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Oscar noms: Really?

January 24, 2012

Initial thoughts on the Academy Award nominees, announced this morning:



Film that made it in because of good intentions: “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Films that made it in by virtue of the stature of their directors: “War Horse” and “Hugo.”

Film I haven’t seen yet: “Midnight in Paris”

Film with the most annoying voiceover crutch: “The Descendants”

Films that were overlooked: “Win Win” and “Coriolanus”

Film I’ll be rooting for as Best Picture: “Tree of Life”

Film I’ll happily settle for as Best Picture: “The Artist”



Actor I’m glad to see in the mix: Demian Bichir

Actor who doesn’t deserve all of the nominations he gets: George Clooney

Actors who deserve it far more than Clooney: Ralph Fiennes in “Coriolanus” and Paul Giamatti in “Win Win”

Actress whose performance really should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis

Actresses who should have been in the mix: Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and Elizabeth Olsen for “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”



Actor I’ve never for a second believed on film: Jonah Hill

Actor in a not very good film who deserves the recognition he got: Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Actor oddly omitted after praise just about everywhere else: Albert Brooks in “Drive”

Actress I knew wouldn’t get nominated but was still quietly hoping for: Amy Ryan in “Win Win”

Actress who should have been in the mix: Vanessa Redgrave in “Coriolanus”



Documentary nominee I’m most looking forward to seeing: “Pina”

Nominated film score that got in the way of the film: John Williams’ “War Horse” score.

Oddly thin category: Only two nominations for Best Original Song

Films that will look the strangest when their DVD boxes says “Academy Award nominated”: “Real Steel” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”


For a complete list of nominees, click here.  


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