Like a faithful dog walking behind the heels of its owner, following the recently announced Oscar nominations come critiques from fans and critics alike. Here’s what’s happening around the Web:
Vadim Rizov of the Independent Eye has a list of foreign films that would have been given the nod if nominations were based on a film’s box-office success in its home country.
Where’s Julianne Moore? Some, like Erik Childress of Cinematical, are wondering why Moore’s performance in “A Single Man” for best supporting actress seems to have been replaced by Maggie Gyllenhaal’s in “Crazy Heart.” Also, Childress speculates that the makeup category has something against the aliens in “District 9.”
In equal confusion with Childress over the Gyllenhaal-over-Moore decision, Peter Knegt of indieWIRE has a list of 10 Oscar surprises, including “The Blind Side” even being in the running for best picture.
Variety and Movie City News have a plethora of raw reactions from the nominees themselves, with an enthusiastic Lee Daniels, director of “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” stating: “After 82 years, it’s the first film nominated for best picture directed by an African American. Isn’t that great? It’s so exciting. How can you lose? You can’t lose!”
Across the pond, David Cox of the Guardian considers “Precious” an affront to the lower class, and goes on to explain why.
Not to imply an agenda, but Cox’s colleague, Xan Brooks, thinks “The Hurt Locker” should take the top prize.
Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere calls the institution’s choice to limit Jane Campion’s “Bright Star” to only one category — best costume design — an “injustice,” claiming the film was “shafted big-time this morning — up and down and around the town.” The announcement that Joel and Ethan Coen’s “A Serious Man” was a contender for best picture was Wells’ only “whoo-hoo!” moment of the morning.
Speaking of snubs, Lane Brown of New York magazine is not surprised that “Avatar” was overlooked for best original screenplay.