Thoughts on the Oscar Nominations

They’re out, and there are no real surprises. But I still have a couple of comments:

Like everyone else, I’m assuming that either The Social Network or The King’s Speech will win Best Picture and its almost constant companion, Best Director. Both of them could win Best Screenplay, however. The King’s Speech, based on historical events, is nominated as an Original Screenplay. The Social Network, based on a non-fiction book, is an Adapted Screenplay.

Where is it written in the Academy bylaws that no one under 17 can ever have a leading role? Hailee Steinfeld is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for True Grit, but she’s in almost every scene of the movie, which is essentially about her. This trend goes back at least to Tatum O’Neal, who won this award  for Paper Moon, in which she was clearly the star.