The full list of Oscar nominations was announced today and, as ever, the timing of the general UK release of many of the films means that there are several which I haven’t seen.
There are also several which I missed when they came out, mostly because I chose not to see them. The question is now, do I force myself to go and see something which I have little interest in (eg War Horse) just because it has been nominated?
Let me ponder and get back to you. In the meantime – here are my first thoughts on the major categories.
War Horse – it had to be here, but I have little interest
The Artist – should win, but may be just too much for Hollywood
Moneyball – is it really Oscar-quality?
The Descendants – on the list to be seen asap
The Tree of Life – surprised at its nomination, but did love the film
Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen – no thanks.
The Help – missed it
Hugo – a children’s film by all accounts, will probably win
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – just had to look it up
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs – no idea
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – a good performance
Viola Davis, The Help – missed it
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady – a walk-over, despite an awful film
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn – an impersonation, not an Oscar performance
Demian Bichir, A Better Life – just had to look it up, seems interesting
George Clooney, The Descendants – highly praised, but I need to see it to be convinced
Jean Dujardin, The Artist – not sure if the acting deserves such an accolade
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – a dull character in a dull film
Brad Pitt, Moneyball – really? Oscar?
Conclusion so far is that the only film I will go out of my way to see that I missed is The Help. If they’re new out, then I’ll go and see them.
After all the hype about Drive, I’m surprised it’s not there. And where’s Senna?!!!