Originally posted by Ermo
Anybody see all five Best Picture nominees?
Care to make any predictions ... or at least express a preference?
To be honest, I can't remember for sure what got nominated. I've seen Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Goodnight/Good Luck, and Munich. I think all 4 of them did plus, if memory serves, Memoirs of a Geisha. Of the ones I've seen, I think Brokeback will win "Best Picture" and "Best Director" and probably "Best Supporting Actress"(Michelle Williams), and William Seymore Hoffman will win "Best Actor" for Capote. There's an outside chance George Clooney will get "Best Director" for Good Night/Good Luck, but I suspect they want to give it to Ang Lee.
For anybody who hasn't seen Brokeback, especially if you were put off by the subject matter and most especially, I think, if you are a woman, you should. As a matter of fact, it may make an excellent Valentines Day weekend date flick. I saw it first in New York--in Chelsea where it first opened--because I figured they'd never show it here in Arizona. But when they surprised me and did show it, I went again as much to see what kind of business it did as anything. Turns out it did very good business and all the comments I overheard from the audience after it was over were very positive. The elderly lady right behind me said (slight paraphrase) "Oh, I didn't know it would be like THAT" to her equally elderly husband. I think she was crying.
Just for the record, I'll make one comment that folks who have seen it will understand: I think the portrayal of the initial (sexual) encouter between Jack and Ennis is very wrong. It's one of only 2 such encounters--both quite tastefully done, really--portrayed but I think the tone is off and the second such encounter is much more like what would likely have taken place given the other circumstances of the script. Just a thought, but for me it's the movie's one weakness.