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    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as current film releases with spiritual significance, and a few bits and pieces on the Bible.

    Tuesday, March 07, 2006

    Brief note on the Oscars

    There's so much discussion on the Oscars that I've not really got much to add. Apart from anything as my four favourite films released in the UK last year (Hotel Rwanda, The Edukators, Downfall, and The Woodsman) were all without nominations, I wasn't really that interested.

    However, I thought it might be worth posting a link to my review of Crash - the film which was awarded the "Best Picture" statuette. As I noted in my review, this film gives the best depiction of "The Good Samaritan" (Luke 10:25-37) that I have seen - It's fairly rare in Jesus films, and generally the impact of the story is lost due to over familiarity.



    • At 3:02 pm, March 07, 2006, Anonymous Nick said…

      Hotel Rwanda and Downfall were nominated last year. HR got three noms (Actor, Supp Actress, writing) and Downfall got best foreign film. The Woodsman was also released last year, where there was a race to nominate Bacon, but for nought.

    • At 8:13 am, March 08, 2006, Blogger Matt Page said…

      Hi Nick,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Release dates over here are usually a little later than they are in the US, so sometimes my favourites from one particular year have been nominated the year before (I'd totally forgotten that Downfall had won Best Foreign FIlm last year though, and wasn't sure about The Woodsman).

      It does say something about how poor the year's offerings have been though that when I think about all the best films from 2005, few were actually from that year.


    • At 3:19 pm, March 08, 2006, Anonymous Nick said…

      Correction: I meant to say _Downfall_ got a nom. The Best Foreign film went to _The Sea Inside_ (US) or _The Sea Within_(UK).

      Also noted is that most great movies are released in limited release in December, to qualify for the Academy Awards. They get a wider release come January. Which explains Jeffrey Overstreet's angst in seeing so many great movies from last year, and having to put them on next year's best list.

      I DO think that _Crash_'s surprise win speaks for a new campaign approach for Oscar campaigns. Which should mean the good movies should be released earlier in the year, so that the DVDs could be sent, legally, from the distributor. So maybe things will look up.


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