Castles in the Sand
I keep hearing it said how great the Oscar nominated movies were this year, how they dealt with serious issues and mature themes, and that's true--but the self-congratulatory nature of the awards show is so mastubatory. When are we collectively going to be mature enough not to need stupid awards shows? You know everyone really just wants to see all of the stars in one place, so why not just modernize the whole thing and get them all to come to a party, socialize and get drunk, and film it--reality-TV style?
That said, Robert Altman's Honorary Oscar acceptance speech was brillant to watch. Howl's Moving Castle should have won for Best Animated Feature, and Brokeback and Heath Ledger were robbed.