In the wee hours of Thursday morning last week, Oscar nominations for the best in cinema in 2014 were announced.
And with one glorious exception, the academy voters either checked off expected boxes, or worse made angering, stupefying omissions. Were it that they had only checked off the expected boxes, we would have shrugged our collective shoulders, never expecting much adventurousness from this group. But this year, there is reason for outrage. The nominations tell more about the academy voters than they are probably willing to publicly admit.
I hate to jump in with the pitch-fork carrying mob, but there really is much that causes ire. Below are five truly angering nominations:
- Best Director: Besides BIRDMAN, BOYHOOD, THE IMITATION GAME, and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, the biggest, most shameful of all Oscar nominations this year revolves around the fifth pick. It went to
- Best Male Actor: Here’s the other stinker. No one is going to contest nominations picked up by Benedict Cumberbatch (THE IMITATION GAME), Eddie Redmayne (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING), and Michael
- Best Female Supporting Actor: Meryl Streep nabbed a record 17th nomination in this category for INTO THE
- Best Foreign Film: Apart from the SELMA debacle, the snub that stung me the most was the unexplainable
- Best Animated Film: I love animated films. On their own terms. Within the confines of their intended goals.
The nominations this year unfortunately did nothing to detract from the common narrative that Academy voters are lazy, do not see too many films, are racially disconnected from the rest of the nation, and are overeager to recognize the same individuals repeatedly, and often sight unseen.
At least they did not nominate Amy Adams blindly again this year (for the mediocre BIG EYES). Which brings me to the one silver lining in all of the nominations this year. The one instance in which I raised a pumped fist up in the air with delight. The one instance where the Academy voters demonstrated uncharacteristic flair. Which is with the nominations for Best Female Actor. Yes, Rosamund Pike (GONE GIRL), Reese Witherspoon (WILD), Felicity Jones (THE THEORY