Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oscar nominations and drum

Well the Oscar nominations have been announced and are detailed below (main categories only – I will address them all when I post my predictions). I shall try to catch up on some of the films of note that I have missed in order to formulate my own predictions, which I will likely post a week or two before the ceremony.

Most surprising of all is the omission of Revolutionary Road, which I had expect to be included in Best film, and also best actress (although Kate Winslet is included for The Reader instead). I’m also a little disappointed that The Dark Knight didn’t get into more of the main categories, as I had hoped that it may have managed to sneak in a best picture and best director nomination. Oh well!

On an unrelated note, the red drum pad on my Guitar Hero drum kit stopped working a couple of days ago, just to prove that Red Octane’s equipment is also prone to occasional failures. It was, however, not just lacking sensitivity, but completely dead. Thankfully, HMV were extremely good and replaced this for me without any fuss or bother. As such HMV (which is already great in my book for customer service, has gone up even more). Oh, and I now have a working drum kit again… so Roz is happy :)

Oscars (main categories)

Best Film
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director
Gus Van Sant – Milk
Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry - The Reader
David Fincher - The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard - Frost/Nixon

Best Actor
Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn - Milk
Brad Pitt - The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin – Milk
Robert Downey Jr – Tropic Thunder
Phillip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath ledger – The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road

Best Actress
Anne Hathaway – Rachel
Angelina – Changeling
Melissa leo – Frozen River
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kate Winslet – The Reader

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams - Doubt
Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis - Doubt
Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler
Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Best Original Screenplay
Frozen River
Happy Go Lucky
In Bruges

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

1 comment:

Sinbad said...

Glad to hear you got your drums fixed so easily.

I think it's just generally hard to mass-produce something plastic (and therefore relatively cheap) that withstands someone bashing the living hell out of it on a regular basis. I'm actually quite surprised the drum controllers from both games stand up to as much abuse as they do. Mine's had a right thrashing for ages!