Thursday, January 22, 2009

Odd Man Out

Most analyses I have seen of the Oscar nominations seem puzzled by the nomination of Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor".
What is REALLY curious is that this is the only film on the list of nominations that I have seen, an artifact of its being available on one of my long summer flights, a flight long enough that I finally reached the point of having seen all the other appealing-looking films.
Looking at Jenkins' IMDB biography, I realize I have seen him in many movies and really not noticed him.
In "The Visitor" he plays an economics professor late in his career and not really committed to much, who comes to life due to some rather unexpected developments. It is a small quiet film, with great performances from many people, but especially Jenkins. It's rare that I am deeply satisfied by what I consider an 'airplane film'.
See it! Tell people surprised at Jenkins' nomination why he is on that list!
Usually I have seen NO nominated movies by the time of the Oscars; maybe this will motivate me to watch this year!

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At 6:56 PM, Blogger Ian said...

Refreshing toread this. Totally agree.

I am sick of people passing judgement on movies they haven't watched. How can you possibly say who deserves to win best leading actor if you haven't seen all of the performances?

If, like you and I, people watch "The Visitor" and see Richard Jenkins' amazing performance they would understand why he not only deserves to be nominated but deserves to win.

I've seen all of the nominated movies and, while all nominated leading actors put in excellent performances, RJ still edges it.

I've even bet on it to put my money where my mouth is!

Also really liked The Wackness and felt it didn't get the recognition it deserved. Great film and well worth catching on DVD if you haven't seen it.

 
At 6:57 PM, Blogger Ian said...

Refreshing toread this. Totally agree.

I am sick of people passing judgement on movies they haven't watched. How can you possibly say who deserves to win best leading actor if you haven't seen all of the performances?

If, like you and I, people watch "The Visitor" and see Richard Jenkins' amazing performance they would understand why he not only deserves to be nominated but deserves to win.

I've seen all of the nominated movies and, while all nominated leading actors put in excellent performances, RJ still edges it.

I've even bet on it to put my money where my mouth is!

Also really liked The Wackness and felt it didn't get the recognition it deserved. Great film and well worth catching on DVD if you haven't seen it.

 

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