Good morning! Dark out, isn’t it?
Well, the Academy had a chance to make history with this morning’s Oscar nominations, and they blew it: Ava DuVernay, who so masterfully directed the civil-rights drama “Selma,” did not become the first African-American woman to be nominated for best director. “Selma,” once thought to be a major Oscar contender, received only two nominations: best picture, and best song. David Oyelowo, whose work as Martin Luther King Jr. was astonishingly good, wasn’t nominated for best actor. This’ll likely be debated for some time; it may be due to a much-publicized delay in getting screeners out to voters, a controversy over the film’s depiction of President Lyndon Johnson, or . . . who knows? (On that controversy: Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” a film whose subject has been angrily tweeting about its accuracy, was nominated in the director category.) Anyway, I’m disappointed; I thought “Selma” was one of the best movies of the year, easily. But Oscars aren’t necessarily about that.
In other snub-worthy Oscar news (yes, we’ll get to the lucky nominees soon, but I always like to start with the snubs) . . .
- “Unbroken” — which, like, “Selma,” once looked like an Oscar shoo-in — received three nominations for cinematography, sound editing and sound mixing; no major categories.
- “Gone Girl” didn’t make the best picture list. WHAT? May Amy Dunne visit those voters soon.
- Only eight films made that list (it can have a maximum of ten); also absent from that category were “Nightcrawler,” Mr. Turner,” “Into the Woods,” “Interstellar,” and “Wild.”
More to come . . . and don’t forget my live Oscar chat, right here, at noon today.
Update: 6:32 a.m.: I’ll add more snubs as I see them . . . just noticed that “The Lego Movie” didn’t make the animated film nomination list. That’s . . . odd. “Everything Is Awesome,” that film’s earwormy song, did make the best song roster.
Update: 7:22a.m.: Oh, and no nomination for Gillian Flynn, who so shrewdly adapted her best selling novel “Gone Girl” into a razor-sharp screenplay? That’s just all kinds of wrong, I think.