The Oscars – Poops and Props


It’s that time of year again, where the Academy announces their nominations and the world disagrees, agrees, or moves on with their lives of indifference. We’re gonna do a bit of both as we give them props where credit is due, and poops where they need to wipe and try again.

Let’s start with some of the smaller categories, then end up being longer than the actual ceremony:


Best Original Song: “Everything Is Awesome”
They fixed one of the Golden Globes’ biggest snubs by giving the catchiest song of the year the nomination it deserved. It won’t win, but it’d sure be awesome if it did.


Makeup and Hairstyling: Guardians Of The Galaxy
Outside of sound editing and visual effects, movies like Guardians tend to get overlooked. But how awesome and realistic looking was the world James Gunn created? The makeup went a long way in making that happen. Lots of different looking characters, all looking fantastic. Not to mention how badass Ronan and Nebula looked.

Costume Design: Inherent Vice
Paul Thomas Anderson movies usually generate a whole lot more awards attention, but at least they didn’t skip this one.

Best Original Script: Nightcrawler
Good choice. The story and script took a lot of risks, and they paid off. Good to see it get noticed.


Best Adapted Screenplay: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl was a tough novel to adapt, that’s why Gillian Flynn was perfect for the job. She took her great novel and turned it into a fantastic screenplay. She deserves recognition for it, and it’d serve as a notice to producers everywhere that sometimes the best way to write an adaptation of a great work is to go straight to the source.

Best Adapted Screenplay: American Sniper
Really? This is such a poorly written movie. What were Chris Kyle’s motivations? Why did he love war so much? Why was he such an asshole to his family? Who were his friends? Who were the other characters not played by Bradley Cooper? Who ends a movie like that? Who writes this crap, and worse off, who thinks this is an award winning script? The source material was there, the leading performance was there, but the substance was lost in the process. There was so much waiting to be explored, but they missed it. Maybe it’s a bit harsh, but it comes off as one of the laziest adapted screenplays in a while.

Roger Ebert & Gene Siskel

Best Documentary: Life Itself and The Case Against 8
Not sure which of the nominees these two should replace, but it’s hard to imagine any of them being better than either of these two that went overlooked.

Film Editing: American Sniper
This movie was a mess. Granted, it wasn’t all the editing’s fault, but it contributed to it.

Best Animated Feature: The Lego Movie
Seriously? How? I love Big Hero Six and The Boxtrolls, but I’d be fine with either of them foregoing a nomination to get The Lego Movie among the nominees where it belongs. I understand it losing the Globe to Dragon 2, but to not even be nominated is so not awesome.

Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Pretty much all of them.
Linklater and Iñárritu were inventive with their films, Anderson took more chances than usual and made them work while still delivering a Wes Anderson film, and Miller crafted a beautifully acted, perfectly atmoshpered, ambitiously toned film.


ava Ava DuVernay – Selma
One of the best directed films with some of the strongest performances of the year. The obvious cry for DuVernay is diversity, something to break up the mostly white dude director party. Not that the diversity is a bad thing, but that’s not why she deserves to be there. Her work deserves the recognition. Selma is a special film, and she’s largely responsible for that.

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Laura Dern – Wild
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Emma Stone – Birdman
I love Emma Stone. Absolutely adore her. And she was great in Birdman. But it didn’t seem like enough to warrant a nomination. It’s hard to think there weren’t more deserving performances that should be among the nominees. Hell, just take any female performance from Inherent Vice instead.

Robert Duvall – The Judge
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
JK Simmons – Whiplash
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman

JK Simmons – Whiplash
Too often, performances like this in movies like Whiplash go by without getting the love they deserve. Not only did Simmons get the nomination that was more than deserved, he seems to be the front runner. Good catch, Academy.


FOXCATCHER Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
Yeah, I said it. Magic Mike is an Oscar Snub. Ruffalo was great in Foxcatcher, but I feel like Tatum was greater. On paper, Channing Tatum as a meathead may not be that impressive, but the amount of depth and character he was able to breathe into Mark Schultz without all that much dialogue was damn impressive.

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Reese Witherspoon – Wild
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Felicity Jones – The Theory Of Everything

Marion Cotillard
She earned this nomination, as well as one for The Immigrant this year. If she’d have gone unnominated completely, it would have been a damn shame.

julesJulianne Moore – Still Alice
Not a big time well publicized movie, but she deserves to not only be nominated, but the win.

Essie Davis – The Babadook
It’s a shame The Babadook wasn’t eligible for nominations, but that doesn’t mean Davis didn’t deliver one of the best acting performances of the year.

Michael Keaton – Birdman
Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory Of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton – Birdman
He was an obvious choice, but I just love me some Michael Keaton.

Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
Sometimes comedic actors doing heavy drama comes off as a plea to the Academy, and they often get overlooked. But Carrell was unrecognizable and completely transformed into the creepy, lonely, disturbing John duPont. He was spot on with the chin up down the nose eye contact duPont did nonstop, and portrayed duPont as the oddball man you want nothing to do with, but still feel pity for. It was an all around award worthy performance.

David Oyelowo – Selma
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
I love Benedict Cumberbatch a lot, but I have a hard time viewing his Alan Turing or Redmayne’s Stephen Hawking as two of the most interesting, well acted performances of the year. They were both great, I’m not taking that away from them, but Oyelowo carried the movie that should take home the biggest prize of the night, and Gyllenhaal took as many risks portraying his character as the script did creating him. Maybe it’s just that the Redmayne and Cumberbatch nominations are boring and predictable, but it’s probably more about the Oyelowo and Gyllenhaal performances being more than deserving.

Ben Affleck – Gone Girl
In order to justify Affleck earning a nod, I’d have to pick a third nominee to take out, and I can’t. Sure, I didn’t like American Sniper at all, but Cooper deserves that nom for taking a terribly written character and delivering a fantastic performance. So I can’t put Affleck in the top five, and may not even be able to put him over Cumberbatch and Redmayne, but I feel he is being unfairly overlooked for his Gone Girl performance. He was fantastic in a movie that would have survived even if he weren’t.

American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory Of Everything

The Academy has been a lot better since expanding the nominees with taking movies that would be looked over in the past and giving them a nomination they deserve. Add Whiplash to the list with Winter’s Bone, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, and the likes. Sure, it doesn’t have a chance at winning, but it’s awesome to see it nominated.

How is this the only one you get right? One of the eight best pictures of the year, but not one of the top five directing performances or top 20 acting performances? This movie deserves this award, but deserves a lot more nominations.

American Sniper
Did I miss something? What makes this movie great? The empty script? The uninspired direction? The lazy storytelling? The lack of even attempting to approach how killing made Kyle feel? The avoidance of any technical looking into how being a sniper works? The complete lack of heart and characters? How is this getting all the love that Lone Survivor deserved but didn’t get last year?

Best director, best script, and two best actor nominations, but yet not one of the best movies of the year?

inherent-viceInherent Vice
Did the Academy forget about this movie? They love PTA, but not this year. I get that the acting categories are stacked this year, and I can’t put him in the top five of directors despite his fantastic work, but not one of the best 10 movies of the year? For real?

Our Oscar Pick Em/Bitch About Em Episode will be up the week of 2/17 if you wanna hear who we think will win and to find out how Dave truly felt about American Sniper in case it wasn’t mentioned in this post.

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