This past week, the moment everyone's been waiting for (or the moment before the moment everyone's been waiting for), the announcement of this year's Oscar nominees, happened.
With Lincoln leading the pack (a patriotic, safe choice?), Quentin Tarantino predictably getting a nod (for Django Unchained) and Beasts of the Southern Wild and Les Miserables all on the list, the noms had it all... or did they?
After having recently seen The Dark Knight Rises, I have to say that I was a bit stunned that the film did not receive so much as a single Oscar nomination. Forget the fact that Tom Hardy stole the show (even in a mask) as Bane, and Christian Bale was pretty disarmingly cool to boot. What about visual effects!!?
I know, other films from Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy were past Oscar noms and winners. But the Academy seems to have turned a blind eye to this final chapter. Why?
I can't help but wonder if they did so to avoid controversy and negative association with the shooting in Aurora, Colorado that occurred at a movie theatre showing The Dark Knight Rises. Certainly, there were other 'snubs' like Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio.
But, could the Academy be so safe and cowardly as to omit even so much as a single nomination for 'Dark Knight,' for fear of stirring the pot amongst pro-NRA and anti-NRA viewers?
This wouldn't be the first time the Academy (or in some cases its members) have deeply offended and disappointed: I still can't get over (after school special-ish) Crash winning over (the deeply poetic) Brokeback Mountain back in 2006!
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