Well, this Tuesday as people are now aware were the nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards. I'd have to say some nominees were right on the money, where as others came from left field.
Best Picture: I'm ecstatic that the Tree of Life got the nomination despite the love from the guilds. Also glad that Bridesmaids didn't get in, though many consider it a snub, it's okay in my book. But, seriously. Where did Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close come from? Good for Stephen Daldry who managed to have all of his films be nominated for Picture and/or Director.
Best Director: The race really had 6 contenders. Four legends, one prominent filmmaker, and a foreign director. One of them was going to take a fall, but did we expect the King of the Movies to get it?
Best Actor: Here's the case where we wish we could nominate more than five actors. Fassbender is the upset here, but I am very glad that Gary Oldman got his first career nomination. A pleasant surprise. I was thrilled that Damien Bichir managed to pull through with the little movie A Better Life. He is fantastic and I am happy that he got it. To Fassbender, Gosling, Shannon, and DiCaprio: Better luck next year.
Best Actress: Hooray for Rooney Mara! That's all I have to say. I would not be surprised if she managed to pull an upset on Oscar night.
Best Supporting Actor: Poor Albert Brooks. I haven't seen Drive yet, but I can watch Brooks in almost anything he does. Max Von Sydow, like the favorite Christopher Plummer, is a veteran in the business and in time he will get honored as well.
Best Supporting Actress: No surprise here. Although Shailenne Woodley would have been the better choice over McCarthy.
Best Screenplay(s): How Bridemaids is considered a better script than the moving, funnier 50/50 is beyond my wildest dreams. Go to see that Margin Call got recognized. I guess the Academy liked Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy.
Other notes: Hugo: 11 noms. The Artist: 10 noms. Could this mean a potential steal by Hugo. Or are the producers of The Artist already planning their celebration party. Nice to see Moneyball got some love with 6 nominations. The Help definitely lost steam, but it managed to get noms. in big categories. One last thing. How is it possible that there could only be two songs from film in 2011 that are considered the best? The Muppets alone had three potential songs. But I shouldn't gripe too much. It is now an Oscar nominated movie and hopefully a winner as well.