A mixed bag of nominations, as usual. But I do kind of like how the widening of the Best Picture field democratizes the competition a bit, even if some of the slots were wasted on some pretty undeserving films. My reaction after the jump.
- Best Actor and Best Actress nominations are no surprise... at all.
- I applaud the nomination for Matt Damon in Invictus in the Best Supporting Actor category. If you recall from my review of this underappreciated film I believe his performance is the most important reason to see the movie.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal for Best Supporting Actress? She wasn't bad. But that role in Crazy Heart was so stereotypical it didn't really allow her to venture much past "Meh?" territory. And how can anyone justify nominating her, Penélope Cruz (Nine) or even Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) over the more deserving Mélanie Laurent for her movie-hijacking performance as Shosanna in Inglourious Basterds?
- What the hells is The Secret of Kells?
- Hurrah for The White Ribbon in the Best Foreign Language slot AND Best Cinematography.
- The Blind Side and District 9 for Best Picture? Anyone who had any fears that Star Trek or The Hangover might make it onto the list this year care to tell me how these other two picks work out any better?
- On the plus side, A Serious Man made a much stronger appearance on the list of nominees than I could have hoped.
- Whatever creative or political baggage Avatar carries with it, from a purely technical aspect of filmmaking it certainly deserves to be up there. So a big raspberry to all the naysayers.