Friday, December 19, 2003

Killing Him Softly, by Charles Krauthammer

Washington Post

"The race is over. The Oscar for Best Documentary, Short Subject, goes to . . . 'Saddam's Dental Exam.'" Krauthammer thinks that the medical exam images of Saddam helped demystify him. Didn't see the exam on the Golden Globes nominee list.

But I did see many good nominations this year. I'm happy to see both Return of the King and Master and Commander for best drama. Lost in Translation deserves its spot on the best comedy list, though it's more a drama than a comedy. Jack Black, Johnny Depp, and Billy Bob Thornton are all great choices for best comedic actor, though I'm also not sure if Pirates of the Caribbean is really a comedy. I hear Bad Santa is underrated, so Thornton's nomination was unexpected. Scarlett Johansson was also great in Lost in Translation, so I'm glad she's nominated. Peter Sarsgaard, the guy who played Charles Lane in Shatted Glass, is nominated for best supporting actor. Also good call on giving Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Peter Jackson (LOTR), and Peter Weir (Master and Commander) director nominations. And Howard Shore gets another nomination for LOTR. All in all, relatively few of the movies or actors I really liked this year are left off the list (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Adaptation, 28 Days Later, Dirty Pretty Things, and Matchstick Men are the exceptions). Didn't see American Splendor, The Station Agent, or Whale Rider, so I can't comment on their omission.

And last but not least, Pearl Jam was nominated for best original song with "Man of the Hour" from Big Fish. Pretty cool.

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