I can't say I care too much about the Oscar nominations, but I do love that both Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett received nods for Notes on a Scandal. I love, love, love that the establishment has, in its small way, latched onto a film that is so trashy at heart -- at least 25 percent of why Notes works is that the 15-year-old that Cate Blanchett's character fucks is really so fuckable. Seriously, this thing belongs next to other juicy domestic thrillers like The Hand that Rocks the Cradle and Single White Female. It's not the best movie of 2006 (though I'm hard-pressed to say what was...), but I think it's the one I enjoyed the most.
The performances Dench and Blanchett are recognized for are bold and broad. They feel like performances -- I was more amused than impressed by them. After a certain point in the film, as the tension continues to mount, Blanchett gets increasingly shifty-eyed and Dench goes totally bonkers and the movie ascends to something I never would have expected it to be: fun. If Dench's crazy-articulate narration throughout the movie suggests Hannibal Lecter without such a distinguished palate, it makes her eventual reduction into a playground politician ("Are you my friend? Are you my best friend? Are you my best friend forever and ever and ever?!? Friends in '07!") that much more hilarious. She's like a 7-year-old that's been out in the sun waaaay too long:
Even Bill Nighy gets his camp on!
It's not that I think that they have a shot of winning in their respective categories (my money's on the obvious: Mirren and Hudson). I'm just happy they're there, adding some color to the place.
(And, in an unrelated note, I can't really post about the nominations without saying HA!!! Right?)