- The only thing I was really pulling hard for was Quvenzhané Wallis being up for Actress, so I’m overjoyed with that and Beasts of the Southern Wild up for Picture and Benh Zeitlin up for Director. I’m pretty much good with whatever else.
- Actress is an incredibly strong category. People have gone apeshit over pretty much every one of those performances. This is unusual, but I’m glad to see it.
- Of the Picture nominees, I haven’t yet seen:
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Three of those (Lincoln, Silver Linings, ZD30) I’ll see by February 3rd, I’ll see Amour if it ever comes here, and I’m not going to be seeing Les Mis, because come on. So I’ll feel pretty comfortable with passing judgment by Awards time, but I guess right now I can’t really say which should win. I’d be surprised if I like any of them more than Beasts, but I’ve been surprised before.
- If there’s one thing I’m surprised by, it’s that Richard Gere didn’t get nominated for Arbitrage. Does it seem like the Academy just doesn’t like that guy? People raved about that performance. Amazingly, I’ve seen none of the nominated performances, although I’ll see Cooper and Day-Lewis soon. I regret that I didn’t see Flight, because I knew Washington would be nominated for that.
- Not really understanding why people are so surprised that Moonrise Kingdom didn’t get more than Screenplay. That was pretty much as obvious as it gets. I loved the movie, but I don’t make the decisions, and Wes Anderson is going to have to do something besides be Wes Anderson to get more than a screenplay nod, ever.
- I have no idea why Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get more awards attention for Django. Clearly the best performance in the movie, and I love Christoph Waltz. But Jackson was extraordinary.
- I guess the big “snubs” that people are talking about are Bigelow and Affleck not getting Director nominations. OK. But there are only five spots, so… some of the Picture nominees weren’t going to get Director nominations. THAT’S MATH, PEOPLE.
- I just don’t have a lot more… like I said, the only thing I felt really strongly about was Quvenzhané Wallis, so I’m good. Although I now feel strongly that Les Mis should not win Best Picture. I’ll know more after I see those others.