Brooke Mantone – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The 92nd Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9. The nominations which were released weeks ago came with many perceived snubs and surprises. Numerous films were released this year that featured strong acting, which made earning a nomination for the film or performance very difficult.
Mustangs commented on the movies and performances that they felt were shortchanged.
“Little Women” – Greta Gerwig
Although the film scored many nominations such as “Best Actress” and “Best Picture”, it wasn’t nominated for directing. Neither were any films made by women.
LRHS senior Alex Kraus thoroughly enjoyed the movie
“I believe that it’s the best film adaption of the book, and the directing was fantastic. I was confused when I heard Greta Gerwig didn’t get nominated,” said Kraus.
“Rocketman”– Taron Egerton
Taron Egerton’s performance of musician Sir Elton John in the biography Rocketman wowed many audiences, and mant felt should’ve earned him a Best Actor nomination. Egerton has had an excellent award season though; he was recognized at other ceremonies, and in Jan., he was awarded “Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy” for this performance in this film.
Senior Jenna Hernandez said, “I thought the film should have gotten more recognition, especially Taron Egerton’s performance. It can be hard to portray a living person, and I thought he did an amazing job.”
“Us” – Lupita Nyong’o
The actress’s thrilling performance in Jordan Peele’s Us left audiences astonished. In the film, she plays two different characters; a mother, Adelaide, and her doppelgänger, Red.
Senior Csenge Csicsek said, “It’s obvious that her performance required major preparation because of playing two characters, and I thought the Academy should have given her recognized her in this role as she had to develop many method acting skills.”
Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut comedy received rave reviews, and many found the film enjoyable.
Sophomore Maya Renefigo thought that film was hilarious and it was one of her favorite movies that came out this year.
“I laughed throughout the entire film, and I thought the acting was fantastic,” said Renefigo. “I know the Academy rarely recognizes comedies, but I was upset when I found out the movie didn’t get nominated for anything.”
The animated film was nominated for “Best Song” but did not earn a nomination for “Best Animated Feature”. The film being ignored for the category was a shock to many people because of the film’s positive reviews and record-breaking box officer performance.
Senior Lindsey Hyer said, “I thought it was better than most of the other films nominated for “Best Animated Feature”, and it deserved a spot in the category.”
The Marvel blockbuster, which recently became the highest-grossing film ever, was nominated only for “Best Achievement in Visual Effects”. The Academy hasn’t left out nominating comic book movies as Joker (2019) was nominated for “Best Picture” this year and many other categories. Also, in 2019, the Academy nominated Black Panther (2018) for “Best Picture”.