Oscars 08

I prefer the Razzies to be honest because they are so much fun, do not take themselves seriously and the deserving person or movie always wins the award. On the other hand the Oscars are like those football and cricket matches that promise a lot and deliver below par. This year it was an extremely boring ceremony in spite of the effort put in by Jon Stewart.

For starters the red carpet was disappointing. Out of all the celebrities Regis was the best dressed !! As for the awards, I was rooting for Juno all through but I guess an Indie flick getting nominated is more than the makers would have expected. I have seen Atonement, No country for old men and Michael Clayton. No Country for old men is an amazing movie and deserved all the accolades that came its way but Michael Clayton was plain boring despite the fact that I love George Clooney. Out of all the awards the one that I thought was the most deserving was the one won for the best song by Glen and Marketa for the movie Once. It is a lovely movie and a must watch for indie film lovers.

It was good to see lots of Non-Americans and Non-Englishmen doing well this time. It was also good to catch a glimpse of Johnny Depp. This guy is incredible. The fact is critically acclaimed movies this year – with the exception of Juno dealt with dark themes and were not the kind of films one would root for. I guess awards are not the yardstick to judge a movie’s merit.

PS: SRK and Kareena won the Filmfare awards this year. Both are my favourites. Atleast I agree with one jury.

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13 Responses to Oscars 08

  1. Bharat says:

    I am not sure why i’m voicing my opinion here, but well..

    Did you really watch the whole thing?
    – The oscars is not just the red carpet. As for a girl, i think all the dresses would be something to look out for. This is the _only_ event where people do that kind of dresses.
    – John Stewart was good. He has been recalled, because of it. You have to know a little about the US politics to get his jokes. At least, way better than last years’ Ellen with her non-jokes. I like her, but she was awful there.
    – You found no country “amazing” and Clayton boring? Ever watched “The Firm” or “Rainmaker”?
    – Why is “Non-Americans and Non-Englishmen” getting awards a good thing? Do you understand the other languages? Well, i don’t.
    – Marion Cotillard is gorgeous and i liked “A Good Year” but i can’t i don’t know french. So, actually i cannot even comment how she was.
    – You “love” Kareena? What has the world come to? 😮

    Rest, i whole heartedly agree 🙂

  2. Namrata says:

    @Bharat – I think I said ‘for starters the red carpet…’. I watched the whole show live dude like I have been doing for the past few years. As for Michael Clayton – it is my opinion. Perfectly ok if you disagree. I got all the Hillary and Obama jokes – gimme a break even a high school student would get that. Btw when did I say that Jon Stewart was’nt good. Looks like you need to read the post before you comment.

  3. Prateek G V says:

    Just wanted to mention my favorite part of the Oscars – ‘Best Animation Movie’, and the award goes to ‘Ratatouille’. 🙂 Applause!!

  4. Bharat says:

    Hehe, didn’t mean to flame. seems like you did.. 🙂 Btw, circumventing around words isn’t a good reply 😛
    The point is i love watching it, comparing it to razzies sounded to me like
    “Ha! champagne is dull. i like pauva better coz it gets me drunk faster” .
    Hence, my comment..

  5. Namrata says:

    @Bharat – you do not have to justify yourself. Also anything to do with alcohol even analogies do not make any sense to me 🙂

  6. Sankalp says:

    I have taken it upon myself to spread the light of knowledge (about alchohols):

    Bharat probably meant tharra. Pauva signifies a quantity, usually 180ml.

    pauva – a quarter
    (pauva < adda Class”

  7. Sankalp says:

    I can’t delete my own comment? Damn!

    What I actually said was this:

    Bharat probably meant tharra. Pauva signifies a quantity.

    pauva – a quarter, usually 180ml
    (pauva < adda < khamba)

    The analogy:
    Champagne Class < Mass

  8. Sankalp says:

    Something really wrong with the comment posting… my comments aren’t coming right.

  9. bhargava says:

    Frankly most of the John Stewart’s jokes went OTH. Ellen DeGeneres was awesome last year.
    I thought Ellen Page looked incredible at the red carpet. I love the way she talks.
    Atonement was good, watched No Country… in fast forward mode and yes Micheal Clayton was boring (didn’t like Clooney’s performance – he was better in Oceans 11&12).

    i was rooting for Juno too. i’ve become a HUGE fan of Diablo Cody (she rocks!!), Jason Reitman (his debut film was awesome too)and Ellen Page (i love her 🙂 ) after watching the film. Nearly cried watching Cody’s thankyou speech (donno why). btw she has a cool tattoo on her arm 🙂

    me desperately waiting for the T.V Series “The United States of Tara” to premiere – created by Steven Spielberg, written by Diable Cody, directed by Jason Reitman and starring Toni Collette – you can’t have a better team than this.

    the best part was the film made with a grand and a couple of handycam’s getting an oscar.

    oh ya, Kareena totally deserved the award. loved her performance in JWM even though i hate her sooooo much.

  10. rahul says:

    the main problem with Oscars is that their jury doesn’t recognize comedies

    “Knocked Up” deserved at least a nomination

    Having said that, they don’t even recognize entertaining action flicks like Bourne

  11. Sandeep says:

    tch…tch… did not see the oscars this time….nevertheless *Standing Ovation
    from me for giving Ratatoulie, the best animation picture….honestly, i felt bad when the hero died in “No country for old men”….and did not get what the director was trying to get across in “There will be blood” though Daniel-Day-Lewis was awesome……Keep blogging 🙂

  12. Rakesh Datta says:

    i hate all these award shows…we get an overdose of them here. And well i did not much like some of the nominated movies this year. I could not stand juno and had to fight sleep watching ‘There will…’.Call it unrefined tastes… but i can’t help it.
    And thanks sankalp for your enlightening comment on tharra measures…he he

  13. patrick says:

    Atonement was a great flick; it looked and felt a lot like Pride and Prejudice… come to think of it, both movies have the same director, leading lady, both are based on books and both take place in England

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