We have that saying for a reason. It looks like they are back to their old tricks of stubbornly refusing to acknowledge the year’s best. Not saying these five best picture nominees aren’t decent enough, or formidable, but well, let’s just leave it at that.
We all suspected the Dark Knight snub was coming – I for one REALLY expected The Reader to upset, simply because of the now semi-convincing Globes/BAFTA rule. I was so certain that the Dark Knight wouldn’t be called I almost wagered and predicted. Scott Feinberg did just that. Sometimes, no guts, no glory really does rule the day.
But worse than The Dark Knight being shut out, it looks like the “hi, we’re uber dumbasses” Academy also knocked out Bruce Springsteen’s The Wrestler for original song. How do you do that and live with yourself in the morning? They’ll be shaking the stink of this year off of their already disreputable image for quite some time. It reminds me of the Tony Blair line in The Queen, “will somebody please save these people from themselves?”
On the upside, it’s going to be fun hating the Academy again.¬† And how nice to see Melissa Leo, Courtney Hunt, Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon all recognized. It almost forgives their really puny and sad snub of Christopher Nolan’s wonderful film.