Gasps from the press, especially when Seth MacFarlane finished reading the names of the nominees in the Directing category and everyone realized that the Academy had snubbed Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper and Kathryn Bigelow.
Surprise nominations in several categories make this year’s competition a lot more interesting.
No particular order to the nominees being announced in each category made the suspense of who would and would not be nominated much more edgy.
"Silver Linings Playbook" becomes the first film since “Reds” to get nominated in all four acting categories and also becomes a serious contender with eight nominations.
"Skyfall" getting recognized for their great technical work including another career nomination for both Roger Deakins and Thomas Newman, who are criminally overdue for an Oscar win.
Both the oldest (Emmanuelle Riva) and youngest (#Quvenzhané Wallis#) nominees for Best Actress in the same year.
The actual snubbing of Affleck, Bigelow, Hooper and Quentin Tarantino in the Directing category.
Rian Johnson being left out of the Original Screenplay category for “Looper”, which had made some serious rumblings in this year’s batch of critics awards.
Johnny Greenwood (of Radiohead) getting left out of the Best Original Score category for “The Master” after being snubbed five years earlier for “There Will Be Blood”.
The banter between categories by MacFarlane and Emma Stone was a mixed bag for me. Overall it was funny but it did seem a bit uncalled for given the occasion. It did give me some extra seconds to really absorb what was actually nominated and looked over in each category though, which was nice.
The feed being broadcast on the Oscar’s YouTube channel. I had my computer ready to go at 8:15 a.m. EST but the feed being broadcast just kept cutting in and out and jumping all over the place. Then it took at least another four hours to load the video to their YouTube channel. Come on, even the Emmys are faster than this.
Moving Original Song to the televised announcement just to show MacFarlane’s reaction to his nomination. Do what the Emmys do and let them know it at the end of the presentation.
Hardly any nominations for "The Dark Knight Rises."
MacFarlane’s Hitler joke after announcing the nominees for Foreign Language Film. He has made jokes about Hitler a staple of “Family Guy” and quite often they are hilarious (as you can see here), But a nomination in the Foreign Language Film category represents the pride of a country and it is wrong to bring up their ultimate shame.
Final Oscars smackdown: Tariq blasts Tom for that stupid Leo prediction
Those sparring Oscar experts Tariq Khan and Tom O'Neil clash one last time as Tariq blasts Tom for having made a few numbskull picks and Tom counter-attacks with nuclear warheads. Alternately funny, outrageous and fearlessly ferocious, these guys just can't calm down even though the Oscars are over. Listen to their podcast below. Subscribe and see more at iTunes and Libsyn.
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Picture: 22 predict '12 Years,' 8 'Gravity'
Director: 30 predict Alfonso Cuaron
Actor: 29 predict Matthew McConaughey
Actress: 30 predict Cate Blanchett
Supporting Actor: 30 predict Jared Leto
Supp. Actress: 26 predict Nyong'o, 4 Lawrence
Original Screenplay: 15 predict 'Hustle,' 15 'Her'
Adapted Screenplay: 29 predict '12 Years'
Animated Feature: 30 predict 'Frozen'
Foreign Film: 26 predict 'Great Beauty'
Documentary: 19 predict '20 Feet,'
Production Design: 22 predict 'Gatsby,' 5 'Gravity'
Cinematography: 29 predict 'Gravity'
Costume Design: 24 predict 'Gatsby,' 4 'Hustle'
Editing: 20 predict 'Gravity,' 8 'Captain Phillips'
Makeup & Hair: 28 predict 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Sound Editing & Mixing: 29 predict 'Gravity'
Score: 28 predict 'Gravity'
Song: 28 predict 'Frozen,' two favor U2
Visual Effects: 29 predict 'Gravity'
Animated Short: 27 predict 'Get a Horse'
Doc Short: 29 predict 'Lady in Number 6'
Live Action Short: 16 'Voorman,' 9 'Helium'
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