THE BAD NEWS:
The Lego Movie wasn’t nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. It was a clear contender for a nod since its release in February 2014 and with no competition from Pixar, it looked like it was a sure thing. Some might say this is a disappointment; others may sing “Everything is Awful”, but I say this is a small detraction from an otherwise incredible nomination list.
THE GOOD NEWS:
While his performance doesn’t make him a frontrunner in the category, it is great to see Steve Carell earn a Best Actor nomination for his role as John Du Pont in Foxcatcher. Carell is best known for his roles in Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and, of course The Office. Carell’s roll as Michael Scott on The Office earned him six Emmy nominations and a really hard to believe zero wins. This incredible actor has flirted with dramatic rolls over the years from the suicidal Uncle Frank in Little Miss Sunshine to a pair of sad dads in Dan in Real Life and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Steve Carell gives great performances in every aforementioned film, and it is fantastic to see him getting the recognition he long deserved.
Both Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel earned the most nods of any film this year with nine nominations each. Someone alert the media and Simon Pegg! The day has finally come! The Academy has recognized the outstanding work of not one, but two comedies! Okay, maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself. The Academy has shown before that comedy can win their attention, but never to this extent.
Across the board we can see a lot of nominations for some of 2014’s more lighthearted fare. There are nine nods between Disney and Marvel films alone. The academy also recognized actors who were typically tied to action or comedy in years past, making this their first appearances at the Oscars. Of the twenty actors and actresses nominated this year, eight are here for the first time and only three have won an Oscar before.
There is a lot to be excited about for this year’s Oscars and I cannot wait to see how it all goes down.
You can watch The Oscars on Sunday, February 22nd at 7pm est/4pm pst on ABC.