The Oscar awards season kicked off today in ridiculous fashion with the Satellite Award nominations and the National Board of Review to chime in a couple of day. I haven't seen many of the "Oscar-bait" films (but, then again, who has?!?) but I have a few hopes for the critics groups and awards bodies that will be handing out invitations masked as awards all December long.
1. Put your money where your mouth is and give a "Best Picture" prize or two to The Dark Knight. It will be incredibly easy for critics groups to hide behind a Heath Ledger Best Supporting Actor prize before giving their top honour to something more "acceptable" (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, etc) but if they really want to put a foot down and give their big prize to a summer blockbuster then that would say far more than just giving it to Ledger.
2. As much as I liked James Marsh's Man on Wire and as much as I suspect it will be the almost unanimous pick for critics to hail as Best Documentary (and I'll be happy to see it swoop in and take the Oscar when the time comes, too) but I'd like to see Yung Chang's superior (in my mind) Up the Yangtze rewarded once or twice. Catch up with this beautiful documentary on DVD, please!
3. Please don't let Milk sweep the Best Picture prizes. I'm currently thinking it will win Best Picture and we don't want another repeat of "Black Sunday" do we?
4. I do hope the critics lay off the category fraud this year. Don't give Kate Winslet your Best Supporting Actress prize for The Reader if she's actually the lead. Don't buy in to Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Best Supporting Actor if he's truly a co-lead with Meryl Streep.
5. When honouring Gus Van Sant for Best Director with Milk how about you include one of those "Also for Paranoid Park" things you occasionally do. I do so love that movie and hope somebody somewhere notices it in their awards. Please?
6. Elsa Zylberstein for I've Loved You So Long. Just sayin'...