As usual, the Academy showed little love to comedy when it dragged Kathy Bates out of bed this morning to announce this year’s Oscar nominations. I was really hoping that Amy Adams (pictured) would squeeze into one of the Best Actress slots for her delightful work in Enchanted, but her fantasy princess lost out to another red-haired royal, as Cate Blanchett double-dipped for her return performance as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. (Of course, she should have won the first time she played Elizabeth a decade ago, not for this less-than-inspired sequel, and while she’s fine in Golden Age, it’s not nearly as worthy a performance as her Bob Dylan in I’m Not There, for which she did get a Supporting Actress nod this morning… but I digress.)
Blanchett’s inclusion also points out one of two other big snubs this morning. First, the absence of Keira Knightley from the Best Actress race reflects a lack of consistent support for Atonement. Sure, it’s in the running for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress (youngster Saoirse Ronan), but not for its lead actors or its director. The other big snub, for me, is Into the Wild, whose only major nomination was for the deserving Hal Holbrook as Supporting Actor. Sorry, Sean Penn; the Academy isn’t recognizing that you finally came into your own as a director and screenwriter.
Who do you think got robbed this morning, PopWatchers? Let us know below, and please explain why you think your favorites should have been nominated.
addCredit(“Enchanted: Barry Wetcher”)