... And here's what they got wrong.
The Academy Award Nominees were announced this morning, and we're in for a pretty boring show. Seemingly more than any other year, the frontrunners in each category are already pretty clear. Judging by all the other awards given out thusfar, this is how it will break down (these are not necessarily who I'd like to win, just who will likely win).
- Best Picture: The Social Network
- Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
- Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
- Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
- Best Supporting Actres: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
- Best Animated Picture: Toy Story 3
- Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
- Best Original Screenplay: The King's Speech (David Seidler)
- Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
The only surprises may be a win for Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) over Natalie Portman for Best Actress, and The Kids Are All Right over The King's Speech for Best Original Screenplay.
The full list of nominees are on the Oscar website, but here's a look at who the Academy missed:
Best Picture: The Town
I must admit, I have yet to see this film. But I didn't hear a single bad thing about it, and it was THE frontrunner just three months ago. My guess as to why it was overlooked: the most generic movie title ever. (Quite honestly, the generic title is part of what kept me from seeing it.)
Best Actor: Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Do I think Ryan would have actually taken the statue if he had been nominated? No, it is CLEARLY Colin Firth's year (and having finally seen The King's Speech despite my aversion to costume dramas about royalty, I can tell you that his performance is phenomenal). But Ryan's performance is more deserving of a slot than Jesse Eisenberg's. That's not to say that Jesse is bad in The Social Network (he's great, actually), it just speaks to how fantastic Ryan is in Blue Valentine (I'll even go as far as saying he deserves a nomination more than Michelle Williams does for the same film).
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
This oversight is a crime, because A LOT of The Kids Are All Right hinges on Julianne, and she delivers even more than her nominated co-star. But I wouldn't take away Annette Bening's nomination... I'd take away Nicole Kidman's. Rabbit Hole started off pretty good, but by the halfway point it turns into a crappy boring mess of a movie that barely deserves a showing on Lifetime, and Nicole slips in and out of her accent so many times that I felt like I was watching Kevin Costner in Robin Hood. Just because Nicole cries the whole time doesn't mean she gave a great performance. (If that were the case, then there are a lot of drunken college girls waiting for their Oscars).
Best Director: Christopher Nolan, Inception
Yes, Inception has its detractors. But even if you didn't care for the story (hell, take away the nomination for Best Original Screenplay simply for having Ellen Page utter the words, "Wait, whose subconscious are we going through exactly?), you have to admit that the scope of this film is so massive and complex that it deserves some recognition. If I were to strip another nominee of his nomination, I'd take it from Tom Hooper for The King's Speech. Yes the acting is fantastic, and yes part of that credit goes to the director. But the movie could have had a much bigger build to it's climactic moment, and could have also wisely ended after said climax instead of aimlessly rambling on for another 10 minutes for no reason.