Sunday, December 30, 2007

Oscar Observation

So, there are all these people saying Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) deserves a nomination and the win for best original score for his work on Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood despite the possibility that he will never score another movie in his life (he has no upcoming titles and Blood was his second film after the unseen Bodysong. Yet these are the same people who complain when people like Jennifer Hudson or child actors win Oscars, when their future is uncertain and beat people who have been working unrewarded for decades.

I'm just sayin...

5 comments:

J.D. said...

A very good dictum: "If they deserve it, they deserve it. If they don't, they don't."

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Why can't it be that simple, ya know?

adam k. said...

If JHud's ating in Dreamgirls had been oscar worthy, she would have deserved to win. Bjork, for example, DID deserved to win, and hasn't set foot on a film set before or since (and never will). If you deserve it, you deserve it. If you don't, you don't.

But also, Johnny Greenwood is a musician and composer who just happens not to usually do film. That's different from musicians who only act once in their lives.

Colin said...

adam k.:
Bjork has worked again in cinema already, in her boyfriend Matthew Barney's (he of The Cremaster Cycle arthouse fame) movie Drawing Restraint 9 (2005).

Agreed that the analogy between JHud and Jonny Greenwood (no "h" in "Jonny", btw) is faulty. At that point, JHud was not likely to act again and wasn't all that stellar in Dreamgirls. Jonny has been composing music nearly all his life, to great acclaim in Radiohead and outside it (he won BBC's British Composer Awards in 2006), has scored a film before (Bodysong), and will continue composing for a long time to come. There's no reason why he shouldn't be acclaimed by musicians simply because they're movie musicians; they should be proud that he's among them.

Kamikaze Camel said...

But plenty of people thought that Jennifer Hudson was amazing.

Joe R. said...

I'm not sure about who deserves what since I've yet to see There Will Be Blood (Friday, godwilling), but this post definitely reminded me why Greenwood likely won't be winning the Oscar (and might just get snubbed for the nomination). The composers do like to close ranks.