The totally overrated "Crash" received many nominations. I found it to be a poor imitation of "Magnolia", and the absolute worst use of Don Cheadle in any movie. If this somehow wins Best Picture I will be upset. And I don't get upset at awards shows.
I was shocked that Roger Ebert wrote of "Crash": "...but Haggis writes with such directness and such a good ear for everyday speech that the characters seem real and plausible after only a few words." I think more appropriate was this review: "A grim, histrionic experiment in vehicular metaphor slaughter."-- Carina Chocano, L.A. Times.
But maybe I'm just contrarian. Because there are a lot of heralded movies that I have no desire to see. At all. For example:
- Million Dollar Baby
- Any of the LOTR
- Any of the Harry Potter
- King Kong
- War of the Worlds
- Any 'Ocean's' film
I did see 2 movies this weekend that I highly recommend. "Cinderella Man" with the great Russell Crowe and the equally great Paul Giamatti. Also "The Motorcycle Diaries" with Gael Garcia Bernal, which tells the story of Ernesto "Che" Guavera during his pre-revolutionary days. The film is beautiful and GGB and Rodrigo de la Serna both have masterful performances.
UPDATE: Um, so I got some bad information about PSH. He is indeed nominated.