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At first glance, there were no real surprises with the 2011 Oscar Nominations, which were announced this morning. Pretty much everybody expected Inception, Social Network, Black Swan, and The King's Speech to get nominated for Best Picture.

James Franco and Jesse Eisenberg were shoe-ins for their Best Actor nominations. And Natalie Portman, who is the favorite to win the whole thing - was nominated for her role in Black Swan. Mila Kunis was expected to get a best actress nomination, but didn't get nominated. It's not the biggest injustice ever, but I feel she should have gotten the nomination. Mark Whalberg also got snubbed.

The Best Director category is where things get really bad. Christopher Nolan, who directed Inception, got screwed royally. Not only is "Inception" the best movie of the year, it may be the best movie in the past ten years.  Inception has an extremely convoluted plot, but Nolan's direction combined with the film's editing makes it flow seemlessly. For a director to make a film of this scale with such an intricate plot while not confusing the hell out of the audience is one of the greatest achievements in the history of cinema.

Look up Inception on IMDB.com and you'll see it is rated a 9.0, making the film the 8th ranked film of all time on IMDB. The people put this movie up there with films like Schindler's List, The Godfather, and Citizen Kane!  If you see the film and you're objective, you would agree for sure.

The Academy clearly has their heads up their arses on this one. Christopher Nolan's directing job on Inception is right up there with Albert Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick's greatest achievements. Yet the idiots at the Academy would rather nominate a director who directed another one of those British "period pieces."  Is The King's Speech really that special of a movie? It's another British-period piece, but the Academy falls in love with these almost every year.

I'll never forget back in 1998, when Shakespeare in Love won almost every award over Saving Private Ryan, which might be the greatest war movie in history. Then again, the liberal pansies in Hollywood seem to have more love for Britain anyway!

I can understand the nominations for David Fincher (The Social Network), David O. Russell (The Fighter), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), and Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit), but to give Tom Hooper the nomination over Christopher Nolan is a joke.

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