The Oscar noms are out, and who can resist a little commentary? I sure can't, although there really aren't a lot of surprises in the batch, nor is there that much to deride.
A few comments:
Yes! Three animated films nominated for Best 'Toon (I'm paraphrasing) and not a CGI film in the bunch. What? No Valiant? No Chicken Little? I'm sure Hoodwinked will make up for that next year.
Fine actors in the list of 5 Best... but, boy, it sure would have been nice to see Jeff Daniels' name up there among them. A terrific performance in Squid and the Whale, but perhaps Oscar voters prefer characters that are more likeable?
March of the Penguins for Best Doc - not a surprise, really, and not a bad movie, but, I mean, come on, really, it's flightless compared to, say, Murderball (nominated) and Grizzly Man (not).
Also overlooked: No Geoffrey Rush, supporting actor in Munich (I thought Eric Bana was underrated in that, as well, but didn't expect a nomination); no nomination for Cronenberg, director of History of Violence; no editing nomination for Syriana - yes, it was complicated, confusing even, but without the superb editing, it would have been a mess; I'll take Broken Flowers music over any of the score nominees; I wish Duma had been nominated for something (cinematography?) just so it'd get more recognition and viewers; and a bunch more I'm sure I'll think about later on.
Not overlooked, and I'm damned happy about it: Amy Adams, in Junebug; Noah Baumbach for the aforementioned Squid's script; Paul Giamatti, in Cinderella Man - will he be shunned once more come Oscar night, or given the award as much for his past two ignores?; Paradise Now for Foreign, hooray!
Congrats to Capote director Bennett Miller for being recognized, deservedly so, but for his first narrative feature! Very impressive.
All in all, not a bad lot, with some fairly progressive films up for major categories, so, despite a few of the usual lapses and MIA nominations, better than some years past. Now if only Jeff Daniels hadn't been screwed.