It’s Tuesday, January 25 at 5.30am and I’m wide awake. It’s hard to believe but I’m one of those people who watches the Oscar nominations being announced live and I yelled and cheered when I watched it, just like a straight man watching the Super Bowl. As expected, The King’s Speech leads the competition with 12 nominations, surprisingly followed by True Grit (10 nominations), Inception and The Social Network (8 nominations).
I have to say, there aren’t real shockers in the major categories this year. I predicted all 10 nominees for Best Picture and in the acting categories it’s all about the 5th spot. Javier Bardem, John Hawkes, and Michelle Williams (yay!) are in and The Academy didn’t make history today by nominating Hailee Steinfeld in Best Supporting Actress category, pushing Mila Kunis out of the competition. In Best Director category, the glaring omission would be Christopher Nolan for Inception; although he is nominated in Best Original Screenplay category.
I’m filled with little joy when I looked at the list of nominees in the minor categories and found out that Exit Through The Gift Store is nominated for Best Documentary Feature (no nod for Waiting for Superman, really?). Also, after being snubbed in Best Animated Feature category, I’m happy to see Tangled in Best Song list. I love that movie, I saw it in 3D TWICE! Also, How to Train Your Dragon is nominated for Best Original Score! Go John Powell! I am Love and The Tempest gets the love in Best Costume category and Burlesque is a complete shut out (thank God!) Also a shut out is Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Tron: Legacy (no Best Score , Costume, or Original Score, just 1 lone nod in Best Sound Editing *sigh*).
I tallied my prediction and I was hoping for at least a 75% correct rate but I have to eat my humble pie and settle with a 69% correct rate in predicting the nominees. I guess it’s not too bad, I still did better than last year; and it’s a good number, I can live with that. Here is the complete list of the nominations and make sure you check out James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosting the Oscar on Sunday, February 27. You’re invited!
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Achievement in Directing
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Best Foreign Language
Biutiful – Mexico
Dogtooth – Greece
In a Better World – Denmark
Outside the Law – Algeria
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Best Achievement in Editing
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Best Achievement in Makeup
Best Achievement in Music Written – Motion Pictures, Original Score
Best Achievement in Music Written – Motion Pictures, Original Song
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Best Documentary, Features
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Best Short Film, Animated
Best Short Film, Live Action