I completely forgot that the Oscar nominees would be coming out today. Few of the nominations are that surprising, but Syriana certainly should have received a little more acclaim, and I’m still mystified about why Crash continues to be such a critical favorite.
On some of the smaller awards: I’d love to see Good Night and Good Luck win for cinematography (but I’m a sucker for black-and-whie films), and I was happy to see the Palestinian film, Paradise Now receieve a nomination. And I probably can’t escape without at least mentioning the documentary category, which had few surprises. March of the Penguins and Murderball were pretty much guaranteed. Of course, Academy rules for the documentary category continue to keep many good, timely documentaries out of competition. Also worth noting: another year has passed without a woman being nominated for best director.