Piece by Eddie on 24/01/2019
It’s official people, the Oscars have lost the plot.
I’m hopeful that I don’t come across as a stark raving mad movie fan, but this year’s recent announcement of Oscar nominations has sadly showcased that Hollywoods night of night’s is no longer nominating film’s that deserve these type of awards, but films that people think deserve them due to popular opinion.
It’s not like politics and behind the scenes wheeling and dealing hasn’t had effects on past ceremony’s but there are some glaringly obvious nominations in this year’s Oscar field that just sadly shouldn’t be there.
After year’s of dwindling viewership and lagging interest, the Academy last year announced they were introducing the Popular Film Category that caused an outcry of disapproval that lead to its scrapping before it even began but with these such nominations it appears as though the Academy members are going right on ahead with their plans by picking these such mainstream popular film’s in such a revered category.
To be clear, I personally think Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody are perfectly entertaining film’s and film’s that are pitch perfect in their delivery for their intended audiences but in all honesty, there is nothing truly outstanding about either of these two film’s in particular, even if there’s nothing wrong at all about popular film’s being a major part of the Oscars, if they deserve it!
Black Panther for instance is a genuinely cookie-cutter Marvel film outside of the fact it features a mainly African-American cast and a unique setting, does the fact that this entertaining popcorn film features a non-white ensemble automatically make it a Best Picture candidate? I would even argue that Black Panther wasn’t the best Marvel film from last year when weighed up against the equally risky Avengers: Infinity War, it’s just that that films risks and boundary pushing was in storytelling, not casting.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a whole different ballgame. A biopic 101 that will get your feet tapping and your Spotify’s set to Queen’s greatest hits, the Bryan Singer directed musical drama is an imminently watchable feature that has some great cinematic fun at its core in its recreation of Queen’s musical prowess but it’s not a great film outside of this and most certainly not a film that should be considered one of the best made films of the last 12 months!
This of course is all personal opinion and maybe I am alone in my sentiments but it’s both sad and shocking that it appears as though now genuinely unique, well-made and moving pictures are now being shut out by the fact they’re just simply not popular enough to be in this field, not topical enough or even worse not “cool” enough in the public’s eye for the Academy voters to feel comfortable supporting.
Whatever is going on behind the scenes at the moment we may never know but one thing is for sure; the Oscar’s now face an uphill battle to remain relevant, even though what they’re doing appears to be their last ditch effort to do just that, sadly at the cost of filmmaker’s and film’s that deserve the Academy’s love and attention.
How do you feel about this year’s Oscar nominations? Happy, sad, angry? Whatever your thoughts, leave me a comment below! I’d love to hear from you.