NBC showcase announcement provide little to pump up excitement!
Sadly, the NBC show presented only a partial list of the award winners... and with such condescending manner. There was little real surprise for the list of the winners announced though, of course, I would have loved to see either the Coen Brothers or P.T. Anderson , or even Joe Wright carry off the win. Their films carry more artistic imagination and skills to offer what it takes to direct a film of such amazing and mind-blowing quality in so many areas of the art of film-making.
Frankly, I had found Julian Schnabel's The Driving Bell and Butterfly a torture to watch. It came off really as a new and fascinating 'Kervokian' mercy-killing tactic for hastening up the death of a stroke-stricken quadriplegic: I wasn't at all surprised to learn that Jean-Dominique Bauby just days after the publication of his memoirs. And I was disappointed that Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days was not the winning choice in the Best Foreign Language Film category. This film was so uncanny in its portrayal of harrowing and effectively compelling social realism in such film-making skills that really draw the audience into interactions with the characters and into the eventfully emotional situations just the sort of film-watching experience that genuine lovers of cinema appreciate.
I am also glad that Marion Cotillard won boy, her character in her film came through as powerful as Daniel Day-Lewis' character in his film. Both actors portrayed such amazingly mesmerizing and demanding multi-layered characteristics that can only be expected from superbly qualified actors. Like Day-Lewis, Cotillard does deserve her win. By the way, I was jumping with joy when I learned that the Coen Brothers won the Best Screenplay award. This and Atonement are such splendid and adaptations from the novels. I have to say that Ratatouille is the most brilliant original script.
I cheered to hear Cate Blanchett's name being announced for the win. Her role in I'm Not There is so strikingly captivating and memorable.
Not at all disappointed to find Juno not making any win. It's simply an over-rated film with salesman jargon to dump off a product - the illegitimate child of a promiscuous, unwed teen! And Ellen Page, as charismatically cute as she is, still has a long way to go to master roles of multi-layered traits and personality. Her performances in Juno is no different from her character performance in Hard Candy. So, anyone, complaining about Page being voted out of the win, is not adding excitement to the show.
I do miss the glizzy annual ceremony!
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