29 January 2011
  oscar nominations are out and. . .

all in all, i'd have to say not bad.

thankfully my prediction that true grit would be largely shut out went unrealized. in fact the film ranks second in total nominations AND the coen brothers almost out of nowhere walked away with a best director nod. way to go! (p.s. look who DIDN'T get a best director nomination? double plus!)

on the other hand, my prediction that winter's bone would do very well came true. congrats to jennifer lawrence and john hawkes. it would have been super cool if dale dickey could have pulled off the best supporting actress nomination as well, but i am more than satisfied with the love the academy has shown this movie.

i held out some hope til the very end that shutter island wouldn't be ignored when the nominations came out, and of course i was wrong. but i don't think anyone expected it would walk away without a SINGLE nomination. i don't get that at all. i also don't get hailee steinfeld being nominated as a supporting actress rather than as a lead, but i am happy for her regardless and will still champion her to win the category.

congrats to jacki weaver as well for her well deserved best supporting actress nomination for animal kingdom. this is an amazing movie and should have received much more awards attention, but weaver is one of the best things about the film, so if it were going to be nominated anywhere, it was in this category.

in general, i have very few major complaints about the nominations, other than the unavoidable if unfortunate attention shown to the social network. i wish jeremy renner hadn't gotten that supporting actor nomination. there was so much better work that went unrewarded (sam rockwell in conviction, most notably), and his performance simply isn't very memorable. i would have rather seen pete postlethwaite nominated here, personally. at least the town missed out in the best picture category, however.

my least favorite nomination of the year has to be the best original screenplay nod for mike leigh's another year. i can't begin to tell you how much i loathe this film, ESPECIALLY leigh's bizarrely, epicly dull writing. will someone PLEASE explain to me why this movie doesn't blow chunks?

no ryan gosling for blue valentine? the category was just too stacked i guess, and they decided to nominated javier bardem instead. this was just a really competitive year in the acting categories in general. other notable performances went unrewarded as well: barbara hershey in black swan, diane wiest and aaron eckhart in rabbit hole, hilary swank and sam rockwell in conviction, mark wahlberg in the fighter, matt damon in hereafter and true grit, julianne moore in the kids are alright.

i have to say i am pretty satisfied with the best picture lineup in general. are the best films of the year on it? of course not, but there is enough entertaining material there that will make this year's best picture showcase pretty fun (as long as i can manage to go whichever day they aren't showing inception-- *yawn*)
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