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The year’s most prestigious popularity contest

Put on your best frock: the nominations for the 2007 Academy Awards are in. As usual, I’ve seen virtually none of the films in the list, including none of those in the Best Picture, Acting, and Directing categories. Of the ones that I have seen, I don’t think there can be any doubt that Cars deserves the Animated Feature Film award, while the nomination of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan for - wait for it - Writing (Adapted Screenplay) only serves to make me wonder if the people who put these lists together actually understand the concept of writing (for those who don’t know, Borat, although based on a general outline, is largely comprised of improvised, unscripted encounters with real people). Meanwhile, the fact that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest can now claim four nominations to its name simply serves to highlight something I pointed out last year: not all Oscars are created equal, but it seems absolutely ridiculous that this dumb and overlong popcorn flick can actually claim to have received more nominations than something like, say, Gangs of New York (2002), whose nominations were in categories that actually matter, like Best Picture and Best Director.

Of the films listed, the one that has racked up the largest number of nominations is Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, with an impressive six categories to its name. I’ve not seen the film yet, but I really want to - the stills I’ve seen look absolutely amazing. Warner owns the rights in the US, so I’m going to wait patiently in the hope that it sees an HD DVD release before the year is out.

 
Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 6:49 PM | Comments: 3
Categories: Cinema

 
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1.

the nomination of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan for - wait for it - Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Er, adapted from what?

Posted by: Baron Scarpia, January 23, 2007 7:51 PM

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Adapted from a story treatment by most of the same writers, apparently!

From IMDB:

Sacha Baron Cohen (screenplay) &
Anthony Hines (screenplay) &
Peter Baynham (screenplay) &
Dan Mazer (screenplay)

Sacha Baron Cohen (story) &
Peter Baynham (story) &
Anthony Hines (story) &
Todd Phillips (story)

More proof, if proof be needed, that the whole system is whack.

Posted by: Whiggles, January 23, 2007 9:29 PM

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"I don't think there can be any doubt that Cars deserves the Animated Feature Film award"
Right...

Posted by: ARCVILE, January 24, 2007 9:36 PM

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