Well, the Academy Awards nominations were announced today and the big news is that Dreamgirls got snubbed. But really, did they really get snubbed? They got eight nominations, after all, so they did get some recognition.
I think the bottom line though is that this was a movie that had a lot of great individual performances and a lot of things going for it, but somewhere, somehow, something was missing from this picture. And that's what stopped this film in its tracks. But still, this is all anyone will talk about, Dreamgirls getting the most nominations and getting shut out of Best Picture. This is like some sports team that finishes first and then gets beat in the first round of the playoffs.
Really, though, if you look at the Best Picture category and the list of films that were nominated, I think the pictures that got nominated all deserved to be there. The only questionable one for me might be Letters from Iwo Jima, which kind of came out of left field to get a nomination, but that's about it. I think more people would have been upset if Martin Scorsese had gotten the shaft, but he didn't.
Anyway, check out the list of nominees. Also I understand Al Gore got an Oscar nomination-- or his movie, did, anyway.
Since this is an American Idol night and since Golden Globe winner Jennifer Hudson is up for Best Supporting Actress and probably will win it, I thought I'd post this clip from Ken Levine's blog. It's a YouTube video of the night Hudson got voted out on American Idol. It's entitled America got it WRONG. And I actually remember watching this particular American Idol episode and remember how shocked the judges were with the voting results.
Check it out. Ken Levine says: "for everyone who has ever been overlooked, or fired, here's the video for you."