Heartland Film Fest flicks score Academy Award nominations

January 25, 2011
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The Academy Award nominations were announced just minutes ago and while most of the media attention focuses on "Black Swan," "True Grit," and other big Hollywood films, a look deeper into the picks show some films that Hoosiers may be familiar with: Both Best Feature Documentary nominee "Waste Land" and Best Live Action Short Film nom "God of Love" played at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival.

Congrats to the Heartland folks for picking some potential winners.

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After a quick look over the nominees in all categories, I've only got a few beefs:

--I'm sorry to see no love for "Never Let Me Go," a remarkable, original film. And Carey Mulligan is terrific in it.

--Nominating Hailee Steinfeld as Best Supporting Actress for her role in "True Grit" makes absolutely no sense. I don't care how young the actress is, hers is the lead character in the film and she is the leading actress. She's on screen nearly every moment--far more than Jeff Bridges, who is nominated for Best Actor.

--I'm sorry to see that there was no room for "Tangled" as a Best Animated Film nominee. Yes, it was a crowded year, but "Tangled" is Disney's best animated film in well over a decade. I hope the message isn't that the film isn't worthy. If you haven't seen it, check it out.

--I'm glad to see Michelle Williams get singled out for "Blue Valentine." But her co-star, Ryan Gosling, is equally deserving.

In case you haven't seen the list yet, the nominees for Best Film are:

"Black Swan"

"The Fighter"

"Inception"

"The Kids are Alright"

"The King's Speech"

"127 Hours"

"The Social Network"

"Toy Story 3"

"True Grit"

"Winter's Bone"

For a complete list of nominees, visit www.oscars.com.

Your thoughts?

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  • Never Let Me Go
    I sometimes feel like we are two of only 10 people who loved "Never Let Me Go."
  • Agree to Disagree with Academy!
    TOTALLY agree with you regarding the nomination of Hailee Steinfeld as Best Supporting Actress instead of Best Actress. She was the lead, not supporting another actress nor actor, and did an awesome job. Guess it would remind the Academy voters' favored pick of Ms. Portman's limited range in "Black Swan" is but a shadow to her younger acting gigs ("Leon, The Professional").
  • Tangled
    I agree completely on Tangled. After taking my daughter to see it I was surprised at how well done and entertaining it was. I do think Toy Story 3 is also deserving - it is the only animated film to ever make me cry.
  • Tangled
    Lou, couldn't agree more about Tangled. Definitely a win for Disney and sad to hear there probably won't be anymore of those typical Disney films. It reminded me of Disney films when I was young! Too bad it didn't get the attention it deserves for Best Animated Film.

    What are your thoughts for best film?
  • Oscars
    Katie,
    I'll certainly be addressing that question as the Awards get closer. Watch the blog.
    Thanks for reading (and asking),
    Lou

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