As most of you already know, the Academy Award nominations came out yesterday. That is very exciting to us here at Lara and the Reel Boy. We’ve both been counting down the days, hours, and minutes till the nominations came out. And now we’re counting down the days, hours, and minutes till the ceremony. We love the Academy Awards. We love watching them, we love anticipating them, and, as you’re about to find out, we love to make lists and rants about them. For the Top 5 List this week we decided to do two separate lists that we would write together. First, the things about the nominations that made us happy. Secondly, the things about the nominations that made us angry. So without further ado, here’s the lists.
5. The Cove was nominated was Best Documentary. It’s always a good thing when a documentary changes something. The Cove is about the secret and illegal hunting of dolphins in Japan. I’ve heard that when the filmmakers went back to where they had filmed the next year, the hunters were gone. If that is actually true, then this film deserves more than an Oscar.
4. Doctor Parnassus was nominated for two things. We would have loved to see this film get nominated for even more things, but its refreshing to see the Academy acknowledging films like this.
3. Nick Hornby is up for Best Adapted Screenplay. We love Nick Hornby here. Whether you’re talking about his books or movies adapted from his books, we’re big fans. So it’s great to see him nominated for an Oscar.
2. There are FIVE films nominated for Best Animated Feature, not three. This is great. It’s almost as if they’ve finally seen how amazing animation is and want to make up for how they’ve been basically ignoring it all these years. Almost.
1. Up is nominated for Best Picture. It probably won’t win, but it just feels so good to see it on the list. This makes it the second animated film in history to be nominated for Best Picture. And even though we’re still pissed off that Wall-E didn’t get nominated last year, we’re thrilled for Up.
The Things That Made Us Happy About The Academy Award Nominations.
5. Where the Wild Things Are got absolutely no Oscar love. While only 50% of the writers think that the score by Karen O and the Kids should have been nominated, 100% of us think that it should have been acknowledged for the Art Direction and other technical aspects Jonze utilized to weave such a beautiful spectacle. While I’m sure The Young Victoria did a fine job of creating a Victorian atmosphere, it probably didn’t create a whole new world in the way of Avatar or Doctor Parnassus or Where the Wild Things Are.
4. Penélope Cruz for Best Supporting Actress. Okay, so no one liked Nine. And the few good things that have been said about it are how Marion Coutillard stood out amongst all the musical ludicrousness that was the rest of the movie. Yet Penélope Cruz was the one nominated. Why? Because she is nominated almost every year. We’re pretty sure here at Lara and the Reel Boy that her recognition is just for gracing the Academy with her beautiful face.
3. Ponyo is not amongst the Best Animated Feature Films! The adventures of Ponyo and Sosuke were some of our favorites to follow this year so we are broken hearted for them and their master, Hayao Miyazaki. There is a silver lining: it means that there were too many great choices for Animated Films this year. And that’s awesome.
2. Moon got absolutely no love. This one we saw coming because Sony Pictures Classics didn’t put any money into sending screeners to American critics and Academy members. And because of their cheapness Sam Rockwell was not on the list of Best Actors, nor was Duncan Jones for Best Director, or Clint Mansell for Original Score. You’d think Sony Pictures would realize if the film was Oscar nominated it might get more attention and more attention would result in more viewings and more viewings would result in more money intake, but they simply aren’t that clever. And Moon is the one that gets hurt.
1. The Blind Side was nominated for Best Picture. The Blind Side. Was nominated. For Best Picture. Now we’re not saying that The Blind Side is a terrible movie, it seems okay for the type of feel-good film that it is, it is simply not a Best Picture. Especially with so many better options (A Single Man, Moon, The Last Station) out there, it’s quite embarrassing that a Remember the Titansesque story has been put in the same realm as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Especially with so many great films in the past that have not made the list. Last year Doubt wasn’t nominated for Best Picture. This year The Blind Side was. Doubt wasn’t. The Blind Side was. How tragic is that?
On an upper, though, no matter how bad the decisions of the Academy might be, the show itself will likely be phenomenal. Especially with the arch-rivals Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin at the helm. If you’re feeling down about those that were kept off the list, maybe this will cheer you up.