As you probably don’t know, in a couple of my other posts I have briefly discussed movies and individuals I think got snubbed by the Oscars. I thought I’d do an overall round up now that I’ve seen a few more of the contenders.
Ok this is a biggy. Honestly I’m finding it difficult to see a non-political reason for his omission. Although I still haven’t seen Foxcatcher so I don’t know how good Steve Carell is, I can safely say that David Oyelowo’s turn as Martin Luther King in Selma is better than Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in American Sniper, and I’d actually say it was better than Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game. In quite a few other years, it would easily be the best performance, but Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne were so extraordinary I would understand Oyelowo not winning, but not being nominated? Seriously? The fact that all 20 actors nominated for anything are all white would be less of an issue if they hadn’t snubbed on of the best performances of the year, which just so happened to originate from a black guy. Other people have complained about Jake Gyllenhaal’s omission, but I’ve not seen Nightcrawler so I dunno.
This might even be more shocking than David Oyelowo’s snub. DuVernay had she been nominated would have been the first ever black woman to get an Oscar nomination, and only the fifth woman out of 400 overall nominations. What makes it ever worse is that Selma was so god damn well directed, it is an extremely powerful piece of work and something she should have got recognition for. But then it gets worse, because while Selma was nominated for best film (it’s only nomination other than best song) Bennet Miller managed to get an Oscar nomination from a film not nominated for best picture. So, the film is worse, but it’s better directed? And apparently its better acted as well as it has two nominations for performances. So what is going on here? Well there are number of theories. Here are a few:
- People disliked the portrayal of President Johnson.
- Hollywood’s whole infrastructure is sexist and racist.
- DuVernay hasn’t yet done enough in her career.
OK so firstly if you are going to discount the work of a director on their movie purely because of historical inaccuracy you can kiss goodbye to The Imitation Game and American Sniper and probably Foxcatcher and also JFK and an uncountable number of movies based on fact that won Oscars. They are films, not documentaries.
Obviously, I can’t prove or disprove that Hollywood’s whole infrastructure is sexist and racist. But the facts are all there. In 400 nominations for directors 4 have been women. All twenty nominations for actors this year have been white. Out of 127 overall nominations for anything this year 25 are for women. And within those 127 overall nominations 9 are for not white people. In the academy 94% are white, and 77% are male. Their average age is 62. Now if that doesn’t look like a bunch of old white men voting for a bunch of other old white men, then I don’t know what does.
It is well known that the Oscars tend to give awards for lifetime achievements rather than the actual film they were nominated for. Just look at Scorsese, he won for the Departed. But we all know he didn’t win for the Departed, it just so happened that they decided to give him an award the year it came out. So this genuinely could be the reason for DuVernay’s snub. It’s probably not though.
The LEGO Movie
This one isn’t political (at least I don’t think so). It’s just plain stupid.