Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Daniel Day-Lewis in THERE WILL BE BLOOD.

80th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS... As expected, There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men and the so-called "Titanic for this generation" (minus James Cameron, Kate Winslet's knockers, the $600 million domestic box office gross and eye-popping visual effects), Atonement, got Best Picture nominations. However, Ridley Scott's American Gangster was surprisingly snubbed from the major categories...except for Best Supporting Actress (Ruby Dee) and a technical nom for Art Direction. Oh well.

Bumblebee in the city.

Also as expected (woohoo), Transformers got nominated not only for Best Visual Effects, but for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing as well. Winning all three will probably be a longshot, but Visual FX should be a lock. Never saw The Golden Compass, but I’m pretty sure the effects aren’t anything that we haven’t already seen in other fantasy flicks like The Chronicles of Narnia or Harry Potter. The effects work in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was awesome, but again, it’s nothing that we haven’t already seen in the first two POTC films.

Bonecrusher obliterates a bus on a freeway as he pursues the Autobots in TRANSFORMERS.

It would’ve also been cool if Steve Jablonsky got a Best Original Score nod for his music in Transformers. It’s gonna be a while till I stop listening to it on my car’s CD player while driving. You heard me. I listen to orchestral music instead of rap or punk rock while cruisin’ down the 60 Freeway. But that's only if I don't have passengers in my car.

Optimus Prime in TRANSFORMERS.

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