I love Tuesdays in January.
Waking up on Oscar Nominations Day (OND)* is like waking up on a Hollywood-created Christmas: A few pleasant surprises, a ton of predictable results, and some big dissappointments.
For this year’s OND** the most pleasant surprise is Demián Bichir, whose subtle performance in A BETTER LIFE blew me away, and changed my perception of day laborers. Check it out. Seriously.
On a less serious note, here are 2012’s biggest Oscar snubs:
1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – Where’s the Best Picture and Director nods for the best grown-up movie of the year? Sure, Rooney Mara was nominated, and the film was nominated for Best Cinematography, but all of its co-nominees either got a Best Picture or Best Director nom. Or both.
2. 50/50 – An emotional, humorous film. Guess it was too humorous, but am still surprised MARGIN CALL got the nom. Not a bad film, but it’s no 50/50.
3. SOURCE CODE – Am I the only one that loved this early 2011 sci-fi flick? Sometimes it feels that way.
4. BEGINNERS – Sure, Christopher Plummer snagged a nomination, but the film is surprisingly good, and certainly one of the best written (MARGIN CALL? Seriously?), if not the plain Best Pictures of the year. (THE HELP? Seriously?)
5. DRIVE – The coolest movie of the year gets a Sound Editing nom. Woo woo. :-/
Much more to say about this, but I’m saving it for an upcoming Scriptcast (A Screenwriting Podcast) episode.
*Not a recognized federal holiday as of the time of writing.
**Still not a holiday. But check out the noms on the LA Times 2012 Oscar List