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The Generally Boring Academy Award Nominations

The Generally Boring Academy Award Nominations

Let’s get this out of the way: Get the full, mostly uninspired (we knew it was coming, but Matt Damon in “Invictus”?) list here. My list of the 10 biggest surprises is up over at indieWIRE. As for my predictions?

Picture: 9/10
Acting: 18/20
Directing: 5/5
Screenplay: 8/10
The Rest: 42/61

That gives me an overall 82/106. I can live with that. My year in advance predictions, however…

Also.. and I’m sure the fact that I find this really fascinating puts me in the minority.. but check out this chart of the box office grosses of this year’s best picture nominees. Its the highest average gross since 1997’s “Titanic”-fueled year (where the average was $199 million), but these 10 films still have some money left in them, so that record could be overthrown. They wanted populism.. they got it. Care of boxofficemojo.com:

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