So, hows about them Oscar nominations? As usual, I watched the nominations live this morning, and as usual I have some thoughts on them, presented here in the order I have the nominations written on the sheet of paper I used to take notes during the announcement:
- Yay, Reese!
- Maybe I'll feel different after I see Good Night and Good Luck, but I'm not sure I'll ever be able to think of David Strathairn as anyone but Whistler from Sneakers. And speaking of which, this nomination means that Strathairn no longer has to bear the shame of being the only top-billed actor in Sneakers not to have been nominated for an Academy Award.
- Nice to see Paul Giamatti finally get a nomination. Should have been at least his third, but whatever.
- Amy Adams joins Joel Gray and Lindsay Crouse in the ultra-exclusive "Academy Award nominees who guest-starred on Buffy the Vampire Slayer" club. But she was so mean to Tara! And on a related note, I'm sure Katie Holmes is very disappointed that she was not the first former Dawson's Creek cast member to earn an Academy Award nomination. Well, at least she still has Tom.
- Bizarrely, I've seen fewer Best Picture nominees (I've only seen Crash) than Best Documentary Feature nominees (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and March of the Penguins).
- I'm not sure what seemed more unlikely one year ago today: "three-time Academy Award nominee George Clooney" or "Academy Award nominee Dan Futterman."
- It strikes me as a little odd that two of the three Best Animated Film nominees employ stop-motion animation. And no computer-animated films at all this year. Perhaps people are finally coming to the realization that computer animation is not inherently superior to other forms of animation. I suppose we have Chicken Little to thank for that.
- I haven't looked into this yet, but it seems to me that it's been quite some time since the directors of all five Best Picture nominees were nominated for Best Director. Clooney is probably disappointed that Martin Scorsese wasn't nominated this year.
A couple of things I noticed among the nominees not announced live this morning:
- You know why Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire received only one nomination? No Susan Bones, that's why.
- I'm surprised there were only three Best Original Song nominees this year. I don't remember that ever happening before.
The ceremony is March 5. Can't wait!