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Since the first time the Oscars were first telecast in the mid-fifties, I’ve been enthusiastic about them. I haven’t missed a telecast.
Starting in the mid-sixties or maybe before, I have seriously followed the nomination process. Without exception, in the past, I’ve agreed with a huge percentage of the choices receiving nomination. NOT THIS TIME.
In my opinion, The Academy’s selections for film year 2011 are the worst/least appropriate/most annoying that I’ve witnessed.
I’m very disappointed. Maybe I’m out-of-touch but completely unapologetic and decided to vent here.
Listed here is ratio of my agreement/disagreement with the selections in major categories.
Best Picture: I agree with 2 out of 9.
Best Director: I agree with 0 out of 5
Best Actress: I agree with 4 out of 5
Best Actor: I agree with 1 out of 5
Best Supporting Actress: I agree with 2 out of 5
Best Supporting Actor: I agree with 3 out of 5
Best Original Script: I agree with 1 out of 5
Best Adapted Script: I agree with 1 out of 5
Best Cinematography: I agree with 2 out of 5
Best Original Score: I agree with 1 out of 5
Best Song: From the 39 original songs that qualified, the geniuses in the music
branch found only 2 songs that they consider worthy contenders.
(Work from Elton John, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Madonna and others didn’t meet
I take major exception the the failure of recognition for the following:
Tate Taylor’s adapted script for THE HELP
Dustin Lance Black for original script of J. EDGAR
David Fincher for best directing THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Steven Spielberg for best directing WAR HORSE
The adapted script for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Leonardo DiCaprio as best actor in J. EDGAR
Michael Fassbender as best actor in SHAME
Armie Hammer as best supporting actor for J. EDGAR
Ryan Gosling as best actor for DRIVE and/or THE IDES OF MARCH
Carey Mulligan as best supporting actress in DRIVE and/or SHAME
Albert Brooks as best supporting actor in DRIVE
DRIVE received only one nomination (sound) ignoring score, editing, acting
J. EDGAR was totally ignored
THE HELP was not nominated for best costumes, score, song, writing
BRIDESMAIDS was not nominated for best costumes
HANNA was totally ignored including cinematography, sound, score, editing
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO was not recognized for score, costumes,
SUPER 8 was totally ignored, especially visual effects, sound, editing
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN was totally ignored…acting, editing
50/50 was totally ignored…script, acting
SHAME was totally ignored including cinematography, editing, score, acting
Point One: For any film to get a Best Picture Nomination, 5% of voting members of the entire Academy must select that film as THE BEST film of the year. The Academy has about 4000 members…meaning at least 200 must have selected EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE as the best film of the year. Go figure.
Point Two: I need somebody that fully understands film directing to explain to me just exactly what it is about the job Woody Allen does for MIDNIGHT IN PARIS that makes it superior to David Fincher’s masterful work on THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and the genius of Steven Spielberg handling WAR HORSE.
DO THE MEMBERS OF THE VARIOUS ACADEMY BRANCHES EVER BOTHER TO SEE/CONSIDER ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THEIR AREA FOR ANY FILM EXCEPT THE MOST LIKELY TEN OR SO HIGH PROFILE FILMS?
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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