Not me — but I did manage to catch a few of the films nominated for Best Picture in the 84th annual Academy Awards, airing Feb. 26.
And I’d say it’s a pretty interesting list.
The nominees for Best Picture are:
• “The Artist”
• “The Descendants”
• “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
• “The Help”
• “Midnight in Paris”
• “The Tree of Life”
• “War Horse”
No doubt the intriguing silent flick “The Artist” should be on the list. “The Descendants,” based on the book by Kaui Hart Hemmings, was a shoe-in, considering it won the Golden Globe for Best Picture in the drama category.
But I was surprised to see “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” the story about a young boy grieving the loss of his father in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It didn’t get the kind of rave reviews the other movies — including even “War Horse” and “Moneyball” — got. But how can you snub the movie about the most influential and emotional event in our history?
What surprised me — and the rest of the world, to be honest — was the nomination of Melissa McCarthy in the Best Supporting Actress category for her comedic role in “Bridesmaids.” Not only that, but the screenplay for the flick earned a Best Screenplay nod.
Comedies don’t get a lot of play at this awards show, so it was nice to see this movie — one of my favorites of all time, by the way — get some props.
I was a little surprised to see “The Tree of Life” on the list of nominees for Best Picture. I don’t even know what that movie was about. And I saw it. Well, parts of it. It’s not the easiest movie to follow.
Anyone got an opinion about the list of nominees? Any favorites that didn’t make the list?