And the nominations are in
Twitter was in a flurry as the Academy Award nominees were finally released. Users raved when films such as Spielberg’s “War Horse” and Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” were graced with several Oscar nods, while many others expressed film favorites, such as Jason Segal’s “Muppets,” were overlooked.
Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” an inspiring family film which paid homage to filmmaking, lead the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Although only making just over $12.1 million at the box office, Thomas Langmann’s “The Artist” also dominated the nominations. The low-budget, black-and-white production captures the golden days of Hollywood as it transitioned to “talkie” films.
On the acting side, favorites George Clooney and Brad Pitt were both acknowledged for the performances in “The Descendants” and “Moneyball,” while leading ladies Glenn Close and Meryl Streep gained some nods in “Albert Nobbs” and “The Iron Lady.”
However the nominations that had many tweeters rejoicing were the best actress and best supporting actress nominees, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer from the hit movie “The Help.”
“If [“The Help”] doesn’t get an Oscar … then I hope California breaks off into the ocean,” one tweeter said.
This moment became especially poignant as individuals across the United States celebrated Martin Luther King Day and the civil rights Luther helped establish. Luther was famous for his sermons and speeches, and often used direct references from the Bible. In one of Luther’s sermons he quotes Luke 6:35, discussing loving and being kind to enemies. “The Help” also delivers a strong Christian message.
“You is kind, you is smart, you is important,” Davis’ character from the movie often says. One of the best qualities about the film is the way viewers are subjected to how everyone, slave or free, are all equal – they are all one in Christ.
“That little movie was about something that resonated with people, and it became a phenomenon,” Spencer told MTV news reporters. “Hopefully I’ll continue to get more roles like this.”
Many will be cheering on “The Help” next month at the Oscars; may the best picture win.
For a full list of the nominees, click here.