quick thoughts on the oscar nominees
Well, the Oscar nominees were announced this morning, and I thought I’d offer up some of my thoughts on the Academy’s choices for the best of 2009. As far as my predicting went, it was merely okay, apparently – Best Picture (7 for 10), Best Director (4 for 5), Best Actor (5 for 5), Best Actress (4 for 5), Best Supporting Actor (5 for 5), and Best Supporting Actress (3 for 5). I suppose I should’ve given Crazy Heart a boost in the right places (Supporting Actress, ahem) and give more thought to the meteoric rise of The Blind Side (Best Picture?!). So though there weren’t a lot of surprises on nomination morning, I did notice a few that seemed to be upsets of some form. Of the main six categories, the acting ones offered virtually nothing surprising. The inclusions of The Blind Side and District 9 in Best Picture over precursor favorites Invictus and Nine was a somewhat surprising move. And Lee Daniels edging out Academy favorites Clint Eastwood and the Coen Bros. was a nice surprise in Best Director. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the morning, though, came from the unlikeliest of sources – Best Animated Feature. When the obscure little movie The Secret of Kells was announced instead of more popular fare such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs or Ponyo, it made it worth it to wake up at 7:30 for the announcement. And upon closer examination, it comes as no surprise that the two truly weird categories to predict – Makeup and Song – came in with strange entries as well, with the little seen Il Divo and Paris 36 managing slots.