And we’re off, on Oscar campaign season. This morning, Chris Hemsworth suavely announced the Oscar nominations with Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and the biggest nominee-getters were “Gravity” and “American Hustle” with 10 nominations each, followed closely by “12 Years a Slave” with 9. Among the top categories, there weren’t too many shocking surprises, but a few surprising omissions . . .
- Emma Thompson. Where are you, Emma? A lot of us thought Thompson’s work not only elevated “Saving Mr. Banks” to a higher plane, but was one of the finest performances of the year. But her name wasn’t called for Best Actress. Meryl Streep, however, did get a nomination (for “August: Osage County”), bringing her lifelong total to a new-record 18.
- “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The Coen brothers, usually Oscar darlings, were nearly empty-handed: just two nominations, for cinemtography and sound mixing. Not even a song nod for “Please Mr. Kennedy.”
- Robert Redford/”All is Lost”: No room on the Best Actor list for Redford (for what’s surely one of the best performances in his long career), and not much love for “All Is Lost,” which got one lone nomination for sound editing.
- Tom Hanks: I just noticed this — where the hell is Tom Hanks on the Best Actor list? The Academy liked “Captain Phillips” enough to put it on the Best Picture roster,” but not Hanks. I hope he and Redford get themselves to a pleasant bar and buy each other drinks, soon.
- “Gravity”: Interesting that Alfonso Cuaron’s wondrous space odyssey had a list-topping 10 nominations — but didn’t get one for its screenplay.
- The Film Editing category: Conventional wisdom goes that no movie wins Best Picture without being nominated in this category: which means Best Picture will be either “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity” or “12 Years a Slave.” Well, I could have told you that yesterday.
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