Academy Members Dismayed at Oscar Nominations
With the 87th Academy Award nominations less than a week old, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has all ready come under fire for the lack of diversity of the nominees. Starting this week, the Academy may come under fire for a different reason.
“Ugh. I can’t believe I have to watch Boyhood.”
Mayfair Roosevelt, self-proclaimed Hollywood geek and 12th level cleric, was lucky to overhear an exchange between three unknown Academy members at a local Starbucks. “I’m not sure who the members were. They must work in Post-production.”
“Geez, I can’t believe I have to sit through another artsy drama,” complained the first member. “Last year, it was The Book Thief. In 2012, it was The Artist. At least, I can relax and watch Guardians of the Galaxy.” (Guardians was nominated for Best Effects and Best Makeup.)
“I agree,” Member Number Two commiserated. “I was hoping I could watch The Lego Movie again.”
“Wait, wasn’t The Lego Movie nominated for Best Song?” enquired Member One.
“Yes, but by the time I force myself to watch all the Best Picture, Director, Actor/Actress Movies, I’ll be too exhausted to watch Best Songs. I’ll end up listening to it on Spotify.”
The three “supposed” Academy members touched on a subject felt by many of the general population – Movies nominated by the Academy only appeal to a critical few. For example – In 2009, The Reader received 5 nominations including Best Picture. That same year saw the release of You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and Step Up 2: The Streets. Each movie outperformed The Reader in the Box Office. The lowest grossing movie, Step Up 2, earn over $23 million higher than the Best Picture nominee.
The Academy is no stranger to the criticism of losing touch with the movie-going audience. A fact brought up in 81st Academy Award’s Host Hugh Jackman in his opening number:
“The Reader. I haven’t seen The Reader. I was going to see it later but I fell behind… The Reader. I know I need to see The Reader. I even went down to the theater but there was a line of all the people watching Iron Man a second time.”
When asked if there were movies the three member were interested in watching, Mayfield stated, “They were all for watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Member 1 even pushed to go watch it that afternoon.”
“Actually, I am saving Winter Soldier for later,” responded the Third Member. “I’m going to need something to wake me up after watching Whiplash.”