Oscar Nominations, a Hamptons-Eye View

Hamptons resident Steven Spielberg did the East End proud when the nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards were announced this morning, but Madonna and her directorial debut, W.E., were left a bit out in the Oscars cold.

Spielberg’s War Horse earned one of the nine nominations for Best Picture, as did The Artist, winner of the Audience Award at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival. Martin Scorcese’s Hugo leads the entire field with 11 nominations, followed by 10 for The Artist.

War Horse is also on the short list for Cinematography, Art Direction, Original Score, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, and  Speilberg’s The Adventures of Tintin also earned a nomination for Original Score. The musical side of the Academy was not as kind to Madonna.

Despite a Golden Globe victory, Madonna’s tune “Masterpiece” from W.E. did not make the cut in Best Original Song category, as the Academy found only “Real in Rio” from Rio and The Muppets song “Man or Muppet”—yes, “Man or Muppet”—worthy of consideration. W.E. did, however, get a nomination for Costume Design, an honor that eluded Kermit and friends.

The Oscars will be handed out on Sunday, February 26, in Hollywood, and we’ll surely be watching here in the Hamptons!

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