Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year. Oscar nominations are finally here, and we can all collectively move on from trying to predict who will be nominated to trying to predict who will win.
But first, a few thoughts on where this year’s nominations went right and wrong.
Best Picture: There are 9!!! The Academy has required 10 nominations in the past couple of years, but they changed the rules this year and said that there could be anywhere between 5 and 10 nominated pictures based on some complicated mathematics. No one was really sure how many they’d nominate, but 9 is very much on the high end. Most of the nominations were pretty predictable, but we were shocked that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close got a nomination–we haven’t seen it, so no comment on quality, but it hasn’t picked up many other nominations. Otherwise, these nominations are pretty much exactly what you’d expect–although we thought that War Horse was a lost cause, evidently the Academy did not.
Best Actor: No Fassbender! We don’t really have other thoughts on this; this is otherwise pretty much who everyone expected to get nominated.
Best Actress: The exact 5 people who you’d think would get nominated got nominated. We would have loved to see a surprise nomination for Tilda Swinton, Elizabeth Olson, or Kirsten Dunst, but we can’t really argue with the performances that did score nominations.
We don’t care about Actor in a Supporting Role, so let’s jump to Actress in a Supporting Role, where Melissa McCarthy got nominated for Bridesmaids! Definitely the most exciting nomination to happen. Octavia Spencer looks to be her main competition.
Best Director: Snubs for Spielberg and Fincher in this category weren’t exactly surprises, but must sting a little bit. Especially for Spielberg, whose Adventures of Tintin was left out of Best Animated Feature in favor of Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda 2. Ouch.
Otherwise, the most exciting thing is that the lovely Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords now has a 50-50 shot at winning an Oscar for “Man or Muppet,” since only two songs were nominated for Best Original Song! Suck on that, Madonna. We’re also happy to see Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo pick up a nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Bridesmaids, though we would have loved to see 50-50 there as well.
Overall we are fairly on board with the Oscar nominations. We admittedly haven’t seen The Artist, but are uninterested enough that it looks like its inevitable sweep is going to make this a pretty boring year of Oscars. Academy, step up your game! However, we’re super happy about Hugo‘s 10 nominations and we’re hoping it can dent The Artist.
To see all of the nominees, go here.