The Academy Awards Nominees were announced this morning, and there’s been the general flurry of outrage and out-crying about who was snubbed (Christopher Nolan, DUH) and who was surprising (did anyone see Jackie Weaver’s nomination coming? anyone?). There wasn’t anything truly shocking to this blogger about this year’s crop of nominees (I have to ask where the actors of color are, but I ask that pretty much every year), but it’s still worth a quick look.
Best Picture: The Academy is sticking with the 10 nominees instead of 5 again this year, so it means that more movies made the cut. Unsurprising: Pretty much all of them, with the possible exception of Toy Story 3, notable only because it’s also up for best animated feature. I think it’s going to come down to Black Swan or The Social Network, but I could be wrong.
I was pleased to see Inception included in the list, too, though.
Best Actor in a Leading Role: The only surprise here was the exclusion of Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine, which I think is a serious oversight. Javier Bardem‘s turn in Biutiful is probably what kept Gosling out of the running, but I think Colin Firth is going to take the award for his flawless performance in The King’s Speech (which I finally just saw last night).
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: I was a little surprised to see Jeremy Renner‘s performance in The Town nominated in this category, but not completely shocked. He was the best thing in a (fairly) mediocre movie, and I’m happy he’s getting recognition. However, I would have liked to see Andrew Garfield get some props for his excellent work as Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network. While I’d like to see Mark Ruffalo win for his work in The Kids Are All Right, I think Geoffrey Rush will take it for The King’s Speech.
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nothing earth-shattering here except for the exclusion of Julianne Moore‘s work in The Kids Are All Right. I think her onscreen partner Annette Benning is going to take the award home, though.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Glad to see Hailee Steinfield up for her work in True Grit (the girl seriously made the movie), and unsurprised to see Helena Bonham Carter up for The King’s Speech (she was so lovely to watch). The only surprise was Jackie Weaver‘s nomination for her turn in Animal Kingdom, a movie that didn’t make anything resembling a splash here in the United States. However, she’s racked up a lot of accolades from critics, so her nomination isn’t without merit.
The acting nominations are the ones that I’m most interested in simply because of my history with theater and acting, but the rest of the nominees are pretty standard and unsurprising. Country Strong only racked up one nomination (for Original Song), which sort of solidifies the terrible things I’ve been hearing about it. Some people are upset that Christopher Nolan didn’t get nominated for his direction of Inception (and yet others question the inclusion of the Coen Brothers for True Grit, when it’s arguable the most simple and straightforward of all their movies), but other than that, the nominees are what they are.
That’s pretty much it for now. Thoughts?