I was in transit, Sonic, and unable to comment before now.
My reaction throughout the rushed reading was, Yeah, as expected. There were none of the pleasant surprises of years past -- like In Bruges, or Match Point. Maybe Julia Roberts, although she was the thing I liked least about Duplicity.
Side note: People keep trying to tell me Justin Timberlake is now cool. I've had my doubts ever since he left Janet Jackson hanging out to dry, but after this morning... Did anyone really find him funny? His "humor" was crass to begin with ("Good porking tonight, huh, John?"), and he milked it about ten beats past its limited value. I wanted to wham the guy almost as much as I want to strangle Joe Lieberman.
To the nominations:
Despite the screenplay mention, I think The Hurt Locker's treatment was a bit perfunctory, decreed-by-critics. Renner's absence was telling, I thought. (As for Maguire's inclusion, it's worth noting this group has been overly kind to Jim Sheridan in the past, giving The Boxer film/actor nominations that never went further) I think Bigelow will win directing, but I'd say Up in the Air is way more likely to win best drama.
I don't buy that Bullock's nomination makes her a sure winner, but the star-whoring strain of HFPA will ceratinly be tempted to go her way. Especially given...
...how poorly An Education was treated. You'd think a foreign-based group would have given a Brit film more than the Mulligan nod -- Molina was the most striking omission, but the screenplay could have qualified as well. Apparently it -- as well as Serious Man -- couldn't stack up next to the subtleties of It's Complicated or (!) District 9(!).
Harvey Weinstein did well, as he usually does with this crew (best drama The Great Debaters and Bobby in the recent past). But, as Sonic rightly points out, if Nine were actually in this thing, Marshall would have scored a directing nod. And Daniels' exclusion from directing is also a danger sign for his film. What I dread: when Precious gets best picture but not best director, and we have a two-pronged fight over whether he was left off because he's black or because he's gay.
Not much to say about TV, except the fact that no one ever seems to acknowledge Mad Men's extraordinary supporting cast members.
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