The nominees for the 84th Academy Awards have been revealed, and they aren’t so much surprising as they are infuriating.
The big winners are Hugo (11 nominations), The Artist (10 nominations), Moneyball and War Horse (6 Nominations), The Descendants and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (5 Nominations), The Help and Midnight in Paris (4 Nominations). No real shockers there.
What’s far more interesting are the films and actors that missed out on nominations. As our editor-in-chief, Erlingur, put it: “No Ryan Gosling. No Albert Brooks. No Alan Rickman. No Andy Serkis. No Michael Fassbender. To name only a few. The list of Oscar snubs this year is more impressive than the nominee list.”
But the biggest disgrace in the eyes of Filmophiliacs? The absence of Drive from the Best Film category. A critically reviled, emotional string puppet gets a nod but not Nicolas Winding Refn‘s (also glaringly missing from the Best Director category) celebrated masterpiece. One nomination, for Sound Editing, stings even more than being completely locked out. We’ll have more to say on snubs later today.
C’mon, Oscar voters, take some risks. What’s the point of living if you can’t feel alive?
Check out the entire list below (relevant review links in parenthesis) and remember, the winners will be announced on Sunday, February 26th. We’ll be watching, and silently cursing.
Oh, and not to be completely negative, the prospect of a member of Flight of the Conchords receiving an Academy Award is heartwarming to say the least. If Brett doesn’t win I won’t be crying. Honest.