Remember Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close? No? Me neither.
What an interesting fate for a film that was rush-released in 2011 to secure its eligibility for that year's Oscar race.
I predict the same end for at least one of the movies nominated for the 2015 Academy Awards, which were announced this morning (January 15). Feel free to guess which one.
A few other thoughts: of the movies nominated for best film, notwithstanding that I haven't seen Selma, only one is equal to or better than Foxcatcher, which was ignored.
Another two are best described as tricked-out but soulless exercises in technical virtuosity.
Two more are dreary BBC-grade period pieces that fail to rise above their doggedly religious adherence to middlebrow commercial filmmaking.
Yet another is an impressively written and performed pas-de-deux with a remarkably faulty moral centre.
But most egregious of all is the absence from any major categories of Inherent Vice, in which an American filmmaker and the most talented male screen actor on the planet collaborate on their second masterpiece together. But neither Paul Thomas Anderson nor Joaquin Phoenix were recognized by "the Academy".
As with the bizarre contradiction of nominating Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller while snubbing the film itself, expect to see justifiable outrage over the absence of Selma's Ava DuVernay from the best director category—echoing the controversy that followed this week's DGA nominations. In fact, there isn't a single African American name in any major category.
Other notable exclusions: Jennifer Aniston for Cake—"Maybe because she's currently celebrating a decade of complaining about talking about her split with Brad Pitt," in the not unwise words of my colleague, Mr. Craig Takeuchi—and The Lego Movie for best animated feature. Mind you, The Lego Movie game me a fucking migraine.
Finally, I like Keira Knightley, but she stunk the place up in The Imitation Game.
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Alejandro G Inarritu (Birdman)
Morten Tyldum (The Theory of Everything)
Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Best Supporting Actor:
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Laura Dern (Wild)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Emma Stone (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Foreign Language Film:
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
"Grateful" (Beyond the Lights)
"I'm Not Going to Miss You" (Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me)
"Lost Stars" (Begin Again)
Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
Gary Yershon (Mr Turner)
Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything)