Time’s running out, so I better get through these quickly.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Picture, Director (David Fincher), Actor (Brad Pitt), Supporting Actress (Taraji P. Henson)
Besides, the last half-hour has a great emotional payoff that makes the previous gruelling two-and-a-bit a more than worthwhile investment.
Brad Pitt is fine as the eponymous Benjamin and for once it’s Cate Blanchett chewing the scenery.
3.5 out of 5
Revolutionary Road Supporting Actor (Michael Shannon), Art Direction
Easily one of the best in the line-up this year and criminally under-nominated.
Why the hell wasn’t Kate Winslet nominated for her performance in this instead of The Reader? Like she said herself in that episode of Extras: “How many more movies do we need about the Holocaust? I mean, we get it, it was grim.”
4.5 out of 5
Frost/Nixon Picture, Director (Ron Howard), Actor (Frank Langella)
This film is just beautifully crafted. The political machinations behind the scenes reflect the ones being discussed in front of the cameras.
And the parallels to our recent Presidential misdemeanours are made clear without being rammed down our throats.
Ron Howard, this almost makes me forgive you for The Da Vinci Code.
4 out of 5