We are eagerly waiting for the Oscars on Sunday. This year we have seen all the nominated films in the top categories: Best Picture, Leading and Supporting Actors, Directing, Writing and Music. We enjoyed the majority of the pictures. Standouts for us were “Milk”, “The Wrestler”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, and “Waltz with Bashir”. But we are baffled why “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” got so many nominations. It was not that good.
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Dustin Lance Black, screenwriter for “Milk”: “…When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas to California and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life, it gave me the hope to one day live my life openly as who I am and that maybe even I could fall in love and one day get married. I want to thank my mom who has always loved me for who I am, even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches or by the government or by their families that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights, federally, across this great nation of ours. Thank you, thank you, and thank you God for giving us Harvey Milk"
Sean Penn, Best Actor for “Milk”: “…For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, and, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that way of support. We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.”
Finally, “Waltz with Bashir” was robbed of Best Foreign Language Film. It should have won. It is innovative filmmaking combined with a compelling anti-war story. It is documentary that is animated in a graphic novel style. The story follows the filmmaker/soldier struggling to recall suppressed memories from his involvement in Israel's 1982 war with Lebanon.