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Oscar Nominees: The Ups and Downs

Oscar Nominees: The Ups and Downs

By January 15, 2015 Pulp Non-Fiction No Comments
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The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards are here and there’s controversy and mixed feelings in the air.

In all honesty, I got so excited about all of the Birdman nominations that it took me hours to realise all the people and films that were snubbed, the ones that shouldn’t have been nominated and so on.

My complaints are three, two of them part of major problems the Academy has had for years. These complaints are: no Best Film Editing nomination for Birdman, no diversity and no LEGO Movie up for Best Animated Feature.

Birdman first.

In my review I spoke about the greatness of Birdman, both in technique and story, making special emphasis on the fact that it looks as if it was one continuous shot. In order to successfully achieve this, the director and cinematographer must work even closer; the light is key to make every shot blend perfectly so you won’t notice where the cuts are.

This means that the editors have a lot to do in the magic, too.

Did you watch Birdman? If so, how many times did you catch where the cuts were? Probably no more than three times.

See? It’s not only Iñárritu and Lubezki’s magic, it’s also the impeccable work of the people in post-production. Please explain to me why it was overlooked for the Best Film Editing category?

Speaking of being overlooked, let’s move to my next complaint.

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Diversity. The recurring problem in the entertainment industry aka “Everything Hollywood.”

This is a delicate topic so I’m going to do my best to share my view on this matter without offending anyone. Don’t let this beautiful friendship be ruined by a few written words.

There’s lack of diversity on the list of nominees and probably the biggest, most recurrent complaint is that Selma’s director was overlooked.

Selma was directed by a woman, Ava DuVernay. It stars Oprah Winfrey, Carmen Ejogo, David Oyelowo, and how many of them got nominated? Zero. It is up for Best Film and that is all.

It hasn’t been released here yet, therefore I haven’t watched it, but it seems quite odd to me that it gets a nomination for Best Film and nothing more.

Is the Academy doing it on purpose, maybe as a way of saying “last year was the year of diversity, get over it”? Probably. At least that’s my bet.

 

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And now, let’s move to the most controversial situation of all. So much that a lot of people from the entertainment world commented about it everywhere…

The LEGO Movie.

Hey, did you know that you get absolutely nothing by complaining about it to me a million times on social media? I have no power at the committee nor do I think I ever will. Sorry, you directed your anger and frustration towards the wrong person.

It’s true and I agree 101%: The LEGO Movie was snubbed. Big time. But it came as no surprise to me.

The Best Animated Feature category is the biggest sellout. It is. Sorry for breaking it to you, but the winner has to be Disney.

“But Disney’s lost many times!” Well yeah, they aren’t stupid.

Don’t get me wrong: I love Disney. Disney is my childhood, youth and present; their movies have a special place in my heart (except Frozen. Please don’t get me started on it). But Disney will always get the cake.

The LEGO Movie was outstanding in many ways and it would take the Award without the slightest effort, and we all know it. Disney knows it. The Academy knows it.

My theory is that the LEGO Movie was not nominated because it was an obvious winner, and how dare LEGO win over Disney?!

Big Hero 6 is beautiful and awesome, and with my constant health conditions I wouldn’t mind having a Baymax by my side, but what LEGO achieved with their movie goes beyond the greatness of Big Hero 6.

If you don’t believe me when I tell you Disney has to be the lord of the category, let me refer you to 2012: Brave won over The Pirates! Band of Misfits. 

I rest my case.

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Setting these moments aside, I am quite pleased with the nominations, especially the Birdman nominations.

Do I think Iñárritu will take the statue home and be the second Mexican director to win Best Director? No. He should, but he won’t. Why?
Because Linklater is there. A project shot over the course of 12 years will have more weight than a complete package like Birdman.

Not saying that Boyhood is an incomplete package, though. It’s really good and a lot of parts hit really close to home; the chemistry between the actors is perfect and it’s overall a beautiful film. It’s just that Birdman’s technical-package is heavy and super complete.

But if Lubezki doesn’t win, we will start a riot. And by “we” I mean my friends and I: a bunch of angry, Mexican filmmakers. Watch out, Academy.

The Oscar nominations will never fully satisfy everyone, and that’s part of the magic: having interesting debates over films, directors and techniques that help broaden your view.

And yes, one more time: The LEGO Movie is the legitimate winner.
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