Noted briefly: Oscar noms

Given that our nation’s critics (almost all of whom are center-right in their reacting) failed to champion Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, and Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, it is scarcely a wonder that the three most engaging films of ‘09 were Oscar shut-outs (save for Imaginarium’s nods in costume design and art direction). Demetri Martin, Larry David, and Christopher Plummer all should be in the running for Best Actor, instead of the current crop of granite-faced milquetoasts thrust on parade.

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