Oh, I love Oscar nomination day, although I forgot about it until 10 this morning (Central Time). Yes, that’s last year’s Best Supporting Actress winner, Monique, helping out with the nomination announcements. Her ass is blocking Inception, The Fighter, and Black Swan in the Best Picture category and you can see the rest. The only films in this category I haven’t seen are Winter’s Bone (starring Best Actress nominee and Louisville native, Jennifer Lawrence), 127 Hours, and The King’s Speech which has racked up the most nominations at 12. True Grit is next in line with 10, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor/Jeff Bridges, Best Supporting Actress/Hailee Steinfeld, and Best Adapted Screenplay; the film was totally snubbed at the Golden Globes. Today’s biggest omission appears to be Christopher Nolan being left out for Best Director for his mind-boggler, Inception, but really, I don’t know who I would knock off that list, maybe The Fighter director, David O. Russell. Speaking of The Fighter, Christian Bale should have no problem capturing Best Suppporting Actor and neither should Melissa Leo for Best Supporting Actress; co-star Amy Adams also suprisingly scored a Best Supporting nod, but she’ll be canceled out by Leo.
I’m happy to say The Kids Are All Right is up for several major awards; Best Actress is Annette Bening’s to lose, Best Picture seems like a bit of a surprise, it also scores Best Original Screenplay nods for director Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. Julianne Moore was snubbed, but I’m also predicting maybe a writing win. Black Swan is up for the major awards, Best Picture (Er?), Best Director-Darren Aronofsky, Best Actress-Natalie Portman; the not-so-major for Editing and Cinematography, which the film is beautifully shot. Alas, Diane Warren did NOT score a Best Original Song nod for “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque. Ho-hum….at least she won the Golden Globe.
Happy filling out your ballots!…The Oscars are on ABC February 27th.