I have to say, it was refreshing to see an Academy Awards ceremony last night where major award categories were mostly devoid of “mainstream” films. I don’t know whether that bodes ill for ABC’s ratings or not, but at no point did I feel as if a quality actor/actress or film was usurped by crap. I was particularly happy to see Daniel Day-Lewis pick up Best Actor, and while I’d have liked to see Brad Bird snag Best Original Screenplay for Ratatouille, at least he collected Best Animated Feature.
I think the nominations reinforce the notion that 2007 was an uncommonly good year for the art of film making. I don’t know (or much care) how the studios fared, but the craft certainly advanced, and I think the world is better for it.