The Oscars are pretty much considered the biggest, best and most elaborate awards ceremony on the annual calendar. And yet, somehow the event is almost always a dud. Sure, we love the glitz and glamor of it all, but is the ceremony really a celebration of the year’s best? Or is it a pissing contest between producers and production companies?
The Oscars, which refer to the trophies representing the Academy Awards, are products of politicking. Living in Tinseltown, I can tell you that the next month is almost as bad as election season. The members of the Academy (which is made up of far too many people), can make their votes having not even seen all of the finalist films. How absurd is that?
Once again, the list of 2013 Oscar nominees came in with several snubs and surprises. And the biggest winner of the 2013 accolades? The Weinstein Company.
The biggest surprise? Beasts of the Southern Wild was nominated for Best Picture. The independent gem shot on Super 16mm makes a bold statement that story and ingenuity still reign supreme when it comes to making a great film.
The real surprise within the Beasts surprise is the Best Director nod for director Benh Zeitlin. Additionally, Quvenzhané Wallis, who played the adorable Hushpuppy in Beasts, has been offered a nod for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
In the land of snubs:
Kathryn Bigelow got no love for directing Zero Dark Thirty, regardless of the fact that the film is nominated for Best Picture.
Ben Affleck was also snubbed for his direction on Argo. That’s highway robbery — especially seeing David O. Russell nominated for his direction of Silver Linings Playbook.
As expected, Leonardo DiCaprio is getting the hose once again — apparently his turn in Django Unchained wasn’t worthy of awards consideration. Oh, Academy… I just don’t get ya.
You can find a full list of nominations here.