If any of you were reading this blog last year you’ll remember my fervent scramble to watch every single film nominated for everything. I didn’t quite manage that but I covered off all of the best picture nominees and all of the major categories if I recall correctly. You may have been surprised by my lack of effort on this year’s nominees.
However, I won’t be watching the Oscars this year, I’ve made it a point to see as many films and the ceremony every year since 2009 (Slumdog Millionaire will always have a special place in my heart) but I saw a lot of films in 2013, some of them were awful, some of them were artworks. Unfortunately none of those beautiful, innovative and creative films appear to have made it into the Academy’s reckoning. 2014 has the smallest selection of films for the big 6 awards ever recorded. It’s an all or nothing approach that leaves a lot of films in the lurch. Gone are the days where one actor could perform in an otherwise snubbed film and get nominated. It seems as if you either win everything or go home cursing David O Russell under your breath. It’s a dull year from the academy and the winners seem entirely predictable. The only real mystery is whether they’ll choose to go with fan-favourite O Russell or politically-relevant Steve McQueen.