The Oscar nominations have been announced, and if you’ve been keeping up to date with the awards this season, then there isn’t much surprising news as far as surprises go. However, Birdman (deservedly so), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (really?) lead the pact, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tony Gilroy and Nightcrawler being snubbed big time (in my humble opinion). Also, another glaringly obvious snub was Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King biopic Selma, with the director failing to make the best director category, which, consequently, remains a male dominant group. In the supporting actor category there is conflict brewing within the MCU – with two Hulks battling it out mano-a-mano (Edward Norton for Birdman, and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher). Interestingly, it was nice to see Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and also X-Men: Days of Future Past receiving nominations. James Gunn, not being one known to hold back on his opinions, took to his Facebook Page to candidly express his feelings about the nominations.
The Guardians of the Galaxy director quite frequently takes to his Facebook to vent off some anger or to express his opinions on certain issues that he happens to feel strongly about, along with other stuff, just like regular people do on their Facebook accounts because, you know, Gunn, *shock horror*, is just like us. So, it didn’t come as much of a surprise that he decided to write an open letter to The Academy, not holding back his thoughts.
Gunn’s made eight point; each of which were spot on. You can check out Gunn’s open letter below:
“As I said, I’m extremely pleased with our Guardians of the Galaxy Oscar nominations in Visual Effects and Makeup. Here are some other quick thoughts on the Academy Award Nominations –
1) The LEGO Movie was flat-out snubbed. It was one of the best films of the year, not to mention one of the best animated films. It deserved to be nominated for Best Animated Film. Considering the average Academy voter is 63, perhaps the Tinkertoy Movie or the Erector Set Film would have fared better. Honestly, I don’t think there can be any reason it wasn’t nominated other than Academy members assumed it was a silly movie (like I did when I first heard of the movie, before seeing it) and didn’t watch the screener.
2) Whoo hoo for Bradley Cooper being nominated for Best Actor. Even though it must be noted that Rocket is a much better shot, Bradley’s performance blew me away in American Sniper. When I first saw the film, I was afraid it wasn’t showboaty enough for the Academy. But, obviously, he came through.
3) Jake Gyllenhaal deserved to be nominated for Nightcrawler. God, he was good in that film.
4) Ditto for Amy Adams in Big Eyes.
5) I think our Guardians costume designer, Alexandra Byrne, our Production Designer, Charles Wood, and our Sound team from Skywalker Sound were snubbed as badly as anyone. All three of these departments created looks and sounds from nothing, from cultures that hadn’t pre-existed, and created something beautiful that has already shifted the aesthetic paradigm of Hollywood films. Alex and Charles have been nominated by their peers in their guilds, but it’d be great to be acknowledged at the Oscars as well. I suppose they’ll just have to be happy having made a film seen by more people than have seen all seven of the Best Film nominees combined.
6) I also think Damien Chazelle should have been nominated as Best Director for Whiplash which is, to me, one of the greatest film accomplishments of 2014.
7) Foxcatcher was nominated for Best Director and not for Best Film. I don’t get it. What other department, exactly, was holding Foxcatcher back from being nominated for Best Film? The Director has creative control of a film – although there are some great films made without great directors, it is impossible to distinguish that without being on the inside. It really bothers me when awards for Best Director and Best Film go to different movies.
8) The Academy has a long tradition of bad choices. After all, in 1941 How Green Was My Valley beat Citizen Kane for Best Picture. That said, some of the fury that’s directed at the Academy because of various nominations is outrageous. I saw a lot of nearly violent anger this morning on Twitter. There may be good reasons to turn over cars in the street, but that Jennifer Aniston wasn’t nominated for Cake isn’t one of them. In the end, the Academy is just a bunch of people, like you or me, doing what they think is best. And they should have the right to not vote for whomever they want… besides the Lego Movie. I mean, that’s just fucking ridiculous.”
I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t have put it better myself. Gunn pretty much nailed everything that is wrong with the Oscars in a couple of paragraphs. The point he makes about the Best Director and Best Film categories has been brought up before when Ben Affleck‘s Argo was the subject of such questioning on the internet as it was nominated for, and won Best Picture, despite Ben Affleck not making the nomination category for Best Director. I mean really, logistically, how can that be possible. As it turns out, everything is not awesome.
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