I gave up on the Oscars I don't know how long ago, but I figured I'd give that ludicrous concept one post before returning to a lovely state of mind where I don't think about anything Oscar-related for even a fraction of a second. Does anyone really care about this? Apparently so. Weird. And to think, most of the people who waste their time discussing this frivolous, pointless bullshit are the 'open-minded' liberals who spend the rest of their time yapping about our idiotic president and how fucked up things are in Iraq. Here's a concept: THE MORE TIME YOU DEVOTE TO DISCUSSING THE OSCARS AND HOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE, THE LESS YOUR POLITICAL OPINIONS MATTER. END OF DISCUSSION. If you want to be taken seriously, stop taking the Oscars seriously. Stop taking them even semi-seriously. Stop taking them even not-really-but-kinda-sorta-seriously. Stop ACKNOWLEDGING them.
That said, forgive me while I get this out of my system, at which point my brain can return to its normal programming (if you're wondering what that programming is, yes, it is important and thoughtful and humane and profound--it is Panda Bear's PERSON PITCH--hot damn!).
Now that I've finally seen LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, I'm shocked that people are even talking about there being an Oscar "race." While something has always prevented me from giving in to Clint Eastwood's films completely (some of which I outright loathed--yeah, I'm talking about you, MYSTIC RIVER)--LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA absolutely floored me. I think this is actually a much better movie than THE THIN RED LINE, and everyone knows how much I love that film. I now agree with people who have called this the most powerful anti-war film ever--though, for my money, nothing will ever touch COME AND SEE. This film is just dripping and oozing with sadness and loss. I'm stunned right now.
The reason I hadn't seen LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA until now (and still haven't seen FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS), is the Eastwood/Haggis combination. I was okay with a good bit of MILLION DOLLAR BABY, but my eyebrows certainly raised when that won Best Picture and Best Director. But taking that into account, it would be sacreligious if LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA didn't at least match that film's Oscar totals. That's like comparing SIX PACK to SCARECROW.
Or, let me put it another way. Watch THE DEPARTED. Then watch LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Then watch LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA. Right? Or am I missing something?
I'm sorry I doubted you, Clint (and, for that matter, Jesse Sweet and Vern, who shows his true love in this glowing review). LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA is a true classic, which, if you've been paying attention for the past several decades, means that it has no chance of winning on Oscar night.