This morning's announcement of the Oscar nominees were met with ... almost zero shock whatsoever. No stunning snubs. Not really any dark horse nods. Status quo rules the day, ho-hum.
The British drama "The King's Speech" lead the pack with 12 nominations. Not the hugest of surprises, as the film was as classic of a case of Oscar-baiting as we've seen this year.
The second year of the 10-deep Best Picture category didn't offer any shockers, either: Black Swan The Fighter Inception The Kids Are All Right The King's Speech 127 Hours The Social Network Toy Story 3 True Grit Winter's Bone
Fortunately nothing quite as laughable at "The Blind Side" snuck in there. (That flick is still a Lifetime Movie of the Week, in my book.)
My favorite surprise of the day? John Hawkes' scene-stealing turn in "Winter's Bone" getting a nod. Jennifer Lawrence is deservedly getting most of the hype from that film, but Hawkes is terrifyingly good in limited time.
The most egregious snubs:
Ryan Gosling not getting nominated for "Blue Valentine" was a bit of a shock. It's the sort of varied, emotionally wrenching performance the Academy usually loves.
Andrew Garfield not getting a supporting nod for "The Social Network" was disappointing, if not unexpected. It was probably a bit too understated for the flashy category, but his importance to one of the best movies of the year shouldn't be overlooked.
And I know the Academy is all old and lame and everything, but how cool would it have been for Daft Punk to get in there for their "Tron: Legacy" score? I was already disappointed that Clint Mansell was disqualified for his haunting "Black Swan" score.
No matter. I will be rooting for Trent Reznor anyway.
You now have a month to prepare for the February 27 telecast, which will be boring because it won't feature Ricky Gervais.
And you can tune in to WOSU at 89.7 FM this Friday at 11 a.m. to join me in an Oscar discussion.