Here's my early take on the Oscar nominations.
The Blind Side
The Hurt Locker
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up in the Air
Who was robbed: I would've loved to have seen the haunting and emotionally lucid The Messenger among the nominees. Also, 500 Days of Summer or The Hangover would've been a kick.
Whose nomination was a stretch: I shudder at these five words: The Blind Side, Oscar nominee.
Who should win: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.
Who will win: The Hurt Locker, which would be just fine by me (it was my second favorite film of the year).
Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
George Clooney in Up in the Air
Colin Firth in A Single Man
Morgan Freeman in Invictus
Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker
Who was robbed: Ben Foster, for his raw and resonant work...