This week Melbourne has been suffering through a hideous spell of hot weather – apparently the whole country has been the hottest place in the world for the past few days – but the cool change finally hit this afternoon and I’m so happy I could cry. Let’s celebrate with some linkage.
This year’s Oscars nominations came out yesterday. Some observations:
– The fact that Joaquin Phoenix didn’t get a Best Actor nom for Her is GARBAGE.
– I haven’t even seen Nebraska yet (and given my long-standing antipathy towards Alexander Payne films it is unlikely that I will like it even if I do), but I still feel it is a keen tragedy that I can’t say “Oscar nominated actor Will Forte.”
– GUYS LEO MIGHT FINALLY WIN AN OSCAR! I’m not sure if I’m ready for the ‘Sad Leonardo DiCaprio Has No Oscar’ meme to die yet, but I will be crying like a weenie if he gets the statue (even if I’d like it even more to go to Chiwetel Ejiofor).
– I am so gunning for Steve Coogan to win the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar because 1. I love him beyond mere mortal comprehension, and 2. It will make the ‘would you let your child become ill if it meant you’d win an Oscar?’ scene in The Trip EVEN MORE HILARIOUS.
– Lupita Nyong’o is perfect and I’m so excited that she’ll have an Oscar soon (because anyone else winning Best Supporting Actress is impossible, right? RIGHT?).
I am completely obsessed with The Toast, and never I am so satisfied with it than when they have film articles, let alone when they are about how sci-fi is really about SPACE RELIGION.
There is a new documentary coming out soon called Utopia that details the extreme disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. Here is a review where indigenous writer Celeste Liddell describes how incredibly important this film is, and all the reasons why non-indigenous Australia will ignore it.
An older piece, but while researching an article recently I stumbled over this essay about Wake in Fright and how it depicts, starkly and accurately, aspects of Australian character and experience that many of us would rather deny.
Finally, Spike Jonze’s Her was released in Australia yesterday, and I wrote a wee review for it over at Broadsheet. Go see it, it is all possible feelings of aces rolled into one.