Posted January 27 2004 - 03:02 AM
Man, I overslept the announcement.
CITY OF GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!
(in my best soccer announcing voice)
Editing AND Direction plus writing and cinematography. Not only did it get the love but they picked the right categories to show it in as well.
I cannot begin to explain how thrilled I am. And to think how many people doubt the integrity of the awards. They may miss things, but let's be honest CoG wasn't exactly being backed big time this season. We all had it written off.
Frankly, sorry Peter Jackson, but Fernando Meirelles was the best director last year. Seriously. At times it was like Eisenstein reborn, and at other times Scorsese at his best. I can't think of higher praise than that.
However, due to the Eisenstien approach, I honestly think they WILL give it the Best Editing Oscar. It certainly deserves it.
Likely Jackson will win and I understand why fully. The task was enormous (though his team was also bigger to meet that goal) and it does feel like payoff for the work on all 3 is deserved too.
The CoG script is also really good, so maybe it could win there.
Anyway, who cares. The bottom like is the Academy just made a big name for a very small film. Now it will be talked about on prime time TV with all the other critically praised work from last year.
City of God eligibility explanation
| Each country gets only one entry, and Brazil chose another film last year. However, that snub is what made CoG eligible for all other Oscars this year. |
Actually this is incorrect. Here is how it went and why it resulted in this "split".
CoG WAS presented by Brazil (Craig is confusing Mexico's choice to use Crime of the Father instead of Y Tu Mama last year).
However, with so many films to be seen what happens is this. You have different nomination groups and each is responsible for about 1/3 of the films to keep viewings to a realistic level. From that they RATE the films THEY SAW, without seeing the others necessarily (by that point almost certainly they would not have seen many, if any of the submitted films outside their grouping).
So you have Group A films rated by different people than Group B or C. If Group A is being kind then their choices can get picked. Now it's not like these people don't understand this and try to make reasonable choices, and it is still a group of people choosing, not just 2-3 people with agendas.
The point is that a film can slip through the cracks. And in the case of CoG it appears that some of the FF nomination voters found the film too violent. It might also have been that a couple of the other nominees were in the same group which helped take voting attention away from CoG.
Anyway, it's very difficult to be noticed enough as a FF to get a nomination, even after you made it through your own home countries SINGLE selection process.
So CoG just didn't get picked by the FF committee even though Brazil DID submit it.
As for the year thing, well the rules make perfect sense to me. It's a foreign film, so it goes by when people in the home country would have seen the film. The point of the FF category is to recognize film achievements from around the world THAT YEAR, the year they came out in their home country.
CoG was held back to get a JAN release on the assumption that it would have this FF nomination and could help in advertising the film with limited funds. Rather than release it before this in DEC, have no one notice it, then have it fade away even before noms came out. Why bother when you would have all the free hype that would come from the Oscar nomination....that never came. Whoops.
(at least IIRC this was my understanding of what happened)
So they did put it out once they missed the cut which made it an Academy rules 2003 film for all the other categories, but at the worst time of the year to make a run for the next season. Likely had they known that the film wasn't going to get a FF nomination but could get others, they would have held it till DEC this year instead.
And when you think about it, a DEC release last year would have put it up against Talk to Her AND Y Tu Mama Tambien. Pretty stiff competition.
So nothing stupid about the process, just some tough choices to be made by FF distributors.
Second of all, I have been saying that Depp deserved it but I never, ever would have expected the Oscars to really nominate him. Another outstanding choice. His acting choices and efforts probably made Pirates 3 times the film it might have been otherwise. Really just incredible.
Man, I still need to read the rest of the nomination list.