Well, it’s official. This year’s Oscar nominations are all up in it.
Here are some fast facts and early thoughts.
(1) “Snubs” as we understand them may not be possible. According to this Variety story, the nominating system is so complicated that even Academy members may not understand it. Apparently, when you list your top-five favorites on your ballot, most of them will never get counted. So even if every person in the acting branch listed, say, Dev Patel, as their third-favorite supporting actor of the year, he wouldn’t get a nomination. That’s hardly a snub, but it looks like one from out here.
More thoughts after the jump!
(2) The Academy and I agree! Kate Winslet is not a supporting actress in The Reader! And her performance in that movie is more worthy than in Revolutionary Road!
(3) Dammit: I just returned The Visitor unwatched, and now Richard Jenkins is a Best Actor nominee. Looks like I’m off to Blockbuster, head hung low.
(4) I’m really glad that Marisa Tomei got a supporting acrtress nomination for The Wrestler, and I’m excited about all the love for Frozen River. I didn’t love this movie, but it was very good… and it’s always exciting to see a little film get recognized.
(5) I’m really surprised by all the support for The Reader. But… okay. Better that than The Dark Knight, I say.
(6) Hooray for Milk!
What are your thoughts?