It’s that time of year again. The political commercials are flooding the airwaves and the debates are endless. What a perfect time to look back at one of the best debates ever, and one of the debaters wasn’t even a presidential nominee. This is Frost/Nixon.
Original date of publication, March 24, 2009. The Slate
There is a scene near the end of “Frost/Nixon” where former Pres. Nixon talks to David Frost about liking people and being liked; “That… facility you have with people. That lightness. That charm. I don’t have it. Never have. Makes you wonder why I chose a life which hinged on being liked.”
I also wondered why he chose that life. Nixon probably thought that if he was re-elected to the presidency then people would still like him, which brought about actions to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters. This never crossed Nixon’s mind as being wrong because doing something illegal in the interest of the country, “means it’s not illegal.”
Which of these nine films will get the coveted Oscar for Best Picture?
Edited on Feb. 18
OSCAR TIME!!! This is definitely the favorite time of year for a lot of people, especially those over analytical Oscar bloggers — which, with this blog post, I feel like I’m becoming. The Oscars are about three weeks away, but a slew of major award shows are over
(save for BAFTA), so some races might be easier to call than others. Let’s take a look at the major categories and what we can expect, anything from shoo-ins and potential races. Buckle your seatbelts, it’s going to be a (potentially) bumpy ride!
Two films lead the pack of nominees, Hugo with 11 and The Artist with 10, and while the film with the most nominations usually wins the top prize, Hugo hasn’t won a slew of major pre-cursor awards (the PGA and DGA both give their top honors to The Artist). Sight unseen, Hugo is a fantastic visual phenomenon that would do nicely in the technical categories, but without any recognition from the actors (no SAG nominations or acting Oscar nominations), I wouldn’t expect it to take the top prize. And lets be real, it’s no LoTR.
Jean Dujardin and Uggie relax over breakfast following The Artist's best picture win.
The Artist is the frontrunner to take the prize. With plenty of critics group and industry awards under its belt, it seems almost inevitable that it’ll win. This little silent film first broke out at Cannes last year — where it competed against fellow Best Picture nominee The Tree of Life for the Palme d’Or (which TToL won) — and won the best actor prize for star Jean Dujardin. Who would have thought buzz for this film could have been built up since it’s showing last May? With
mirroring nominations from BAFTA seven BAFTA wins including best film, The Artist is a darling among actors, directors and technicians. With such widespread support it seems to can’t lose unless….
The Descendants pulls an upset. With five nominations in all the key categories, this George Clooney vehicle is a critics and industry favorite just like The Artist, just with half the nominations (due to a lack of tech nominations). And then there’s the SAG-winning The Help, which won three of its four nominations including best ensemble — Jessica Chastain lost to co-star Octavia Spencer. Could support from just the actor’s branch put this film over the edge? With actors making about maybe 1/5 of Academy membership, it’s possible.