Actually, not that many people.
Though I predicted the royal shafting of quality actors like Jacki Weaver and John Hawkes, they actually got in there because Oscar has decided it likes grit and realness!
(I got 29 out of 35 right, which is not embarrassing.)
The big winner was The King’s Speech with 12 nominations, followed by True Grit with 10 (I told you they like grit) and Social Network and Inception with eight each.
Amazingly, Javier Bardem secured a best actor nod for Biutiful even though, as I reported, the movie truly divides people.
(Julia Roberts‘ campaign urging awards groups to stop ignoring Bardem obviously had an impact!)
And in another shocking blow to the gays, Burlesque got nothing, not even for its songs.
The Best Song category seems to include only four nominees instead of the usual five, in a blatant attempt to keep the Burlesque ditties out of there!
Has Oscar actually gotten credible?
See all the nominations here.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 25, 2011