Wednesday, December 23, 2009

OSCAR WATCH: The Messenger

I need to start watching more happy movies. I watched “House of Sand and Fog” the night before I saw this and it made me cry (yes, I admit it) and I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind to appreciate another depressing film. I remember after watching “The Visitor”, a friend of mine said “Jeez, what genre of movie was that? Tragic?”. It was the same feeling here, as I felt the movie was just too sombre for me to truly love it. It was pretty heart wrenching to see the two main characters delivering the bad news and the reactions of the loved ones. The main Oscar buzz for this film surrounds Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton, in addition to the possibility of a Best Pic nom. I am pretty sure Harrelson will be nominated for Supporting Actor, but Foster faces stiff competition in the Lead Actor race. There is hope for Morton in the Supporting Actress category, but I personally don’t think she did much in the film. Due to the expansion this year to 10 nominees, I wouldn’t be surprised if it slips in for Best Picture.

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