It’s the beginning of the year, which means that Oscar fever is upon us. But even before 87th awards ceremony takes place in late February, the Oscars are already under fire ever since the since the 2015 nominees were announced.
Have people lost all faith in the Oscars? Not quite – after all, we still love the glimpses into the glamorous world of Hollywood shenanigans. But this year the shenanigans are going beyond red carpet flubs. The Oscars seem downright clueless about the year in cinema.
Here are a few reasons why The Oscars are already sucking.
2) None of the actors from Selma were on the nominees list
The touching biopic based on Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights during 1965 gained a 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But apparently the academy didn't think the actors or director had anything to do with it. Selma got nods for its soundtrack song, Glory by Common and John Legend, and a best picture nomination, but none of the cast was put up for the Oscar and director Ava DuVernay will sit out on the director's award.
3) All of this is probably because of the voters themselves
Oscar voters are 94% white, 76% men, with an average age of 63. The last time I was around a bunch of 63-year-old white men was never.— Eugene Lee Yang (@EugeneLeeYang) January 15, 2015
How much truth can one stray tweet have? Well, according to a report by Los Angeles Times at the end of 2013, this statistic is true. No wonder the academy is under criticism for its gross lack of diversity.
4) The selection process is a bit flawed
Two Hulks were nominated for Best Supporting Actor! Norton and Ferrigno!— Chris Regan (@ChrisRRegan) January 15, 2015
Weirdly enough, Benedict Cumberbatch, who’s nominated for The Imitation Game, competes with Eddie Redmayne from The Theory of Everything. Cumberbatch played the very same character as Redmayne when he portrayed Stephen Hawking in the BBC film, Hawking.
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Then there’s the curious case of two Hulks playing actors, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo both making the list of nominees.
Keep all of that in mind when films such as Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel are very likely to bag an Oscar or two – or more if people feel like repeating Titanic - wins simply because of the the movies' multiple nominations.
6) The Lego Movie was not nominated
Apparently, despite the popular Tegan and Sara song, it wasn’t awesome enough.
But director Phil Lord tweeted about the matter, with the above image, saying “It's okay. Made my own!” (sic)
Sadly, this year's Oscars are completely ignorant to the year in film, which saw great movies with much-needed diversity in genres, actors and directors. Of course, people will still tune into the broadcast, but the Oscars are in danger of becoming very irrelevant if they don't get with the times.