REACTION: 2016 Oscar nominations

2015 offered plenty of good-to-great films (not as many “great” films as one would hope but still a good year in cinema). Some of my personal favorites were Mad Max: Fury Road, Spotlight, The Big Short, Creed, Straight Outta Compton, and The Hateful Eight.

My first reaction when I saw who was nominated was “so, the Oscars are still super white?!”

  • Best Picture
    The Big Short
    Bridge of Spies
    Brooklyn
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    The Martian
    The Revenant
    Room
    Spotlight
  • Best Director
    Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
    Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
    Adam McKay, The Big Short
    George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
    Lenny Abrahamson, Room
  • Best Actor
    Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
    Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
    Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
    Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
    Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Best Actress
    Cate Blanchett, Carol
    Brie Larson, Room
    Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
    Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
    Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
  • Best Supporting Actor
    Christian Bale, The Big Short
    Tom Hardy, The Revenant
    Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
    Sylvester Stallone, Creed
    Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
  • Best Supporting Actress
    Rooney Mara, Carol
    Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
    Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
    Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
    Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight  
  • Best Original Screenplay
    Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
    Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies
    Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen Inside Out
    Alex Garland, Ex Machina
    Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta Compton                                                                              
    [via Vulture]

Just by reading the nominations, I found it HILARIOUS that literally the only white thing about Straight Outta Compton (other than Paul Giamatti) is who wrote the screenplay. The cast is black, the director is black, but the white screenplay writers get the Oscar nomination? Maybe that just amuses me. I mean, the portrayal of N.W.A. and the direction was practically flawless.

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Let’s talk about Creed, I didn’t think Michael B. Jordan’s performance in it was nearly as good as his performance in Fruitvale Station, so him not getting nominated wasn’t really bothersome to me. I liked that Sylvester Stallone got nominated because I loved his performance — hell, he should win! But I also thought Tessa Thompson should’ve been nominated as a supporting actress in Creed, she had a very powerful performance in a semi-limited role.

WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Writer/Director Ryan Coogler, Tessa Thompson, Producer Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Creed" at Regency Village Theatre on November 19, 2015 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

The Academy can nominate up to 10 films for Best Picture, yet they only nominated eight. I thought The Martian was wack! Straight Outta Compton was highly-praised but yet was still snubbed. Director of Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray, and director of Creed, Ryan Coogler, also deserved consideration (along with Quentin Tarantino) but I understood the choices made in that crowded category.

I don’t think anyone wants an affirmative action-like system in award shows, where nominations are just made simply to diversify the award show but it is baffling how it seems racial-minorities are so frequently snubbed.

This is why I hate award shows and the announcement of the nominees, just give the award out to who you picked as the best movie and keep shit moving.

Award shows are money-grabs, they nominate so many films so the big stars will come to the event and networks will pay hellacious amounts of money to broadcast the event and advertisers will pay even larger amounts of money to get their ads ran during the event on the network. And none of this is surprising when you look at the article The Atlantic posted in 2014 saying out of all of the Oscar voters: 94% are white, 76% are men, and the average age is 63-years-old (although the president of the Academy is Cheryl Boone Isaacs; a black woman).

Did I mention there will be a black host? And it’s Chris Rock of all people? I hope Rock rips the Academy a new asshole! Haha

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