Fixed. Somehow you attributed what I said to someone else. But whatever the Academy believes about gay marriage, it shouldn't have factored into the decision to give Penn the award or give Rourke the award. I personally think Rourke was amazing, and whether or not he is a few screws loose, is conservative, or hates the Hollywood establishment should not affect his chances of winning based solely on an amazing performance.
Members of the Academy are people too and it's damn hard to stay completely objective, especially when it comes to choosing someone for Best Actor...which is completely subjective
. It seems like you believe Sean Penn won only because of Prop 8 recently and maybe as a consolation prize for Brokeback Mountain
a few years back. I don't agree with this.
Somehow I think we will see something similar happen to Jackie Earle Haley. Haley doesn't seem like he is one of the people Hollywood would want to win an award
He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Little Children
and he is portraying an ultra-conservative character. All of that, plus the fact that Watchmen isn't your typical movie (complex, violent, etc.) and people don't really seem to want it to succeed, are likely to prevent Haley from receiving a much deserved nomination (at least when we compare his performance to other performances thus far this year, and indeed, there are lots more left).
As you just admitted, we have MUCH more to see this year.
Personally, I think WALL-E should have been nominated for Best Picture, but it's an animated movie, and no chance of that ever happening again.Beauty and the Beast
was nominated for Best Picture.