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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 22, 2009 at 6:05 AM

What the Academy left out

Good morning! Like a lot of people in Hollywood (most of whom, amusingly, will then deny to the press that they did so), I set an alarm and got up early to hear the Oscar nominations. The Academy got a few things right, and a few things wrong. Since it’s early and we’re all cranky, let’s start with a few big wrongs, shall we?
— No best picture or best director nod for “The Dark Knight.” Apparently the voters decided to dismiss it with the its-just-a-comic-book-movie excuse. They missed an opportunity to honor a truly great film.
— Kate Winslet. Though the voters were right in placing her work in “The Reader” in the lead actress category (the film’s distributors, absurdly, were campaigning for her in the supporting category), they missed the performance of her career: her lost, desperate April in “Revolutionary Road.”
OK, I’m waking up now. More to come.

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