There weren't a ton of surprises in the Oscar nominations, announced live from Beverly Hills early Tuesday morning. "Winter's Bone" got its anticipated Oscar love; the academy listened to Julia Roberts' plea for "Biutiful" and Javier Bardem to get some attention; and of course, Colin Firth was (rightfully) nominated for best actor for "The King's Speech."
But there are a few things to discuss: first, the nominations "The Town" did not get. Yes, Jeremy Renner got a nomination for his role, but I think Ben Affleck was more than deserving of a director's nomination, and how this film didn't crack the 10 nominees in the best picture category is beyond me.
Which brings me to the next talking point: Year two of the great 10 best picture nominees experiment should be the last. It's just. Too. Many. (This year: "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "The Kings Speech," "127 Hours," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit," "Winter's Bone.") Obviously, it's the Academy's way of helping as many films possible get that box office bump that comes with a nomination. And I'm all for a thriving film industry. However, the most interesting part of any party often isn't just who shows up, but who was left out. Make some tough choices, academy. Go back to the usual five nominees, and the show will be more compelling.
What do you think? Who was robbed, who should win? Leave your comments below.