My Thoughts on the Oscar Nominees

It’s that time again! The nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning. Before I get to my thoughts on the nominations, I thought I should make some observations about the presentation.  Traditionally, the nominations are announced by the Academy president (and a celebrity guest), but this year they were announced by Oscar host Seth MacFarlane (along with Emma Stone).  This made the nominations announcement a bit more jokey than they usually are and I thought the jokes were a bit on the bad side (not a good sign for the actual ceremony).

Anyways, here’s my random thoughts on the nominees:

  • Once again there are nine nominations and once again there are only three I have yet to see (Amour, Zero Dark Thirty, and Lincoln).  Unlike last year, I might actually go out and see those three.
  • Some people seem surprised that Beasts of the Southern Wild got a Best Picture nomination. I’m not.
  • Best Actress has both the oldest (Emmanuelle Riva) and youngest (Quvenzhané Wallis) nominees
  • As jokingly pointed out during the announcement, every Best Supporting Actor nominee this year is a previous winner.
  • This is the year Stop-Motion got more Best Animated Film nominees than CGI with 3 of the 5
  • I’ve seen many great documentaries in the past year (including supposed shoe-in The Imposter).  Only one of them (Searching for Sugar Man) received an Oscar nomination.
  • Does it break the rules that Amour is nominated for BOTH Best Picture and Best Foreign Language film?
  • Speaking of which, Rebelle (War Witch) marks the third year in a row a Canadian film got nominated in the Best Foreign Language film category.
  • Seth MacFarlane is not only Oscar host, but he’s also a nominee (for Best Song)

That wraps up my thoughts on the Oscar nominations. The Academy Awards will be presented on February 24.

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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).