The nominations for this year's Oscars are out, continuing the Academy's slide past irrelevance and into quaint curiosity. At least I've seen more than one nominated movie this year. Just like last year, only 9 movies were nominated for Best Picture while simultaneously ignoring, say, The Avengers, which only got a single nomination for Best Visual Effects. (Which has been the "Biggest Blockbuster Consolation Prize" for years now anyway.) Lincoln got the most nominations with 12 and I fully expect it to win most of them, despite my personal dislike of the movie. It's 100% an Academy movie. On the bright side, it was a hell of a year for animated movies: a full 5 nominees in Best Animated Feature, with at least 2 of them being arguably better than the Pixar offering. I'm just going to call that category the real Best Picture this year. Assuming Wreck-It Ralph wins.