Wow. Clearly I still got a lot of learning to do. Not about film criticism that is, about the way the Academy and other critics groups think. I really do have a lot to say about how things went down this morning, and most of it is indeed negative. But let's just start on the basics, off my predictions, I got 79 out of 124 correct, and there ended up being 9 nominees for Best Picture instead of my predicted 8. Between all 24 categories, I only guessed one 100% correct: Best Visual Effects. I hoped that things would be better this year compared to my guesses in previous years, but I was wrong. That's why I realize there's more I need to learn in how to assess the way other film critics and filmmakers think.
By the way, to the right is my ranking of the nine films that got in for Best Picture.
Now, here's all the nominees: