For the first time in, well, maybe ever, I have seen all five of a given year's Academy Award nominees for Best Picture before the awards are given out. I completed the -- what? quintifecta? -- Thursday night when I saw "There Will Be Blood" with my friend Michelle.
How do I put this? I would say I didn't get it, but that would be an understatement; "I didn't get it" doesn't accurately portray the plane of not-getting-it I achieved. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say I don't get why so many people are calling it the best movie of the year. I mean, the cinematography was outstanding, and there was some interesting Biblical imagery that definitely merits further discussion, but none of it seemed to add up to much; the pacing was leaden, the character development was negligible, and despite the fact that Daniel Day-Lewis is being talked up as a shoo-in for the Best Actor award, I didn't think his performance was anything special (honestly, the one I was most impressed with were 13-year-old Dillon Freasier, who played Day-Lewis's adopted son).
Of course, this is all just an excuse to post last night's "Saturday Night Live" send-up of several of this year's Best Picture nominees, "There Will Be Blood" featuring most prominently among them.
Personally, I think Day-Lewis's Best Actor candidacy has a lot of holes blown in it by the fact that Bill Hader was able to do such a spot-on impression of him (and with only a week's worth of rehearsal to boot). But your mileage may vary.
Anyway, my vote for Best Picture is still split between "No Country for Old Men" and "Michael Clayton"; it'll be interesting to see which one takes home the statue (or if neither of them do). Anybody got any favorites for the Oscars tonight? Or can anybody explain "There Will Be Blood" to me? The balcony is open . . .
MINOR UPDATE: YouTube totally stole NBC's boyfriend so now NBC won't let YouTube display clips of "SNL" episodes, which means I'm now using NBC's embed-able viewer instead. Whatever.