It's great to see new talent being recognized, but each year's Oscar nominations are always filled with surprises and snubs, and the 84th Annual Academy Awards were no different.
Jonah Hill was the first surprise of the morning, as he nabbed a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Moneyball. I mean, this is the guy who drew dongs in Superbad, and that wasn't that long ago. Good for him.
Rooney Mara was another surprise, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. There was a lot of buzz over whether Rooney handled the role or not, but from the looks of it, she did just fine. Rooney will go up against Viola Davis, Michelle Williams, Glenn Close and Meryl Streep. Stiff competition to say the least.
And now to the snubs. Somehow, Leonardo DiCaprio's role in J.Edgar, as well as the movie itself, were overlooked. Maybe there wasn't much room in the Leading Role category, but you'd think it would have gotten a Best Picture nomination before Midnight In Paris.
Midnight In Paris, while entertaining, doesn't really have 'Oscar nominated' written on it. Well, I guess now, actually, it does. One can't help but wonder how much of J.Edgar's FBI controversy had anything to do with it.
Also, there wasn't a thing for Drive, starring Ryan Gosling. Not much of a surprise, considering the movie has been snubbed throughout award season, but to be trumped by Midnight In Paris? I still don't get it. Gosling was also snubbed for The Ides of March.
Some also thought Angelina Jolie would grab a nomination for her foreign language flick, In the Land of Blood and Honey. But alas, Angelina was snubbed. Sort of. According to the Hollywood Reporter, "several of 2011's most acclaimed foreign films, including Angelina Jolie's Bosnian-language In the Land of Blood and Honey…are ineligible for best foreign-language picture." Basically, since Jolie's film wasn't chosen to "rep any one country", it was ineligible for that category.
So maybe that's more of a surprise than a snub. Snubs and surprises aside, award season is in full swing, and we can't wait to tune into the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26th.