As I noted in my previous blog entry, a lot of the frontrunners this year in the major categories were my own personal favorites... so I knew I'd like the nominations for the most part. Sadly, again, the overwhelming amount of prognosticating has made the nominations a simple confirmation. If you open the Entertainment Weekly from Jan. 7, you'll see just about all of the nominees laid out (as with last year's EW predicts issue).
The Academy's switch to ten nominees for Best Picture is still idiotic. And can we please kill Best Song already.... I don't really want to begrudge anyone their nomination-- but just look at the list.
Last year, I noted that the two week push back to Feb. for the noms— due to the Olympics— led to a less "exciting" announcement and that a Jan. announcement might have been less dull. And for me at least it was true— for some reason I was so much more excited for the nominations this year. Even the newscaster at the local ABC affiliate said this year seems more exciting. But again, too bad we already knew who all the nominees would be!
I offer my thoughts below, this year I'm taking out biggest "shocks" because there just aren't any anymore among the nominees... maybe the biggest "surprise" nomination (if you want to call it that) is Javier Bardem's Best Actor nomination for BIUTIFUL, and the surprise shut-out would be Christopher Nolan for INCEPTION (and I'll just say it now: it's idiotic that the Coens bested him for TRUE GRIT in this category).
MOST EXCITING NOMINATIONS FOR ME (SOOO HAPPY THESE MADE IT)
Michelle Williams in BLUE VALENTINE [thank god]
Geoffrey Rush in THE KING'S SPEECH
Hailee Steinfeld in TRUE GRIT
Best Cinematography for THE KING'S SPEECH
Best Documentary for EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Best Foreign Language film for DOGTOOTH
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS— WISH THEY HAD MADE IT
BLUE VALENTINE for Best Picture (as if!)
Mila Kunis in BLACK SWAN
Pierce Brosnan in THE GHOST WRITER
Armie Hammer in THE SOCIAL NETWORK