In the tradition of Thursday's post about how happy the Oscar nominees were, I'd like to bring you this: The Cinematical reactions. Because we watch a lot of movies and we sometimes have opinions. For example...

"I was sorry (but not surprised) that Synecdoche, New York wasn't nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Also, why in the world isn't Bruce Springsteen's "The Wrestler" song on the Best Song list? On the other hand, great to see "Trouble the Water" nominated for Best Documentary, especially since the cinematographer was Austin filmmaker PJ Raval. I've had to explain to more than one person this morning about how the Best Foreign Language Film nominations work, so they'd understand why they can't blame the Academy for not including Let the Right One In. Blame it on Sweden, folks." - Jette Kernion

"There were no pleasant surprises this year: only annoying ones. In my review of The Reader, I wrote that "writer David Hare and director Stephen Daldry don't seem particularly interested in the material; rather, the picture seems cranked out by a computer that has been programmed to make Oscar nominees." Whereas The Dark Knight was a true movie of the moment, a picture to define the entire year and the mood of the country, as well as a superb piece of filmmaking, from the innovative editing to the groundbreaking score. I was pleased that a couple of my favorites, namely Hathaway and Cruz, were honored, rather than snubbed, but the snubs hurt more." - Jeffrey M. Anderson