The 83rd Academy Award Nominations have been announced. The internet is ablaze with debate about the deserving, undeserving, the snubbed and the surprises.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see most of these films, as a few of the releases were delayed to my country of residence, South Africa, or I just missed the film house release and am waiting for the DVD. Either way, I am in a bad place to judge any of these films. I haven’t seen many and can’t go by hearsay in judging Oscar-worth films.
Much of the debate so far is how the Oscars is just confirming films that were well received by critics. This, of course, is at ends with the 80th Academy Awards (2008), which was coined “The Year of The Underdog”. The Academy was trashed by many critics as snubbing mainstream filmhouses and films, instead focusing on Indie films, or having chosen the underdogs, the low-cost, low-earning films.
Now, the same critics flame a debate about how mainstream the Oscars have become. Blink, and the waters change, eh?