And the Academy Award nominees are…

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey are amazing in 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey were both nominated in acting categories for their work in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Once again, Hollywood was up early to listen to the Academy Award nominations for 2013 films.  Between now and March 2nd, the campaigning, debate, discussion and wagering on who will receive Oscar gold will dominate the motion picture industry.  Ellen DeGeneres will reprise her role as host of the Oscar telecast.  Here is a list of the nominees in the major categories:

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Going for the Gold: This Year’s Major Oscar Picks

It’s a given that every year Hollywood will roll out its red carpet and pat itself on the back. But don’t expect anyone to come onstage at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast covering Sinatra’s “It Was A Very Good Year;” it wasn’t.

Remember 1972, when Francis Ford Coppola redefined cinematic storytelling with the haunting family saga The Godfather, only to face off against one of the great movie musicals in Bob Fosse’s Cabaret? That was a good year. Remember 1993, when Oscar also-ran Steven Spielberg finally took home gold? All he had to do was release the highest-grossing film of all time (Jurassic Park) and the year’s most acclaimed picture (Schindler’s List). That was a good year. 2004 had some high points, but they still left Oscar voters to come up with lots of filler.

And bloat those ballots they did.

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Ranting at the Oscars

Before I get into Morgan Spurlock’s doc Super Size Me, I feel I should backtrack a moment to my last review. If you’re following this, I’d previously mentioned a series of reviews focusing on films the Academy was likely to nominate for this year’s Oscar-fest. I’d gone out to the multi-plex to check out The Aviator and Ray. I’d just bought Collateral on DVD. I finally caught Million-Dollar Baby. I knew intrinsically that the old Academy voters would likely overlook the best film of the year, I just wasn’t sure how grossly. The distain I harbor for those myopic voters is palpable. I mean when the best film of the year gets LESS Academy recognition than the schlock that was The Phantom of the Opera and A Series of Unfortunate Events, what does that say for our society as a whole?

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Oscar Buzz

This is a tough year to call for the Oscars. Not so much that there really isn’t one particular film that naturally stands out as a winner, but I personally have only seen a handful of the nominated movies. It’s a rare thing for me, but a natural result of having a 20-month-old son who eats up a lot of my free time.

Thankfully, I will most likely get the opportunity to see most if not all of the films before the awards are dished out. But right now I thought I’d go over some of my initial reactions, and invite anyone to post their own thoughts below about who they think will take away the famed naked statuettes.

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