My friend Rick Sincere offers an interesting take on the Oscar nominations on his blog. And like Dirty Harry he notes that Mel Gibson's "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST" garnered three nominations while Michael Moore's "FAHRENHEIT 9/11" was "shut out completely."
Like Rick, I was also disappointed that the touching documentary PAPER CLIPS did not win an Oscar nod for best documentary and neither Kevin Bacon won one for his work in "THE WOODSMAN" nor Liam Neeson for his work in KINSEY. In addition to those whom Rick mentioned, I thought Paul Giametti should have been nominated in the leading actor category for his work in SIDEWAYS and Sharon Warren in the supporting category for her touching portray of Ray Charles' mother in "RAY." And I thought that one of my favorite films of the year, "A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT" deserved nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) and Best Actress (Audrey Tautou).
That said, Rick offers an interesting perspective on the Oscar nods, even noting the similarities between Martin Scorsese's The Aviator and Ayn Rand novels. As well as a comment on why conservatives should cheer the multiple nominations for the animated flick, "THE INCREDIBLES."
Read the whole thing!