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Well, Oscar nominees are out, and overall, it is a well balanced ballot. Among the pleasant surprises are veteran actors John Hawkes receiving a supporting actor nod for "Winter's Bone," as well as the underappreciated Mark Ruffalo for "The Kids are Alright." Also, Bitter Balcony favorite "Exit Through the Gift Shop" gets a Best Documentary birth, which brings a :) to our faces.

However, a few deserving candidates were omitted. Christopher Nolan got shut out from best director, again, this time for "Inception." Nolan gets no love from the Academy, but at least his script got nominated. Also, Mark Wahlberg deserved a leading male nomination for "The Fighter." Were Jesse Eisenberg and James Franco better? I don't think so. Maybe if Wahlberg would have boxed with chickens then...

Lastly, how does one of the most visually stunning films of 2010, "Tron: Legacy," ends up just one nomination (sound editing) and nothing for either cinematography, art direction, editing, costume design, sound mixing, and especially visual effects. Really, see the nominees for the last category: "Hereafter," "Iron Man 2" and "Alice in Wonderland" don't hold a candle to "Tron's" digital new world. Oh well, enjoy the 4 plus hours of pampered Hollywood stars pat each other on the back that airs on Sunday, February 27th.

View all Oscar nominations HERE.

Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
John Rojas on Tue, 02/01/2011 - 2:59pm

Hey,Que. Look, I'm good with my defense of Tron when it comes to production values. Do you honestly think that it did not deserve recongition in the visual effects department? C'mon. Youy have a 35 years younger Jeff Bridges seem as close to real as we have ever seen a visually mainpulated actor. Tron excels in creating a landscape that most movies don't match. Say what you will for the story, the movie is a superb technical achivement. We don't need to be nerds to notice that, JAS :)

Also, I'll defend Wahlberg for his performance in The Fighter. Is he overshadowed by Bale and Leo? Sure. But his grounded, underdog hero is the core of the film, not to mention the physical transformations Wahlberg goes through the movie. He deserved a nomination.

Lastly, Nolan definitely got robbed, again. If the director's craft is to implement his vision to the highest of his creative powers, Inception is all Nolan's. Funny enough, he is getting recongize for his writing, where I see your argument about the story having flaws are more relevant.

Anyways, I'm putting a link to the nominations on the article, sorry for the oversight.


Que on Wed, 01/26/2011 - 9:00pm

Inception was not up to my recommended list - and if Christ Nolan keeps producing movies like this - confusing setup with shallow scripts/plots, he will be dropped onto the lower tier of my talent list.

Mark Walberg in The Fighter is straight effective... that movie has a lot of good acting in it, feels like Mark is just supporting in the movie.

Bitterbalcony has unballanced love over this Tron movie - I for one do not share the passion. I am neither a Alice in Wonderland fan but I guess I will rate that movie higher in terms of digital setup and originality. Tron has major stinky scene of that club setup; Alice in Wonderland has, uh, Johny Depp.

Oscar is like Matrix 3 - it is crap and you know it; but sadly you will still have to see it.

p.s - a link to all the nominations would be nice?

JAS on Wed, 01/26/2011 - 9:10pm

How dare you bash Hollywood's golden boy! According to Hollywood Johnny Depp makes no mistakes. Why? Easy. He can take a stinker and overact, so that people are too distracted with him overdoing every word and never realizing that what they are watching is, in fact, shit.

As for Tron we admit it might be a bit of our nerd showing. We try to cover it up, but... wait... we don't even try. We're just nerds and have much nerd love for that film. ;)

p.s. Link added.

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