1. Milk 2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 3. Slumdog Millionaire 4. Frost/Nixon 5. The Reader
Milk was the one film I felt deserved all the praise. Button I also liked and Slumdog was definintly good. Frost/Nixon was okay but The Reader was very mediocre. There were a tons of other films who could have filled that fifth spot and the only reason the film got nominated was because of the unstopable Harvey Weinstein, who has turned Oscar lobbying into a blood sport.
1. Milk 2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 3. Frost/Nixon 4. The Reader 5. Slumdog Millionaire
Milk and Benjamin Button were the only two in this category that were truly deserving of Best Picture. Frost/Nixon, though excellent, is more about the performances and the same can be said for The Reader which relies entirely on the raw power of Kate Winslet's fine performance. Slumdog Millionaire is a good movie. That's it... good... nothing more. The movie, though visually stunning, is weak in my eyes. The acting is absolutely terrible. For god's sake, the children that they plucked from the REAL slums are better actors than the grown versions of the characters. I tried SO hard to like this movie. I've watched it three times and have been let down each time. I always think some light bulb is going to finally flicker on in my head and make me enjoy Slumdog just as much as everyone else does. Sadly this doesn't happen. And... its winning Best Picture infuriates me even more. Nothing is worse than a "good movie" winning the top prize. It is not the most deserving film and I'm tired of hearing from all of my friends that it is. I think it has a lot to do with when it was first seen by the viewer. If seen pre-oscar buzzing - opinion will be that it's good or fair. If seen post-oscar nominations and raves - opinion will be that it's the best damn movie ever made. The Academy hardly ever gets it right with this category. The last time that happened was with American Beauty in 1999. I apologize for burdening you all with my rant. I just needed to finally get that off of my chest.