January 27, 2018

Blade Runner 2049's Director Thinks he Knows Why it Didn't Score a Best Picture Nomination

Alex McLevy—AVClub:

Villeneuve wasn’t complaining about the snub, to be clear. He was understandably proud of the film’s five nominations for technical achievements and cinematography (which, holy hell, Roger Deakins deserves a Oscar at the very least for his work), but expressed regret that Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch didn’t receive a nomination for the soundtrack. “I think what [the composers] did for the movie, the score of the movie, was by far one of the best this year,” Villeneuve said.

At least Roger Deakins is up for an Oscar, for his cinematography. Blade Runner 2049 was stunningly shot.

That said, the Academy Awards nominating process has been for shit for years. Far more relevant are the Critics’s Choice Awards, nominated and awarded by people who make a living doing professional criticism of the finished product.

How much bias (of all kinds; recall #OscarsSoWhite) goes into the nominating and awarding process for the Academy Awards, some of it conditioned into the voters? When you’re casting a vote for a movie or actor, how easy is it to lean toward your friends and favored genres, let alone do the lazy thing and vote according to box office returns?

I don’t know that this happened in Blade Runner’s case, but there’s a glaring single point of failure in the Academy’s process that diminishes their credibility.

#AcademyAwards #CriticsChoiceAwards #BladeRunner2049

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