My Thoughts on the Oscar Nominees

The Oscar nominations were just announced this morning.  As usual, here are my random thoughts:

  • I’ve seen every Best Picture nominee, except for The Kids are Alright and Winter’s Bone.  I will try to see those two before the ceremony.
  • James Franco becomes the first Oscar host in recent memory to also have a Best Actor nomination.
  • I’m a bit suprised Ryan Gosling didn’t get a Best Actor nomination for Blue Valentine, though Michelle Williams did.
  • The Academy gives a lot more love to the Coen Brothers, than the HPFA do (True Grit has the second-highest number of nominations).
  • Incendies recieved a Best Foreign Film nomination!  See it if you haven’t yet.
  • For the first time in recent years, every Best Song nominee is unique
  • There are ZERO nominations for Burlesque or The Tourist (thank God)

I have to say that there are no major surprises with the nomniees. I still think the Best Picture race will be between The King’s Speech (leading with 12 nominations) and The Social Network (tied with Inception in third with 8 nominations), though the 10 nominations for True Grit also throws it right into the thick of things.

There is only a little over a month until the Oscars on February 27.  Let the race begin!

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).