Kind of a big number when we compare Meryl's Oscar nomination tally as of this morning to the next highest total for a woman, with Katharine Hepburn at twelve. Oh, and Kate won four times. A 33% win rate with four wins is sick. If Meryl goes home empty-handed this year (which is likely), her rate will be just under 12%. I won't feel super bad if she wins.
That said, I kind of want Viola Davis to win. Yes, I think her role would more appropriately be in the supporting category, but it's a great performance and since it's been established ad nauseum that Academy Awards are not purely based on a quantifiable "best" performance, it would be great if an African American actress won in the lead category. Not to impugn Davis's work in The Help of course, as I'm sure plenty of people would argue (weakly) that her performance is the most deserving regardless. It would be pretty cool if both she and Octavia Spencer won, which in all likelihood is going to happen anyway. Heck, even Meryl wants us to think that she'd prefer if Viola won, but I don't buy it.
Surprises for me in the nominations were as follows: Rooney Mara (snub to Tilda Swinton whom I considered a lock over a month ago), Demián Bichir (Leo snubbed), and nine best picture nominees. Um, OK. I guess I'm a little surprised that Shailene Woodley wasn't nominated in supporting for The Descendants, but she wasn't nominated for the SAG either so, no big whoop. Biggest of all may be the snub of Albert Brooks for Drive. Wow. Some fun prognosticating is in store over the next month.
Congratulations, Ms. Streep.