On Scene: Anticipating Oscar season


— The Golden Globes were Sunday, and I didn't watch them.

For me - and for most people - that is not unusual. The Globes tend to be more a fashion parade than a barometer for what stood out in film and TV the previous year.

What is unusual for me, is that around this time every year, I typically start to anticipate the Academy Awards, which will air Feb. 22. This year, I didn't know when the award ceremony was until I looked it up for this article. This is, at least in part, because many of the films nominated for Golden Globes - and many of the films that likely will be nominated for Oscars - either haven't played in Steamboat Springs or never will.

But the past few weeks of bookings at Steamboat's two movie theaters have made me hopeful that at some point, we will get "Slumdog Millionaire," "Milk," "Frost/Nixon," "Revolutionary Road" or "The Wrestler." "Gran Torino" opened here the same day it hit theaters in the rest of the country (except for New York and L.A.), so why not?

For now, here's a rundown of what you can see on Steamboat screens and what might already have passed by:

¤ "Gran Torino," playing now at Chief Plaza 4: Clint Eastwood produced, directed and starred in this racially tense story about learning to know yourself and the people around you. Parts of it are over the top, and parts of it are uncomfortable, but this is one of the best movies I have seen in theaters in a long time.

¤ "Last Chance Harvey," opening today at Wildhorse Stadium 6 Cinema: Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson star in this romantic comedy. Hoffman and Thompson got best actor nominations for the movie at the Golden Globes.

¤ "The Reader," playing at Wildhorse: Kate Winslet won a best supporting actress Globe for her role in this love story set in post-World War II Germany.

¤ "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," playing at Wildhorse: Brad Pitt ages backward along a narrative line that's sort of like "Forrest Gump."

¤ "Doubt" was playing at Wildhorse until recently: Meryl Streep was nominated for best actress at the Golden Globes for her role as a nun suspicious of the actions of a priest.

"The Dark Knight," "In Bruges," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Burn After Reading" - all in Steamboat theaters for at least a couple of weeks when they were released - also had a few nominations.


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