Friday, February 22, 2008
Year of the Rat
Flew up to San Francisco today to attend the California Republican Party convention this weekend.
But before the convention began I had the chance to catch some interesting Bay Area theater. I went to The Garage Theater to see an interesting show called "Disney & Deutschland." It's about the real-life meeting between Walt Disney and Adolf Hitler in 1935. Of course, there's no record of their actual conversation, so this show imagines it based on Disney's known attitude against Jews and unions.
Let's just say Hitler didn't like mice -- talking or not -- and the layout for Disneyland came from an unexpected source.
I thought the cast did a good job of recreating some of history's most colorful characters. But don't think this show is a comedic romp. It's a pretty brutal look at the anti-semitism that fueled the Third Reich, an attitude that certainly wasn't limited to the borders of Germany.
But on a lighter look at Hollywood -- since I'll be running around all weekend I'm going to post my Oscar predictions tonight.
I got pretty close to my goal of seeing every film nominated for an Oscar. Here's what I DIDN'T see:
"In the Valley of Elah" which earned Tommy Lee Jones a Best Actor nomination.
"Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience" nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
All five of the nominees for Best Documentary Short Subject.
All five of the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.
And that's it. I saw everything else.
So here are my predictions. (Note: These may be different than what I think SHOULD win. This is what I think WILL win.)
Best Picture: No Country for Old Men
Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis ("I drink your milkshake. I drink it up.")
Actress: Jule Christie
Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem ("Call it, friend-o.")
Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett
Original Screenplay: Juno
Adapted Screenplay: No Country for Old Men
Animated Film: Ratatouille
Art Direction: There Will Be Blood
Cinematography: There Will Be Blood
Costume Design: Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Documentary Feature: No End in Sight
Documentary Short Subject: Sari's Mother (a complete guess)
Film Editing: The Bourne Ultimatum
Foreign Language Film: The Counterfeiters
Makeup: La Vie en Rose
Original Score: Atonement
Original Song: Falling Slowly from Once
Animated Short: Peter & the Wolf
Live-Action Short: At Night
Sound Editing: The Bourne Ultimatum
Sound Mixing: The Bourne Ultimatum
Visual Effects: Transformers
So there you have it -- my 24 predictions for Oscar night.