I don’t really take the Oscar nominations very seriously, but after Paul Giamatti won pretty much every acting award given out in 2003, you’d think that he would have at least been nominated for an Oscar for acting in Sideways. After all, his performance was one of the things I liked best about what I found to be an overrated film (by the way, with Giamatti not getting a nod, I’d imagine that Sideways probably will not win in the best pic race–just a hunch). Hasn’t Giamatti been overlooked a few times before (Man on the Moon, American Splendor)?
In other news, how did Taylor Hackford get nominated for an Academy Award for Ray? And it looks like the road is being cleaered for Marty Scorsese to finally get his statue for best director. I’ll make some predictions later, maybe (I’d propose an Oscar pool, but I’m not sure I’ll have time to organize it). By the way, can anyone tell me how Before Sunset is an “adapted screenply?” Is it adapted simply because it’s based on characters from a prior film? Very happy it got at least one nomination, but the category is a bit odd.
Leaving town (and blog) for a few days, so expect continued limited posting.