In LA for the Oscar Nominations…

I’m in LA for the release of the Oscar nominations, and they are a fairly mixed bag. The most important categories (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film, Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Screenplay) are mostly shared between ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, ‘Erin Brokovich’, ‘Quills’, ‘Traffic’, ‘The Contender’ and ‘Chocolat’ – but with notable appearances from ‘Almost Famous’ and ‘Requiem for a Dream’. One film dominates though: Crouching Tiger with a total of ten nominations, but even this is matched by the combined nominations for Steven Soderbergh’s competing films. Notable (and delighful) absence from Best Film: ‘CastAway’.