Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tidbits and Roundup

So - I covered most of my reactions to the noms in my previous post. My intense displeasure at Extremely Loud usurping Girl with the Dragon Tattoo can be summed up here: http://www.movieline.com/2012/01/20/the-9-most-scathing-critical-responses-to-extremely-loud-incredibly-close/.

To reiterate; I'm thrilled with the Gary Oldman inclusion, and A Separation and Ides of March making it in for screenplay. Sad about the lack of Dragon Tattoo Love, particularly after it's late push nominations at the Producers and Directors Guilds. (How, HOW, does it get an editing nomination and not a best picture nod?!?) Sad about Albert Brooks. Excited about the Animated films. Shocked about the Documentaries. The three best scores of the year; Drive, Hanna, and Dragon Tattoo were shut out.Clearly, the thing I will be cheering hardest for is Muppets for best song. MUPPPETS!!!!

Also, Cleolinda follows the crowd's reactions here: OSCAR NOMINATIONS OMG. Best bits;
@cleolinda: Nothing for SWINTON, although she has the consolation of having already won and also being SWINTON.

@bestforfilm: No nomination for Andy Serkis either... #monkeyist #oscars #2012

@Haunt1013: Watching the live tweets blurting out names and either "HOLY SHIT YEAH" or "FUCK YOU FOR SNUBBING ____" much better than actual awards show.

And via the AV Club; "Brooks’ snubbing made room for Max Von Sydow’s performance as a mute old man in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, which showed impressive resilience despite mixed—and in some cases, toxic—reviews and zero year-end awards. To his credit, Von Sydow’s work is the best thing about EL&IC, much like lunch at the hospital commissary is the best thing about radiation treatment."

Also Albert Brooks and Patton Oswalt had the best twitter reactions:
@AlbertBrooks: I got ROBBED. I don't mean the Oscars, I mean literally. My pants and shoes have been stolen.
Patton Oswalt here.

As Nikki Finke points out, Sony got the most noms of any studio (Midnight, Moneyball, Dragon Tattoo, 3 of the foreign films, etc.). That is followed by Paramount (Hugo, 4 animated films, Transformers (Paramount! Where is your quality control?!)) and The Weinstein Company (Artist, Marilyn, Iron Lady, W.E., Undefeated).  The Disney, Fox, Universal, WB, Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate, and Summit (With 1! Although with Lionsgate buying Summit, that's 3 altogether!)

"indie" films captured 60 of the (what did I say before 119?) nominations. Then again, they are counting Hugo as an Indie. It cost $170m. THAT IS NOT AN INDIE.

Kenneth Branagh is the first actor to be nominated in five categories.

Meryl Streep is the most nominated actor in history. Woody Allen is the most nominated screenwriter. John Williams was just nominated for the 41st and 42nd times. STOP IT ACADEMY.

The changes to the
documentary category will probably be welcome next year (NYTimes warning).

Those focused on the snubs:
Deadline Hollywood (love the graphic), NYTimes (Dramas from White Men), and Bright Lights (It's a bourgeois town), I Watch Stuff. Best quote from that last one; "Best Visual Effects: Transformers 3 versus Real Steel. Rendering giant CGI robots is now the visual effects equivalent of playing retarded."

And if you think I'm pissed with the way the nominations went, check this out.

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