As I did last year, it's time for me to ruminate on the movies, directors, and performers who didn't receive any love Thursday morning when the Academy Award nominations were announced.
In terms of movies nominated for "Best Picture," I was rooted for Skyfall, since no James Bond movie has ever achieved that honor, and this latest film, directed by Sam Mendes, had a terrific cast, including Daniel Craig as Agent 007, Javier Bardem as the villain Silva, Judi Dench as M, and a nice list of other great actors in supporting roles, such as Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney, just to name two. We can at least hope for a video montage tribute to the history of the long-lasting franchise during the ceremony.
The Darknight Rises was also shut out, not earning a single nomination in any category. Even though I thought the movie wasn't nearly as perfect as some of its true-believers seem to think, I was surprised that it didn't receive anything. If this Batman trilogy couldn't make the Academy take the superhero genre seriously, I don't know what will.
The Darknight is a good segue to the "Best Director" snubs, and there were many. Christopher Nolan once again was ignored. I previously wrote that he's in good company of directors who have never been acknowledged by the Oscars. What is more glaring is when a movie receives a "Best Pic" nomination, but its director is left out in the cold. Such is the case with Ben Affleck for Argo, Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained, Tom Hooper for Les Miserables, and Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty. The Academy tends to shy away from controversy, so I'm not shocked that Tarantino was ignored for his current movie about slavery. For every person who loved Les Miz, I know someone who hated it, so Hooper's snub is another one that I sort of understand. Bigelow, who won for her last film, The Hurt Locker, has been criticized for some of the accuracy of her new movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Affleck, on the other hand, has received tons of critical raves for his job behind the camera, following in the footsteps of his other well-received directorial efforts, Gone Baby Gone and The Town, so his absence from the "Best Director" list is especially glaring.
Then we have the "Actor" categories. Nothing for Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie in Django Unchained. Nothing for Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in the biopic about the making of Psycho. I even was rooting for a "Best Supporting Actor" nod for Robert Downey, Jr., as Tony Stark in Marvel's The Avengers.
There were a bunch of other little movies, such as Looper and Chronicle, that I wish had earned the Academy's attention.
Tune in to ABC on Sunday, February 24, to see who wins from the slew of those who avoided the snubs and were nominated.