The Academy released its list of Oscar nominations this morning, which means it’s time once again for us to come together as a nation to discuss how awful and bad the Academy is. Every year I’m torn between being angry about all the snubs and thinking “what did you expect? The Oscars have never been good.”
Are this year’s bad nominees any worse than usual? Did the Academy’s much-ballyhooed diversity push change anything? These questions are debatable, but the upside of finding fault with the Academy is trying to give some attention to those movies and performances unfairly overlooked.
So here it is, your incomplete list, structured by category and ordered from most to least egregious snub. As always, these opinions are highly objective and entirely correct, please do not @ us.
A Star Is Born
It is simply baffling how little attention Barry Jenkins’ latest got after Moonlight won Oscars for director, actor, and writing two years ago. Beale Street might even be the better movie.
Sorry To Bother You
It’s probably fitting that my favorite movie this year, which had labor organizing as a major theme, didn’t receive a nomination at the Oscars, which were originally envisioned as a union-busting scheme. To quote Louis B. Mayer: “I found that the best way to handle [filmmakers] was to hang medals all over them. […] If I got them cups and awards they’d kill themselves to produce what I wanted. That’s why the Academy Award was created.”
You could almost imagine one of the bosses in Sorry To Bother You saying that, right?
I guess the excuse is that it’s foreign and not enough people saw it? Find me one who person who saw it and didn’t think it was incredible.