I still hate the Oscars, but fuck yeah.Read More
You have a movie that is easily the best rated picture of the year, yet not even nominated for best picture.
You have a award category that is complete bullshit and has a single studio winning it four out of the eight years the category has been available, all times when they were also some of the highest rated movies of the year.
Man I fucking hate the Oscars.
[UPDATE] But man oh man do I fucking love John Gruber.
I’ll put it in writing: the best motion picture released last year was WALL-E. Like 2001 — which WALL-E pays significant homage to — it wasn’t even nominated for best picture. But it effectively couldn’t be nominated — and that’s the real crime. Instead, WALL-E was nominated for and awarded the prize for “best animated film”.1
But why does this category even exist? Animated as opposed to what? Photographed? Animation is merely a technique. Cinema is cinema. The Academy’s rules state that films nominated for best animated feature are still eligible to be nominated for best picture, but don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen. The whole point of this award to establish a ghetto where “cartoons”, no matter how good, are relegated. Putting WALL-E up against Bolt and Kung Fu Panda rather than letting it compete against Slumdog Millionaire and Benjamin Button is like requiring a 13-year-old chess prodigy to compete only against other children, regardless whether he could stand his own against adult grandmasters. It’s a dismissive pat on the head.
Ok, so I was wrong in the comments regarding being eligible to be nominated for both, but the point still stands, Wall-E not being nominated is a crime.Read More