Scanty Wisdom on the 2022 Oscars

In stark contrast with last year, I have only seen about a third of this year’s major Oscar nominated films, and have only blogged about a couple: Nightmare Alley, Being the Ricardos, and West Side Story. I therefore have precious little wisdom about who will or should win, and only have a few fragmentary opinions to offer with respect to tonight. Thank you and goodnight!

I did come THIS close to blogging about about Don’t Look Up and The Power of the Dog, both of which I enjoyed immensely and may well still write about some day. I very much enjoyed Dune, but find the idea of it deserving Best Picture or any acting awards to be preposterous (Best Adapted Screenplay, or special effects, or score, okay). The idea of Being the Ricardos winning any acting awards is also just silly, and I’m glad the screenplay wasn’t nominated. Ditto The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which I enjoyed well enough but found superficial and suffering from tonal inconsistency. And the idea of Nightmare Alley even being nominated for Best Picture makes me want to bite the head off a chicken. I did however think Spencer should be nominated in many more categories (I LOVED the screenplay) and would not feel it an injustice if Kristen Stewart won Best Actress. We are also pulling for Raya and the Last Dragon in the Best Animated Feature category, for it was co-written by our old indie theatre cohort Qui Nguyen.

Other than West Side Story, my personal priorities to see are Licorice Pizza, The Tragedy of MacBeth, and Belfast. Kudos to the industry for being able to make any movies at all given the trials of the last two years — let alone some of the excellent ones that were produced this year. We shall see what we shall see! I guess we’ll read about it online tomorrow. (We won’t be watching tonight — just learned about the changes for the worse in the broadcast. I’ve long advocated for televising the whole thing a la C-Span. It’s an awards presentation, not a “show”. Not entertaining enough for you? Don’t watch! They’re taking it in the opposite direction by cutting stuff OUT, and that’s for the birds!)