Last year at this time, when the 2012 Academy Award nominations were announced in an explosion of glitter and self-congratulatory 5 a.m. phone calls, I wept brittle, jagged tears.
In my professional responsibility as co-proprietor of Pop Culture Has AIDS, you see, I’m obligated to see every film that garners a major Oscar nomination. For you. I do it for you. So last year on this same morning, I came to the sickening realization that I would need to sit through:
- The Help
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
- Albert Nobbs
- The Artist
- The Iron Lady
And that was after already enduring the likes of WAR HORSE. Guhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Thankfully, this year’s burden isn’t nearly so heavy.
I still need to see several of the Best Picture nominees, as well as films like Flight and The Impossible to cover acting categories, but there’s only one I’m truly dreading: Life of Pi.
And even that film’s nauseous heart-string-tugging, terrible CGI, and insulting ending can’t be as bad as something like Extremely Loud. Right? Right?
There’s a lot to unpack and discuss with regard to the nominations in the months ahead, but it speaks well of 2012 as a year in movies that even a group as bran-dead as the Academy came up with a fairly decent-looking list, or at least one that’s far superior to last year’s. We’ll leave aside for the moment that the two best films of the year weren’t nominated for Best Picture. Instead, we’ll just rejoice in the fact that we don’t have to sit through hour after untold hour of garbage like we did last year. And we’ll begin in earnest our campaign to make sure Quvenzhane Wallis doesn’t end up anywhere near the podium on Oscar night. Because if PCHA stands for anything, it’s opposition to child actors.