It’s not about race. I think it’s about sex/gender. The DGA snubbed “Selma” and director Ava Duvernay. Well, maybe it’s race and sex. Who knows? But the chances of “Selma” winning the Oscar were just wounded by the DGA, which chose Clint Eastwood, Richard Linklater, Alejandro Innaritu, Morten Tyldum, and Wes Anderson for their 2015 nominees.
No woman, no cry, someone once said.
So that’s it: American Sniper, Boyhood, Birdman, The Imitation Game and The Grand Budapest Hotel are the top 5 movies of the year. Also left out were Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), James Marsh (Theory of Everything), Angelina Jolie (Unbroken), and this year, Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice).
Jolie and Duvernay can console themselves. Once Kathryn Bigelow won for “The Hurt Locker,” that was enough. And Steve McQueen won last year. Blacks and women have been rewarded. Now, back to the regular story.
Given this news, Thursday’s Oscar nominations are a lot clearer. It’s unlikely the directors branch of the Academy will be different than DGA voting.