Huge Snub: Where is The Lego Movie for Best Animated Feature? That’s crazy. What the hell did the Academy even watch this year? It’s hard to wrap our minds around this one, but here’s what I’ve understood so far: in this category, only animators can vote for the nominations. They must watch all 20 Oscar contenders and then rate them. These people are voting not for the best movie that just happens to be animated (which The Lego Movie is) but the best-animated movie. They are traditionalists and artists who prefer artistry. They laud films like The Boxtrolls because it is done in the labour-intensive stop-animation style. The Lego Movie, on the other hand, mocks stop-animation. So, while that doesn’t make it fair, or right, that’s probably lost it for the Lego guys who can’t compete against small animation studios who are actually producing hand-drawn stuff.
Surprise: Whiplash for Best Picture. Well-deserved, I believe, I just wasn’t expecting to see it there.
Snub: Ava DuVernay should have gotten a best director nod for Selma.
Surprise: American Sniper for Best Picture. Does NOT deserve to be there.
Snub: Neither Ralph Fiennes nor David Oyelowo nominated for lead actor. List feels incomplete without them.
Surprise: Robert Duvall for supporting actor. Really?
The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman lead the pack with 9 nominations each and I’m super excited that both these offbeat, interesting movies have garnered so much attention. Disturbingly, the Academy seems more intent on honouring American Sniper, a movie about blind hero-worship than Selma, a movie that offers a hero worth worshipping.
Good news for Matt: you won’t have to sit through the Transformers movie!
Good news for Sean: two nominations for Guardians of the Galaxy!