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Oscars 2011: First Glance

  • Jan 26, 2011
It's Oscar Season. Followers of this blog know that I love this time of year and like to draw it out as much as possible. So while I do plan on doing a post on my predictions for the awards, first here are a few things that caught my eye.
I knew that The King's Speech would be Oscar bait, I didn't think it would be leading the pack with 12 nominations. I thought it would be The Social Network. But the movie leading with all the best picture awards already didn't even garner second place. True Grit, which is a fun movie don't get wrong, took second with ten nominations.
This may be because of the glaring omissionof Andrew Garfield as Supporting Actor. I genuinely thought all three men, Garfield, Justin Timberlake and Armie Hammer deserved nominations for their performances, but that wasn't legitimately possible. Instead none get nominated and that is unfortunate.
Where was Nolan's nomination for director? Two years ago they expanded the Best Picture field to include blockbusters that don't get love from the Academy. So while Inception is rightly included in the best picture field it didn't get any love in the directing field. Nolan probably deserved more accolades for his directing than his screen writing. But if it were the other way around I'd probably still be bitching about it.
For lead actors Ryan Gosling got robbed. His performance with Michelle Williams is symbiotic, how is it possible for one to get nominated and not the other. I imagine it was Javier Bardem who took his spot. Like most of America though I haven't seen Biutiful but I plan on getting to the bottom of this. I hear good things though, and to his credit Bardem becomes the first actor to be nominated as solely specking in Spanish throughout the film.
Call me crazy but I enjoyed Julianne Moore's performance more than Annette Bening's from The Kids Are Alright. Both deserved nominations and if only one was going to get the honor everyone knew it was going to be Bening but I thought Bening had a one strong moment where as Moore was consistently good throughout the movie.
Wasn't Waiting for "Superman" supposed to be the documentary everyone had to see to save our children? How did this movie not get nominated?
I love that Melissa Leo earned a nomination as the maniacal mother in The Fighter but where is the love for Barbara Hershey an equally if not more sinister parental figure for Black Swan because I'm not actually even sure if she was that evil or not.
Everyone is saying that The Town deserved more accolades. And with ten pictures being nominated for Best Picture it is really hard to snub a film anymore when it really only comes down to one or two films. What about directing or the screenplay. I actually agreed with the Academy on this one, and while it was a fun movie, unlike Nolan (who I would gladly substitute for Tom Hooper) I couldn't take anyone off the directing list for Ben Affleck.
What did you think. Am I wrong in any of these nomiantions? Is there someone else you thought got snubbed? Let me know

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February 16, 2011
I agree about Superman...should have been on the list AND should have won. Exit through the gift shop? C'mon. I also agree that Gosling should have been nominated. I haven't seen Biutiful yet, but haven't read a lot of good things about the film. Other than Bardem. I like Bardem, so I won't be disappointed if he wins. I thought Affleck was tiresome in The Town. His fake Boston accent is horrible and he needs to stop. Why do they keep casting him in Boston films?
January 28, 2011
Very nice write up. I've seen most of the movies you've brought up (save for the Kids are All right, but I plan to rectify that soon since I own the dvd) and I agree with most of your observations. I especially liked your comment about THE TOWN, granted I liked the movie and its direction, but I am with you about Affleck. Thanks!
January 27, 2011
I still need to watch quite a few of these, but I really enjoyed your summary! I saw the King's Speech a couple of nights ago and found it entertaining with fantastic acting. Can't say I was a fan of The Kids Are Alright though (actually I was totally surprised that it has gotten so much hype!). And agree that Julianne Moore was much better than Annette Bening. Looking forward to seeing True Grit and the Black Swan! Thanks for sharing.
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