Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Best Picture Nod for Sept. 11 Drama Stuns Oscar Pundits

This year’s Oscar nominations revealed the usual snubs and surprises, but perhaps the biggest deviations from the pundits’ predictions were found in the Best Picture category.

Because of the new rules placed on the field by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, most experts were speculating six or seven films to be in contention for the top prize. Instead, Tuesday morning’s announcement revealed nine nominees, including the completely unexpected inclusion of Sept. 11 drama “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

“That particular nomination says more about the studio’s marketing campaign than it does about the quality of the film,” said Josh Sewell, researcher of film and television trends at the University of West Georgia. “Critical reception has been wildly mixed, and the film has far lower scores at Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic than any other Best Picture nominee.”

Sewell went on to say that it’s clearly a situation where just getting a nomination is the win for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” as “The Artist” has strong momentum at this point in the race.

The 84th Academy Awards airs Sunday, February 26 on ABC.

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