If I was one of the many actors, directors and other film-industry talents who wasn’t even considered for an Academy Award this year despite my film being all over the rest of the list, I’d be upset. But who are they?
There’s a lot of debate on the topic at present, so soon after the awards ceremony itself, even in The Guardian – in the Friday edition the paper asked “The Academy: Who Calls the Shots?” Apparently, Dakota Fanning, but not Woody Allen. Rupert Murdoch, but not George Lucas. That’s reassuring.
Well, let’s take a look at a few people who got royally stuffed:
Andrew Garfield for his absolutely incredible acting in The Social Network. Playing Facebook co-founded Eduardo Saverin, he is without a doubt the unsung hero of the piece. And where’s his Supporting Actor nomination? Nowhere. Justin Timberlake‘s? Nowhere. Not good.
Christopher Nolan. Seriously, guys, really? Inception is all over the list! Apparently, a cosy drama about yet another king with issues is grounds for a board-sweep, but not one of the most visually creative and imaginative directors of the year, for a film he even wrote? Ouch.
Mark Whalberg‘s probably not thrilled, either, given he was the lead in The Fighter, and both supporting actors (Christian Bale and Melissa Leo) got Oscars for their work. Then again, lets be honest – Mark Whalberg just tends to play Mark Whalberg.
And lets not forget the cast members in Black Swan, Mila Kunis as evil rival ballerina Lily and Barbara Hershey as the hauntingly vicarious mother of Nina, played by the now Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman.
Bit of a sting-fest for all involved, but better luck next year, right? Hopefully there won’t be a Queen’s Dialogue or Princesses’ Twitter Feed to usurp all the truly original stuff. Agree? Disagree? Debate, people! Debate!