This year’s Academy Award nominations were announced earlier today, and the most bizarre, I have to say, is Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan for Adapted Screenplay. I mean, really, that’s two words, and both of them seem wrong.
Otherwise, no huge surprises. I’m rooting for Monster House to win Animated Feature, but I expect Cars to take it. I won’t feel too bad about that, since I have friends at Pixar, but Monster House was a better realized story about growing up.
In some ways, I find the Oscar nominations more interesting than the actual winners–at this point, the whole thing turns into a psychology experiment, where people will vote for a film they like in a category they don’t really understand (hello, Sound Editing vs. Sound Mixing) just so that it will win something.
Other winners I’d be happy to see: Children of Men for Cinematography, Pan’s Labyrinth for Makeup, and Superman Returns for Visual Effects. I haven’t seen the two other VFX nominees yet, but how anyone can compete with the Man of Steel?