The Oscar nominations are in. It has been a long held belief at this blog that the Hollywood studio way of making films is damaging the industry. Repetitive sequels and no-guts genre films have kicked the life out of the life and they have had enough - ticket sales are down. It was my belief that the answer would come from elsewhere, from games, blogs etc. In part it has. But I didn't predict that it may come from smaller, well made films. And it has - check out the list below.
Only Munich is a 'Hollywood Studio' film. The other four are independent. And in a way the answer has come from elsewhere. Participant Pictures (who are behind Syriana, Good Luck and North Country) is owned by a guy who started up eBay. The guts and daring ARE coming from outside. Who cares? Lets just enjoy some great films.
Last note: Its not in the list but I can say again that you must check out New World.
Here are the Oscar nominations:
“Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features)
A River Road Entertainment Production
Diana Ossana and James Schamus, Producers
“Capote” (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)
An A-Line Pictures/Cooper’s Town/ Infinity Media Production
Caroline Baron, William Vince and Michael Ohoven, Producers
“Crash” (Lions Gate)
A Bob Yari/DEJ/Blackfriar’s Bridge/ Harris Company/ApolloProscreen GmbH & Co./Bull’s Eye Entertainment Production
Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman, Producers
“Good Night, and Good Luck.” (Warner Independent Pictures)
A Good Night Good Luck LLC Production
Grant Heslov, Producer
“Munich” (Universal and DreamWorks)
A Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures Production
Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg and Barry Mendel, Producers
The image shows how Google image search has let me down again. I take that back. In fact it picked the best picture, but probably by accident, but only probably.