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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

January 24, 2011 at 4:14 PM

It’s Oscar Nominations Eve . . .

(Apropos of nothing: The other day I cleaned out my purse and it had popcorn in it. An occupational hazard, I guess.)
So, the Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday morning at an ungodly hour (5:30 a.m. on the West Coast), and I’ll be blogging bright and early — well, early anyway — with some thoughts. As usual, plenty of the nominations are easy to predict. Colin Firth, I think, doesn’t need to set his alarm to know that he’s getting his second nomination (for “The King’s Speech”), likewise Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, pretty much everybody involved with “The Social Network,” and everybody except the actors for “Inception.” But there’s always one (or two) of those out-of-the-blue long shots that keep us guessing. Movieline today published a list of 5 Unlikely Nominations We Hope to See on Tuesday Morning (Rooney Mara from “The Social Network” for supporting actress, Kim Hye-ja from “The Mother” for lead actress, Bill Murray from “Get Low” and Rob Corddry from “Hot Tub Time Machine” for supporting actor, and “Rabbit Hole” for best picture, which I don’t think is all that unlikely). It’s a good list, so I’ll throw in a few of my own off the top of my head: Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard in “Inception”; Patricia Clarkson in “Cairo Time”; Carey Mulligan in “Never Let Me Go”; Kieran Culkin in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”; Michael Caine in “Harry Brown”; Rebecca Hall in anything; John Wells’ screenplay for “The Company Men.” None of these will be nominated, I’m fairly certain. We’ll discuss our favorite snubs once the nominations are announced, but if you’ve got a favorite performance of the year that you’re sure won’t be nominated, chime right in.

This is, I feel certain, the last chance I will have to feature Carey Mulligan in “Never Let Me Go,” a beautiful movie that got lost in the shuffle this year. (Photo by Alex Bailey; courtesy of Fox Searchlight)

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