The Oscars 2012 Nominations

For many people, waiting for the Oscars nominees is like Christmas. I could mention at least two people who followed the announcements when broadcast today. It seems like the nominees are most waited than the ceremony itself. I prefer Christmas, but I understand what the fuss is all about. The Oscars decide the future of cinema for the next year. You can lose the prize, but being a nominee in the 5 short-listed names for the very last round is the best publicity you could have. Winning all the film festival prizes available is not the same The Golden Globes anticipated many of the names, though they did not foresee the leadership of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo with 11 nominations, since he just won 1 out of 3. The Artist, who led the Golden Globes, is second with 10 nominations and will probably be the film of the year no matter what happens in 33 days.
Meryl Streep was another predictable name, as well as George Clooney, who, in one category or another is always there. Surprising, instead, Gary Oldman; not because he has been nominated, but because he has never been before. It killed, before I could even express them, all my possible prejudices about the cream of Hollywood running the Oscars with their evergreen presence. Even if they nominated Scorsese, who is one of my favourites and I am not criticizing, and this makes it evident there are for real names who rule the Oscars and therefore, rule the world. However, I might be too hard on Hollywood. Otherwise, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy would have been represented by the last-year winner and the year-before-the-last nominee Colin Firth. I wonder if it has been precisely a move to cover the truth. If someone will write a conspiracy theory script about the Oscars along the lines of my sort of joke I want a percentage on the earnings of the film.
Anyway, if I am entitled an opinion, I really wish the winners will be among the less powerful. I personally support Michelle Williams, nominated thrice but never awarded. The competition is hard, because it is against big names such as Meryl Streep (of course), and Glenn Close.
The most interesting categories to me are the short films, the documentaries and the foreign language films. This is where the Oscars can really do the good, giving a broader visibility on the commercial channels to films that, otherwise, would not get past the niche film festivals.
It is what happened with Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker last year. After winning 6 Oscars, it has been distributed more easily than it had been since its release, arriving even on the Italian TV. No matter how many prizes it had won before, and the visibility it has had until last year’s Oscars in the field. The broader public waits for the Oscars as if they were Santa with their presents. The professionals in the field, as well. Those who get the prize must have been very good children the year before.