2015 was the best year for movies in a decade, and there’s no arguing that the Academy Awards did an adequate job with the nominations. If you know me, you’re shocked because that’s literally the nicest thing I’ve said about the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences….ever. But enough treacle; they screwed things up too, some inexplicable, so let’s go down the list of gripes now that we’ve had a few day to digest the nominations.
Not a single nomination for Mr. Holmes, The End of the Tour, The Walk or Furious 7? Not one.
- WHERE’D ALL THE MINORITIES GO?
I guess they didn’t act in anything in 2015.
- IF YOU CAN NOMINATE 10 FILMS FOR BEST PICTURE….
This would have been the year to do it! Bridge of Spies was not Best Picture material, and The Big Short was borderline. Those spots should have gone to Star Wars Episode VII, Ex Machina, Mr. Holmes and either The Walk or The End of the Tour. If ever a year to use the full 10, this was it.
- MAD MAX MADNESS!!!
George Miller’s masterpiece was completely deserving of recognition, but the first time you nominate a summer blockbuster huge you go 10 on Mad Max? I think Episode VII was a better film and got robbed of a lot of nominations in favor of Max. Plus, if you were going to really recognize the best action heroine since maybe Ripley in Aliens, give a nod to Charlize Theron.
- INSIDE OUT DOESN’T GET SCORE?
Michael Giacchino’s score for Inside Out was the only other noteworthy score of 2015 aside from John Williams return to Star Wars. Sicario’s worked well in the film, so that’s understandable, but come on! The last two years of scores have been the weakest I can remember. I know we’re transitioning to a new generation of composers, but it’s sad to not have memorable music to accompany these memorable themes.
- WHY HAVE BEST SONG THIS YEAR?
There was one good song from a movie this year, and a chance to through Furious 7 a nod with “See You Again”. It won literally every other award for Best Song throughout awards season and isn’t even nominated. Dumbfounding.
- BEST ACTOR SNUBS
Ian McKellan, Jason Segal, Domnhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Keaton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Steve Carrell could all have used recognition. I understand this was an immensely strong year, but McKellan, Segal and Isaac really baffle me. I’d have bumped Cranston and Redmayne for Segal and McKellan and Mark Ruffalo for Oscar Isaac.
- BEST ACTRESS SNUBS
Charlize Theron, Daisy Ridley (her first film ever and she creates the strongest female character in Star Wars history), Emily Blunt, Alicia Vikander either was nominated for the wrong film or should have been nominated twice. As much as I love Jennifer Lawrence, Emily Blunt in Sicario was amazing and should have been recognized. Rachel McAdams is great, but that was not an Oscar-caliber performance and Ridley or Vikander for Ex Machina should have taken the supporting nod.
- WHY THE AARON SORKIN HATE?
The man wins the Golden Globe for writing one of the best biopics of all time in Steve Jobs and doesn’t merit a nomination? The Big Short was NOT a stronger script. Great to see Inside Out get recognized for its script, but Bridge of Spies got nominated just because the Coens wrote it. Sicario or The End of The Tour Deserved that spot.
- ANIMATED FILM
We all know Inside Out is going to win, but where did the other nominees even come from? No Peanuts Movie? Good Dinosaur?
- MAKE-UP and COSTUME DESIGN
Please tell me how Star Wars isn’t nominated for both of these (CINDERELLA?), and someone needs to take Make-up in hand and tell them to have five nominees like every other category. They embarrass themselves every year. They’re the reason The Wolfman has an Oscar nomination and Mr. Holmes doesn’t.
We normally try to keep it positive, but every now and then you got to vent. What snubs drove you insane? Thank goodness there were enough quality films that the Academy stumbled into right picks in a lot of areas.