Now that the dust has settled around the 2011 Academy Award nominees, it’s time to dig deep into who got the big shaft from the uppety Academy voters, and who got some surprising love.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
(in Swedish accent) “ZSat blows”
Shut out almost entirely in the major categories, save for Rooney Mara’s Best Actress nomination, the David Fincher adaptation was left with a respectable five nominations, mostly for technical honours. Still, Scott Rudin won’t be able to look Harvey Weinstein in the eye for at least two months of red carpets.
Albert Brooks in Drive
Coming off the heels of a loss at the Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, Brooks got the complete shaft from an Oscar nom. Pretty shocking, considering critics have been calling his gritty performance in Drive the best of his career. It’s okay, Brooks. Your life was pretty much completed when you found Nemo. No big.
I’m not the only one who liked The Tree Of Life
“Really? Even I didn’t know what the eff was going on.”
Apparently, me and the geriatric Academy voters are on the same page, and not just in our love for Dr. Scholl’s inserts. Terrence Malick’s love it or hate it 3 hour creation epic, complete with dinosaurs, received two shocking nominations: Best Picture and Best Director. I can neither confirm nor deny that I did an MC Hammer happy dance as I streamed the nominations live from my school’s cafeteria. Score one Tree of Life, lose one Katherine.
No Love for Leo
“But I put on this bald cap.”
No amount of prosthetic jowls or gay sexual tension could earn Leo an Oscar nom for his work in J. Edgar. Worse, the by-the-book biopic was shut out of nominations completely. I’m sure Leo is currently on a yacht, weeping into the bosom of whichever Victoria’s Secret model he’s currently accessorized himself with. I feel quite sorry for him.
No to Tintin, Yes to Real Steel? Le quoi?
“But I put on those CGI things all over my body”
Spielberg’s CGI’d The Adventures of Tintin got shut out, while freaking Real Steal got a nod for Best Visual Effects. This whole thing just proves that the Academy have a sense of humour after all. Just ask Eddie Murphy.
Eff yeah Bridesmaids!
“Those unflattering trousers were not worn in vain!”
Omg women are funny? Who knew? Apparently the Academy does, as they put the raunchy chick comedy up for two big awards: Best Supporting Actress for Melissa McCarthy and Best Original Screenplay for Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo. Here’s to countless more cinematic masterpieces in which women shit in the middle of the street.
A Triple Gosling Snub
That poor, sexy, sexy man’s three-peat performances in The Ides of March, Crazy Stupid Love, and Drive were all passed up for nominations. Pretty harsh, considering Gosling was double-nominated at this year’s Golden Globes. It’s cool, though. He’s still a winner thanks to a certain viral video and his aggressive pectorals.
Were there any snubs I missed? Was there a better “Hey Girl” Gosling shot I could have used? Start the convo in the comments section.