Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Finally, a reasonably righteous Oscar nomination list. It's even better than the Golden Globes lists because, unlike the Globes, they recognized Naomi Watts, which is always a good thing. There were two criminal omissions in Hope Davis and Scarlet Johansson, but it wouldn't be the Oscars without some criminal omissions. They improved infinitely on the Globes by actually nominating a song from A Mighty Wind. How could an awards show not nominate at least one?

Where Hollywood most expresses itself politically is in the Feature Documentary and the Foreign Film categories. The Fog of War (a movie about Robert McNamara's endless Vietnam America culpas, and The Weather Underground fill the bill here. The Academy's description is interesting:

As frustration mounted during the 1960s among groups opposing the Vietnam War, disenchanted members of the Students for a Democratic Society formed a radical offshoot called the Weathermen. Dedicated to the overthrow of the American political and economic systems, the group embarked on a campaign of violence that would eventually force many of its members into hiding.

"Violence" is a euphemism here. People were murdered in terrorist attacks by these people. My interest in these people is the same as the audience's interest in Charlize Theron's character in the film Monster.

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