The nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning, and Hugo surprised everyone, taking the lead with 11 nods. The Artist was close behind, with 10 nominations. Leonardo DiCaprio’s J. Edgar and Ryan Gosling’s Drive were shut out of any major awards, but Supporting nods for Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy and Moneyball’s Jonah Hill should please a lot of folks. On our homework list: A Better Life (star Demian Bichir is up for Best Actor), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (ditto for Gary Oldman) and Animated Feature nominee A Cat in Paris, just for its awesome name. Stay tuned for plenty of analysis, photos and more on the Oscars, as we update throughout the day! Scroll down for the complete list.
Oh Sandy, no. We want our Sandra Bullock strong and charismatic, like in Miss Congeniality, not tragic and broken down by the world, like in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. Luckily a role in the upcoming drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and the encouragement of director Stephen Daldry cured her of the near-terminal case of “chronic Jesse James” Bullock had contracted from her divorce. As the Blind Side star explained to AP, “I was perfectly content to be permanently broken … time-wise. I honestly didn’t think I was in a place where I wanted to work or wanted to step out of where I was. I wasn’t prepared. But the opportunity was louder than my head.” Oh yeah, this sounds like straight-up Speed Sandra Bullock talking now. Which is a good thing.
It might be a surprise to some that Bullock’s invigorating comeback role, the first since her 2010 split, would be that of a 9/11 widow, but the Academy Award-winning actress threw herself into the project nonetheless. “What a way to get back on the horse,” she explained. “It was hard, but it was what it’s supposed to be.” We imagine co-star Tom Hanks’ tender yet stern gaze couldn’t have hurt, either. Sometimes that’s all we can imagine.
Oh wow, the costume designer who dressed Sandra Bullock on-set for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was not joking around. It’s a testament to Sandy’s beauty that these photos read “character” rather than “how our hair looks nine days out of ten.” Bullock appears in the film based on Jonathan Safran Foer‘s 2005 novel of the same name; the movie is due out next year. See, Sandra doesn’t even look bad per say; she just looks like a very, very specific breed of eighth-grade algebra teacher, one that always has a streak of chalk dust across her butt and old linty Kleenex falling out of her pockets. Oh yeah, you remember the one.
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