Monday, April 22, 2024

Oscar Noms: All Those Who Made it Are “Thrilled, Grateful, Blessed, Surprised”


Yesterday, Oscar Thursday, I was out of pocket after the Academy Award nominations were announced. So now I am catching up. Suffice to say, all the nominees were “surprised, thrilled, grateful, and blessed.” Not one of them said, Who cares? Or ‘What nominations?’ They all claimed to be sleeping or not thinking about the nominations, which were read out loud on national TV and the internet, and beamed to the Moon, at 8:30am Eastern time.

Who wasn’t happy? This is just a guess, but I’d say David Oyelowo, the superb British actor who played Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Selma” was disappointed. By the time got on screen at the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday night, he looked angry. He has the right. Everyone with “Selma” starting with director Ava Duvernay should be mad as hell.

Who else? Many directors who weren’t nominated with their films. Apparently “Selma,” “American Sniper,” “Theory of Everything,” and “Whiplash” were directed by people who weren’t so good. At the same time, Bennett Miller was a Best Director of “Foxcatcher,” directing two actors to nominations, but the movie wasn’t a Best Picture.

Others who have reason to be bummed include most anyone involved with “Into the Woods,” “Unbroken,” “A Most Violent Year,” and “Interstellar.” They were just about obliterated. And right– “A Most Violent Year” got noting from the Oscars or the Golden Globes, but got a phoney baloney award from the National Board of Review– a cock up, as I told you last week.

Some films simply weren’t promoted. A lot of us loved “Belle” and its star Gugu Mbatha Raw. The studio did nothing to help it along. This happens. At the same time, some are over promoted. Jennifer Aniston did work her “Cake” performance into some nominations, but fell short of the Oscars. I think we will see her again, but in a sophisticated comedy. (Not “We’re the Millers.”

“Boyhood” is the front runner because it’s the most unique idea in a long time. It captured imaginations in the same way as “The Artist.” This isn’t to say anything negative about the 7 other nominees. They are each terrific films. I’m especially a fan of “The Imitation Game,” which had the strongest narrative of all the films. My reaction though is “not so hot” as “Selma” will outlive a lot of the nominees.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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