Nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards are out today, and apart from being thrilled at the lack of recognition for the dreadful Hoodwinked Too!, I’m heartened by the deserved love for Moneyball. A few other quick thoughts — it’s nice recognition for A Better Life‘s Best Actor nominee Demián Bichir, Best Documentary nominee Hell and Back Again, and particularly Best Original Screenplay nominee A Separation. Massively bummed about the lack of kudos for Drive and Martha Marcy May Marlene, though. Interviews with A Separation‘s writer-director Asghar Farhadi and Pina director Wim Wenders, also a Best Documentary nominee, coming later today. Hosted by Billy Crystal, the Oscars will be broadcast on February 26, live from the Kodak Theatre, on ABC.
Post-South Carolina, Andrew Sullivan tees one up and smashes it out of the park, playing the world’s tiniest violin for what is called the Republican establishment — which now consists of Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, Roger Ailes and their mainfold products and creations run amok — and a political party that is “angry at the new shape and color of America, befuddled by a suddenly more complicated world, and dedicated primarily to emotion rather than reason.” This is what happens when you habitually enable, and indeed encourage, gamesmanship for the sake of gamesmanship, and politics as war.