Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

The Great and Terrible News About the Oscar Nominations

While everyone is "upset" about Christopher Nolan not being nominated for best director for Inception, there's way more fascinating news in today's Oscars nominations announcement.

The good news:

Waiting for Superman? Straight-up SNUBBED in the best documentary race. Hooray! The propaganda vehicle for the privatization of education can now slink off to die.

Exit Through the Gift Shop, which is in some ways at least a documentary, though who knows which ways, nominated for best documentary, which, yay.

• Jacki Weaver, who is maybe possibly the last remaining delightfully aging camp diva of our time, nominated for best supporting actress to duke it out with the marvelous Melissa Leo. Thank God: this gives the gays something to fret about on Oscar night!

The hard choices:

• Jeremy Renner (The Town) v. Christian Bale (The Fighter) for Best Supporting Actor? This choice is unpossible. (Also more fretting amongst the gays.)

The bad news:

• The Best Actress race seems not that interesting, right? (That's hard on the gays!)

The Pat Tillman Story? SNUBBED for documentary. That's total bullshit.

• Daft Punk's soundtrack for Tron? Snubbed! Sad. (Though it picked up a nomination for sound editing, which seems fair!)

• Poor Ryan Reynolds put himself inside a box for a whole film in Buried and Hollywood didn't care. :(

• Hey, you know what didn't pick up any traction (AKA marketing) for awards? Please Give. Hmmph.

• The thing about the Academy is that it's always like they don't see so many movies. For instance, this year, four films took 38 of the nominations. This seems statistically pretty par for the course each year, and it's boring. The only thing that suggests they saw more films than were mass-nominated were the costume design nominations for I Am Love and the screenplay nomination for Mike Leigh's Another Year (which made $714,387 in the U.S.). Other than that, pretty much anyone in America could have picked this list with 85% accuracy. Except everyone lost a few points, because everyone had Nolan on their best director list. Surprise!

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Jim Behrle (#3,292)

No one has mentioned my performance at Thanksgiving AT ALL

rabbitangstrom (#9,551)

It's too bad the Academy doesn't have a category for internet films, the Kreepie Kats deserve recognition for all their hard work and dedication to the craft.

Tyler Coates (#451)

I was hoping to see more appreciation for Rabbit Hole! It was great (and also SO SAD that I will never be able to watch it again). The disregard for I Am Love and Please Give just shows you that movies about women over forty (who are not lesbians) appeal to no one.

wb (#2,214)

Except the occasional straight, 20-something male . . .

Dan Kois (#646)


saythatscool (#101)


saythatscool (#101)


saythatscool (#101)


Dan Kois (#646)


I really can't believe that Gwyneth Paltrow's pile of "pink flamingo double wide" "I'm just like you" horseshit got nominated for Best Original Song while Cher's awesomely campy Diane Warren song got snubbed.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Sad about Please Give, but WINTER'S BONE!!!!!!! Skinned squirrels in 2011!

hockeymom (#143)

I can not believe The Pat Tillman story wasn't nominated. That IS total bullshit.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Yay respect for Winter's Bone!

IBentMyWookie (#133)

I've been a fan of Melissa Leo's since her awesome days on Homicide:Life on the Street and am elated that she's been twice-nominated in three years.

Mind you, I have seen either film for which she's been nominated. But I will. Probably. At some point?

hockeymom (#143)

Leo was FANTASTIC in Homicide. Which was the best ensemble show on TV. Ever.

HonoriaGlossop (#1,247)

I'm cheering madly for Kay, too.

iantenna (#5,160)

yes! yes! yes! she is soooo good. "homicide" was incredible (though it faltered a bit towards the end), and she was awesome in the three burials of melquiades estrada which nobody seems to have seen or cared about but is maybe the best movie hollywood has made about immigration?

on a related note, and i'm sure i'll be corrected by more well (what is the film/tv version of "well read", "well viewed", let's go with that) viewed commenters, but how the hell did the cast from "homicide" not get more work? kyle secor was in what other than "veronica mars"? andre braugher seemed to have disappeared completely until reappearing in that show with ray (ugh) romano and whatzhizshit. everybody, even the baldwin, was fantastic in that show.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

But at least Zelcko Ivanek (not even close to the spelling, i know) has started to get some recognition and awards lately, so maybe the alumni are on a roll…

City_Dater (#2,500)

Andre Braugher does a fair amount of theater…going to be in a play this season, in fact. Most of those people work a lot, just not in much of anything mainstream.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Andre Braugher is the thinking man's Black Guy Who Dies First.

keisertroll (#1,117)

I really thought Josh Brolin would have been nominated for "Jonah Hex".

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

I had William H Macy for Marmaduke.

keisertroll (#1,117)

And lest we forget M. Night Shymalan's direction of "The Last Airbender".

Nah, in Marmadude, Macy was just recycling his character from "State and Main." I told my 7-year-old daughter this as we watched the movie together, but she didn't seem to care.

Bittersweet (#765)

I had my hopes pinned on Gerard Butler for "The Bounty Hunter." Poetry in motion.

Flashman (#418)

You can buy a lot of sinks with $714,387.

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

So Firth is going to win best actor, right? Because the other choices seem like stoner jokes. "Hey, wouldn't it be hilarious if we gave the serious Michael Cera an Oscar?" "Nah, let's give it to the Pineapple Express dude."

The Illusionist was nominated for best animated film!

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

Here are the best movies of 2010 in English language (in no particular order):

Blue Valentine
Animal Kingdom
Winter's Bone
The Ghost Writer
Black Swan
Night Catches Us
Life During Wartime (made in 2009, but OK)

I haven't seen True Grit or The Fighter yet, so maybe… but then again, there are good reasons I wasn't in much of a hurry to see them.

As for non-English language films, seeing how we are always late in getting the best of those, now is good time to talk about 2009:

Un prophète
Das weisse Band
Io sono l'amore
La nana

saythatscool (#101)

Wait, did A Serbian Film come out this year? Because that shit needs to get nominated.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

Damn you, I was trying to forget that!

saythatscool (#101)

That which is seen cannot be unseen.

heroofthebeach (#2,280)

I figured A Serbian Film was an Eastern European version of the Disaster Movie type. And then I looked it up and I wish it were.

saythatscool (#101)

Oh, there are quite a few disasters in that one. Trust me.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

"Blue Valentine"? Oh, I get it, a joke list. Sorry, carry on.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

The list is no joke. My Oscar is right here.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Can't wait for next year, when Kevin Smith shoots up a Denny's after "Red State" is snubbed.

keisertroll (#1,117)

And by "shoot up a Denny's" I mean after they politely excuse him from the All You Can Eat Slam.

saythatscool (#101)


LondonLee (#922)

I don't get the snubbing of Julianne Moore in favour of Annette Bening (at the Golden Globes too)

jfruh (#713)

YOU GUYS DOGTOOTH GOT NOMINATED FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM! DOGTOOTH! Hopefully this will now get wider distribution and you will all see it because it is FUCKING INSANE (in the best possible way).

joshc (#442)

Re: the boring. There must be some correlation between the size of the branch choosing the nominees and the adventurousness of their picks, adjusted for the amount of time spent in gifting suites versus in theaters. For instance, the costume design nominations are done by costume designers, writing awards by the writer's branch, et c.

Flashman (#418)

Did anybody else see Fish Tank?
I thought the younger sister should be nominated for Best Supposting Actor, or something

VeeCee (#1,189)

she was amazing. also that film had sexy Michael Fassbender.

riotnrrd (#840)

The VFX noms are kind of odd, too. "Hereafter", but not "Tron"? Some of the effects in Tron were horrible (the digital human work was.. not good), but man! Here-fucking-after?

Cobalt (#7,571)

Well at least they saw fit to nominate I Am Love for, oh, costumes, instead of for Best Foreign Language Film, also ignoring Tilda Swinton's performance in the process–also hard on the gays!

joshc (#442)

Blame Italy for that, not the Academy. They submitted this instead: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_First_Beautiful_Thing

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