Oscar Worthy?

June 17, 2009 | Karin's Blog | 8 comments


I have seen two out of the five movies up for last year’s Best Picture category, and one many folks said should have been nominated. 

Slumdog Millionaire, is in my opinion one of the best movies I have ever seen.  It was not only cinematographly beautiful to watch, it was just as brutal to be there with the characters as they, against unseeming odds, survived.  And continued to hope and love.  I cannot express in words my heartfelt love of these characters.  I just can’t.  But it’s there, and even after watching this movie two months ago, I think of it almost daily.  It was, for me, that powerful. 


I have also watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  I liked it.  A lot.  I like Brad Pitt, and I enjoyed his character.  I enjoyed the story.  But it was no Slumdog Millionaire.


Last night I was hell bent on watching the entire first season of The X Files.  Believe it or not I have never watched one episode.  So I Netflixed the first season.  I watched the pilot episode on the flight to Wisconsin a couple f weeks ago, and have yet to find the time to sit down for a few hours and watch more.  So, last night after hubby went to bed, my son and I decided to do a marathon.  Except for some reason my DVD player downstairs would not read the disk.  Grrrr.  So we scrolled through the Pay Per View listings and after my son coaxed me, we decided to watch The Wrestler. I really didn’t want to watch it.  I’m not a Mickey Rourke fan.


From the beginning the movie was slow.  It was a sad and poignant story with no Rocky moments. I thought Marisa Torme as stripper Cassidy and mom Pam was awesome. I thought Mickey Rourke as Randy the Ram was awesome, but I wondered as I watched him stumble along how much of that character really was him?  It made me sad to think much of it was.  There was a lot I liked about the movie, more than I didn’t like.  I loved how tho’ he was a has-been, the Ram was lovingly embraced by his fellow wrestlers, and fans.  I loved the peek inside of professional wrestling, and the camaraderie there is amongst the cast. I loved how the Ram, after all those years of wrestling, and as broken down as he was, still loved what he did. Surprisingly, I loved a lot about this movie. The only thing I didn’t care for was the pacing.  It was slow from beginning to end. 


When the movie ended, and it could end no other way than it did, I sat silent for a long minute then said to my son, “You know, there was no other ending that would have worked.”


He nodded and said, “I know.  It would have been wrong for everyone.”


There was a lot of buzz about this movie not being nominated for Best Picture. So, I asked myself, was this film deserving of an Oscar?  I didn’t think so last night.  I didn’t think it stood up to Benjamin Button, it came nowhere near Slumdog.  But this morning, The Wrestler is still on my mind. Ram and Cassidy/Pam and even Ram’s daughter. Maybe I was wrong?  I plan to watch the other films that were nominated, Nixon/Frost, Milk and The Reader, I’m also going to watch Slumdog again.  I can’t help myself.  Yes, it was brutal, and terrifying, and heartbreaking, but it was a wonderful story of love and triumph and it still makes me smile.


Have you seen Slumdog?  What is your favorite movie this year?  And what makes a movie a favorite for you?




  1. Ames

    Haven’t seen Slumdog but really want to! Normally, the movies nominated are not ones I’d choose as my favorites though–I’m very much an action/suspense/thriller/sci-fi gal. Guess my taste is movies is more beer than champagne LOL

  2. Jill James

    I love the Oscars for who is wearing what and who is seen with whom, but I almost never have seen the nominated for best picture movies. Years ago I would have seen Rocky, On Golden Pond, and Braveheart. But my favorites movies are usually fun movies, and not Oscar nominations. Except I think Gran Torino really should have been nominated for something, that movie was awesome.

  3. Edie

    I haven’t seen Slumdog. I thought Benjamin Button was great. I’m not a fan of Brad Pitt’s acting, but he suited this film. I really liked Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino. I was surprised how much I liked it. It stayed in my mind long after the movie was over. Another movie I liked will never be Oscar nominated, but it was pure enjoyment. The recent Star Trek movie. 🙂

  4. Nikki Hartline

    I haven’t seen Slumdog. The last Oscar contender I saw was “No Country For Old Men”. I loved the Star Trek movie, and you’re right, no one will ever nominate it for an Oscar.
    I’m a PG kind of movie person. The last movie we saw was UP.

  5. Patricia Barraclough

    I haven’t yet seen any of the movies nominated. The only movies I’ve seen the past few years have been children’s movies. We did big library parties for the premiers of the Harry Potter movies (getting ready for one now) and we did one for Twilight. We all come in costume, act out scenes from the movie, then walk a few blocks to the theater to be first in line and stay in character. It has been great fun. Haven’t really seen anything that stands out. Have heard good things about the Star Trek movie as well as Night in the Museum, the Smithsonian.

  6. Hubby

    No wonder I slept so well, tons of room!!!!

    Next movie… Public Enemies. I figure Johnny Depp will make women want to break the law…


  7. B.E. Sanderson

    I like movies with a positive message. They can take me through the gambit of emotions along the way, but in the end, they better make me feel hopeful about life.

  8. LaDonna

    Karin, I’m a Slumdog fan too! Amazing movie, and so glad I watched it. The Kiterunner stayed with me too, and haunts me still. I love Benjamin Button too. There’s so many great movies that don’t make the Oscars, and I love when I find them. What makes a movie memorable for me is the characters. Sometimes they just stay with you. Hubby and I are watching the Lonesome Dove movies again, and it’s the best western ever! I doubt I’ll ever tire of it.

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