I know this is anti-progressive to say, but: this is really stupid. At a time when people are losing connections to each other, implying that we could/should make connections with a fake person seems like the worst idea one can conjure. Where is Hayao Miyazaki to make these people cry? To quote him, "I strongly feel that this is an insult to life itself."
I'm sick of the word "snub." It implies the Academy votes as a committee, which implies conspiracy, when they actually vote as individuals on secret ballots.
"Snub" also removes any element of subjectivity or objectivity by implying specific people are deserving of awards simply because they directed or starred in a film in a given year.
Awards should be based on merit and quality, and nothing more. For the last decade, every major motion picture award has been injected with controversy, and it has led to a lot of shitty nominations and wins. The only films that have won Best Picture since 2010 that have any real merit are Moonlight and Spotlight. I'd argue for King's Speech, just because it works so well and the material was approached with a unique lens -- but I won't include it.
Point is, "snub" is a pointless and childish way to deal with not getting recognition. No one "deserves" anything. And saying someone does deserve recognition simply because they did a thing is not only obnoxious, it's condescending to that person, and cheapens the merit of the award itself. It's like patting someone on the head and saying, "Aww, look what you did!"
The other thing is the selective rage and backlash. Gerwig doesn't get a nod, and everyone is outraged. Eddie Murphy doesn't get a nod, and no one cares.
Why 37? It feels arbitrary, like a list made by some random IMDb user. Pick 10 or 20 and have some discipline.
Agree completely with A Separation. Farhadi is one of the best filmmakers in the world today.
Your insight into this film is brilliant. I specifically love this observation:
"Consider this: there are scenes of these men going to bed together, albeit in separate beds, and declaring their needs and support for one another. There is nothing even approaching that between them and any female characters."
1) Todd Phillips is hardly the only asshole making popular movies.
2) Many of the ways the Joker is described in this article is true of certain men in power. I won't say who. But, read it again, it'll become clear. Then tell me the movie isn't a reflection of our times.
3) Urging people to not see a movie is a horrible way to write an opinion. Let people decide for themselves and spare readers the sanctimony.
4) Aaron Sorkin is right: not everyone has the right to the microphone. Or in this case, a platform used to condescend to long-time readers.