- Oscar fever, catch it (and then take antibiotics for it)!
So this morning, with the announcement of this year's Oscar nominations
, we see the results of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' wonderful decision to expand the Best Picture field to ten nominees: I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to seeing "Best Picture Nominee" on the DVD box for An Education
. (Although this list does seem sorta like the list the Academy wanted: some critical and film-historical bona fides with A Serious Man and Inglourious Basterds, and populist points for The Blind Side and Up and District 9. I look forward to many more years of the Academy having twice as many chances to be comically wrong about movies, and a much wider range of movies to potentially be wrong about. (Nice work jerryrigging the process
to ensure more respectable fest-circuit names in the Best Foreign Film nominations however.)
In other news, The L Magazine heartily congratulates Kathryn Bigelow, who today became just the fourth woman ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar, an award she will almost certainly lose to her ex-husband, James Cameron.
At some point between now and the awards ceremony we'll have previews and predictions, probably written by somebody other than me.