The latest Oscar nominations are out. With the expanded Best Picture category, that leaves more room for movie fans and critics to approve/yell about which films have been nominated this year. A few everyone can agree on — Hugo, The Help, Tree of Life — but others have been roundly criticized — War Horse, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
And the arguing doesn’t stop there. In the Best Supporting Actress category, some are up in arms about the nomination of Melissa McCarthy for her over-the-top role in Bridesmaids. Oh, and did we mention Billy Crystal is the host … again? (Thank the film gods it’s not James Franco … again.)
This week, assuming you care, we’re wondering what you think were this year’s most undeserving Oscar nominations.
Some election news this morning: After certifying the results, Iowa says Rick Santorum is ahead by 34 votes, instead of Mitt Romney’s win by 8 votes that was reported a few weeks ago. Iowa won’t say Santorum won, because votes from a few precincts remain uncounted or missing or something. Not that it matters, right? Everyone is too busy looking at South Carolina right now. Iowa is so two weeks ago.
In other news, it’s expected that Rick Perry will announce that he’s dropping out of the race today. Now that Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman are out, Perry has no one to tie with for last place. Besides, a Texas governor becoming president is so 2001.
Arkansas’ primary isn’t until May 22, and who knows what scandals will emerge in that time. But just for funsies here’s a very preliminary primary poll. Are you ready?
In the wake of the Cotton Bowl, Hog fever has gone epidemic. And although the Red Wolves tripped in their bowl game, ASU should bounce back with a vengeance with new coach Gus Malzahn and (possibly) recent Auburn transfer Michael Dyer on board. ASU’s ascension will surely spark new rounds of the Great Debate concerning whether UA should break its long-standing policy of not playing in-state competition.
Still, it’s UA-ASU is a hypothetical clash unlikely to happen any time soon.
So, in this week’s column, Sync’s Evin Demirel focuses on another possible in-state match-up which is a lot closer to reality. The women of UALR and UCA already compete in volleyball and soccer.
Should basketball be next?
For those of you living under a rock, the Cotton Bowl at 7 p.m. Friday. The University of Arkansas will compete against the Kansas State Wildcats in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. We know you’ve already made plans to watch (or bury your head back under that rock).
This week, we’re hoping you’ll share those plans with us.