In the time since the announcement of the nominees for this year’s academy awards, the news revolved around Ben Affleck’s lack of Best Director nomination. How could Affleck not receive a nominee at the Academy Awards when every other awards group nominated him? Many news outlets have cited the Oscars’ “prestige” and ability the reason for Affleck’s lack of nomination. However, come the awards season, Argo swept all the Best Picture awards at almost every awards ceremony, including the Academy Awards.
What the news isn’t talking about? The snub of Zero Dark Thirty in every important category! The film, starring Jessica Chastain as a determined CIA agent on the hunt for Osama bin Laden, received nominations in five categories: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best in Film Editing and Best in Sound Editing. So, Zero Dark Thirty won for Best in Sound Editing in a tie! Let’s just take a look at what films are best known for: images and sound. In theory, every film is considered for the basics of films, which is editing in general. Arguably, Jessica Chastain, nominated for Best Actress for this film, is one of the most versatile actresses of this generation from her sweet yet aggressive performance in The Help to her voice work for Madagascar 3. She pulled off a character in Zero Dark Thirty that empowers women everywhere to obtain high-authority positions that break gender stereotypes by a mile! As much as I love Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain deserved this one. Another snub, Kathryn Bigelow’s lack of a nomination in Best Director. This woman may enjoy making films about the United States’ military, but she created a film about an event burnt into the brains of every American citizen conscious of September 11,2001. The capture of Osama bin Laden brought loads of controversy as well as pride and patriotism. So one would assume this film would receive a plethora of praise for its achievement of such an important event. However, because of the controversy in the reenactments of water-boarding and other violent military tactics, the film lost out in all areas.
Even though Beasts of the Southern Wild lost out in all its categories, Quvenzhane Wallis already won for being the youngest person to ever be nominated for Best Actress at 9 years old! She’ll be in the history of the Academy Awards until an 8-year-old steps up to the plate and actually wins.
Who did you want to win Best Picture?
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