My Thoughts on the Oscar Nominees

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.

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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).