Award season kicked into full gear this morning as the Oscar nominations were announced. As is my usual habit, I shall give my random thoughts:
- As a result of slightly modified rules (in which the Academy nominates UP TO ten films), there are only nine Best Picture nominees, six of which I have seen. I highly doubt I’ll see the three I haven’t seen (Moneyball, The Help, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) before the Oscars (if at all).
- Shame, and Michael Fassbender’s performance in it, were (not surprisingly) ignored
- Gary Oldman receives his first nomination ever
- Now we can say “Academy Award Nominated Actor Jonah Hill”
- Why is Bérénice Bejo (again) not nominated for LEAD actress?
- Sadly no animated nomination for Tintin. Makes it easier to choose Rango.
- Second year in a row a Canadian film gets a Best Foreign-language Film nomination. Will be checking out Monsieur Lazhar on Friday.
- Only two Best Song nominees? At least The Muppets is included.
- Despite being a silent film, The Artist, should have got a sound nominations for the two scenes with sound.
- I’ve seen two of the documentary nominees (I think that’s a first).
Well, those are my random thoughts. I definitely say that it will probably be The Artist‘s year and I expect it to win big during the ceremony. I’ll post my full predictions closer to the ceremony on February 26th.