When the Oscar nominations were announced this morning, there was plenty to cheer about, even if some of your favorite actors or films were snubbed. While it's been fun to hear everyone's reactions — including those from the stars themselves — I thought it would be interesting to see how this year's Oscar nominations stack up against the other picks of award season, like those for the Golden Globes, the SAGs, and the BAFTAs.
- Winter's Bone Finds the Spotlight: For the most part, the accolades for this indie have been focused on actress Jennifer Lawrence, who's consistently landed nominations for best actress (though John Hawkes did get a SAG award nom). But for the granddaddy of all award shows, Winter's Bone snagged four nominations — including one for best picture.
- Director Changeup: There's a lot of outrage over Christopher Nolan being left out of the best director race for Inception. He was up for the directing honor at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, and the Critics' Choice, but his name is missing from the Oscar tally (while Joel and Ethan Coen did earn a spot). Hopefully Nolan's screenwriting nod for Inception cheers him up a little bit.
- True Grit Slips In: Like Winter's Bone, the Academy also smiled on True Grit during an award season where it had previously only been doing OK. It's definitely odd to think that it didn't get a single Golden Globe nomination but reeled in a whopping 10 Oscar nominations. The Academy does love the Coen brothers, who won the best directing honor in 2008 for No Country For Old Men.
To find out what the other differences are, just keep reading.
- Andrew Garfield Shut Out: The Social Network star's name has been showing up often for the supporting actor award — until the Oscars. Did dark horse nominee John Hawkes edge him out?
- Bardem Gets In: Before today, Javier Bardem had only seen a best actor nomination for Biutiful at the BAFTAs. The Academy must have loved him and the movie (which is up for best foreign language film), because it earned him an Oscar nomination.