I’ll be honest when I say that I haven’t watched The Oscars in years. They seem to be pretty racist and most of the movies that I love don’t even get nominated; so why bother? The last time I tuned in was when Avatar was up for Best Picture and lost to The Hurt Locker. A film that won Best Sound Editing because of the sounds of bullets whizzing in the air and a bomb going off? I’ms sorry, but Avatar had freaking dragons flying! I’ve never heard a dragon outside of Smaug before, have you? I didn’t think so.
This year, I’ve actually watched a lot of the films, ones that I would have considered to be Oscar-worthy, but yet again, The “Academy” doesn’t agree with my sentiments. First up, let’s talk about all the white males. I’m mixed, my parents are Caucasian and African-American and I don’t really pick sides; but come on. You have David Oyelowo portraying Martin Luther King Jr. and he doesn’t even get a nod?! In fact, NO people of color were nominated outside of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman. These are nominations who hardly recognize the achievements of anyone outside of white men.
Let’s talk a little bit about the lack of women for a second. Gone Girl was an amazing film that starred a dynamic female character, and though Rosamund Pike was nominated for Best Actress; where was Gillian Flynn‘s nod for Best Adapted Screenplay? She wrote the book! How about Ava DuVernay for directing Selma? You thought that Foxcatcher was a more gripping biopic to focus on? Come on Academy.
The other problem is their lack of recognizing The Lego Movie for Best Animated Film. I LOVED How to Train Your Dragon 2, loved it; but it was no Lego Movie. Not even by a long shot. The song was nominated and that’s ‘awesome’; but that’s the most infectious song of the year, big surprise. I am glad that they did nominate Big Hero 6 and especially The Boxtrolls, as I’d like to see stop-motion animation kept along for the rest of my days.
There are a few things that the nominations did get right. Wes Anderson finally got the respect he deserves with 9 nominations including Best Director for The Grand Budapest Hotel. They also nominated every superhero film and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for Visual Effects. At least those films are getting some of the credit they deserve. I’m still annoyed that Andy Serkis has yet to win an award for his work in Motion Capture, but then, the Academy clearly is horrible in the majority of it’s decisions.
The Oscars will air on February 22nd. I will not be watching it but we’ll be sure to give you the recap the next day.