The Oscar nominations are always more exciting than the award show itself - what with the anticipation and suspense over who's getting nominated and more notably who's getting shut out.
Focusing on the latter, when the nominations were read aloud this morning there were some notable surprises (Richard Jenkins -- yay!) but notably more key omissions (Shocker -- narrow-minded Oscar voters couldn't tab The Dark Knight or Christopher Nolan). Oh, and what's with so little love for Oscar-darling Clint Eastwood? Anyway, enough's enough.
There needs to be a place for the Oscar forgotten. It's time for another awards show - one whose nominees are elected by the people, for the people...for the Oscar forgotten. With that, here's my list of nominees for "The Forgotscars:" Web awards that honor those who got the cold, golden shoulder this morning.
I've compiled a list of nominees in key categories, and urge each of you to lend your vote for who deserves the award in each category. The NBA has the "Sixth Man of the Year" award -- why not the Oscars? (Who isn't still reeling from that Sideways" Paul Giamatti snub from a few years back? I know I am.)
While there will be no awards given; no gift bags, and no red carpet entrances (um, no Ryan Seacrest popping up anywhere either), feel confident in knowing your vote will make somebody happy today. Let's cheer up that once-happy Sally Hawkins shall we?
If you don't agree with my nominees, feel free to add your own candidate. Let's all vote by February 21st -- the day before the real Oscars. It's time to let the Academy know they're not the only show in town. Snubnation, unite!
On a related note, the Oscar nomination announcements still don't feel the same without the late Joel Siegel's traditional picks. Joel, you're missed... OK, here's the nominees for My "Forgotscars."
The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)
Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road)
Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Clint Eastwood (Changeling)
Andrew Stanton (WALL-E)
Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Revolutionary Road)
Dustin Hoffman (Last Chance Harvey)
Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon)
Ben Kingsley (Elegy)
Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)
Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Kristin Scott Thomas (I've Loved You So Long)
Emma Thompson (Last Chance Harvey)
Penelope Cruz (Elegy)
Best Supporting Actor
Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor)
James Franco (Milk)
Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)
Ralph Fiennes (The Dutchess)
Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married)
Best Supporting Actress
Rosemary DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married)
Debra Winger (Rachel Getting Married)
Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Frances McDormand (Burn After Reading)
Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire)