An opinion piece in appreciation of the Academy Awards
After the announcement of the nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards, I received the below message from Eddie:
There wasn’t really much I felt missed out. I am a little bemused though that Three Billboards gets 7 nominations including most major categories , but then its director doesn’t get a nomination ha, how does that work? I mean, it’s because of him the performances were so on point etc.
Of course, what Eddie failed to realise, is that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is no Boss Baby.
How could Martin McDonagh be nominated for directing a film that isn’t Boss Baby? Sure, there are others nominated in the Best Director category, but we all know that the only reason this award has been kept in the schedule is to build suspense while we await Boss Baby’s emphatic win.
There are some who have suggested foreign animations such as WW2 drama In This Corner of the World and Studio Ponoc’s debut Mary and the Witch’s Flower should’ve been nominated for Best Animated Film, but clearly these don’t feature talking babies wearing suits. A vast, clearly delusional minority of others have suggested that Boss Baby shouldn’t of been nominated at all, but I think that you’ll find that a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 52% rotten speaks for itself. That’s more than half of the registered critics thinking that the film was OK at least; a glowing endorsement if ever I’ve seen one.
In fact, while I’m on the subject I do think it’s sensible that the Academy didn’t get carried away and reward Get Out with any nominations outside of Best Original Screenplay for Jordan Peele, understanding that it’s an entertaining, socially aware genre film that would seem a little out of place alongside Dunkirk in the competition for the top honour.
The Academy always think for themselves, and are never influenced by social movements, which is what I really respect about this awards ceremony. Further to this, I’m constantly in awe of the member’s commitment to watching each of the films submitted for consideration, even those inept enough to have subtitles and no talking animals or babies, after all, how else could they appreciate just how truly special Boss Baby is?
Suicide Squad, Transformers, Norbit… all terrific examples of engaging, high-quality cinema that Boss Baby has now joined the ranks of with this prestigious nomination. What a shame that a DC title such as Wonder Woman, or the equally empowering Justice League couldn’t feature alongside it.
The American film industry is truly in a good place indeed, and all is right with the cinematic world.