Oscar 2006 – For Your Consideration
Turns out pundits have already begun predicting Oscar contenders for next year. As much as I hoped Spielberg's War of the Worlds would be one of them, well … it wasn't that popular a film, and, even the very much deserving Spider-Man 2 didn't get it last year simply coz it was a Hollywood blockbuster. Even though characterisation, plotline, social issues and messages addressed and so on were right up there. Anyways.
Obviously the list might be far off from this one – in which case this post will be swiftly deleted – but, it looks like it could be:
Munich – Steven Spielberg
Tale of the aftermath of the Munich Olympic Games terrorist attack, when Israeli Mossad agents are sent to track down and kill the terrorists. And yes, it stars Eric Bana.
Memoirs Of A Geisha – Rob Marshall
The director's last job was the ingenious Chicago. The actresses are some of the biggest Asian stars at this point – Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, and Michelle Yeoh (who comes from Malaysia). Expecting great visuals, scenes, emotions. The lot.
Jarhead – Sam Mendes
Gulf war pic starring Jake Gyllenhaal, from the director of American Beauty and Road To Perdition.
Brokeback Mountain – Ang Lee
Sigh, this is going to be so different from Hulk. The premise made people laugh – story about two gay cowboys. Then the reviews came out and everyone was silenced. Stars (again) Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. And, apparently, unlike Alexander, Lee is not shying away from including homosexual sex scenes.
Cinderella Man – Ron Howard
Weird, silly-sounding title, which has nevertheless garnered critical praise. Nothing groundbreaking, just another example of great filmmaking. I dunno how Howard does it but he manages to squeeze out the emotions he wants from the audiences, and not feel manipulated.
If the list looks like this next year – I'm definitely watching, coz the selection looks very promising. Unlike this year's contenders. Lame.