Allow me to begin my take on this morning's
Now that I got that off my chest, some other thoughts:
-- "The Artist" maintained its front-running Oscar status, picking up nominations in every major category expected (Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress). As someone who really likes the movie and thinks the backlash is absurd, I'm happy.
-- Great to see recognition for Rooney Mara, who brings complexity to a badass in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." And I'm very much in favor of the love for Kristen Wiig, who's not just funny but endearing and vulnerable in "Bridesmaids" (her performance required a lot more than Melissa McCarthy, who was left off the list). Once again, however,
-- Congrats to Michael Fassbender ("Shame"), whose film's NC-17 rating thankfully wasn't enough to deprive him of a much-deserved nomination. And kudos to the HFPA for including
-- How strange that Ryan Gosling's best turn ("Drive") is left out but he's noted for both his dramatic ("The Ides of March") and comedic work ("Crazy Stupid Love") in other movies. I'll take it.
-- Clearly the HFPA loves George Clooney, which is why "The Ides of March" scored a surprising Best Picture nod with a Best Director nod for Clooney, on top of Best Screenplay for "Ides" and Best Actor for "The Descendants." Other than the Best Actor nod, that's undeserved, but I prefer it over giving that picture spot to "The Tree of Life" or the director spot to "Tree" helmer Terrence Malick or
-- Nice to see "50/50" in the Best Picture (
-- In a terrible year for animated films, the best ("Winnie the Pooh") is left out and the worst ("Cars 2") is included with a few mediocre movies ("Puss in Boots," "Rango") and a few OK ones ("The Adventures of Tintin," "Arthur Christmas"). Bummer.
-- How do you leave "The Muppets" out of the Best Original Song category? The movie itself is an entire Best Original Song category. Life's not a happy song when stuff like this happens.