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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

January 10, 2013 at 6:20 AM

And the Oscar doesn’t go to . . .

Well, good morning. My computer was awfully slow in starting up this morning; perhaps it was sulking over not being nominated.
We’ll spend a fair bit of time today going over the nominees — a few big surprises! — but I like to start out by giving one last shout-out to the people (and movies) who didn’t hear their names called this morning, or to, as some call them, the Academy of the Snubbed.
— John Hawkes, in “The Sessions.” I know it’s Daniel Day-Lewis’s year, but how could this astonishing performance not make the final five? Come on, Academy. I know you watched the film, because you (rightly) nominated Helen Hunt. I love Bradley Cooper as much as the next moviegoer but really, snubbing Hawkes for him? Grr.
— “Skyfall.” Really, voters, you couldn’t have squeezed “Skyfall” into the Best Picture roster, as a 50th Bond birthday present? There was room; you only named nine movies. Or slipped Judi Dench into the supporting actress category, or Javier Bardem into supporting actor? (One comfort: “Skyfall” did get a well-deserved cinematography nomination for Roger Deakins — the first time a Bond movie has been nominated in that category.)
— Kathryn Bigelow. Lots of love for “Zero Dark Thirty” this morning — but none for its Oscar-winning director. The director list, by the way, was fascinating for being very different from the usually-matching Directors Guild of America nominations earlier this week — only Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln,” which led this morning with 12 nominations) and Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) made both lists. Bigelow, Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Tom Hooper (“Les Miserables”) were snubbed in favor of David O. Russell (“Silver LInings Playbook”), Michael Haneke (“Amour”) and, most surprisingly, Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) who is surely having a pretty amazing morning.
– Rachel Weisz, Helen Mirren, Marion Cotillard, and every actress whose performance was deemed not as as good as a six-year-old’s. Quvenzhane Wallis, who’s nine now, filmed “Beasts of the Southern Wild” several years ago, and while she’s utterly remarkable in the role, I’m still not sure it’s appropriate to pit her against adult performances.
– “The Imposter,” one of my favorite documentaries of the year, which didn’t make the final five.
— Christopher Nolan. Not even a screenwriting nomination? For the entire “Batman” saga?
Who’s your favorite person (or movie) to be neglected this year? Do chime in, once you’ve woken up. (It’s still awfully dark out, for the record.)

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