I apologize for not posting so much lately. I've been busy with other things. The announcement of this year's Academy Award nominations did not escape me though. This year, I have to say, it's a very strong slate of nominees. There's no nominee here that's as objectionable as say, The Blind Side or The Reader or even Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I'm also quite thrilled that the Academy nominated Amour. I reviewed this film about a month ago. It's a Michael Haneke film. It's his most accessible film to date, granted. But saying Amour is his most "accessible" is like saying The Island is Michael Bay's most artsy movie. It's still a challenging and brutal film. For the Academy to recognize its genius and giving Michael Haneke some mainstream attention, that's a triumph. Most people are talking about the "snubs" in Best Director, particularly that of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow but, I'm not quite as outraged as some people are. I'm just thrilled Haneke is nominated, haha.
I personally would have loved to see Moonrise Kingdom get nominated for Best Picture and for Perks of Being a Wallflower, Looper and The Cabin in the Woods to somehow show up in the Screenplay categories, but, hey, you can't have everything.