Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Gary Oldman And The Top Ten Random Things I Learned From The 2012 Oscar Nominations

10.  That’s a lot of nominations! – Nine Best Picture nominations were more than anyone expected.  With the new voting system in place, all nine films nominated must have each received a minimum of 5 percent first place votes.  This means each of these movies were an Academy member’s favorite film of the year.

Jennifer Lawrence in Academy Award Best Picture Nominations

9.  Community star earns writing nom for THE DESCENDANTS – Yeah you know the guy who plays the flamboyantly silly Dean in the tragically underrated television comedy Community?  No, well his name is Jim Rash and he is sharing writing credits with Nat Faxon and Alexander Payne for THE DESCENDANTS.

8. The Academy still loves Woody – It’s the only explanation why Woody Allen’s cutesy but flawed MIDNIGHT IN PARIS received so much attention.

7. Gary Oldman earned his first nomination – The man who I have said before is one of our greatest living actors has shockingly been overlooked for all his wonderful performances (BRAM STROKER’S DRACULA, TRUE ROMANCE, LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, THE DARK KNIGHT and HARRY POTTER to name a few).  Granted he can sometimes be a bit over the top but he really is a chameleon when it comes to his performances.  Ironically, this film, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, is one of his least impactful.

Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy in Cars 2

6. The animated films were terrible – When even Pixar produces a film that is unworthy to be nominated among an already thin field (RANGO, KUNG FU PANDA 2, PUSS IN BOOTS) you know we have problems.  I am so thankful we got a couple of obscure foreign animated films (A CAT IN PARIS, CHICO & RITA) to enjoy because I did not like a single one of the mainstream options.

5. I’m not the only one who thought Tilda Swinton and Kirsten Dunst didn’t deserve awards – As these two fine actresses were racking up support and recognitions for their performances in WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and MELANCHOLIA, I felt very alone in my profession thinking their performances were adequate at best.  In their defense, I hated their two films more than their performances.  Thankfully the Academy agreed and did not give them any nominations, while awarding the wonderful Rooney Mara in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO with one.

Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids

4. Everyone loves Bridesmaids – With such a strong pool for Supporting Actress, Melissa McCarthy’s nomination along with that of Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo for Original Screenplay proves to be massive support from the Academy who usually snubs comedies.

3. They finally figured out that no one cares about the song category – With only two nominations this is now shaping up to be the best year ever for the category.  “Man or Muppet” from THE MUPPETS and “Real in Rio” from RIO were the only two songs deserving, therefore the only two songs to get nominated.  That’s how it should be and now we don’t have to waste so much time with people’s annoying singing during the show.  You get a pass Billy Crystal.

Brad Pitt and George Clooney

2. Between Brad Pitt and George Clooney this is the best looking actor category ever – Seriously, these are some handsome men and I’m not afraid to say it.  With the two super star besties battling it out in MONEYBALL and THE DESCENDANTS, I just hope they keep the blows away from the face.  If only Ryan Gosling could have been nominated.

1. Hollywood is living in the past – And the Academy loves it.  How else can you explain such praise and love for the two most nominated films HUGO, a story about preserving old movies, and THE ARTIST, a black and white silent film. Even MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, is a movie basically about how the artists of the past are better than the present.

By Nathan Swank

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