And they wonder why no one wants to sit for three hours to see who will win between Pretentious Art House Drama's who no one has seen and Preachy Agenda-Driven crap no one wants to see. And they had the audacity to lie their asses off last year and claim this year they'd try to nominate more "films with broad appeal" this year. Yeah, more appealing if you're a member of the Hollywood Elite.
I mean, Milk is a perfect example. Sean Penn playing a gay, Jewish martyr fighting the establishment in San Francisco co-staring Barbara Streisand's son-in-law? It would be genetically impossible for The Academy not to love this film even before they saw it. Which is why it bombed at the box office. The only way they could love this film even more is if Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins(who I'm a big fan of btw) stared as his Bible-thumping, gay-hating parents. And they say The Academy doesn't nominate porn films.
If they really honest to God wanted to be a real awards show, and not a media event, then none of this would bother me in the slightest. But they want it both ways, and that just ain't gonna fly. And the defenders will claim that they can't just nominate any film that just happens to be popular. Which is a crap argument, because they've pandered to popularity before like with Gladiator, Titanic, Forest Gump, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars, Jaws, The Godfather, Lord of The Rings, and Saving Private Ryan. No, they want to push their issues on people now, and really don't give a damn if they like it or not.
You're damn right The Dark Knight deserved an nomination. Maybe not a win, but a nomination at least. It deserved a nomination more then Gladiator or Titanic did, that's for sure. It's this type of elitist contempt is the reason most Americans really have grown to despise Hollywood and their bullshit.
Ledger getting a nom was a given, although I doubt he would have gotten one if he were alive and had not previously stared as a gay cowboy. He won't win though. It'll go to one of the other whoevers who were in those other films that no one cares about.
The only bright spot here was RDJ. If he wins, he needs to accept it in character and set race relations back 50 years.