Rarely has there been a year when the Oscar nominations felt so pre-ordained. Spoon-fed, you might say.
Oh, the movies are mostly good. 2013 was a decent year in film and the nominees are actually an admirable lot.
But with all the second-tier events like the Golden Globes and the Broadcast Film Critics and the SAG awards, not to mention a slew of critics groups around the U.S., the nods seemed already set in stone by the time they were announced on Jan. 16.
And not just because of the repetition of awards. The campaigning this year — magazine ads, talk-show appearances, endless interviews — resulted in the people spending the most money getting the most nominations.
Can nobody else but Cate Blanchett win for best actress? Could we possibly spread around the supporting actor nods to someone other than Jared Leto? Does anybody even remember seeing August: Osage County