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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

January 25, 2011 at 6:24 AM

No directing nod for Christopher Nolan? Come on, Oscar

And good morning to you. Just processing the Oscar nominations, announced early this morning, and I have to say that leaving Christopher Nolan out of the directing category for “Inception” does not sit well with me. I mean, come on. Yes, he got a screenplay nomination, and yes, “Inception” turned up in the ten-title Best Picture list, but I’d call this a pretty major snub. You?
Overall, “The King’s Speech” leads with 12 nominations, followed by “True Grit” with 10 and “The Social Network” and “Inception” with 8 each. Does this mean “The Social Network,” previously favored to win big, is faltering? I don’t think so; “The King’s Speech” is more Oscar-friendly in categories like art direction and costume design, and it has that powerhouse acting trio of Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, so it’s no huge surprise that it would rack up a lot of nods. Me, I’m just waiting to see what Bonham carter wears to the Oscars; it should be, as Myrna Loy said of her evening gown in “The Thin Man,” a lulu.
More to come momentarily, including a Who Got Snubbed poll. Any early impressions from you?

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