Tuesday, January 25, 2011
A Few Thoughts on the 83rd Oscar Nominations
Check out the full list of nominations here.
Thankfully, the Academy eschewed the Golden Globes and didn't nominate any songs from Burlesque, so we'll hopefully be spared listening to Cher's botox-y man voice at any point during the ceremony.
I'm bummed Carter Burwell's score for True Grit wasn't nominated. I thought it was a great throwback to the kind of music you'd hear in old school Westerns while still sounding like a contemporary film score.
Toy Story 3 was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay; I'm curious from what it was adapted.
The Best Makeup nominations are a strange bunch this year, with all three films nominated for nothing else besides Best Makeup.
In what is generally considered a strong year for animation, it's a shame there's still only three animated feature nominations. I'd have loved to see Tangled get nominated, and while I haven't seen it, I've heard that Despicable Me was pretty good too.
In Supporting Actress, it's a lock year, with Melissa Leo from The Fighter having all but won this award already. The interesting thing here was the nomination of Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit. In one of those cases where she was campaigned as both a leading and supporting actress (similar to Kate Winslet in The Reader a couple years back) no one was quite sure where she'd end up, if anywhere. Turns out she landed in the Supporting category, even though she more or less carries the film (I liked her performance even more than Jeff Bridges much more touted one). Not that it matters much, as both this category and the Leading Actress have strong front runners already (in the case of Leading Actress, it's Natalie Portman).
Speaking of Supporting Actress, this year's "huh?" award goes to Jackie Weaver's Best Supporting Actress nomination for Animal Kingdom, a film I've never heard of before.
Going into the nominations, four of the five Best Actor slots were considered locks, with the fifth somewhat up in the air (EW's Dave Karger was thinking Robert Duvall for Get Low, another film of which I've never heard). Turns out it went to Javier Bardem for Biutiful, a film which was also nominated for Best Foreign Language film and of which I've only heard because of Julia Roberts campaign for Bardem. I guess Julia is happy this morning, then. Also, in an interesting bit of trivia, this makes Bardem the first Spanish-language actor to be nominated.
Fairly surprising to see the Coen Brothers snag Christopher Nolan's Best Director spot. While everyone expected True Grit to rack up plenty of nominations, the prevailing theory was that the cutdown from ten Best Picture nominees to five Best Director ones would cost the Coens and not Nolan the nomination.
The ten Best Picture nominations are largely as expected, the one minor surprise being Winter's Bone instead of The Town. Dave Karger is thinking that while The Town probably appeared on a lot of ballots, it was consistently ranked low enough on those ballots to get left off.
As it has been all awards season, the main ticket comes down to The Social Network vs. The King's Speech. The former has been an awards juggernaut, sweeping up just about every award available in its march to Oscar while the later just won the Producers Guild Award (an Oscar predictor the last three years), leads the pack in total Oscar nominations and has the kind of upper class historical feel the Academy loves (and accomplished Oscar promoter Harvey Weinstein stumping for it).