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January 28, 2008


Hey Danny, I'm doing this so I can finally be the 1st commentor on your popular blog!
Also, I've seen quite a few of these. Here's who I'd like to win:

Picture -- Atonement
Actor -- Clooney, because he seemed so sad that he made me cry.
Actress -- Ellen Page. I haven't seen La Vie en Rose, and while Julie Christie was good, Ellen Page was perfect.
Supporting Actor -- Tom Wilkinson or Hal Holbrook. They were both terrific.
Supporting Actress -- Saoirse Ronan

Daniel Day Lewis was great, but the movie just wasn't my cup of tea.

I too thought that Julie Christie was fantastic (and unbelievably beautiful) in "Away From Her" but "Juno" sure was a lot of fun and Ellen Page MADE that movie. Quite a few really interesting films still left to see.

I haven't seen a thing this year. Not a thing. (Okay I saw Sweeney Todd, which was certainly great.) And I thought the Oscars bottomed out the year of Titanic, but it truly was Gladiator that forever crushed my Oscar spirit.

On a side note, please tell your friend Quinn that her performance in the Goodbye Girl was and is one of my all-time favorites ever. I saw it twice in the movies (I am two years her senior) and a hundred times since. And as years go by and the movie loses small bits of its charm to the changing times, her performance remains pristine and perfect.

Please tell her that.

Just to make clear I have always adored Julie Christie and I haven't even seen her new movie... The marital strife should be caused because you sneaked off to see it without me... You know that's only allowed for very depressing french films... But speaking of French films, La Vie En Rose is now one of my favorites of all time and I have to say I don't think I have ever seen a more remarkable performance than Marion Cotillard's, a fact I have been shouting from the rooftops lately, but which I feel I must whisper in front of this year's four other divine nominees and all the other actresses I love so much. But Marion is magnifique and nothing would make me happier than to see an Oscar so well placed.

Danny, I agree with you about Amy Ryan, I hope she wins it. I totally respect Ruby Dee, but I didn't think her part in American Gangster was all that interesting.

Up here in Canada there has been some grumbling that Gordon Pinsent didn't get nominated for his role opposite Julie Christie. But I think I am cheering for Ellen Page for Juno.



You have to see "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly". I admit I haven't seen "There will be blood". I don't think I can get myself to see a movie with that title. But, the directing in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is hard to beat.

It is based on a true story of a man who had a stroke at 42 and can only move his left eye. The director shows him waking up in the hospital and the first half an hour of the movie shows the world looking at it from the patient's perspective. So you see what he sees out of his eye.

It is brilliantly done and hard to beat. I hope that director wins--awesome job!!!

I loved Julie Christie in "Away From Her". What a fabulous actress!

Fun read Danny--enjoyed your predictions.

To me the only film that came out this year which I consider a work of genius which will endure forever is "Hairspay." And it didn't seem to get noticed by the Academy at all. Bunch of boobs. I would put "Lars and the Real Girl" over most of those nominated.

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