The nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning and the following seven movies were nominated for Best Picture:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Of the seven movies nominated, I have only seen one – Boyhood. I saw it last August with my brothers in Toronto. None of us liked it all that much. I mean the concept of shooting a film over 12 years is unique. But when the movie ended I felt like 12 years of my life had passed and not in a good way. I simply didn’t find the story to be very compelling.
Both my mother and my roommate have seen The Grand Budapest Hotel and strongly recommended it so I may be inclined to go see it if I can find a theatre that is showing it. I must admit the only Wes Anderson movie I’ve seen is The Royal Tenenbaums which was quite good. It is one of the last movies Gene Hackman made before his retirement. Yes, I’ve never seen Rushmore or The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and I have probably missed out.
I was pleasantly surprised to see American Sniper receive a Best Picture nomination. I don’t think Hollywood would have nominated a movie about the Iraq War from the point of view of someone who viewed it as a worthy mission released during the Bush Administration. While there are criticisms that the movie is too pro-American there is probably been just enough distance from the time Chris Kyle served in Iraq to judge the film on its own merits. American Sniper received six nominations including a Best Actor nomination for Bradley Cooper who portrays Kyle. Interestingly, Clint Eastwood did not earn a Best Director nod. Maybe Hollywood still hasn’t forgiven Eastwood for his empty chair speech at the RNC in 2012. Obama may have won, but his empty chair was there to be seen last Sunday in Paris.
If there is anyone I’m pulling for this year it is Glen Campbell. His song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” has been nominated for Best Original Song from the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. Of course, Campbell is afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease and is now resides at an assisted living facility in Nashville. It is very unlikely that he would perform the song, much less attend the ceremony.
If Campbell can’t perform the song, I know who I would love to see sing it for him: Bobbie Gentry. Campbell and Gentry once recorded an album of duets together. Yes, this is a complete fantasy. Bobbie Gentry hasn’t been seen in public in over 30 years and probably will never been seen again. But it would be a great tribute that no one would soon forget.
The Academy Awards will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and will air on February 22nd.
UPDATE: Social media is feigning outrage over the “lack of diversity” in the nominations. For the first time since 1998, no racial minority was nominated for a Best Actor/Actress/Supporting Actor/Actress award nor were any female directors, screenwriters or cinematographers nominated.
Could it be that liberal Hollywood is racist and waging a war on women? Of course not. But I like to see them squirm. Maybe Hollywood will impose its version of Title IX. If so, I guess this means Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting next year’s Oscars. No thanks.