The 2013 Academy Award nominations have been announced and once again I am completely underwhelmed by the nominees. The only film I actually care for and am happy to see nominated is Beasts of the Southern Wild. Not that it has any chance to win, Lincoln and Tarantino’s fake Django are going to squash it. And what’s with the Academy’s love affair for Michael Haneke? There are few directors whose work I dislike more vehemently than Haneke’s. Tarantino, Lars von Trier, Fassbinder, all of them have some redeeming features and the occasional film that’s good. Haneke is just awful.
And no nod for Intouchables at all, not even in the foreign language category? Never mind that Intouchables was a huge critical and commercial success worldwide and the highest grossing film of 2012 in Germany (and likely many other European countries). Meanwhile, the highest grossing film in the US, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, doesn’t even make it into the German top ten and is beaten even by the German made comedy Türkisch für Anfänger (Turkish for Beginners). Trying to pass off Cleveland as Stuttgart doesn’t win you many fans in Germany. Though to be honest, the most common reaction to The Avengers in Germany was a big fat “Who cares?”. I don’t think anybody I know in real life watched the movie, no friends, no students, no relatives, nobody.
Gail Z. Martin has a nice article about why (fictional) heroes are important at Disquieting Visions. Found via SF Signal.
The Atlantic has an article on the evolution of SF covers from the pulp era to the 1970s. I’d really love to try making one of those psychedelic covers one day, but first I need the right book.
More on the subject of SFF covers, Harper Voyager will reissue several SFF classics with striking new minimalist covers in the UK.