For Your Consideration

Talk about a shocker. The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were announced this morning, and I can’t be the only one who was surprised by more than a few categories.

First, let me get this off my chest. “Drive” was nominated for only one category. Not best picture, not for best supporting actor (yay, Albert Brooks!), but for… are you ready? Sound editing. REALLY? SOUND EDITING?

“Drive” was, in my opinion, the most underrated film of the season, but I figured the Academy would at least recognize its sheer brilliance. But instead, “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close” snagged a nod for Best Picture instead. I have yet to pick my jaw up off the floor.

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Although that was a major disappointment, I was pleased with quite a few other categories. My prediction of Rooney Mara for Best Actress came true! Joining her in the category is Michelle Williams (“My Week With Marilyn”), Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs”), Viola Davis (“The Help”) and Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”). I’m pulling for Rooney Mara’s portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” even though I know it’s a long shot.

The nomination that brought the biggest smile to my face and the most joy to my otherwise mundane Tuesday morning was Gary Oldman’s nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” I had to remind myself that tis is Oldman’s first nomination, because in my mind, he has about eight Oscars already.

For the complete list of nominees, see the link above.

The Academy Awards air on ABC on Sunday, February 26 at 7 p.m.