February 18, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

Overlooked by Oscar

I just watched Another Year and Animal Kingdom: Can someone please explain to me how Lesley Manville didn’t get an Oscar nomination, but Jacki Weaver did? I am in awe of Manville’s performance and bewildered by this egregious snub.
Tim Magas
Winnipeg

Michael Douglas was robbed of an acting nomination for Solitary Man. I understand that it was a small movie with a relatively low budget, but his performance was so devilishly good.
David Volovick
Woburn, Mass.

While Colin Firth would certainly be a worthy Best Actor recipient, I still want two words to keep the Academy folks awake at night: Ryan Gosling.
K.J. Hollingsworth
Richfield, Minn.

Movie Magic

I’m not surprised The Illusionist was nominated. I saw The Triplets of Belleville five times and believe it was more than just the best animated film of 2003 — it was the best film, period. Every frame was a beautiful painting. I hope director Sylvain Chomet won’t be cheated this year.
Susan Elwyn

Sarasota, Fla.

Epic Fail

I was disappointed to read that Angelina Jolie is being considered for the role of Cleopatra (News & Notes). Wouldn’t it be better for Scott Rudin to search for a lesser-known actor who truly captures the essence of this amazing historical figure? I’m thinking of the effort to cast Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, and how Vivien Leigh was perfect!
Alana Demers
Manchester, N.H.

Apple’s Core

In response to the News & Notes item ”Can Apple Survive Without Steve Jobs?” I have to say yes. Apple is not solely Jobs; it is a corporation of talented individuals he has surrounded himself with and obviously has the utmost confidence in. Therefore I find it astonishing that those who believe in him and the empire he has created would ever doubt that he would leave his ”baby” in capable hands.
CL Morris
Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Dreamgirl Power

First you say Jennifer Hudson is the only American Idol with both an Oscar and a Grammy. And then you give her a B+ (Music)? If anyone deserves a solid A, it’s Hudson. She’s managed to entertain on the big screen, TV, and the radio. I’m not a huge fan of her music, but I recognize and respect her talents.
Lalaine Estella Ricardo

Alexandria, Va.

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