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Snubbed by the Academy? We Must Be Dreaming

January 25th, 2011 by Ben Collins Editor

A few hundred people this morning woke up and typed “I must be dreaming” into their status boxes on Twitter.

This raises the question: What’s the best way to get a few hundred people to type the same cheesy, four-word phrase on Twitter within a three-hour timespan?

Money, primarily. Money would probably be the best way to do that.

Or you can just sling an injustice at Christopher Nolan, the beloved director of “Inception.” He was robbed of a Best Director nomination this morning for what is largely considered his magnum opus.

Here’s friend of Hulu Richard Roeper’s first sentence written about the Oscar nominees. Let’s say he didn’t bury the lead.

“No offense to the five immensely talented individuals nominated for ‘Best Director’ on Tuesday morning, but members of the Academy must have been smoking something powerful to snub Christopher Nolan’s astonishingly creative work on ‘Inception.’”

Twitter exploded with variations of the same joke—Twitter’s Faliq Fahmie simply beat everyone to the punch, saying “Chris Nolan didn’t plant the idea inside The Oscar’s board members’ mind to nominate himself”—but Chris Rock won the morning, taking a line from Nolan’s Batman masterpiece “The Dark Knight.”

“It’s okay though, Chris Nolan is the director the Academy Awards deserve, but not the one it needs right now.”

Agreed. Plus, the publicity of Nolan getting snubbed for David O. Russell (“The Fighter”) or Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) will probably get the last four Americans who haven’t seen “Inception” yet (they were presumably incarcerated until yesterday) to go out and buy the DVD. That wouldn’t have happened if he was nominated and lost unspectacularly.

Still, the snark and hate parade soldiered on. @Ghostparticle on Twitter busted out this sort of xenophobic gem, effectively blaming all of us for Academy’s Nolan slight: “So the Americans think Chris Nolan is not a worthy director…”

Hey, man, don’t drag the whole country into this. We don’t blame Europe for Uwe Boll. Not every day, at least. It’s been about 13 days since I blamed Germany for Uwe Boll movies. Show some restraint.

There’s the only-slightly less egregious snub of Mark Wahlberg, who wasn’t nominated for Best Leading Actor for his role as Mickey Ward in “The Fighter.” Even though Christian Bale, who played his brother, is up for Best Supporting Actor. Ditto Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, who won Supporting Actress bids.

Wahlberg got edged out by Javier Bardem in a rare Spanish-language nod in a major category. The committee must have forgotten that Wahlberg is bilingual, as well. He speaks a little bit of animal in “The Fighter,” as he does in the following clip.

At least Weird Al Yankovic was able to provide a reasonable explanation as to why Wahlberg wasn’t nominated: “No #Oscar nomination for Mark Wahlberg? I suspect it’s that bitter Funky Bunch voting bloc.”

But Nolan’s snub? Seems inexplicable. Hopefully he won’t lose any sleep over it.

Let’s pretend like I didn’t just type that.

Ben Collins is an Assistant Editor at Hulu. You can find him on Twitter @globesoundtrack or email him here.

Oscar Nomination Predictions: Big Tuesday for ‘King’s Speech’ and ‘Inception’

January 24th, 2011 by Gregory Ellwood HitFix.com

After months of campaigning, millions of dollars in advertising, hundreds of guild screenings and a slew of second rate awards shows, the nominations announcement for the 83rd Academy Awards is almost here. Clearly, there will be weeks of debate over who will win best picture after “The King’s Speech’s” upset win at the PGA Awards this weekend, but for now it’s all about just making the dance. Now, perhaps it’s been the thin air in Park City or the extra time to ponder possibilities in-between Sundance screenings, but there have been some last minute changes in my overall predictions which I have written about in excruciating detail since August.

In the best picture race, it looks like “Winter’s Bone” is out. At this point, there is just too much evidence that “The Town” and “127 Hours” will make the final two nominations and last year’s Sundance favorite will have to make due with an adapted screenplay honor and best actress nod for Jennifer Lawrence. However, as much as it pains me to write it, don’t be shocked if “The Kids Are All Right” is the one missing from the top ten instead. It would be a crime if it didn’t make it, but the passion may be missing from the Academy for Lisa Cholodelenko’s dramedy to get it in the 10 (but let’s hope not).

In the best supporting actress field, look for Barbara Hershey instead of Mila Kunis to land a nomination for “Black Swan.” (Yeah, we want to see Mila on the red carpet too. Maybe she’ll be a presenter.)

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams of “Blue Valentine” should crack the best actor and best actress fields respectively. That means “Get Low’s” Robert Duvall, among others, won’t make it.

John Hawkes of “Winter’s Bone” might have landed a best supporting actor SAG Award nomination, but “Social Network’s” Andrew Garfield will make the Oscar field in his place.

Besides “Incendies,” “In A Better World” and “Biutiful,” foreign language film is a crapshoot. Take your best guess for the final two selections.

Keeping that in mind, here’s a projected rundown of the films that will have the most nominations.

“King’s Speech” – 11
“Inception” – 10
“The Social Network” – 9
“The Fighter” – 8
“Black Swan” – 8
“True Grit” – 7
“127 Hours” – 5
“Toy Story 3″ – 5
“The Kids Are All Right” – 4
“Alice in Wonderland” – 4

And finally, here are my nomination predictions with one caveat, live action short and animated short are not included (if you really have to ask…).

Best Picture
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“Black Swan”
“The Social Network”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The Town”
“True Grit”
“The Fighter”
“127 Hours”
“Toy Story 3″

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
David Fincher, “The Social Network”
David O. Russell, “The Fighter”

Best Actor
Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
James Franco, “127 Hours”
Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”
Ryan Gosling, “Blue Valentine”

Best Actress
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
Jeremy Renner, “The Town”
Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”
Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Kids Are All Right”

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”
Barbara Hershey, “Black Swan”

Adapted Screenplay
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3″
“True Grit”
“Winter’s Bone”

Original Screenplay
“The King’s Speech”
“Black Swan”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The Fighter”

Editing
“Black Swan”
“Inception”
“The Social Network”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Fighter”

Foreign Language Film
“In A Better World” (Denmark)
“Biutiful” (Mexico)
“Incendies” (Canada)
“Tambien la Lluvia‚” (“Even the Rain”) (Spain)
“Confessions” (Japan)

Cinematography
“Black Swan”
“Inception”
“True Grit”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”

Art Direction
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Black Swan”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“True Grit”

Costumes
“Alice in Wonderland”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Tempest”
“True Grit”
“Tron Legacy”

Original Score
“The Social Network”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“How To Train Your Dragon”
“127 Hours”

Original Song
“Shine” from “Waiting for ‘Superman'”
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours”
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from “Burlesque”
“I See the Light” from “Tangled”
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″

Sound Editing
“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”
“Iron Man 2″
“Inception”
“Toy Story 3″
“Tron Legacy”

Sound Mixing
“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”
“Black Swan”
“Inception”
“The Social Network”
“Tron Legacy”

Documentary
“Waiting for ‘Superman'”
“Inside Job”
“Restrepo”
“Waste Land”
“Exit through the Gift Shop”

Makeup
“Alice in Wonderland”
“The Fighter”
“The Wolfman”

Visual Effects
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2″
“Tron Legacy”

Animated Feature
“Toy Story 3″
“How To Train Your Dragon”
“Despicable Me”

Look for complete nomination coverage beginning at 8:30 AM EST/ 5:30 AM EST and all day long on HitFix.

For more on award season and entertainment buzz and news follow Gregory Ellwood on Twitter @HitFixGregory.

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