Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were released recently, and I don’t think I’m alone in caring more about the actors, directors, and films who did not receive nominations than about those who did.
It may just be my love for Ben Affleck that makes me feel this way, but I am shocked that the Academy didn’t give him a nomination for best director in his movie Argo. To direct and act in a film that so beautifully captured an incredible event in U.S. history is not easy, and Affleck should receive more credit for his clear success.
Fortunately, I’m not the only one feeling this way; even celebrities are coming forward to share their opinions on the matter. In fact, Bradley Cooper spoke openly about his reaction to the snub during an interview on the Today show, telling viewers that Affleck got “robbed.” (Cooper will compete with Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Joaquin Phoenix, and Daniel Day Lewis for the best actor trophy.)
Joining Affleck in a group of those who did not receive a nod from the Academy is Leonardo DiCaprio, who I personally believe should have been nominated for his role as Calvin Candie in Django Unchained. He played the part wonderfully, and was hands down my favorite character in the film (besides, perhaps, Christoph Waltz, who did receive a nomination for his work).
It’s also hard not to feel badly for the actor, who is no stranger to the offenses of the Academy. (He was famously overlooked for his roles in Titanic and Revolutionary Road in past years.) Even Jamie Foxx, DiCaprio’s co-star in the slavery-themed Western, heavily praised DiCaprio in an interview with Access Hollywood, and fans everywhere have been applauding the actor for his performance. After so many movies in which DiCaprio’s talent is obvious, and not a single Oscar trophy to show for it, I can’t help but wonder if the Academy has some kind of vendetta against him.
I was also very surprised to hear that Skyfall, the most recent of the James Bond movies, did not make the mark to be considered for best picture. Lately I’ve been hearing lots of buzz about the potential first-ever best picture nomination for the “007” franchise, and figured the nomination was a no-brainer.
I personally thought Skyfall is the best of all the Bond movies so far, and can’t believe that the Academy doesn’t think it is worthy of a nomination for best picture. Still, it’s satisfying to know that Skyfall did receive a total of five nominations, in the categories of best cinematography, best original score, best original sound mixing, best original sound editing, and best original song. At least the film will get some recognition for what I consider to be great cinematic success.
As I start to get over my frustration with the fact that some of my favorite actors and movies are going to be ignored at this year’s Oscars, I’m also starting to place bets on who the winners will be. I hope that when Cooper defended Affleck in his interview he earned himself some good karma in the form of an award to take home in February.
What do you think about this year’s Oscar nominations? Are you on board with the Academy’s judgments, or do you share my disappointment with some of the announcements?Tags: Academy Awards, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, movies, Oscars