.So, The Academy Award nominations are with us once more. The year's biggest popularity contest has begun in Earnest (a small town just outside Hollywood) with lots of well-paid slebs maintaining an air of casual disdain as they desperately compete with each other to win the affection of The Academy. But, over the last decade or so, said Academy has proven itself to be a wily beast largely immune to the tides of fashion (as evidenced most recently by last year's shock rejection of Avatar's opulence in favour of The Hurt Locker's gritty realism).
Let's have a closer look at a few categories, shall we?
And the nominations are:
- Black Swan
- The Fighter
- The Kids Are All Right
- The King's Speech
- 127 Hours
- The Social Network
- Toy Story 3
- True Grit
- Winter's Bone
Can't see the real Academy going for a remake, especially not when The Social Network has got such a head of steam but, these are my choices, not theirs!
- Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
- Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – True Grit
- David Fincher – The Social Network
- Tom Hooper – The King's Speech
- David O. Russell – The Fighter
- Javier Bardem: Biutiful
- Jeff Bridges – True Grit
- Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
- Colin Firth – The King's Speech
- James Franco – 127 Hours
Having only seen Portman in Black Swan, I can't comment on the 'Best Actress' noms, save to note there must be a typo somewhere - no Meryl Streep. I know she hasn't done anything this year but still, surely she's overdue for number seventeen.
Best Supporting Actor:
- Christian Bale – The Fighter
- John Hawkes – Winter's Bone
- Jeremy Renner – The Town
- Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right
- Geoffrey Rush – The King's Speech
Best Supporting Actress:
- Amy Adams – The Fighter
- Helena Bonham Carter – The King's Speech
- Melissa Leo – The Fighter
- Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
- Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom
- Another Year – Mike Leigh
- The Fighter – Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
- Inception – Christopher Nolan
- The Kids Are All Right – Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
- The King's Speech – David Seidler
Best Adapted Screenplay:
- 127 Hours – Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
- The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin
- Toy Story 3 – Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
- True Grit – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
- Winter's Bone – Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
The Pixar Award for Best Animated Feature:
Goes to ... ehm ... Pixar.
Although it's a goddamn crime that 9 wasn't even nominated. Was that ignored this year or last year? Can't remember.
- Black Swan – Matthew Libatique
- Inception – Wally Pfister
- The King's Speech – Danny Cohen
- The Social Network – Jeff Cronenweth
- True Grit – Roger Deakins
Best Visual Effects:
- Alice in Wonderland
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
- Iron Man 2
If ‘Visual Effects’ still includes things like blowing up miniatures and rotating a set and suspending your entire cast on wires then, well, I think my choice is fairly obvious.
Only three nominations, sadly. Gotta be Baker and Elsey’s Wolfman, for old time’s sake!
Best Costume Design:
I think Colleen Atwood is a shoo-in for the extra-ordinary work she did on Alice In Wonderland, provided The Academy’s collective memory stretches all the way back to this time last year.
Oddly, I notice that the incredible work done by Lee Smith on Inception has been completely ignored in the ‘Editing’ category.
And they are really the only categories on which I have an opinion, apart from ...
Best Original Soundtrack:
- 127 Hour – A.R. Rahman
- How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell
- Inception – Hans Zimmer
- The King's Speech – Alexandre Desplat
- The Social Network – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
But, here's a thing: Irrespective of the qualities of the film, the single stand-out element of Tron Legacy was Daft Punk's soundtrack. From its Coplandesque Overture to the dance floor remix of the single, Derezzed, it is by turns spine-tingling, moving and thrilling and it's a FUCKING TRAVESTY that it hasn't been nominated!
Are they all deaf over there? I'm sorry, but no amount of Randy Newman-warbled sentimental syrup will make up for the absence of those crash helmets on the big night.
I've decided that if Daft Punk aren't going, neither am I. So just don't expect to see me on the red carpet, alright. I've made my mind up. So there!