And The Nominees Are…

Hey everyone, this is Hal from Team Swagbucks – the resident movie buff.

EARLY this morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 2011 Academy Awards. The King’s Speech led the way with 12 nominations, and True Grit came in second with 10. One thing I can say for sure is that there are a lot of great races this year for Best Actor, Best Picture (which is a TEN movie race, don’t forget) and even Best Director!

It should be a great show, but there are always movies and people who get snubbed – I’m STILL grumpy about Jim Carrey being passed over for his work in “The Truman Show” (which he followed up by playing Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon” – he won back-to-back Best Actor Golden Globes for the two roles). Looking over the list, two glaring omissions immediately come to mind:

1. Best Score – Daft Punk for TRON: Legacy – While the movie didn’t really blow me away, the score was the real star – it’s pulsating electronic beats really drove the movie and helped immerse the audience in the world of TRON. They did an amazing job and deserved at the very least the recognition of a nomination.

2. Best Supporting Actor – Matt Damon as LeBoeuf in True Grit – Matt Damon turns in great performances so regularly that it’s easy to overlook his work here – not flashy, but a great character played perfectly by an amazing actor. With Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld both getting nominations, it seems unfair that the third person in their party didn’t get the nod for the top notch work he did in my pick for best film of the year.

What do you think about the nominations? Who got snubbed and who do you think is going to win?

~Hal from Team Swagbucks