It's nomination morning so of course I made sure to watch the announcement live. We all know that Meryl wasn't in contention, but so much of this blog surrounds her status as an almost perennial nominee. As usual, I'm mostly interested in the acting nominations, but I'll throw out a few thoughts on other categories as well.
Lead acting nominations were super predictable, with all ten nominees unsurprising. The most glaring snub to me was Iris Elba being left off the supporting actor category. Most sources I examined had him at least in their top three for his role in Beasts of No Nation. With his absence, all twenty acting nominees are white. Not great.
I was wondering if Alicia Vikander was going to get in for Ex Machina, but it turns out that category fraud won out, and she was nominated in supporting for The Danish Girl instead. A reasonable consolation I suppose considering her performance in the latter absolutely could've made the top five in lead. I'm glad Rachel McAdams made it in. Although not a flashy role, I enjoyed her in Spotlight.
My only real surprise in non-acting categories was that Todd Haynes was left off the director list for Carol. Lenny Abrahamson for Room was the more unexpected nomination in that group, but well-deserved. Props to Inside Out for landing an original screenplay nod. The full list of nominees can easily be found here.
In Meryl related news, the Hollywood Reporter revealed this morning that she will conduct a masterclass in Berlin on February 14. Streep will be in town to serve as the jury president at the 66th annual Berlin International Film Festival, which runs February 13-18. I guess I don't really have much to add to this announcement. Not being super familiar with what Meryl's role will actually be as jury president, I'm anxious to see what her thoughts, comments and feedback are for the festival's talent. It'll be nice to see her in some action.