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The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning, and you can find the full list here. As per usual, there were a few surprises. Here are some of my choice reactions to the nominees:
No Emma Thompson: It appears that the Academy, tragically, doesn’t know how to not nominate Meryl.
Leo for Best Lead Actor: Can I get an AMEN!!
No Blackfish: For once, the Academy has good taste.
No Thelma: The masterful editor of Wolf of Wall Street got the shaft because of, you guessed it, that American Hustle mess.
Jonah Hill for Supporting: I am proud to say that I called this one. Also, it’s deserved.
Saving Mr. Banks gets the shaft: We all thought this sentimental, white-washed Disney pic would make a good showing on Oscar morning, but it received exactly one nomination: Best Score.
Best snubs: The Academy totally dissed Lee Daniels’ The Butler (which means I will promptly return it to Netflix without watching it) and Rush (which we didn’t understand the buzz for anyway!). But are you allowed to diss Oprah like that?
I can’t believe I have to watch The Croods.
Crazy Cinematography Noms: Roger Deakins gets his nom (called that one!) and The Grandmaster, a foreign film, does too (but doesn’t get the nod for Foreign Language Film. Odd.)
All is Lost for Redford: The actor is surprisingly snubbed, as is the film, with only a nod for Sound Editing.
Oscar spurns The Coens: Inside Llewyn Davis is shut out except for Cinematography and Sound Mixing. The brothers do not receive a writing nom.
Who’s excited to watch an Oscar-nominated Jackass movie? This girl!!
Accusations of racism? No biggie! The Lone Ranger receives noms for Makeup (Johnny Depp as a Native American) and Visual Effects.
No Sci-Fi films make the cut (Thank God): But we still have to contend with superheroes (Iron Man 3) and fantasy (The Hobbit). Sigh.
August: Osage County: Such bad direction that it tainted the writing — no nod for Adapted Screenplay.
American Hustle – 10
Gravity – 10
12 Years a Slave – 9
Captain Phillips – 6
Dallas Buyers Club – 6
Her – 5
The Wolf of Wall Street – 5
Out of 107 nominations (not including the 15 shorts), I predicted 79 correctly and Aaron had 72 (which does not include the spoilers, many of which we also correctly predicted). Not too bad. But not great either.