The Washington Times - January 22, 2009, 09:53AM

I’ll let my fine movie-writing colleagues opine about the major categories and, for now, take small comfort in the fact that Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for best supporting actor for “Tropic Thunder.” Downey’s performance in blackface was bold satire in a comedy that was … well, I won’t go so far as to say intelligent. Let’s just say it was a fantastically vulgar movie with a high purpose: to mock actorly pretensions and Hollywood self-seriousness.

That Downey was nominated by, in effect, the very system he was mocking strikes me as very gratifying news.

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But: Bruce Springsteen was snubbed in the best original song category for his stunning “The Wrestler.” After he won a Golden Globe, he seemed a mortal lock for at least a nomination. Perplexingly, it wasn’t to be. The song is the best thing on his forthcoming album, which is already highly overrated and sure to be fawned over by critics the world over. I’ll have more to say on that next week …