Early this morning the nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced and, for the most part, it was business as usual. Essentially, the nominees were predictable, but a few surprises always creep into the fray. I'll just give a few random, initial thoughts on the Academy's picks.
Of the 10 Best Picture nominees, I was most surprised to see The Blind Side on the list. I know many people are raving about it, but I just can't see what the hype is all about.
It's interesting that Sandra Bullock could become the first actor to win both an Oscar and a Razzie award in the same year. With her Worst Actress nomination for All About Steve, she's got a pretty decent shot at it.
I was pleasantly surprised to see District 9 among the Best Picture nominees. Although I knew it stood a chance, I wasn't sure about it receiving much attention. It just didn't seem like Academy's usual cup of tea.
Pixar has finally achieved their coveted Best Picture nomination with Up. Of course, this is almost certainly due to there being 10 nominees instead of the usual five.
It looks like Kathryn Bigelow will (probably) become the first female to win Best Director. The odds are certainly in her favor after winning the DGA award.
I was sad to see zero nominations for films like Where the Wild Things Are, The Road, (500) Days of Summer, and Moon.
Yay for Inglourious Basterds receiving 8 nominations.
Yay for Fantastic Mr. Fox receiving nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score.
As usual, I still need to catch up with so many films!