With the Golden Globes taking place this weekend and the Oscar® nominations due shortly, it’s time to look at where the nerd and animated movies are ranking. Short answer: pretty well.
First, DARK KNIGHT. You may have heard of this film? It’s scored nominations for Best Director from the DGA, best Adapted Screenplay from the WGA and a Best Movie nod from the Producer’s Guild, virtually assuring that it will get a Best Picture Oscar nod (although it was snubbed by the Golden Globes.) Oscar likes success, and DARK KNIGHT is the second most successful movie of all time. The late Heath Ledger is also all but a lock for a Best Supporting Actor nod, and favored to win by many. (Tangent: see J. Caleb Mozzocco’s analysis of whether DARK KNIGHT’s screenplay is “adapted” at all.)
Next there’s WALL*E, for our money the best movie of 2009, a perfect, gorgeous film that says so much about life that we could watch it over and over and over. It scored prestigious wins as Best Picture from the Boston Society of Film Critics (tie), Chicago Film Critics and Los Angeles Film Critics, but is looked at as a dark horse for a Best Picture Oscar nomination, which is a darned shame, because its fresh, touching unique story says a whole lot about what it means to be human than Benjamin Gump. Whatever.
Finally, WALTZ WITH BASHIR was named best picture by the National Society of Film Critics, and is winning all kinds of acclaim everywhere. This animated documentary follows the experiences of an Israeli infantryman during the 1982 war with Lebanon. Geoff Boucher has a good write up about it here. And here’s the trailer.
WALTZ WITH BASHIR has also been adapted into a graphic novel, and you can read an excerpt here.