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Oscar Nominations 2012: Brad Pitt Sucked In 'Moneyball,' Melissa McCarthy Deserved Her Nod Plus More Delights & Disappointments

Tue, January 24, 2012 11:55am EDT by 13 Comments
Oscar Nominations 2012

Brad pretty much played himself in ‘Moneyball,’ but Melissa definitely deserved her first nomination.

The announcement of the 2012 Oscar nominations brought with it a range of emotions for me. From pleased and delighted to a little bit angry, here’s my reaction to this year’s nominees.

Yay! Melissa McCarthy‘s best supporting actress nomination for Bridesmaids: The Golden Globes snubbed Melissa, but that didn’t keep the Academy from recognizing her brilliant turn as Megan, the hilarious sister-of-the-groom who wasn’t afraid to poop in a sink. Are people still saying that women aren’t funny?

Boo! Brad Pitt nominated for best actor in Moneyball: If by best actor you mean “best actor who looks great in a track suit but is pretty dull otherwise,” then yes.

Yay! 11 nods for Hugo and 10 for The Artist: Both movies make you excited about going to the theater again and remind you what cinema is all about.

Boo! Nothing for Ryan Gosling: Seriously? He played three very different but memorable characters this year — a devastatingly handsome womanizer in Crazy, Stupid, Love, a haunting anti-hero in Drive, and a slick-campaign manager in The Ides Of March. Where is the love, Oscar voters?

Yay! Jessica Chastain earns a best supporting actress nod for The Help: It’s safe to say that this was Jessica’s breakout year. After critical acclaim for her roles in The Debt, The Help, The Tree Of Life and Take Shelter, the Academy was forced to take notice.

Boo! Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 left off the best picture list: If that movie about the hobbits and a ring can win best picture, what’s wrong with wizards and horcruxes?

What did you think of the nominees, HollywoodLifers?

— Denise Warner

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