Tuesday, January 24, 2017
My thoughts on today's Oscar nominations
There has been lots of grumbling in the past about lack of diversity so there’s a lot of diversity.
What there is not a lot of is suspense. LA LA LAND figures to run the table. Sorry... SPOILER ALERT (even though the ceremony is a month away).
For all that diversity, they snubbed Taraji P. Henson, who was fantastic and I’m sorry but way more deserving than Meryl Streep this year.
If Meryl Streep wins it’s only so she could rip Trump again in her acceptance speech.
Mel Gibson received a Best Director nomination meaning either Hollywood forgives, Hollywood is less concerned about anti-Semitism these days, Scorsese's film was just unwatchable, or he made a wonderful movie and deserves it. It makes no difference because Damien Chazelle is going to win for LA LA LAND.
Yes, Martin Scorsese was snubbed. Hey Marty, make movies people – anybody – wants to watch.
I think the “In Memoriam” section will be an hour this year. Fifteen minutes alone for Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.
What’s interesting about LA LA LAND is that not everybody loved it. I didn’t. Since when is it okay to do a musical where the stars can’t sing?
Of the list of Best Picture candidates I’d vote for HELL OR HIGH WATER. But it has no shot. I’d also vote for HIDDEN FIGURES. No shot either.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is probably the top runner-up, but it’s a downer and LA LA LAND is an upper. If only MANCHESTER had some songs.
The only categories I don’t think LA LA LAND will triumph are Best Actor and Actress. Casey Affleck and Natalie Portman might prevail. Both can sing.
SULLY was snubbed. Okay, Clint Eastwood – staunch Republican – I can see where Hollywood kicked him to the curb, but Tom Hanks? Hey, what did he ever do? I hope the Academy is not holding VOLUNTEERS against him.
How did ARRIVAL get all these nominations and none for Amy Adams? Unless voters confused this with her performance in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (my sort-of review of that comes tomorrow).
There was speculation that DEADPOOL would get a Best Picture nod – it being a film that people actually SAW. But it was not to be. If Deadpool was mourning the loss of a family member that would put it over the top. Might be food for thought for the sequel.
Nate Parker is learning that the Academy frowns on sexual assault charges. BIRTH OF A NATION was DOA.
Boy, the Academy loves Nicole Kidman, don’t they?
This might be the first award show ever that Lin-Manuel Miranda doesn’t win.
It’ll be interesting to see who wins the Consolation Oscar (which this year is Best Original Screenplay). Kenneth Lonergan for MANCHESTER BY THE SEA or Taylor Sheridan for HELL OR HIGH WATER?
But congratulations to all the nominees. Enjoy the next few weeks. The big night is February 26. The NFL won't still be playing, will it?
As always I will be filing my bitchy Oscar review the morning after the ceremony. But this year I’m doing something different. I am not posting it on my blog. I am delivering it on my podcast. There will be a new episode that Monday morning. It’ll give me a chance to really riff. So if you want to hear it, please subscribe. Click on the button under the masthead. Hopefully I’ll be funnier unleashed.
Here's a full list of the nominees.