Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oscar Noms: Surprise Snubs

Hey everyone, did you know that the most original, inventive film in years didn’t have a director?  It had a screenwriter, and even a few producers, but no director.  It had an art director, a cinematographer, a lead musician, a visual effects artist, a sound editor; hell, it even had a sound mixer, but, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Inception had no director.  At least not one worth recognizing.

Here’s a breakdown of other areas in which the Academy blew it this morning when it released its nominations for the 83rd Oscars.  (And, yes, a few places where they got it right, too.)

Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

No real surprises.  It was whispered around town that The Town would snag 127 Hours’ place, but to no avail.  However, with The King’s Speech leading the pack with 12 total nominations (and a surprise PGA victory last weekend), it is now the frontrunner for Best Picture.  Eh.

Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
David O. Russell- The Fighter
Tom Hooper - The King’s Speech
David Fincher - The Social Network
Joel and Ethan Coen- True Grit

The King’s Speech was better directed than Inception?  Really?
Javier Bardem- Biutiful
Jeff Bridges- True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg- The Social Network
Colin Firth- The King’s Speech
James Franco- 127 Hours

Congrats Julia Roberts, you’re nagging worked!  Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine) should have Bridges’ spot, just as a courtesy. 

Annette Bening- The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman- Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence- Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman- Black Swan
Michelle Williams- Blue Valentine

I have no real beef here.  Go Natalie!

Christian Bale- The Fighter
John Hawkes- Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner- The Town
Mark Ruffalo- The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush- The King's Speech

Ruffalo is kind of a surprise, I was hoping for Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) or even a sympathy vote for Pete Postlethwaite (The Town).  Love seeing Hawkes here.

Amy Adams- The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter- The King's Speech
Melissa Leo- The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld- True Grit
Jacki Weaver- Animal Kingdom

Probably the biggest shocker of the morning was Weaver stealing Mila “Sweet Lips” Kunis’ spot.  Here’s the thing: I just saw Animal Kingdom last week and I can say, with zero hesitation, that Weaver deserves this award over all of the other nominees. This is easily the hardest race to call.  I could see any of them taking it. 

I’m glad the overrated Waiting for “Superman” got snubbed from the Best Documentary category.  Likewise Burlesque’s exclusion in the Best Song group.  Props to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for their nominated Social Network score.  And please Academy, for the love of God, give Alejandro González Iñárritu the Oscar for Best Foreign Film (Biutiful).

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