Well, it’s that time of the year again and in light of yesterday’s announcement of the Nominees for the 85th Academy Awards, I thought some of you might have some indignation you’d like to voice. For that reason, this week’s Two Cents Worth will give you the chance to do just that!
The first part of the question is:
What were the worst Unexpected snubs from this year’s nominations?
My choices would probably be the entire Best Director category, in which Quentin Tarantino, Ben Afleck, and Kathryn effing Bigelow were all ignored. Now I had a feeling that Tarantino would have been ignored, but nearly every estimate put Afleck and Bigelow squarely in the winners circle. I’ll be seeing Zero Dark Thirty this weekend so I can’t comment directly on how much it deserved it, but the fact that all three of those directors have been nominated for or won the award in the past AND were all nominated for Golden Globes for directing this year makes it absolutely mind boggling that all three were left out.
The second part of the question is:
What were the worst Expected snub from this year’s nominations?
I’d have to say I have three biggest expected snubs this year. The first is the neglect of Perks of Being a Wallflower for Best Adapted Screenplay. One of my favorite films of the year, Perks also has the unique quality of having been adapted and directed by the author of the source material, Stephen Chbosky; a combination that is rarely done but in this case most certainly paid off.
My second would be the overall lack of love for Looper, but in particular the lack of a Best Original Screenplay nomination. The fact that Flight, a fairly straightforward Addiction-Centric movie driven by Denzel Washington’s Performance and not by the script itself, received that spot and not Looper is just another sign of how limited the Academy is in its preferences.
My Third is the biggest ongoing expected snub of all, and that is the baffling lack of a directorial nomination for Christopher Nolan. After all, the lack of The Dark Knight‘s inclusion in the 2008 Best Picture category was one of the primary reasons for the academy’s expansion of the nominees from 5 to 10, but even after such highly regarded films as that, Memento, Inception and more Mr. Nolan has yet to receive any sort of acknowledgement for writing or directing. I personally think that Nolan’s ability to control a $200 million dollar project and deliver on the expectations for The Dark Knight Rises on nearly every level is much more impressive than David O. Russel putting together a small, character-based film like Silver Linings Playbook.
Well, those are my gripes, what are yours? Sound off in the comments below.