Normally about now, I’d be sharing my Oscar picks for this year, bu this year, I can’t be bothered. It’s not just that I haven’t seen any of the “Best Picture” nominee films, or the leading actors in their films, or the leading actresses. It’s that, of all the films nominated for all the Oscars, I’ve seen a grand total of 6:
- Cars, nominated for “Best Animated” and “Original Song”
- Click, nominated for “makeup”
- The Illusionist, nominated for “Cinematography”
- Pirates of the Caribbean, nominated for a handful of technical awards
- The Prestige, nominated for “Art Direction” and “Cinematography”
- Superman Returns, nominated for “Visual Effects”
This, out of a field of 58 films. This is not a percentage that inspires confidence in one’s ability to choose which worthies should walk out with a little gold statuette. 6 out of fifty-eight is a smattering – just over one of each ten.
It’s not that there weren’t any good films out this year – I’ve listed some above. It’s just that, of the films I’ve watched, most have not gotten the Academy’s nod. And most of the films that do have the AMPAS’ blessing either didn’t interest me, or didn’t play at our local multiplex (yes, you Galaxy – the theatre that kept Night at the Museum for 8 weeks, but Pan’s Labyrinth only for one).
So, no picks this year. Except to say that if Scorsese doesn’t win best director for Departed, it will be a shame (he’s been nominated for 7 other Oscars, 5 for directing).
Update: Okay, I caved and filled out one of these ballots (PDF). I’m not telling you my answers though, because I couldn’t stand the shame…