In my personal opinion, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got it right this year. Not only did Juno get nominated in all the right categories (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay), but Transformers also received 3 nominations (Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects) — go Michael Bay!

The Academy also seems to have a hard on for No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood, which was expected. What wasn’t expected? How about the fact that Denzel Washington was overlooked for his performance in American Gangster, but Ruby Dee (who played his mother) earned a Best Supporting Actress nod. A welcomed surprise was Brad Bird’s nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category for Ratatouille. These nominations seem to indicate that the Academy may have finally gotten wise about what good film is. Then again, they haven’t given out the awards yet, so I will hold the solidification of that claim for later.

For now, it is time for you to do some talking about this. If you need to see the nominees, just go here: The 80th Annual Academy Award Nominations.

Talking Point: What do you think of the Academy Award nominations? Is there anyone who didn’t get nominated that deserved to? Is there anyone who did get nominated that should not be on this list?

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