It’s pointless and frustrating to bemoan the exclusion of The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies from almost any recognition from The Academy Awards. There are reasons – there are reasons – we know. But last night, I got a little angry, because there was no reason that it, or more accurately, Lord of the Rings, should have been excluded from the opening musical number, which seemed to be a hodgepodge of clips and live dancing and singing by “characters” from past popular and important movies – I mean they had Star Wars, The Hulk, – they couldn’t include Middle Earth? They should have included Middle Earth and Peter Jackson’s achievements. Talk about popular movies.
And then, to make matters worse, The Hobbit became the set-up for a joke, the punchline delivered by David Oyelowo.
As to the nominees, although I didn’t see all the movies nominated for very category, after looking at the clips, it seemed to me that The Hobbit should have been included in make-up and hair, production design and a few other categories.
So basically, I was more pissed watching the actual Oscars than I was when the nominations were announced and BOTFA was only nominated for one technical award.
Read this NY Time article about how the academy sees audiences. and some critique of the Academy’s performance this year.
I think it’s wonderful that there were so many original, fantastic, smaller movies this year to get recognition, and we need even more of those. Those are actually the kind of movies I like to see. But, when determining awards, the Academy ought to be as cognizant of what audiences want and are paying money to see. Then perhaps, more people would care about the Oscars. ( Viewership was way down this year).