Dependent filmmaking is honored by Oscar

We bloggers get up at dawn for no one. Except, of course, for our weird uncle, Oscar. oscar.jpeg

Since we’re up, we might as well tell you it’s an odd list of movies for best picture this year: Aside from the expected slew of nominations from “Brokeback Mountain” which the AP points out led the Academy Awards tally with eight, it was largely specialized studio-owned “dependie” film divisions that got all the love.

Also nominated for best picture: United Artists’ last gasp, “Capote”; Warner Independent Picture’s “Good Night, and Good Luck”; Lions Gate’s “Crash” got in the door. The only “studio” picture was DreamWorks and Universal’s‘ blood-soaked “Munich.”

This reminds us of a happier time — when Oscars were the goal of all studio heads. Now, with the seduction of 14 year old boys as the major studios’ tacitly primary occupation, its their highbrow counterparts at studio specialized divisions like Focus Features and United Artists and Warner “independent” Pictures that have to do all the serious work.

Ah, well: What did you expect? “Good Night and Good Luck” for the Play Station Portable? “Brokeback Mountain” for Gameboy? (Or would it be Gaymboy? Hmmm. We digress.) Of course not. When it comes to the big studios, it is as Phillip Seymour Hoffman tells Clifton Collins Jr. in “Capote”, “There is not a word or a sentence or a concept that you can illuminate for me.”

At last, Oscar truly is ‘The Truman Show.’