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question of the day: What are your thoughts on the Oscar nominations?

I know they’re completely absurd and don’t mean a damn thing except who gets to ask for more money next time contract negotiations come around, but it’s fun to talk about the Oscars, even if all that means is just talking about movies, actors, directors, and writers we love, hate, and consider over- or underappreciated. And it means we can trash the Academy and its plebian tastes, too. So:

What are your thoughts on the Oscar nominations?

Noms in major categories (though feel free to comment on others I didn’t include here; see the full list of Oscar nominations here):
Best Picture
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem in Biutiful
Jeff Bridges in True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
Colin Firth in The King’s Speech
James Franco in 127 Hours

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in The Fighter
John Hawkes in Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner in The Town
Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech

Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo in The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit
Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom

Animated Feature Film
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky
The Fighter, David O. Russell
The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper
The Social Network, David Fincher
True Grit, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Documentary (Feature)
Exit through the Gift Shop, Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
Gasland, Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
Inside Job, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
Restrepo, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
Waste Land, Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
127 Hours,
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Another Year
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech

I’m surprised — in the most pleasant way — by all the love for Winter’s Bone. It’s a great film, but a tough one, and it’s not usually the kind of movie that gets this much attention from the Academy: it’s more the kind of movie that they throw a conciliatory nod to with one nomination, like maybe for screenplay. But acting notices and a Best Picture nom, too? Wow.

And now I must wrap up my reviews of the nominees and my own best-ofs asap…

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