There were a few surprises among the nominations for the “84th Academy Awards” but none bigger than Melissa McCarthy picking up a Best Supporting Actress nod for her antics in “Bridesmaids.” Couple this with McCarthy’s Emmy win and there’s no doubt she’s sold her soul to the devil. McCarthy is funny but not to the degree she’s getting this kind of attention.
She wasn’t the only surprise. Both “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and “War Horse” picked up Best Picture nominations based more on sentimentality than quality. Films like “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Albert Nobbs” and even the animated “Rango” were more deserving of a best picture pick.
I also continue to be amazed by the strength of “Moneyball.” Not only did it get a Best Picture nod but Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill earned nominations. It’s a good film, but really so inside baseball it’s surprising that it had enough general appeal to get such attention.
Academy voters continued to show their hatred for Mel Gibson by completely ignoring “The Beaver.”
It is fantastic that Demian Bichir picked up a Best Actor nomination for “A Better Life” but that meant Michael Fassbender got overlooked for “Shame.” The problem is that this is a tough category and a lot of good actors got overlooked.
The biggest shocker in the animated category was that Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” got snubbed. It wasn’t worth an Oscar nod but we are talking Spielberg. He must have used up his Hollywood magic getting the “War Horse” nomination.
This year’s Best Original Song category is the weakest ever. It’s staggering to believe that either “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” or “Real in Rio” from “Rio” will be an Oscar winner.
Here are my picks of those overlooked in the Oscar nominations:
Best Picture: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Albert Nobbs,” “Rango.”
Actor in a Leading Role: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “50/50″; Paul Giamatti, “Win Win”; Michael Fassbender, “Shame”; Mel Gibson, “The Beaver”; Ewan McGregor, “Beginners.”
Actor in a Supporting Role: Anton Yelchin, “The Beaver”; Ben Kingsley, “Hugo”; James Nesbitt, “The Way”; Seth Rogen, “50/50″; Paul Giamatti, “The Ides of March.”
Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone, “The Help”; MÃ©lanie Laurent, “Beginners”; Jodie Foster, “The Beaver”; Jennifer Aniston, “Horrible Bosses”; Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”
Actress in a Supporting Role: Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”; Jennifer Lawrence, “Like Crazy”; ChloÃ« Grace Moretz, “Hugo”; Sarah Paulson, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”; Deborah Kara Unger, “The Way.”