FRC Feature – The 85th Oscar Nominations
I am not usually one to jump on the OSCAR bandwagon. So many other websites do a great job at listing and covering the event. But, this year after the nominations were announced I felt necessary to voice an opinion about the biggest Film award ceremony of the year.
Every year I sit at the computer counting down to the live announcement of the nominations of the academy awards, and every year I sit there disappointed and bored. It is a bit like ordering a medium rare fillet steak at a restaurant and ending up with a well done piece of meat that is full of fat and gristle – essentially it is what I ordered but very disappointing.
This year was no different.
Beast of The Southern Wild
It is so nice to see this film getting some great praise from the academy not only for Best Picture and Director but also for Best Actress. Quvenzhané Wallis is not only the youngest ever nomination but she is also stunning in her lead role in this film.
Nice to see this film (which I loved, read my review HERE) get some well deserved appreciation. I am super happy that Anne Hathaway got a nod as supporting actress, if she got overlooked I would probably have thrown a proper hissy fit.
Not only up for best foreign language film but also the big one, Best Picture. This says a lot for Haneke’s latest venture into the silver screen. Let us not forget Emmanuelle Riva who is up for best Actress, and also the oldest ever nomination in this category.
I do so hate it when a film seems to sweep the board. I am not doubting that this is an amazing story, well told and superbly directed. But from the outset it felt like Spielberg was aiming at the Academy with this venture. I do so yearn for early Spielberg again, Jaws and Duel are still in my top 20 films of all time.
What has Affleck done to upset the Academy. OK the film is nominated for many awards, but the one we all wanted to see was Best Direction. Affleck is so deserving of this award. He is becoming one of the best young (ish) directors working in Hollywood today and is now 3 for 3 excellent films. I am so disappointed that he didn’t get a look in for this one. Even if he didn’t win a NOD would have been great for his ego.
Where the hell is it? Arguably one of the best documentaries to come out in the last 12 months and got completely overlooked by the Academy. Reminds me so much of Senna from last year. Tut tut!
The ‘WHAT THE F*CK’
The Dark Knight Rises
OK so this wan’t one of my favourite films of last year, but it still was a well made and well told climax to the trilogy. I wasn’t expecting it to get a BIG nod, but a few technical ones wouldn’t have gone a miss. I mean if the dreadful Snow White and the Huntsman and the mediocre Mirror Mirror can, why can’t BATMAN (this was said in my best BANE voice)
Best original song??? Really? What the? Jeez as Emma Stone said it was just a way to get Macfarlane to actually turn up… Off the back of that, one reason I will probably not watch the actual ceremony will be because of Macfarlane, he annoyed the hell out of me in just 10 minutes!!
(This is a moan that means nothing and I will probably still stay up late and watch the entire show… god I am shallow)
What are your thoughts on this years Nominations? Comment below…