The nominations for this year’s highly anticipated Academy Awards (made even more anticipated because their new voting system experienced severe glitches) were just released this morning. We’re glad to see that both Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained get a handful of nominations as well as Moonrise Kingdom, The Sessions, and The Simpsons short film getting nominated as well.
Still, it’s a largely drama dominated field and who knows if straight comedies will ever get their due. We consider Silver Linings and Django hyphenated comedies (dark romantic dramedy, action-revenge-comedy, etc.), which seems to be the formula of getting the Academy’s attention. For instance (and we’re not one to “kick rocks” on the behalf of other people), 7 Psychopaths deserved a screenplay nomination, but Martin McDonagh’s highly underrated sophomore effort as a writer/director goes unnoticed.
Silver Linings Playbook-Best Picture, Best Director (David O. Russell), Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (Rober DeNiro), Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver) Best Adapted Screenplay (David O. Russell), Best Editing (Jay Cassidy & Crispin Struthers)
Django Unchained-Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Cristoph Waltz), Original Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino), Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson)
Moonrise Kingdom-Best Original Screenplay (Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola)
The Sessions-Best Supporting Actress (Helen Hunt)
Maggie Simpson in the “Longest Daycare”-Best Animated Short (David Silverman)
For complete list of nominations, click here.