Finally, the time has come: The Academy Award nominees were announced this morning, and well, they look a lot like the nominees from last year...and the year before...and the year before that. In the Best Actor and Best Actress categories, the only new names are Chiwetel Ejiofor from 12 Years a Slave and Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club. Surprisingly, a few new names snuck into the Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor categories, even though historically those awards have been given to Oscar veterans: Lupita Nyong’o, June Squibb, Sally Hawkins, Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto and Barkhad Abdi are all first time nominees. So in this game of hardened, award-show veterans, who has the most awards? Who will take all the awards at the Oscars? Who will win this game of thrones? (Sorry, got a little carried away there.)
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This always makes me think of that one Weekend Update skit on Saturday Night Live where Meryl Streep keeps winning awards for everything. Does she ever get tired of it? Does she ever just want to sit in a nice chair in her sweater wrap and read a book instead? We’ll never know.
Sure, Sandra Bullock’s previous win and nomination may only have been for The Blind Side, but she’s long past the days of doing two-bit romantic comedies and Speed. Girl is gunning for it.
It’s actually surprising that Judi Dench’s only win has been for Shakespeare in Love, but also, it’s Judi freakin’ Dench. The woman could sell her home movies and still get at least an Oscar nomination for them.
Amy Adams has not been in the game quite as long as Judi Dench, but in the past decade, she’s been doing pretty well for herself. And it’s high time the woman finally won one of these things — maybe this will be the year.
Almost all of Cate Blanchett’s nominated work is deserving of a win, but somehow, just The Aviator got her the Oscar. Will Blanchett redeem the shadow Woody Allen casts over Blue Jasmine with a win this year?
Despite receiving no recognition from the Academy for films like American Psycho, The Machinist, or any of the Batman movies (but getting an award for The Fighter), it seems like the Oscars are finally starting to sit up and pay attention to Christian Bale.
Although Dern hasn’t been very active in film since his nomination for Coming Home in 1978, he snagged a nomination this year for his turn in Nebraska.
Despite Leonardo Dicaprio’s pains to distinguish himself as a “serious actor” ever since his Titanic days, he somehow has yet to win an Oscar.
By far the youngest person in this group of Oscar veterans, Jennifer Lawrence is rising through the ranks fast. Who knows, maybe one day she’ll even be able to take down Streep.
Something tells me that Roberts has an equal number of nominations for the Oscars and the MTV Movie Awards (Valentine’s Day, anyone?).
Let’s hope poor Bradley Cooper doesn’t make a habit out of starring in movies with Jennifer Lawrence and not winning any awards for them.
It was surprising when he got nominated for Moneyball, and it’s surprising now. Who knows, maybe Jonah Hill could surprise us all again this year.