The Oscar nominations are out, and, as always, somebodys favorite choice for Best Picture didnt make it onto the list. We thought wed find lots of oughta-be Best Picture pickers among the staff of the Annenberg Center and School, but to our surprise, many of the people we asked hadnt seen a first-run movie in quite some time. We did manage to get some nominations from those who had, though, and theyre a varied lot, though there are two clear favoritesMemento and Shrek. And heres another request for the Motion Picture Academy on behalf of one respondent: How bout Brad Pitt for Best Actor?
Shrek. I felt it had a lot of references to other movies, which as a kid you might not have gotten, but as an adult you did. It was extremely clever.
Spy Games. It had Brad Pitt in it. I also liked Oceans 11. It [the movie] all came together. You kept guessing. It was unpredictable. And it had Brad Pitt.
Box Office Assistant
The Mothman Prophecies. I really liked it. Good plot. Great acting.
Box Office Manager
Shrek. It had something for everybody. I saw it, all ages would watch it. It was cutting edge. Funny as all hell. Written extremely clever.
International Childrens Festival
Memento. Very good movie. Its simple. Unusual. Not a typical American movie, where you have a happy ending. The ending was unpredictable.
Harry Potter [and the Sorcerers Stone]. I have read all the books. Ive heard a lot about the movie some good, some not so good.
Director of Marketing
Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Its a great musical off Broadway. [John Cameron] Mitchell is an amazing talent. Great movie and rock musical. Great score.
Facilities and Events Manager
I am Sam. Love the soundtrack. I love Rufus Wainwright. He was at the Electric Factory last week.
Memento. Amazing movie about a man with short term memory.
Monsters Ball. Very good acting, good story.
Ali. Based on a real-life legend.
Originally published on March 7, 2002