Thursday, January 15, 2009

I know there are many who disagree with that sentiment, but today brought the wonderful, joyous news that the film abomination Happy-Go-Lucky was not nominated for ANY Bafta awards! I was beginning to think some sort of terrible mass hypnosis had taken over the world, and somehow I was absent from the re-education sessions. Nearly every review I've ever read has been glowing, they are over the moon at IMDB, and just last week Sally Hawkins won a Golden Globe Award for the film. I love Sally Hawkins and think she is a wonderful actress -- just not in this particular film. (It also wouldn't hurt the poor thing to eat a sandwich, but that's another topic for another post.) It's so refreshing that the British Academy of Film and Television Arts didn't decide to gush over the hometown entry, even though it would have been understandable if they had (although they are being accused of gushing a bit too much over Kate Winslet).

I wasn't thrilled with some of the nominations (and non-nominations), but I can live with the overall selections. It's especially encouraging news, given that the Academy Award nominations come out next week. Let's hope this unprecedented reign of sanity continues for a little while longer.

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