It’s been an equally exciting and disappointing award season so far. Both the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes have announced their nominations this past week, and I have a lot of thoughts… A. Lot. Of. Thoughts.
I’m not saying I'm not excited about some of the nominations, because as far as the Golden Globes are concerned I was jumping around screaming at the nominations for “Get Out” and “Lady Bird” in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category (“Get Out” pulled a “The Martian” move. Brilliant. GET THAT OSCAR CONSIDERATION). I was also incredibly happy about “The Disaster Artist”, “Dunkirk” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. Many of the other films nominated I haven’t had the opportunity to see, but I’m SO GLAD that their stories are getting recognition. Mainly, “Call Me by Your Name” and “The Shape of Water”, which are both beautiful and original stories. With the SAG awards, I was excited to see “Battle of the Sexes” and “The Big Sick” getting recognition as well.
This leads me to, what I believe, the biggest snubs to be.
FIRST OFF; The Golden Globes. Where are the female directors?? Dee Rees, Greta Gerwig, Patty Jenkins and SO MANY OTHERS from this year that have had incredibly successful films. I was pissed. Every director in this category is fantastic (I mean, obviously. You have Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Martin McDonagh and Steven Spielberg). The point being, these guys have all been recognized before for their work. We KNOW that they’re great and that they make great movies. The women of this year were completely shut out in the best director category. Women aside, where’s Jordan Peele? “Get Out” was one of the best, and highest rated, films of this year. It was a disappointment all around. Now, the Golden Globes are not a direct route into how the Oscar nominations will pan out. In fact, they’re completely different. The Globes are basically a competition of who wines and dines the Hollywood Foreign Press the most, but it still makes a statement about the lack of diversity and appreciation in Hollywood in regards to sex and race. Also, “The Big Sick” being left out of the Golden Globes brought me down TREMENDOUSLY. It should replace “The Greatest Showman” in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category. Both Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani should get recognition as well for screenwriting and Holly Hunter should have a best supporting actress nomination, but again, that’s just my opinion.
SECONDLY; The SAG awards weren’t as bad, but there were still amazing performances left out of the best actress category, (Jessica Chastain for “Molly’s Game”, in my opinion), but overall I’m happy with the ones I’ve seen. I’m glad that “Mudbound” got recognition for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. I'm SO GLAD to see "Big Little Lies" getting the attention and recognition that it is. But I was also disappointed to see “Dunkirk” and “The Disaster Artist” left out of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category. The SAG awards didn’t upset me as much, but there’s many films that I’m sad to not see being recognized. The SAG awards are a greater deciding factor in the Oscars, but again, it doesn’t solidify it.
Here’s hoping the Oscars have a different, and more supportive, turnout then this.