Friday, February 29, 2008
Steamboat Springs The 2008 Oscars were boring. No question.
Why that has come across as a shocking revelation in nearly every media mention of the annually mundane ceremony is harder to pin down.
In a year when only a (small) handful of the movies nominated broke the $100 million mark at the box office, many of Sunday night's winners made limited appearances on Steamboat Springs movie screens - if they made it here at all.
For those who couldn't stick it out for fourish hours of flat jokes, weepy montages and painstaking musical performances that were almost all from the same movie, here's a quick rundown of who won and when to see what on DVD:
Best Motion Picture of the Year: "No Country for Old Men"
Guy with a creepy haircut wreaks havoc with a pressurized air gun in 1980s West Texas. Also snagged the awards for best directing and best adapted screenplay. Out on disc March 11.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis for "There Will Be Blood"
Sporting a fantastic moustache and a slow devolution into greed-fueled madness in the film. Sporting earrings and what seemed like genuine surprise at the Oscars. Out on disc in April.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Marion Cotillard for "La Vie En Rose"
Following the tortured life of French chanteuse Edith Piaf (whose most famous song shares a title with the movie). Cotillard thanked life and love in her acceptance speech, clearly as shocked as anyone that she won - even though she deserved to. Out now on disc.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Javier Bardem for "No Country for Old Men"
The single scariest villain of the decade - one who, without the silly hair and murderous instincts, is an extremely attractive, accomplished Spanish actor who talked to his elated mother for most of his acceptance speech. Out on disc March 11.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Tilda Swinton for "Michael Clayton"
No regard for the law. Out now on disc.
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: Diablo Cody for "Juno"
Nothing better than putting phrases like "food baby" into the public lexicon. You might have heard about Cody's dress for the ceremony, which wasn't the best wardrobe choice, but actually wasn't that bad. Out on disc April 15.