For years, I haven't been all that interested in going to the movies. I even canceled my Netflix subscription because the DVDs were sitting unwatched on my coffee table for months on end. I think it might be an ADD thing: most of my recent entertainment has been in the form of watching TV shows on DVD or fast-forwarding through very select cable shows on TiVo.
But starting in the fall, my interest in movie going became rekindled by a number of theater-related releases, a number of which received Oscar nods when the Academy Award nominations were announced this morning. Here's my decidedly myopic take on those nominations.
Of course, there's "Frost/Nixon" and "Doubt," both of which boast strong theatrical pedigrees. "Frost/Nixon" received five nominations, including one for best picture, and one for best actor, the marvelous Frank Langella. (Read my "Frost/Nixon" review here.) And then there's "Doubt," which also received five nominations, nearly all of them in the acting categories: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis all received nominations, a feat that replicates the play's showing in the 2005 Tony nominations. (Read my "Doubt" review here.) Both films also received nods in the best adapted screenplay category, which is also of theatrical interest given the original playwrights adapted their respective works for the screen, John Patrick Shanley for Doubt, and Peter Morgan for Frost/Nixon. (Oh, yeah, and Ron Howard was nominated for directing "Frost/Nixon," yadda yadda yadda.)
Beyond the stage-to-screen adaptations, there's the marvelous "WALL-E," which earned six nominations, including ones for best animated feature and best original screenplay. (Read my review of "WALL-E" here.) Regular readers will recall why this movie is of theatrical interest: in the course of the events in this lovely film, showtunes -- in particular, those from the film version of "Hello, Dolly!" -- play a significant role in nothing less than saving the frickin' world itself. I mean, what's not to love? I was disappointed that "WALL-E" didn't snag a nom for best picture, but it's pretty clear that the movie's going to win, at the very least, best animated feature. (It's up against "Bolt" and "Kung Fu Panda." Hello.)
Also of note: the well-received Gus Van Sant movie "Milk" garnered eight nominations, including those for best picture and best adapted screenplay. Yeah, this isn't really theater-related, but it is gay-related -- and, really, on some level, aren't they really the same thing? Of both theatrical and gay interest is the fact that hottie Hugh Jackman will host the February 22nd Academy Awards.
I may actually have to watch this year. Woof.