Well the 81st Academy Award Nominations are out and I can honestly say that they’re pretty damn embarrassing. And trust me, I’m not one of those whiny geeks who bitches every year. But the Academy just destroyed any relevance they had.
The Dark Knight was widely considered to grab the fifth Best Picture nomination. It scored nods from PGA, DGA and WGA, all important Oscar precursors. It was also widely acclaimed by critics and audiences. Many thought that not only would it be a great and worthy film to nominate for Best Picture, but also a way to boost the dismal ratings of the Oscars. But Harvey Weinstein wasn’t going to let that happen.
Okay, let’s compare. The Dark Knight had a score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. The Reader, has a score of 60%. The Dark Knight is widely considered a great film. The Reader is widely considered a mediocre film. But to the academy they can’t take a movie based off a comic-book seriously. But Holocaust = Instant Masterpiece.
I of course will still be watching the Oscars this year to cheer on my favorite movie of the year, Milk. But unfortunately for Sid Ganis, I don’t think many others will be.