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Academy Award Nominations

The Academy Award nominees were announced earlier today.

I'm gratified to see that The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is leading all movies with 11 nominations. I'm not a huge Tolkien fan -- I've never even made it through the first book of the trilogy -- but I certainly appreciate what Peter Jackson has achieved. It's hard to comprehend how large the bet on him was, and how much it paid off. What if the first movie had been a flop? What could have been done?

I'm also happy that Lost in Translation has done so well. I haven't seen all the performances nominated for Best Actor, but if it were up to me, I'd give the award to Bill Murray. His performance was wry and understated and brilliant.

On the other hand, I'm disappointed that the Academy has given so few nominations to The Last Samurai. It's hard to believe that Hans Zimmer's beautiful score wasn't nominated, and while watching it this weekend yet again, I thought to myself, this is the best cinematography I've seen in a long, long time -- yet no nomination.

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