the 3 nominated films put together! I wonder if its because many of the techniques were considered to be a development from the first 2 films?

King Kong made some decent software advances for the beast (skin, amazing fur and sub-surface scattering) but the rest of the 3D wasn't really that amazing at all. Exactly the same can be said for Narnia although they went about it their own unique way (even with Weta being involved).

War Of The Worlds wasn't really that impressive overall but had some nice effects in places...

Hmmm...
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I must agree with everyone else, why did Episode 3 not get a nomination for VFX, Sound or Music?
Posted: Tue, 31st Jan 2006, 4:58pm

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And Hayden for Best Actor!
Posted: Tue, 31st Jan 2006, 4:59pm

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Hehehe, lets not get carried away...

The more I watch EP3 the more hammy and lame it becomes.
Posted: Tue, 31st Jan 2006, 5:05pm

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I was right all along! Actually, the more I watch Ep III....the better...the last half hour is. God, A New Hope is good.

Out the movies nominated, Crash should win. But I have to say I'm dissapointed with the nominees this year. It looks to be a bunch of typical dramas. Interesting movies that should have gotten more nominations (King Kong, History of Violence, Sin City, Batman Begins) didn't and would have made the event more interesting to watch. Instead, it's a bunch of...dramas. Ordinary dramas.

I have to say, I'm not suprsied EPIII wasnt nominated for VFX, because everyone here knows I always felt they were a bit dodgy.

By the way, if Corpse Bride wins best animation over W&G or Moving Castle, I will leave filmmaking forever. Not really, but I like saying that
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I'm surprised (and very pleased) A History of Violence got nominated at all. Although I'd have gone for Ed Harris over William Hurt, myself. Also a bit peeved that it didn't get nommed for Best Makeup, when it had the best makeup I've seen the LotR orcses.

While most of the nominated films seem like fairly conventional, mundane dramas to us, you have to remember this is the Academy we're talking about here, a vastly reactionary bunch.

For them to nominate a Western featuring two gay leads, a film about racism in LA, an examination of the McCarthy era and the power of the media vs government and the hugely political powderkeg of Munich...well, that's pretty goddamn daring by Oscar's standards. Oh, plus there's a handy biopic called Capote that shouldn't offend anybody, so will probably win. razz
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When i read this i lost much of my respect for the Academy. Fair enough, George Lucas is an independent filmmaker - and so what? Episode 3 should win in best sound editing, best visual effects, best original score and i would love to see Ian McDarmid win for his stunning performance in Sith.
Posted: Tue, 31st Jan 2006, 5:47pm

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wow, this years acedmy awards nominees, really do suck...and i am a big fan of the oscars,

when i read the nominees for best picture, i realized i hadnt seen one of them, and infact brokeback mountain has not been seen by anyone at my school.


I only voted for munich becuase it was directed by steven speilberg,
lol


disapointed regards
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maybe Ep3 would have been nominated if Anakin and Obi-Wan had a homosexual love scene, or Padme wanted to abort the twins... that is where our society is going....
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GOD DAMN LIBERAL HOLLYWOOD MEDIA BIAS
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It is disappointing not to see Revenge of the Sith nominated for either Visual Effects or Musical Score and not to see King Kong nominated for Best Picture. I hated Revenge of the Sith but I loved the visuals and the music (John Williams is a genius).
Posted: Tue, 31st Jan 2006, 8:50pm

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I enjoy how most posts on here are bashing movies the people haven't even seen, or supporting George's pitiful attempts at recapturing the magic of the original trilogy. I think we all (as independent moviemakers) should sit back and think for a while about the droll nature of hollywood (or hollywood knockoff) plots, and then we will realise what superfluous people we've been. I don't make movies to please other people or conform to standards set by a group of cash-hungry fiends in southern California (I have nothing against California, but that's where hollywood happens to be), I make movies for myself, to express myself, and that's the true beauty of all art. You're probably not making millions making movies right now; you're doing it for you. So make movies you'll like.
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Tarn wrote:

Oh, plus there's a handy biopic called Capote that shouldn't offend anybody, so will probably win. razz
Were you being sarcarcastic?

Capote is about the author Truman Capote- an openly gay man, I might add- digging deep into the lives of two men to write his famous nonfiction book "In Cold Blood". Did I mention that those two men happen to be killers who slaughtered a whole family? And that Capote is waiting for them to be executed so that he can finish his book?

Yeah, none of that is controversial at all.
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Hehe, very true. But it's still a biopic, and the Academy luuurves bioipics. Capote still looks brilliant, though - Philip Seymour Hoffman has been long overdue a proper lead role and recognition.
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ROTS should be in VFX and music, no doubt. I haven't seen too many 2005 films. Munich looks great, but sort of depressing.
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I'm dissapointed that Electric Mans 8000 didn't even get nominated for 'Achievement in Costume Design'.
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/blush like a girl
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The lack of King Kong from any major displaying this year has made me loose all faith in the Academy. Same with Episode 3's absence from the Visual Effects Category... I thought King Kong's effects were better... but come on, Episode 3 is like 100% visual effects, and damn good ones too. (for the most part)

Oh, and Electric Mans 8000 also deserves -

"Achievement in Making Groups of Friends Piss Themselves With Laughter"
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People shouldnt vote if they havnt seen more than half of the films listed...
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Yeah I was shocked and angered that Ep. III didn't make Visual Effects or Sound...the only thing these people think Lucas is good for is makeup. Sheesh.

I havn't had a chance to see king kong, but the visuals look great...but man...episode III should be there on that list...there were only three visual effects nominations anyways. There were more than that for best picture.

Speaking of which, I havn't seen any of the movies on the best pictures list (only heard of one), and have only seen half of the rest of them. The oscar nominees are pretty poor this year... sad

I voted for Munich, like SMB, because its a steven speilberg film. And the fact its the only one I've heard of, seen the trailer for, ect.

-Landon
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Episode III did look good, but the three that are on list top it for sure.
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jstow222 wrote:

People shouldnt vote if they havnt seen more than half of the films listed...
People shouldn't care about the votes because the Oscars now officially suck.

Besides being slightly entertaining.
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How many of the films on the list have you actually seen? This is a very fair year.
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As said before, I'm dissapointed that some great movies didn't get more than one or none nominations. Weird.

I hope Philip Seymour Hoffman wins, since he's the bad guy in M:i-3! razz
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I read somewere that the Vissual effects section includes how well they mixed digital and practical effects. And Revenge of the sith had little if any practicle effects.
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Clintorules wrote:

I read somewere that the Vissual effects section includes how well they mixed digital and practical effects. And Revenge of the sith had little if any practicle effects.
Revenge of the Sith had loads of practical effects and miniatures. It's a common misconception that the prequels are fully-CG - it simply ain't so.

I think this year is a pretty good year for nominations, although the absence of major blockbusters will probably mean vastly reduced viewing figures over last year.

While King Kong was very entertaining, I don't think it belongs in the Best Picture category at all. Given another 6 months to perfect the visual effects and finish editing the movie, then I imagine it definitely should have been up for it. But not in its current flabby state.
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Tarn wrote:

But not in its current flabby state.
I thought Return of the King was also too flabby, and it won 11 Oscars. (Don't get me wrong, its still one of my favorite films, but I think the first two films were far more concise than ROTK)
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Evman wrote:

Tarn wrote:

But not in its current flabby state.
I thought Return of the King was also too flabby, and it won 11 Oscars. (Don't get me wrong, its still one of my favorite films, but I think the first two films were far more concise than ROTK)
Very good point! And I agree with you entirely. However, I'd argue that the situation was slightly different with RotK - a) because it was part 3 of a trilogy, so didn't have to go by normal film structure/pacing necessarily and b) we all know the Academy saw it as a way of honouring the entire trilogy.

Of course, if you ask me, 'b)' is the biggest crock of all - all three films should have won if they deserved it. A lot of people seem to agree that the first film is the strongest film of the trilogy. But, then, I suppose they were scared of awarding Fellowship just in case the next two turned out to be good too - which they did, of course.

Back to this year....

Just got back from seeing Munich with Cogz. Fantastic stuff, really superb filmmaking on all levels. But, then, that can be usually expected of Spielberg. What is truly, truly impressive is its absolute refusal to take political sides or comment on who is right and who is wrong.

Achieving that balance is quite astounding, especially given the current climate. Instead it places the events in front of you, and asks "so, what do you think?" It's a brave film that does that - I imagine most treatments of the material would have definitely taken a strong moral/ethical/political side, to the detriment of the film.

Of course, when it comes down to it, it does take a side: that peace is the only sane choice, and that killing and violence is a horrific thing (but is it sometimes necessary?).

Fascinating stuff, Spielberg's most assured and mature film by far, neatly avoiding any unwarranted sentimentality or melodrama. For a moment at the end I thought it had been afflicted with the "one scene too many" problem that his recent films have had, but it turns out the final scene is absolutely crucial to the telling of the story, and makes a final and very bold statement.

One film down, four to go!
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I'm really glad to have seen Munich, it truly was an excellent film. Although I found on leaving the cinema with not much to say, since there was so much to take in. It really put you back into the 70's right in the thick of it, trying to show you what happened from both sides. With perhaps the ending thoughts of, when is enough, enough.

On another note, talking with Tarn, it was cool to see the new Bond in action, making me even more excited to see Casino Royale.
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King Kong is the best movie I've seen in a long time, and I am really disappointed that it's not nominated for more.

It would have been a sin to not nominate KK when including Narnia in best visual effects. Narnia had some really glaring flaws and fairly poor character animation sometimes.

Star Wars should replace Narnia in that category.

I haven't seen any of the nominees for best picture, but I didn't really see many movies last year.

Once again the nominees are pretty predictable and disappointing, and once again I will not be watching the ceremonies. Even with Jon Stewart hosting.
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I have to admitt, Im a bit surprised to Sin City not included in best visual effects.
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in my opinion, sin city's effects were actually sort of primitive. I think it sort of got snubbed for art direction though
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Sin City's CG bits might have been a little obviously CG in places, but the use of greenscreen, makeup and grading is unrivalled. It did something that no other film (that I'm aware of) has managed successfully before. It was also a superb example of how visual effects can be used as part of the overall art design.

Then again, if they didn't nominate Star Wars, a blindingly obvious candidate, they probably didn't even realise that Sin City had special effects...
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I just wanted to say what a really great thread this is! Very interesting, and the best one in a long time (even if almost every single one is great).

Just wanted to get that off my heart. smile
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jstow222 wrote:

I have to admitt, Im a bit surprised to Sin City not included in best visual effects.
Also, Rodreguiez pissed off Hollywood by removing himself from the Director's assosciation, and allowing Frank Miller a co-directing credit, so basically all of Hollywood hates him, so no nominations.

(I think... if not that, something along those lines.)
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Right, I figured that had alot to do with it. The Academy Awards are quite political in that sense.
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Tarn wrote:

Sin City's CG bits might have been a little obviously CG in places
I do believe that was on purpose though, to make it more like the comics.
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I was thrilled to hear that Crash is nominated for so many awards because that was one of my favorite films I've seen this year. It just hit me in a good way, very funny but powerful.

If you haven't seen it, go rent it. You'll like it.

Andrew
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internet tip: If your name is TimmyD don't read or reply to this


I think that Corpse Bride was the best looking film of the year why didn't it get nominated for Visual Effects, Starwars is all been there done that, hum drum. Also it was the first feature to be shot digitally because it looked BETTER then it would on film. It was shot on 12 mega pixel Prosumer cameras, and it looked better then the film equipment that the industry swears by.

I do like the fact that no CGI films were nominated for best animated feature, ZING!
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Oh Corpse Bride.

/holds tongue
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Corpse Bride, though the only nominated animated feature i saw, was extremely dissapointing. In fact, i rather disliked it.
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A bit of friendly advice: do not praise The Corpse Bride in a place that Waser could see it. He can't hold his tongue forever. smile

Oh and for those interested, I didn't see The Corpse Bride and I don't think that I will.
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OH my goodness! the Oscars this year are the biggest disapointment, since they have ever started. And let me tell you why!
The intire hollywood industry is extremely liberal which = no morals (you all know its true) which = them bashing on Bush alot this year. Also its really stupid becuase they actors are voting for eachother! and they are basiclly saying "oh your so brave to try that and make cowboys gay(and trying to make dumb statement movies about goverment), so we will nominate your film" they all think the American people will enjoy this film when really no one cares about it at all, because the American people do have morals! And the people of world also still have morals and do not want to see a contraversial ideas, WE just want to be entertained! They are not making those movies for the passion of film anymore, it is all a political and liberal statement. And that is why the I am not watching the Oscars this year.
I hope you guys see my point of view, And I did not mean to offend any liberals here at fxhome, but all of my resorces have told me this, and one is a director (Blair Treu).
Well someone tell me how the Oscar's goes. confused
again I hope I did not offend anyone I am just telling the truth, from a real director.
-Aaron

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ssjaaron wrote:

And the people of world also still have morals and do not want to see a contraversial ideas, WE just want to be intertained! They are not making those movies for the passion of film anymore, it is all a political and liberal statement.
Are you saying that none of the Best Picture Nominees are entertaining? Have you seen them all?

Personally, I do want to see controversial ideas (handled well). I want my brain to be engaged. Do you honestly believe Munich and Brokeback Mountain are lacking in morals?

To me, Brokeback is simply a tragic love story, that just happens to feature 2 men. If that makes me a crazy liberal, so be it.

again I hope I did not offend anyone I am just telling the truth.
No, you're just stating your opinion. I see no "truth" in your post. Regardless of what a Power Rangers director tells you.
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No I wont see those movies because of my moral beliefs. But I did read about it and it just sound like a statement instead of a good old fashion entertaining movie. like KONG or star wars or Narnia or Rush hour or LOTR. I am just saying it feels like people are not doing it for the passion for film and entertainment, they are doing it for political or moral statements, which really bothers me. that’s all.
And no he did not just direct power rangers, he directs Disney movies and has done a lot of commercials, documentaries and he has working on a ton of other movies. sorry I made you mad, but if am just taking the opinion of a REAL director how working in Hollywood, and I don’t think you can get a better opinion
-Aaron
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The problem I have with your post is that Munich and Brokeback Mountain, if they do nothing else, positively drip with passionate film-making. I just cannot believe that Spielberg and Lee made them purely with political agendas in mind.

I also confused as to how your "morals" would prevent you from watching "Goodnight and Good Luck". In fact it worries me.

I found the crass racial stereotypes found in Star Wars: Epsiode 1 and the Rush Hour films far more offensive than anything in the Best film nominees.

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I'm pretty dissapointed Cinderella Man was not nominated for more categories, most notably best picture. I thought it was an excellent story of overcoming and achievement in America. It is also a bio-pic, just not as controversial. I will not discredit any of the current nominees, but how does Cinderella Man only get a nod in Achievement in....editing?

I too will not be watching; which is what I should of done during the globes.
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I really don't want to get into this discussion on this thread, but I think that it's every human being's moral obligation to themselves and the rest of humanity to get out of their comfort zone some of the time, to test their limits, experience something new, something different, something unbearably uncomfortable. Only after such experiences do we truly think about who we are, what we stand for, and if our beliefs are well founded. For a pacifist, that may mean watching a violent movie, for a conservative, that may mean watching a movie that criticizes the president of the US; in both cases the movie may be the same. The idea of true entertainment is not escapism but intellectual stimulation, which may be attained by watching a film that puts you out of your comfort zone, that goes against your morals, so you reconsider your beliefs, and either alter or reinforce them.

So go watch Brokeback mountain and Syriana, maybe see Harold and Maude, read a book by Hemmingway instead of J.K. Rowling, because as much as enjoy it (and I don't deny I do), we can learn much more about ourselves through interpretive realistic films and literature, rather than forays into worlds of fantasy.

And yes, I believe hollywood is conservative. It's a matter of relativity. Hollywood is less conservative than the majority of the American public, so they view hollywood as liberal. Yet other people in the world than Americans watch hollywood films and hang on every word and action of the American government, so Americans need to remember there is a world out there that's not the United States. Have compassion for your fellow humans, even if they're of a different nationality. Love thy neighbor. I am a patriotic citizen of the United States.

Henry Reich
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I don't want to argue about whether this is "liberal" or "conservative" or whether the Academy never chooses good, fun movies. The only problem I have with the nominations for Best Picture is that they're going to pick Brokeback Mountain.*

There's going to be the people saying the Academy only picked it for its controversial content and movement towards the "gay culture", and there's going to be the ones saying the Academy picked it for it's incredible story and such. The shame is neither group will be able to understand each other becuase they're both biased- ones who don't want it to win, and the ones who do want it to win (both mainly becuase it's a "gay" film).

I am one of those biased people. Personally, I don't want it to win becuase I think it's much too overhyped simply because people think it's "controversial". I don't find two ranch boys "falling in love" to be so much controversial as it is trying to push the limits on how people will react to a film with such content. Maybe Ang Lee deserves best director, and Michelle Williams deserves best supporting actor- I've heard only the best about them. But I have not seen it.

Though I have only heard great things about all the nominees for Best Picture, I voted for Capote.



*If they don't, then I will eat a bullet
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jstow222 wrote:

Corpse Bride, though the only nominated animated feature i saw, was extremely dissapointing. In fact, i rather disliked it.
My expectations for Corpse Bride were low, and I enjoyed myself when I watched it, that’s really all I ask of movies I watch, of course Tim Burton will never again direct something as brilliant as Ed Wood. I really don’t think I would have enjoyed a movie like Corpse Bride when I was a teenager, and as far as I can tell most people who hate it fall in that category, or the disappointed Nightmare Before Christmas fans. And I don’t really belong to either crowd; although my view may be skewed as I do enjoy stop motion. However I find it entertaining that while people will say they did not enjoy it, aren’t directly contradicting my point that Corpse Bride was in fact an achievement in visual effects. And that has little to do with whether or not anyone enjoyed the film. I would never argue that it was the best picture; because I’m sure it’s not.
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It's time for Mr Pencil to eat a bullet. razz
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Well, Crash won, showing you that THE LOOPY LIBERALS ARTE ATEAEATE ITY AGIAN! GOSH DARN THEM BLACK HOMO SEXUALZS!


I mean God, it felt great to vote for a winner smile Save ROTK, this is the first time my pick (out of the 5) actually won.


.....hehehhe.....matt pugh

also, concerning corpse bride. I should get on that law suit against Tim Burton. The movie literally blew my ass off of my body. It was terrifying.
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I saw Good Night and Good Luck tonight. It was ok, but I liked king kong a lot more as well as Munich. Still have 3 more on the list that I got to see, then I'm also going to see Cinderalla Man, and Seriana. I've also seen the Constant Gardner, and I belive that was it for all the nominated and contenders for best picture. Once I see all those movies, then I'll make my own opinon. smile
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I was quite disappointed when:

Kong won with special effects. I think War of the Worlds deserved it.

John Williams lost to that Brokeback composer. I'm an avid fan of Williams, and I think it's very obvious that both Munich and Memoirs of a Geisha has music that was 100 x better than Brokeback's score.

Best picture. Crash was good... but Munich deserved it.
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And you deserve to be scourged for your sciolism.
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Munich was about in the middle for me as far as Acadamey award nominees for best picture goes. The one I really liked was Capote, although I have not seen crash yet. Brokeback Mountain was ok, and Good Night and Goodluck was a snooze fest, and it was basically just Hollywood pushing a political agenda, which imo, some one should call them on because its dishonest. I thought Cinderalla Man was really good and deserved a nomination. It was 100x better then Good Night and Good Luck, and about 10x better than Brokeback mountain, and I even liked it a little better then Munich. Although it was about on par with Capote for me. Anyways I really think some of the movies nominated did not deserve to be up there, and were only there simply because the people who nominated those movies felt that "it was relevent to todays society, so that's why it could be best picture." which to me does not cut it. The best picture of the year should be the most craftly made movie thats enjoying and engaging to watch. It doesn't neccessarily have you leave the theater happy, like Schindler's list or Saving Private wouldn't, but it should make you leave the theater amazed. Brokeback and especially Good Night and Good luck did nothing of the sort. And that's my speel on that. I wanted to wait till I had seen crash to post something, but w/e. I'm sure it was good for w/e it was.

But none the less, half of the nominations are a fraud and didn't deserve to be called, "best picture nominee"
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Yes, but we can only hope that Cars wins best picture next year.