Today the Oscar nominations have been announced, and to be honest, they are quite boring and for the most part, they are all white. Here is where I think the Academy chose wisely, and where they missed the mark.
Ever since the Academy started to nominate at most 10 films for Best Picture in 2010, it gave more opportunity for films that have been typically looked over, or films you wouldn’t necessarily think to be Oscar appropriate a chance. This is following the backlash it occurred when it ignored THE DARK NIGHT for Best Picture the year prior. This year we have 8 film nominated, which still leaves 2 spots that should have been filled. I don’t understand how The Academy could have omitted INSIDE OUT, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, and the one that hurts me the most, CREED. I know INSIDE OUT is nominated for Best Animated Film, but that’s not enough. It is one of the best films of the year, and if both UP and TOY STORY 3 can be nominated for both categories, INSIDE OUT is at the same caliber and should have been one of the rare animated films to be nominated for Best Picture.
The biggest snub overall is CREED for me as I felt it is the best movie of the year. It did everything right, from the casting, to the writing, to the acting, to the direction… I could go on. It is a film that could have easily been written off as a fluff boxing drama, trying to latch on to a dying franchise, but it somehow was able to reinvigorate the genre and franchise. It gave a new life to Rocky, an American icon, and brought out a career best performance out of Sylvester Stallone, who definitely deserves his nomination (I also hope he wins) but he wouldn’t have been able to do that if it wasn’t for Ryan Coogler, the writer/director of CREED, so I cannot understand how Coogler can go unnoticed. Michael B Jordan gives a star making performance was the titular character, as he completely embodies Adonis Creed, making him multidimensional, conflicted, and someone you want to root for. He was joined by Tessa Thompson who also was overlooked for her excellent performance as Bianca. This is a film that should have swept the nominations, but sadly it was overlooked.
The only reason why AVATAR was nominated for so many awards back in 2010 was because of how well it was doing in the box office. Yes, it did push the boundaries of film making with the brand new 3D technology James Cameron created, but as a film, it’s merely okay. Rudimentary plot, with two dimensional characters, but it sure looked pretty. With that in mind, I don’t see how The Academy could overlook STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, which is a much better film than AVATAR and has made more money. I am happy with the technical award nomination it received, but I think it deserved more as it gave us one of the strongest female heroes we’ve seen in a long time, and it was able to successfully match the originals. JJ Abrams was able to pull off the impossible going up against such high expectations as he was able to assemble a cohesive and enthralling film. I think he should be recognized for everything he did for that film to make it such a success that it is today. It wasn’t just the brand that has made the film a massive hit, but it’s the quality of the film that’s bringing people back to the theater. The very first STAR WARS film was nominated for Best Picture back in 1978, and I was hoping it would have done the same.
Now, I am not completely unhappy with the nominations today, I do feel as though The Academy did get a few things right. I am over the moon that MAD MAX: FURY ROAD received as many nominations as it did, and the film 100% deserves it. I wouldn’t think that it would be the type of film Oscar voters would go for, but sometimes they do surprise us. I would have liked to have seen a nomination for Charlize Theron, but the fact that the film and George Miller are nominated, I am happy.
Who knew that the director of ANCHORMAN and STEP BROTHERS would some day be an Oscar nominated director? This was a pleasant surprise to see that Adam McKay was nominated for Best Director for his work on THE BIG SHORT, which also got a fair share of nominations including Best Picture. This was a passion project for McKay, and I’m happy it is paying off for him. The whole Best Director field is probably the only real exciting category this year, as it is filled with people who haven’t been nominated before, besides last years winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, who is also one of the only POC who are nominated for any category this year other than The Weeknd for his song for FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.
I am also very happy that JURASSIC WORLD was completely shut out as it wasn’t even nominated for any of the technical awards. This was an awful film and I am glad it was left aside.
Most of what was nominated this year were very predictable and safe. At this time THE REVENANT is the front runner with 12 nominations, maybe Leo will finally win this year, but it was followed close behind with MAD MAX at 10 nominations. Since CREED was severely underrepresented, I would love to see MAD MAX win it all. We’ll find out who wins, Sunday, February 28th.
How do you feel about this years Oscar nominations? Who did you feel was snubbed? Who are you most happy for? Please let us know in the comments.