Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS
How in the world did The Reader get nominated over The Dark Knight.
The Oscars are a joke.
I only know one person who has seen "The Reader" and he said it was rather pedestrian. I don't know -- I honestly hadn't heard any buzz about the film prior to today, and I had to actively question my film-buff friends to find out anything about it.
Like I said earlier, it's a really weak crop of films -- probably the weakest since 2004.
Speaking personally, I hated "Milk" (the film had all the subtlety of a death metal concert), "Slumdog Millionaire" was OK but failed to hold my interest, and "Benjamin Button" was about 45 minutes too long. Haven't seen "Frost / Nixon" yet -- that's on my to-do list. Probably won't see "The Reader" until DVD.
It's kind of a sham, IMO, that two of the best-reviewed films of 2008 ("WALL-E" and "The Dark Knight") are being actively snubbed for being popular, high grossing films that also happened to be critically acclaimed.