We've been so busy scribbling down the names of who's been nominated for what category, we're only really reflecting on the results now. Who's been snubbed? Who received a well deserved nod? Let's get down to it.
Judging by your response on Twitter, a few of you seem mightily miffed that Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises failed to receive a single nomination. So too are some of you disappointed that, as has been the case for quite a few years now, James Bond flicks fail to make an impression on the academy, despite winning big at the box office. While we're not surprised to see it left out of the Best Picture category, Roger Deakins should be pleased to have landed himself a nomination in the Cinematography category. And what about Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone? And we can't forget Kathryn Bigelow who was nominated for The Hurtlocker before. Didn't she deserve a nod for Zero Dark Thirty herself? We could do this all day but... No Quentin Tarantino? No Tom Hooper for Les Mis?
Starkest among all of the Oscar surprises, though, is the fact that man of the moment Ben Affleck was snubbed from the Best Director category. He did such a fantastic job with Argo, we'd have bet money on it that he'd be included here. Still though, as McFarlane wittily alluded to, Bryan Cranston can rest assured knowing Argo has been nominated for Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. It also earned itself a nod for Best Film Editing while Alan Arkin received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. We're a little bit surprised by this; while Arkin is a fantastic actor and did a stellar job providing the comic relief in an incredbily tense movie, he wasn't all that central to the plot. We'd have liked to see Bryan Cranston be acknowledged in this category but perhaps that's just because I met (and LOVED him).
You'll probably agree that everything else in the Best Film cateogry deserves to be there; so worthy are all contenders, we're not quite sure who'll reign supreme.
Personally I'm thrilled to see Helen Hunt earn a nod for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in The Sessions as a sexual surrogate opposite the inimitable John Hawkes. You won't have seen this movie yet but when it eventually hits cinemas, make sure you do; it's fantastic. It's a pity Hawkes himself was snubbed; his role as the thirty-something year old Mark O'Brien, living inside an iron lung with only the use of his head, is one that'll leave quite the impression on your soul. No really, it's that good. Also on the subject of Best Supporting Actors, where the hell is Leo DiCaprio's mention for Django Unchained?
We could write an article as long as our legs about our reactions to this year's Oscar nominations, but we're interested to know what you think. What are you sad to see excluded? What do you think shouldn't have been acknowledged?