Earlier today the Oscar nominations were announced, with 8 movies up for this years ‘Best Picture’. On the 22nd of February, Neil Patrick Harris will host the award show, and there will not be a lack of talent in the room. Here are a couple of first thoughts regarding some of the nominees:
- Steve Carrell is nominated for his role in ‘Foxcatcher’, and joins the rank of comedic actors taking on more dramatic roles. Although it’s not the first time Carrell does a drama – he was excellent in ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ – it’s still curious to imagine “Brick” from ‘Anchorman’ winning the same award as Al Pacino did for ‘Scent of a Woman’.
- 3 out of the 5 nominees for best actress are not from the USA: Marion Cotillard (France), Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones (both UK) are up against Julianne Moore and Reese Witherspoon (both USA).
- In the category for best actor there are 3 from the USA (Steve Carrell, Bradley Cooper and Michael Keaton) and 2 from the UK (Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne).
- Meryl Streep has now been nominated for an Oscar 19 times. Nineteen. The first time was for ‘The Deer Hunter’ in 1979. She’s won 3 (1980, 1983 and 2012).
- Marion Cotillard has been nominated once before, when she won the award for ‘La Vie en Rose’ in 2008. Can she make it 2 out of 2?
- Robert Duvall, who is nominated for his supporting role in ‘The Judge’, is 84 years old. He has been nominated 7 times, his first one being for ‘The Godfather’ back in 1973. At that time, he was 42 years old.
Having to catch up on a few of the nominated films first, I’ll be back with more stuff on the Oscars later on.