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

February 2, 2010 at 11:42 AM

More Oscar odds & ends

Isn’t it lunchtime yet? Anyway, some other Oscar observations, on a busy morning . . .
— Anyone else raise an eyebrow at the animated film category? Where was Hiyao Miyazaki’s beautiful “Ponyo”? And were you, like me, surprised to hear the title “The Secret of Kells”? It’s a rather charming-looking Irish animated film that has not yet played Seattle, but will open in several U.S. cities in March.
— I think the Academy has something against fashion designers turned filmmakers, or perhaps fashion designers in general. No art direction nomination for “A Single Man”? No screenplay nomination for Tom Ford? Not even a supporting actress nod for Julianne Moore, whose role in Ford’s film was exactly the sort of thing actresses tend to win Oscars for? Yes, Colin Firth was nominated, but that’s where the love for “A Single Man” stopped. In a perhaps related development, the wonderful “Valentino: The Last Emperor” was on the documentary shortlist but didn’t make the final cut. Hmm.
— Happy to see “In the Loop” pop up on the adapted screenplay list. Outside of it, though, it wasn’t much of a year for recognizing comedy, though, was it? Both “Up” and “Up in the Air,” the closest things to comedies in the Best Picture ten, are actually quite melancholy and/or wistful for much of their running time. Was lightness what doomed “(500) Days of Summer”? Come on, Oscar – it wasn’t that light.
— Interesting how, after Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones” was widely considered a failure (though it did earn Stanley Tucci a supporting actor nomination), Jackson turned up on the Oscar roster anyway: as producer of best picture nominee “District 9.” This is, for the record, his ninth nomination, so he’s not quite in Streep territory yet.
— In a morning filled with how-I-felt-when-I-got-my-nomination quotes, my favorite so far is from Colin Firth: “I thought I was managing my expectations, but on hearing the news I discovered new and unfamiliar vocal tones. Perhaps I should do another musical.”
OK, now it’s time for a sandwich.

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