A week from today marks the biggest announcement of the year. I mean sure, the Oscar noms are February 2nd, but la-di-da, y'know? I'm talking about February 1st, which not only marks my father's birthday....but the announcement of the Fourth Annual Hollmann Award Nominees!
The awards are older than The Silver Screening Room, originating on the Livejournal from my high school days (I still update it every now and then because some of my friends are slow on the Blogger uptake). They just made it here last year, so the Blogger audience missed a couple of shows. Philip Baker Hall and Patricia Clarkson hosted, Pan's Labyrinth and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford won Best Picture, and Oscar and I agreed with Best Actress. That's basically what you missed from years one and two.
There are only two criteria for eligibility: (1) Be a 2009 release that I see before December 31; and (2) Don't make it to the Bottom Ten. I still have a lot of movies to catch up on: Crazy Heart, The Last Station, Coco Avant Chanel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Duplicity, The Damned United, The Road, Broken Embraces, Sin Nombre, Ponyo, The Boys Are Back, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Sugar, The White Ribbon, A Prophet, Paris 36, The Maid, The Cove, The Stoning of Soraya M., Disgrace, That Evening Sun, Big Fan, The Messenger, and on and on and on.
That's 22 movies to see in a week. I'd need to see, like, three movies a day, and still keep up with school and other commitments. Life, man. Fortunately, I'm going to see The Messenger this afternoon, then watch After Hours with some friends; mayhaps I'll come home to Duplicity? Bad Lieutenant is coming to local theaters this Friday as a last-minute maybe. And I've still to find a host.
Wish me luck!