The Oscars nominations have been announces this week and I for one am once again disappointed. Yes, some of the people nominated are the “who’s who” of the movie industry, but for me it’s starting to become redundant. Some of the people that are being nominated and some of the movies are being nominated, in my opinion, because either the director or one of the actors have been nominated before.
Another thing to note is that only two of the nominations cracked the top 30 of the highest grossing movies of 2011. “The Adventutes of Tinton” was 17th and “Bridesmaids” was 21st. To me this is saying something. I think that the box offices should have an effect on which movies are nominated.
One movie that has been snubbed by the Oscars the most over the last few years is the Harry Potter films. If you look at the numbers of the movie and how it has changed the movie industry, it’s amazing to think it has never won an Oscar and the last one wasn’t even nominated for Best Picture at this years awards. At first, I thought it was because it is a fantasy film for kids and young adults but then I remember the year that “Lord of the Rings” won everything that it was nominated for. To me there is not much difference between the movies.
The only surprise of the nominations that I was glad to see is the much deserved recognition of the movie “Bridesmaids”. I think it was one of the best movies of the year. Another nice surprise was Melissa McCarthy earning nomination for Best Supporting Actress and Kristen Wiig getting nominated for Best Original Screenplay. All deserving to win, but would be shocked if they do.
I think that the Oscars need to be worked on and need to rethink the way that they do things. Yes, the right actors are important but I think there should be another factor and that’s the box office. A movie is meant to be entertaining and make you feel connected to the characters. What better way to know if that’s happening then by looking at the box office?