The announcement of the Academy Awards nominations is never without some surprises. Movies and actors that you thought were shoe-ins might have been snubbed, while other nominations might have come out of left field.
This year, I’m kind of surprised that Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for Joy. Yes, I know she got the Golden Globe for it, but Joy hasn’t been well received by critics at all, and it’s definitely not as universally loved as her other outings with David O. Russell. I’m also surprised at Tom Hardy’s nomination for The Revenant, but unlike with Lawrence, I’m not saying that Hardy’s nomination isn’t deserved. Even though The Revenant is getting a ton of love, Hardy’s performance wasn’t in the running at the other major awards shows, so his inclusion is somewhat unexpected.
As for the snubs, I thought Will Smith’s performance for Concussion was a sure-fire bet, but apparently the Academy thought otherwise. Granted, the movie itself didn’t perform as well as expected, but Smith’s performance was still very highly praised.
Other notable absences from the nominee lists include Idris Elba’s Golden Globe nominated performance in Beasts of No Nation, Michael B. Jordan’s role (and impressive physical transformation) in Creed, and Ridley Scott, who was a favourite to take Best Director for The Martian, wasn’t nominated at all. Also, nothing in the technical categories for Jurassic World, which I thought was right up there in terms of special effects, but I think I might be the only one that cares about that.
I guess the most notable absence from this year’s nominations was, once again, diversity. Kervyn touched on this in his article on Thursday, and social media has definitely gotten fired up about it subsequently, but I would be remiss if I didn’t remark on just how freakishly similar this is to last year. For the second year in a row, the four major categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress have all white nominees. And, yet again, the nominees in the Best Director category are all white as well, with the exception of Alejandro González Iñárritu – who was also the only exception last year (for Birdman). Seriously, it boggles my mind that we’re essentially reliving the 2015 Oscars in terms of diversity. And that’s just sad.
But, those are just my ramblings on the 88th Academy Award nominations. What are your thoughts?
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Last Updated: January 20, 2016