Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Oscar Season 2005

This year's Oscar Nominations are January 31st, 2006 and the Awards Ceremony is on March 5th. As an "artiste"—whatever the bloody hell that means—I wish I could say I didn't care about the Oscars. Really. But I do. Oh how I care...

This filmmaker has said almost exactly how I feel about it:

"I don't know what kind of lies filmmakers tell you, and I could be accused of vanity for admitting I think about it," says director Bennett Miller," whose "Capote" put Philip Seymour Hoffman in the best-actor race. "I think it's vanity ... to say that you don't. Because you do."

Even to have your film get an Oscar Nomination is huge.
Even to have your film considered for an Oscar Nomination is huge.
Even to have a film worthy enough of an Oscar Nomination is huge.

But to win an Oscar? Holy Christ. It's the like the Mother Lode!

And I'm not stupid about confusing the award as the end all goal of filmmaking: winning an Oscar isn't that important in itself—honestly, it's not cool or really very nice to be labled "better" than other filmmakers because that feels chinsey and small—it's that winning an Oscar opens up more doors for you to make better movies. Forever. That's the biggest Kahuna Burger you could ever order. Which is one tasty burger.

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