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And the Oscar goes to…

February 20, 2009

The Oscar night is just couple of days away and the buzz this time is bigger than ever. Slumdog Millionaire and Curious Case of Benjamin Button have been nominated for 10 and 13 awards respectively, but which among the 5 (The Reader, Milk, Frost/Nixon being the other three) has a chance of winning the Oscar? Here’s what I think about the 5 movies nominated for Best Picture in Oscars this year.

1. Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Inspired by the 1921 short story of the same name by F.Scott Fitzgerald, this Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett starrer directed by David Fincher has been nominated for 13 categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay. The theme, story, narration, direction, acting, special affects, music could work out to be the biggest crowd pullers for this flick, but it’s just too long. It does have a good chance of winning in Art Direction, Visual Effects, Makeup, Costume Design. But for Best Picture, it maybe not be the hot favourite.

2. Slumdog Millionaire: This one is a hot favourite this year! And out of the 10 nomination, I am sure it will bag atleast 5 of those awards including Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screeplay, Best Direction. Read the complete movie review here.. It’s no longer an underdog at the Oscars, it has already earned $150 million across the world and after having won too many awards, it will bag few here too. This is my second favourite among the five Oscar nominated movies this year for Best Picture. I hope Rahman bags an oscar!..:)

3. Milk : Woah! What a movie…I never thought I would watch a film which has a decent amount of Homosexuality in it. After having been disappointed while watching “Brokeback Mountain”, this film with a awesome performance by Sean Penn has broken some prejudices which I have had before. For an Indian, it’s a big thing to say because Homesexuality is still a crime here in India! The film is a lot more than just about Harvey Milk and a bunch of other gays, lesbians. It’s about the zeal to fight for your rights, right to survival, right to freedom, right to life. The unusual combination of Political Activism and standing up for your friends is what makes this film my favourite among the 5 this year. Although I still doubt if it will win the Oscar for Best Picture, I believe it deserves the award more than any other flick this year…:)

4. Frost/Nixon: Another brilliantly narrated movie about the series of interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon, few months after Nixon’s resignation as the President of United States of America. Frank Langella brilliantly portrays the role of Nixon and is wonderfully supported by Micheal Sheen as David Frost. Watch Nixon in that final breakdown scene! I doubt if it’s gonna win the Oscar for Best Picture, but definitely the one which shouldn’t be missed if you love the genre of Drama. Definitely one of the Best Political movies I have seen in recent years.

5. The Reader: This movie starring Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes directed by Stephan Daldry, is about the consequences that we face in our lives. Based on the events post the second world war, the major part of the movie revolves around the trial of few women who worked for Hitler’s SS during the World War. Kate Winslet delivers a brilliant performance and has a very good chance of winning the Oscar for Best Actress. Also the make up department is a good contender, but I doubt if it’s going to win Best Picture. The mood of the film contradicts everything that we desperately need to project across the world through films at this point of time. By the way, if you are in India, I am sure, this movie won’t release for a long long long time because of Kate Winslet! . So, make sure you watch it by some other means.


Interestingly, the movies which have won at the Golden Globe for Best Drama, have sometimes not been awarded the Oscars. In the past 12 years, only six times did the Oscars and Golden Globe awards went to the same movie. And none in the last 4 years. But this year, it might change. This year, Slumdog Millionaire might win the Oscar for Best Motion Picture. But my personal choice is Milk. Let’s wait till the 22nd Feb, 2009 to find out to whom the Oscar goes to….

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  1. February 21, 2009 3:52 am


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