Is there anything George Clooney can’t do? According to this year’s Oscar nominations, the answer is no. The Golden Gentleman of Hollywood is the star of the highly nominated The Descendants with nods in the Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.
Other movies scoring big this year include The Artist, with nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. The critically acclaimed movie has all the aspects of a Oscar-worthy film, being unique and art-house enough to put it at as the front runner for Best Picture. Throw in a strong performances by lead Jean Dujardin, who won the Golden Globe for his role, and we predict the movie will win many of its nods!
Martin Scorcese’s Hugo also received several nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography. The sweeping 3D tale set in 1930’s Paris has been one of Scorcese’s most critically acclaimed films in a while and has beautiful scenes as well as heart, which the Academy tends to favor. While no actors in the film received nods, don’t be surprised if Hugo takes home Best Picture, or Scorcese his second Oscar for Best Director.
Other notable nominations include Woody Allen’s dreamy Midnight in Paris for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay and The Help for Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
While the nominations were overall what was expected of usual Academy choices, there were a few surprises and snubs! Comedies have long been ignored at the Oscars, making it all the more delightful that Melissa McCarthy received a well-deserved nod for Best Supporting Actress in Bridesmaids!
McCarthy has had a phenomenal year with wins at the Emmys for her role on Mike and Molly, a hilarious hosting gig on SNL and the huge success of Bridesmaids. It would be an audience pleaser to see her walk away with an Oscar as well, but the odds are in favor of Octavia Spencer who delivered a fantastic performance in The Help and won the Golden Globe for it.
Everyone in Hollywood and movie-goers alike were flabbergasted that Ryan Gosling didn’t get a nod for Drive… nor did the movie receive nominations for any of the major categories! The violent, slick and stylish movie was probably a bit too genre for the likes of the Academy, which tends to prefer classic or arty movies.
Nonetheless, we thought Gosling deserved a nomination for his portrayal of a trouble getaway driver. Russell Crowe tweeted his displeasure with the snub as well, posting, “Ryan Gosling didn’t get an Academy nomination? There’s some bull—t right there. . . . Albert Brooks you were excellent in Drive. Excellent.” on his twitter account @russellcrowe.
We completely agree, Russell. Other actors who also felt the Academy’s cold shoulder include Leonardo DiCaprio for J.Edgar (seriously, what is it going to take for the Academy to notice Leo?!), Charlize Theron for Young Adult and Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Potterheads the world over also were surprised to see the last installment of the series overlooked for Best Picture. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was the grand and excellently executed last picture out of the series and seemed like a shoo-in for a Best Picture nomination.
For a full list of Oscar nominations, see the Academy Awards website: http://oscar.go.com/nominees