This year’s class of Oscar nominees was announced this morning in Hollywood, and with American Hustle and Gravity leading the pack, the nominations don’t look all that different than the Golden Globes or BAFTAs. No nomination for Pixar and Monsters University, and no Best Actor nominations for Tom Hanks or Robert Redford. Not like any of those three are short on their awards shelf, but Hanks in Captain Philips and Redford in All Is Lost both gave performances many critics called the best of already distinguished careers.
Tonight is the big night in Hollywood when the Academy Awards are handed out. Who do you think will win? Will it be a Best Picture/Best Director split between Argo and Steven Spielberg for Lincoln? Will Brave win best animated feature? How many times will Seth MacFarlane point out he was an odd choice to host the show?
Ever since the first Best Picture Oscar was handed out in 1928, the award, its voting and its nominees have been controversial. Swaying between awarding hype and marketing with awarding actual decent filmmaking, people almost always have beef with whoever walks away with the trophy.
This next couple of months, we’ll see a tidal wave of sappy Oscar bait movies, but Warner Bros is already pushing hard to try and get some Oscars and Oscar nominations for The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s last Batman film. Which Oscars? Pretty much all of them.
The MPAA announced today that the host for this year’s Oscars will be Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. He did a pretty decent job of hosting the season opener of SNL this year, and at least it’s not Billy Crystal. Again.