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24Jan/129

The Academy Award Nominees Are Out!

Danny no longer writes for Can't Stop the Movies, and can be reached at his fantastic site Pre-Code.com

Wow, has it been a year since the Academy Award nominees came out last year? Probably, but not to the day. I'm pretty sure of that.

Regardless, we somehow have found ourselves with 9 Best Picture nominees, and all but one of them have been reviewed on this site! Here's a quick rundown:

  • I saw The Artist and it's pretty okay. For a film, it's borderline crowd pleaser, as an homage to silent film, it's kind of a let down.
  • The Descendants was the forgettable Alexander Payne movie from this year. That it keeps racking up nominations and awards is pretty indicative of how dull things have been. Oh, but it gets worse.
  • No one on the site has seen Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close because, let's be honest, it looks horrible and the reviews have been abysmal. But I suppose that'll be rectified by this weekend.
  • I liked The Help a fair bit more than most others, as they seem to require all films about racism to be Deep and Important (TM). This is a cartoon for the most part, and really reveals a lot about how ridiculous racism seems nowadays.
  • What? Oh God, no one tell Jacob how many Academy Award nominations Hugo got, that's all I'll hear about for the next month.
  • Midnight in Paris is pretty charming. Not Woody's best, but inoffensive enough to get in here. Also, ironically, denouncing the same sort of nostalgia that The Artist and Hugo deal in, but whatever.
  • Dammit, Moneyball got nominated. Well, Ryan liked it quite a bit, though I'm annoyed that my resolution of never having to watch another Jonah Hill film will soon be tarnished.
  • The Tree of Life getting nominated is both cathartic and hilarious since it's so undeniably dense and artsy. There are going to be a lot of pissed casual movie goers who see this in the next couple of months.
  • I also liked War Horse, which is a moving and beautiful anti-war film. About a horse. Not much else to say there.

Anything else? Not too much. Young Adult  and Drive didn't get nominated for jack, which is unsurprising. Hugo led the nominees with 11 nominations, with notably zero in the acting categories. If only Scorsese had spread his cinema magic over there.

Here's the full listings at IMDB. So what say you, website peruser? The 2011 nominees: good, bad, or ugly?

Posted by Danny

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  1. I hate Johan Hill movies just as much as you but he was really understated in Moneyball and the film is really an excellent little film. I am very curious to hear what you think of EL & IC because I read the book (haven’t seen the movie yet) and I believe you will HATE it. But usually when I think you will hate something you like it so who the hell knows.

  2. The best part of the Oscars this year will be reading people complaining about Drive getting shafted for the next few months. Did I say best? I meant most annoying. I’ve seen zero nominees this year (the first time ever!) and I won’t be going out of my way to see any, except maybe Hugo. Maybe.

    • Hell, I’ll be complaining but I should save some venom for our inevitable podcast about it. Looking back at what I loved, the only film that got nominated was Rango.

      If anything, I’ll try and make my moaning about Take Shelter not getting anything even louder, so stay tuned!

  3. Man I was hoping the film communities love of Hugo would be forgotten as soon as a little critical analysis was given : (. I truly hated that movie with all my might.

  4. gahhh…… community’s*

  5. I think money ball deserved the nomination. Anything that can make an engaging movie out of spread sheets and deal negotiations deserves a nod of approval.

  6. actually I suppose Hugo didn’t really win anything it didn’t deserve. I might argue the directing nomination but otherwise I don’t have any objections.

  7. oh whoops didn’t see the best picture bit. I also disagree with that.


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