THE OSCAR nominations are out, with 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis becoming the youngest ever to get a nomination nod, starring in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Spielberg’s “Lincoln” deservedly tops the list with 12 nominations, which I reviewed, believing the film has the greatness of Hollywood’s “Golden Era.”
On the other hand, some expected nominations failed to pass. Neither Quentin Tarantino nor Kathryn Bigelow received best director nominations, though their films — “Django Unchained” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” respectively — received best picture nominations. The snub of Bigelow, who won an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” was particularly surprising, as she and her film have dominated critics’ lists during awards season. Tom Hooper, the director of the expansive musical “Les Miserables,” also failed to be nominated, though his film received eight nods overall. Along with “Lincoln,” “Pi,” “Beasts” and “Amour,” the other best picture nominees are “Argo,” “Django Unchained,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Les Miserables.” [CNN]
“Skyfall,” unfortunately, deserved, but didn’t make the list, and I wasn’t the only one who wrote this, though the Oscars are less about film greatness than the politically correct and self-obsessed industry’s image.
Seth MacFarlane will host the Oscars on February 24th on ABC.