By Adam Stephen Kelly
And so this year's Academy Award nominations throw up little to no surprises. I will eat my hat if there is a soul on the face of the Earth who is surprised that James Cameron's Avatar, a film that I firmly believe to be one of the most overrated of all time (comparing it to Star Wars is a crime against cinema), is up for nine statues. Also up for nine is Cameron's ex, Kathryn Bigelow for the outstanding The Hurt Locker. Just behind is Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, my personal favourite film of all those with nominations. What will be a total surprise is if Christoph Waltz doesn't walk away with the shiny man for Best Supporting Actor, because with his show-stealing performance in Basterds, he's in a league of his own.