Does making it through a Jennifer Aniston rom-com demonstrate true grit?
I will never understand why one awards show would announce their nominees two days after another awards show announces theirs. Unless the SAG Awards are simply trying to steal a teeny bit of the Golden Globes' spotlight? C'mon, guys -- that's cheap. And if you want to shine, all you have to do is avoid making any nominations that are every bit as ridiculous as those made by the foreign press. You almost succeeded, although I will give you props for not nominating anybody from The Tourist.
Like all Coen Brothers movies, True Grit is a solemn blend of comedy and murder, populated by more quirky, funny characters than you can fit in a woodchipper. Obviously, each of their movies is a unique snowflake, and has a slightly heavier balance of one than the other, but it's amazing how they consistently manage to deliver a similar mix of subject matter, or, rather, are drawn to material that has that mix. You could call it formulaic, but when the formula is so delicious, and you drink a big glass of it every time it's put in front of you, all you're doing is calling yourself a big baby. I must be such a baby.
The Academy Award nominees have been announced, and they're... eerily familiar! The actor nominees almost mirror the SAG Award nominees, and all of the Golden Globe nominees for Best Drama, Best Screenplay and Best Director (well, except one) are represented. There are still some oversights, but no real upsets, except maybe in the director category. Somewhere in Gotham City, a bat is crying.