The 94th annual Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday and my gut reaction was an unusual feeling of satisfaction. Aside from voters’ baffling love for the smug, preachy “Don’t Look Up” and the perfectly serviceable “Being the Ricardos,” I didn’t really see much to gripe about.

Overall, this is an impressive crop of nominees — including a Best Picture lineup featuring several films from my Top 10 list and honorable mentions. Granted, I don’t see how these mostly admirable picks slow the Oscars’ rapid descent into irrelevance. Last year’s telecast was the lowest rated in the ceremony’s history, demonstrating that mainstream audiences haven’t cared about the awards in quite some time.

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