The Oscar Nominations Are Out!
After the nominations for the Oscars were revealed yesterday, I hope everyone has had time to think them through and calm down from their passionate convictions about who was snubbed and which choices the Academy got right 102%. I know that I mostly haven’t calmed down, so bear with my fangirl interpretation of the nominees: the snubs and the scores, what I’m happy about and what makes me wake up terrified in the middle of the night.
The Snubs:First: If there is anything anyone has learned in fandom circles this season is: everything should go to Les Mis. So it really would be a no-brainer to nominate the musical for a Best Picture award (as it happened), but it’s obviously not clear enough that every cast and crew member should have gotten a nod as well. Keep your fingers crossed for those who are, in fact, nominated though!
Second: Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino have both been ignored in the Best Director category. While Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” was nominated both for Best Picture and for Best Original Screenplay, however, PTA’s “The Master” did not score either of the nods. Additionally, Katherine Bigelow and Ben Affleck, two directors the Academy doesn’t hate either, are not on the Best Director list more than Tarantino and PTA are. All four exclusions put together make the category (except for Stephen Spielberg and Ang Lee’s inclusion, of course) quite surprising to me.
Third: Continuing with the “Django Unchained” snubs; Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, especially, were phenomenal in the film and neither one of them scored a nod. On the other hand, Christoph Waltz being nominated is a sort of relief, as he is a tremendous actor, but he was (perhaps arguably) just not quite as good as the other two actors were in the movie.
Fourth: “The Dark Knight Rises” did not get a single nomination. Yes, you may read that sentence again and again until it starts making sense. After the box office and critical success that was “The Dark Knight”, and the wonder that were all three films in Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, the Academy could have at least shown a sign of recognition for the final chord in the trilogy. Nope, we won’t get any of that.
[Note: Here, you'll see that my satisfaction at nominations is much smaller than my disputing the choice of others.]
First and foremost: Jennifer Lawrence gets all the awards. Or she should, anyways; we’d make her Queen of the World if we could (and why not?). So her nomination in the Leading Actress Category is more than a natural addition and, I hope, one that will lead to a win on February 24th. What is more, her “Silver Linings Playbook” cast-mates Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver got nominated in the acting categories, and the film scored directing, screenwriting, and picture nods.
Second: All the nods that “Les Miserables” did get: Best Picture, Best Actor (Hugh Jackman), and Best Actress (Anne Hathaway) among the big categories, and a total of 8 nominations. Its original song, “Suddenly”, is also nominated, so way to go! We can only hope that as many “Les Mis” revolutionaries as possible will be thanking the Academy on stage come February.
So no matter what our comments on the nominations are, now all we have left is to wait for February 24th to see who the winners are – and to be angry about what happens then, because there will be plenty to talk about.
And what about you guys? What do you think about the nominations? Are you happy, sad, content, dissatisfied?