Oscar love BONUS!

Getting ready for the lion of all awards shows tomorrow night? Yeah, it’s a little show called the Academy Awards. So for some Oscar love (and discontent) that I’ve been looking at recently, please check out my “Oscarmania? Guilty!” post over at my personal site. It includes Oscar Bingo cards!

I’ll check back in with you Monday for a post-Oscar high.


Oscar-nominated reel librarians

I know where I’ll be this Sunday, Feb. 26… ballot and red pen in one hand, Cherry Coke in the other. That’s right, the Oscars will be on! So don’t call me this Sunday, ‘kay?

If you know me, you know I love the Oscars. It’s a family tradition, librarian-style. My mom and I used to watch the Oscars together every year — no slackers in this family — complete with a side order of Cherry Coke and Swiss cake rolls. We have kept this up, even several time zones apart (even while I lived overseas). And I’m totally down with the tradition of griping about the Oscars… but just like with voting, you gotta participate to be able to complain! You gotta earn it.

Where was I? Oh, yes, waxing rhapsodic about the Oscars. So if you, too, are caught up in Oscar fever, then I’ve compiled a list below of Oscar-nominated reel librarians.

After compiling the list below, I noticed that I included all the films in my “Best Librarian Films by Decade” lists (click here and here).

Sam Jaffe as Doc Erwin Riedenschneider

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Richard Burton as Alec Leamas

Nominated for Best Actor in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

Ali MacGraw as Jennifer Cavalleri

Nominated for Best Actress in Love Story (1970)

Javier Bardem as Reinaldo Arenas

Nominated for Best Actor in Before Night Falls (2000)

Oscar BONUS!

Best Actress Academy Award

Image by cliff1066™ via Flickr

It’s been a long, busy week, but I did not forget about the Oscar nominations that were announced this past Tuesday morning. Oscars! The films! The predictions! The fashion! Insert hand-clapping and excited squeals in the Snoek-Brown household. Or, at least, with half of the Snoek-Brown household. 😉

The most nominations this year go to Hugo with 11 — I’ll be posting something extra about that soon on my personal site — with 10 nods for The Artist.

Here are some of my initial, personal reactions to this year’s nominations:

  • Why only 9 nominations for Best Picture, instead of 10? This was a really, really good year for films, IMHO. There were 4 or 5 other films deserving of that 10th spot. My personal choice would have been Bridesmaids. Click here for Entertainment Weekly‘s thorough (6-step!) explanation of the Best Picture voting process.
  • Makes you go hmmm…. No love for this year’s Clint Eastwood film J. Edgar. Guess I’ll be waiting until that reel librarian flick comes out on DVD.
  • Jeers? The non-nominations for Michael Fassbender in Shame (seriously brilliant performance), Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia, Shailene Woodley in The Descendants, and Kristen Wiig in The Bridesmaids (although a total cheer for her nomination in the Original Screenplay category).
  • Total cheers? The love shown for The Artist, Midnight in Paris, The Descendants, and Moneyball.
  • And yay for the 3 nominations for reel librarian entry Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, including Gary Oldman’s FIRST! EVER! nomination for Best Actor.
  • And it’s only the SECOND! EVER! Oscar nomination in so many years for Christopher Plummer. Fingers crossed for him this year — he totally deserves it for Beginners.