The 2010 Oscar nominations were announced this morning and like any award show, there are a few surprises. Though there were a number of predictable noms, I found myself both pleasantly surprised and a bit disappointed at the inclusion or exclusion of some nods.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal proved to be the dark horse in the supporting actress category for her role in Crazy Heart—she hasn't received any recognition so far this award season, and as a Gyllenhaal fan, I'm proud of her.
- The lack of Aussie nominations is disheartening. Abbie Cornish was thought to be our best chance at a high profile nod. But Oscar also overlooked The Road director John Hillcoat, cinematographer Dion Beebe for Nine and Samson & Delilah for Best Foreign Language Film.
- Though it was almost certain that Kathryn Bigelow would get a Best Director nomination for The Hurt Locker (especially coming off her Director's Guild win), it's worth noting that she's only the fourth woman to ever be nominated in the category—and if she wins, she'd be the first woman to ever take the honour home.
- Up made it into the Best Picture category! Hizzah! Props to the Academy for not confining it to the Best Animated Feature category.
- Obligatory Avatar comment: Yep, James Cameron's masterpiece leads the pack with nine nominations, although Leona Lewis' "I See You" was shut out of Best Original Song.
- The Coen Brothers have proved to be Academy darlings, as evidenced by their Best Picture nod for A Serious Man. Not only was I not expecting that, but I definitely thought that Michael Stuhlbarg's performance was even more worthy of a nod than the film as a whole.
- But kudos to Jeremy Renner for getting a Best Actor nod—it's great to see the acting of The Hurt Locker get some love.
- After being snubbed at the Golden Globes, I'm glad that Lee Daniels got a directing nomination for Precious here in the big leagues. Like Bigelow, a Daniels win would be a milestone: he'd be the first African-American to win the category, and he's only the second to be nominated.
- Though it wasn't able to make many Oscar waves, I'm happy that Nine popped up in the Best Supporting Actress category for Penelope Cruz.
- I wasn't expecting Where the Wild Things Are to get recognised in the major categories, but I'm disappointed that there was no appreciation on it for the technical side of things, like costumes or visual effects.
- And in a smaller category, I was thrilled to see the intense and heartbreaking dolphin-hunting documentary The Cove nominated for Best Documentary Feature.