Some great developments, but an awful lot of mysteries.
Amy Adams! She's won a lot of critics' awards this year, but I was worried she'd be overlooked by the Academy. Her performance in Junebug was one of my favourites of the year.
Bennett Miller for Best Director? Fantastic. What an honour for a first-time feature director to be nominated alongside Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee.
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Favourite all-time film: Too many to list but Singin' in the Rain and Brazil are right up there
Good on Noah Baumbach. The Squid and the Whale had some of the best dialogue I've seen/heard in years.
No Walk the Line. In favour of Crash and/or Munich?
No Laura Linney. She was outstanding The Squid and the Whale. Not nominating her is a crime.
Where is Mad Hot Ballroom?
Why is there so little love for Match Point and Transamerica?
William Hurt was hilarious and bizarre in History of Violence, but Oscar-worthy? The mind boggles.
A good mix, I think. I wonder if Peter Jackson and George Lucas are feeling sorry for themselves though.