1. Has the Academy started allowing children to vote, or have they simply lost their sense of adventure? Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” receives 6 Oscar nominations, but his incredibly exciting, pulse-pounding “The Adventures of Tintin” received only one…for Best Original Score. In its Best Animated Feature slot, “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Puss in Boots” stood. The biggest flub of the year…of this new decade!…must be “The Adventures of Tintin.” It gets NO love, being put behind the slightly comical “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which may have deserved a nomination if they nominated 10. Silly me, I even thought “The Adventures” could fight for a Best Picture nom. For me, it was better than “The Tree of Life” and “Moneyball” combined.
2. I haven’t seen “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” but I’ve read by a plethora of critics that it is both controversial, exploitative, and disappointing. That was why I was shocked that Oscar honored it with a Best Picture nomination. That, along with the torturous “Tree of Life” that had Oscar written all over it but seems to make little sense to almost all Americans, made me tilt my head.
4. A Best Original Screenplay nomination went to J.C. Chandor for “Margin Call,” which is surprising and well-deserved. I had hoped for something for “Margin Call.” I’m not getting my hopes up for a win, because Golden Globe winner “Midnight in Paris” should lock in yet another Oscar for writer/director Woody Allen.
5. Though “The Adventures of Tintin” failed to get its due, “Rio” notched a nomination for best original song, which it deserves. But it’s chances of beating “Man or Muppet,” which has gotten a lot of talk, is probably slim.
6. I’m glad Christopher Plummer, winner of the Golden Globe in the category, got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for “Beginners.” I can’t imagine it not winning, especially up against Jonah Hill. I think both Hill and Brad Pitt got undeserved acting nominations. Where’s the love for Sir Ben Kingsley in “Hugo”? He was brilliant, completely absorbed into his character. Plus, he looked like the book animations. Oh well, maybe next year.