NOOOOO!!!! If that happened, these performances would not have received the acclaim they deserved (and this is just the acting categories):
Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)
Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)
Penélope Cruz (Volver...or Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace)
Fernanda Montenegro (Central Station)
Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful)
Catherine Deneuve (Indochine)
Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves)
Isabelle Adjani (Camille Claudel...or The Story of Adele H.)
Sophia Loren (Two Women...or Marriage Italian-Style)
Colour me displeased when a jumping bean comes out of nowhere and grabs the Olympic Gold Medal.
I think DiCaprio got passed over because, in general, J. Edgar just wasn't well-recevied. (Now, that doesn't explain how a movie everyone seems to despise, Extremely Loud.... got a best picture nod.)
What a great list, Peter. I'd also like to add Liv Ullmann's nominations for The Emigrants and Face to Face and Ingrid Bergman for Autumn Sonata. Oh, and Valentina Cortese for Day for Night.
Also Janet McTeer!!!!! although Octavia Spencer deservedly has that category tied up in a little bow. I'm just happy McTeer was nominated, her performance was brilliant.
Echoing the yays for McCarthy, Wiig and Oldman. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was nominated for adapted screenplay as well.
I'm bummed the song from Albert Nobbs wasn't nominated (was it only over the end titles?), but that could mean they didn't feel the need to give Close a conciliatory Oscar 'cause she's gonna win Best Actress
I would love to see Glenn Close win, and I have a feeling that Ms. Streep might be one of the first to congratulate her. They have acted together before in film in "The House of the Spirits", and their careers are remarkably similar (though GC has done more TV and stage than MS).
They even seem to me to have a certain down-to-earthness about themselves (could be acting, of course, but I like to think not).
"Skating fans are not a patient bunch." Dragonlady
So I will stick with my opinion that no matter how good these nominated performances in foreign language (not foreign born actors) are, they should not be included in other categories. Yes, it will be disappointing to not see Marion C. or Roberto Benigni or Bardem in the best actor category, unless they are in an English language film, but it will be more fair overall.
I saw Extremely loud and was deeply touched by it, so I don't understand "everyone seems to despise..." statement. I have read some very negative criticisms of it- some don't like it because it relates to 9/11, or because there is a child as the main character, or whatever. Except for the first 20 minutes or so, when I did not figure out where the movie was going, it is a good movie. Still I was pleasantly surprised that it got the BP nomination.
For years it's been hard (well nearly impossible) for any comedy film or actor to be recognized at the Oscars and I do like Melissa McCarthy in general but I'm not really feeling the love as far as her being nominated for Bridesmaids.
I feel as if the Academy is trying to bring in younger viewers (the Rooney Mara nomination as well) and some misguided support of "girl power!" Bridesmaids reminds me of the Judd Apatow films and while they may indeed be funny they don't exactly have the makings of a classic film that should be recognized as one of the best.
I am happy and surprised to see Gary Oldman nominated and surprised that Angelina didn't get a nod for her film.
I am thrilled for Gary Oldman. He deserves and Oscar and has deserved one for many years. My friend and I were just talking about how he deserved one, on Saturday. I'm disappointed Melancholia didn't receive a nomination, and also apparently Shame should have been nominated(I haven't seen it yet, but intend to).
it'll be interesting the see if the nominated films will change distribution roll-out strategies, as some of the films that ended up being shortlisted were already retracting a large number of screens this past week before the nominations were announced.
I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.
(Edna St Vincent Millay)
Could a rationale be that the voting body doesn't really know the language so they don't really know the performance? They know the translation of the words but not like they know English straight off?