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Where's the Oscar Nod for 'Dragon Tattoo'? and Other Reactions...

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The 2012 Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, and I'd liken this event to an NFL draft of sorts. There are the sure-things, the surprises, the disappointments, and plenty of backseat drivers crying foul with the oversights.

My immediate reaction is my disdain for the fact that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was not nominated for Best Picture. It was nominated for the Golden Globe, and was one of the most well-reviewed films of the year. As a fan of the books and David Fincher, I loved the movie.

So how come it didn't get nominated? And meanwhile, a film that has received mediocre reviews (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close) made it into the category. Now I love Tom Hanks and would be rendered speechless followed by fan girl if I ever got the chance to meet him, and I haven't seen the movie, but it seems hard to believe that this movie snuck right in under our noses to be nominated.

And here's the other thing: the Best Picture category used to be five films, same number of nominees as most other categories. Recently that changed, with the pool widening up to 10 films in the Best Picture category. Now, the rules have changed yet again this year: anywhere from five to 10 films can be up for Best Picture.

This year, the Academy came up with nine nominees for Best Picture. Why couldn't The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo be the 10th nominee? There was room for it!

And what about Best Adapted Screenplay? Dragon Tattoo is a complicated, extensive labyrinth of a book, yet the film version was sleek, quick, and gave just enough to make fans of the book happy and newbies to the story a chance to follow along.

I'm also surprised at the fact that the original score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross was not nominated. If Rooney Mara hadn't been nominated for her harrowing performance as Lisbeth Salander, I might have booked a flight to Hollywood to personally smack some sense into the Academy voters.

But here are some things I am happy about:

- "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets is nominated for Best Original Song! The entire film was delightful, right down to the original music. I hope that they do get the chance to perform during the telecast and have Jim Parsons reprise his role as the real-life Walter.

- Best Original Screenplay love for Midnight in Paris and Bridesmaids. Two of my favorite movies from the year - usually the spring/summer releases of the year get ignored or overlooked by nomination time.

 

Personally, I hope The Artist ends up sweeping up a bunch of the awards come February. It was an absolute delight and if I can't root for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I can ready myself for a silent clap and ovation.

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