With Warner Bros' Oscar site updated for the 2009 race, three things come to mind concerning The Informant!, the only film they have listed as of now.
1) The song that closes out the movie, "Trust Me," is an honest-to-goodness Original Song. That's pretty neat. It's got that classy Rat Pack vibe that I like, though I would have gone with Tom Jones as vocalist rather than Steve Tyrell. Anyhow, add this to the list of contenders.
2) Matt Damon may be getting the only acting campaign of the film, and that's unfair. Scott Bakula, at the very least, deserves a shot at Supporting Actor, his being one of the better performances of the first nine months of 2009! His work is just as strong as Damon's, I feel. Maybe when they see what the other studios offer up, they'll reconsider.
3) Their Ensemble only consists of four people: Damon, Bakula, Joel McHale and Melanie Lynskey? I am always confused by this "Ensemble" category. Million Dollar Baby only submitted the three leads -- Eastwood, Swank, Freeman -- as their ensemble, yet Margo Martindale, Jay Baruchel, Anthony Mackie, and Brian F. O'Byrne all had substantial roles in the film. Tess Harper was included in the Ensemble for No Country for Old Men, but poor Beth Grant and Kathy Lamkin, who made more lasting impressions, were left out in the cold. Is there a limit to how many can be listed? It seems unfair that only a handful of actors be eligible.
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