Oscar Noms: Not Many Surprises

oscar-award_240In a further sign that “The Social Network” isn’t at all the automatic winner of everything this year, “The King’s Speech” received the most Oscar nominations this morning: 12. “The Social Network” received eight. “True Grit,” which is not my teacup but is a commercial hit, received 10; the only prize it may win is Roger Deakins’ long-overdue honor for cinematography, although the little Hallie Steinfeld could upset Melissa Leo in the supporting actress category. Elsewhere, it was a mild surprise that Javier Bardem got a Best Actor nom for “Biutiful” (I guess Julia Roberts’ campaigning for him helped), pushing aside Robert Duvall for “Get Low.” Some think it a mild surprise that Michelle Williams got in for Best Actress (especially after being named the worst-dressed at the Globes by the Fashion Police), but I don’t: I never believed that Hilary Swank would push her way through, to bedevil poor Annette Bening yet again! With no noms for Mila Kunis or Barbara Hershey, “Black Swan” performed less well than expected; “Inception” also underperformed a bit: no director’s nom for Christopher Nolan.

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