Firstly, I want to address the elephant that will be in the Kodak Theatre next month, only nine Best Picture nominations. This is two years in a row that this has been the case and the question is raised, why not use that final slot? There are plenty of films that fit the category. Here's but a few:
- The Dark Knight Rises
- The Hobbit
- Seven Psychopaths
- Brave (nominated for best ANIMATED picture, but it's as good, if not better, than some Best Picture nominees)
So why not use that slot? Even if it won't win, might as well give it the chance. My vote would be for Skyfall-nominated for five other Oscars- but really worthy of a place on the Best Picture list.
What else has been horribly overlooked? Ah yes, Looper and Seven Psychopaths no where to be seen AT ALL. Both easily could be nominated for screenplay and Looper had some fairly impressive make up. (But then, see The Iron Lady's win over Harry Potter last year for how ridiculous that category is.)
On the bright side, most things that are nominated are worthy of their nods. More an issue of people NOT being nominated than the wrong people being nominated. I will update on this after watching more of the nominations.
I have seven of the Best Picture nominations to get through and those don't include The Master and The Impossible so that's my aim for the month. See you in a bit.