All about the Oscars

Local movie reviewers, including the Mountain Xpress’ own Ken Hanke, will dissect the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony tonight (Wednesday) on public radio station WCQS.

What’s the best motion picture of the year? Can Mickey Rourke pull off a win in the best actor category? Does Angelina Jolie really stand a chance to win for best actress? Will Heath Ledger win a posthumous gold statue for his work in The Dark Knight?

Hanke, along with Asheville Citizen-Times Entertainment Editor Tony Kiss and Chip Kaufmann, movie reviewer for Rapid River Arts & Culture Magazine, will dissect it all tonight on WCQS (88.1 FM) starting at 6 p.m., during “Conversations,” a listener call-in show hosted by station News Director David Hurand.

For the full list of categories and nominees, click here.

— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor

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7 thoughts on “All about the Oscars

  1. Ken Hanke

    For those of you who didn’t tune in, the assembled throng — Messrs. Kaufmann, Kiss and I — pretty much had a love-fest for Slumdog Millionaire. Now, if only the Academy shares this view on Sunday night.

  2. Dread P. Roberts

    I’m all for “Slumdog Millionaire” way above and beyond anything else, but I fear what my gut tells me – that “Benjamin Button” is going to take home the coveted best picture prize. I genuinely hope that my gut instinct is wrong in this case. We shall see.

  3. Ken Hanke

    I’m all for “Slumdog Millionaire” way above and beyond anything else, but I fear what my gut tells me – that “Benjamin Button” is going to take home the coveted best picture prize.

    I have that same fear — and I hope I’m wrong. I said it last night on the radio and I’ll say it again, of the five nominated films Benjamin Button is the most mediocre movie in the lot.

  4. Ken Hanke

    if you don’t know Jess Franco

    If you don’t know Jess Franco, you’re better off.

  5. jen

    Benjamin Button was the 2009 Forrest Gump. I found it simple and boring. The fantastic nature of its story was lost in the lack of soul and the computer generated masks on everyone. I think Slumdog Millionaire will win best picture, definitely.

  6. Ken Hanke

    I think Slumdog Millionaire will win best picture, definitely.

    If virtue is rewarded, it will, but it doesn’t always work that way. Sunday night will tell us for sure. Personally, I’d like to see a Slumdog — picture, director, on down the line.

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