Oscar Fever

With the Oscar fever lurking aroung television and the internet, I'd like to post some of my favorites this season:

Milk is a 2008 American biographical film directed by Gus Van Sant. It is based on the life of the late American politician Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The film received a limited release on November 26, 2008, the day before the 30th anniversary of the Moscone–Milk assassinations.

Milk has received many awards, as has its leading actor Sean Penn, a Golden Globe nomination, 1 Screen Actors Guild Award plus two other nominations, and four BAFTA award nominations including Best Film. The film received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

This is one of the best films this year - I never loved Sean Penn like this since "I Am Sam" (with Michelle Pfeiffer and Dakota Fanning)

Slumdog Millionaire

This is indeed a feel good movie. I am now a Dev Patel fan. Definitely fresh.

Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, co-directed by Loveleen Tandan, and written by Simon Beaufoy. It is an adaptation of the Boeke Prize-winning and Commonwealth Writers' Prize-nominated novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. Set and filmed in India, Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of a young man from the slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Kaun Banega Crorepati, mentioned in the Hindi version) and exceeds people's expectations, arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials. Slumdog Millionaire won five Critics' Choice Awards, four Golden Globes, and seven BAFTA Awards, including Best Film, and has been nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture.