I couldn't possibly be any more bored by the Academy Award nominations.
Little Miss Sunshine for best picture? Sure, it was funny and sort of sweet and Abigail and Toni were outstanding. I'll give you that. But it's not so much best picture material. And Babel? This year's Crash: Contrived. Heavy-handed. "Gritty." After a half hour or so, I though to myself "Okay, okay, I get it – Brad Pitt wants an Oscar." In reality, it's nothing you won't forget ten minutes after leaving the theater. Exceptions: solid performances by Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi.
In fact, most of this year's women nominees give far superior performances than their male counterparts. This is the year of the ass-kicking actress, friends. To wit: Judy I-Have-More-Talent-in-my-Left-Toe-Than-all-the-Best-Actors-Combined Dench, Meryl "That's all" Streep, Penelope So-Much-More-Than-a-Pretty-Face Cruz, Helen Stiff-Lipped Mirren, Jennifer "I'm Not Goin'" Hudson, et. al. gave us deliciously and unapologetically strong, confident women to lap up. And let's not forget the small screen: America Ferrera, Sandra Oh, and Ali Larter (Niki Sanders – Heroes).
Hillary, looks like this might be your year. Go get 'em.
And the nominees are . . . (with Josh & Josh favorites in bold)
BEST PICTURE: The Departed, Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen
BEST ACTOR: Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond), Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson), Peter O'Toole (Venus) and Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness)
BEST ACTRESS: Helen Mirren (The Queen), Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal), Penelope Cruz (Volver), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) and Kate Winslet (Little Children)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls), Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) and Mark Wahlberg (The Departed)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Adriana Barraza (Babel), Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Rinko Kikuchi (Babel)
BEST DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese (The Departed), Clint Eastwood (Letters From Iwo Jima), Stephen Frears (The Queen), Paul Greengrass (United 93) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel)