With the Oscar nomination news now several hours old, many critics are doing that yearly ritual of lambasting and lampooning The Academy. The best and most astute observations noticed by at least one blogger today? Mick LaSalle of our very own San Francisco Chronicle. Witness:
The best picture contest will thus be decided between people who want to feel good about themselves (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and those who mistakenly see “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” as innovative. “The Reader” and “Frost/Nixon,” also nominated, won’t be a factor. The membership will split along age lines, too. Older voters, attracted to the original message that mortality is a really, really lousy thing, will favor “Benjamin Button,” and younger voters, who confuse muscular editing for passion, will favor “Slumdog.”
Of course, there’s an outside chance that the clueless vote will split, and “Milk” will somehow slip in there. But don’t count on that. The clueless vote seems in particularly strong force this season.
(H/T: Truth Dig)