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

January 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM

‘American Hustle’s’ missed nomination, and more Oscar madness

Now that I’ve been at work for, oh, almost five hours now (isn’t it lunchtime yet?), time to catch my breath and look over this nominations list more carefully. And . . . wait a minute. Under “Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling” is “Dallas Buyers Club” (fine), “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” (didn’t see it but, sure, whatever), “The Lone Ranger” (huh?) and . . . that’s it. No “American Hustle,” perhaps the finest showcase of insane hairstyling of the past decade? Did Bradley Cooper get that perm for naught? (Well, OK, he got his own nomination, so it was probably worth it.) The Academy only recently combined hair and makeup into one award (previously, there was just an award for makeup), so apparently they’re not yet used to taking hair into consideration. A shame. According to IMDb there were 12 people credited with hair for “American Hustle” (including a couple of wigmakers); apparently none of them are going to the Oscars, but I hope they all know that they’re fabulous.

More random observations:

  • Meryl Streep nabbed her 18th nomination today (a bit of a surprise), but she’s left in the dust by composer John Williams, who received his 44th nomination for best original score. He’s surpassed only by Walt Disney in the most-nominations-for-an-individual category.
  • A fair bit of drama in the cinematography category: who could have predicted that Philippe Le Sourd, for “The Grandmaster,” would be nominated? Phedon Papamichael, Alexander Payne’s longtime cinematographer, received his first nomination for the beautiful black-and-white photography of “Nebraska” (the 11th black-and-white film to be nominated since the Academy eliminated the black-and-white cinematography category in 1967; thank you, Scott Feinberg of the Hollywood Reporter). And will Roger Deakins, recipient of the lone “Prisoners” nomination, finally win an Oscar this year, after ten previous nominations?
  • In my “snubs” post earlier, I should have also mentioned Nicole Holofcener’s  “Enough Said,” which was deserving in several categories but especially in original screenplay. A shame.
  • And, just because I know you’re wondering, “The Wolf of Wall Street” reportedly has more uses of the F-word than any other film to receive an Oscar nomination. Apparently there are 522. I would have guessed 532, myself. By the way, who did the counting?

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