So, Heath Ledger died. And a lot of people are really straining to convince me that he was no less than an acting god. It would not surprise me to find out that his body will be marched from New York City back to his native Western Australia. Yes, it would require especially long bamboo reeds to traverse the ocean, Ledger’s Lasses (or Lads) should probably get on that.
I am sad to see the guy go. I thought he was great in Brokeback Mountain and I was looking forward to his sick turn in The Dark Knight. Oh, and he was in the middle of filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Paranassus (shockingly not related to Mr Magorium or his Wonder Emporium) for the world’s unluckiest filmmaker Terry Gilliam. For more evidence see the ill-fated Depp starring Don Quixote update The Man from La Mancha.
Other tragic news: snubs galore for David Fincher and Zack Snyder. Two of the most visually fascinating movies of the year 300, and Zodiac both failed to snag even one nom from the Academy of Motion Pictures and Film Sciences (I don’t know if that’s what they’re called, I’m just making shit up now). Those smart cats did manage to nominate Norbit though -albeit in the makeup category.
One thing that pisses me off is Cate Blanchette’s double nominations for Elizabeth 2: The Legend of Columbus’ Gold (make it happen Hollywood) and that Bob Dylan gimmick picture in which she (a woman no less!) plays Bob Dylan alongside such odd choices like Mr. Batman Christian Bale and the recently deceased Mr. Joker, Heath Ledger. (too soon boo!)
First off, I love the fact that people still have residual highs from Elizabeth I that they somehow convinced themselves that anything in that rotten sequel was worthy of recognition.
Did I mention that Gone Baby Gone, which rocked until the ending went too far, got only the one nom for Best Supporting actress?
oh well, another year, another attempt to convince everyone that these awards mean anything to anyone outside of those people who write blurbs on DVD boxes. I’ll be back with my predictions after I sit through some more movies I enjoy less than most of the summer blockbusters.