The Controversy Behind the Oscar Nominations: Who Deserves What?

  On January 23rd, the Oscar nominees were revealed to the world, and most of them came as quite a surprise.

  Since 1929, the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, have been recognized for major excellence in cinematic filmography, regardless of the roles played in making the movies come to life. These came to be the awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Animated Short Film, and so much more.

  Unsurprisingly, the movie Oppenheimer has taken so many Oscar nominations, thirteen of them, to be exact, since it practically took the reins at the Golden Globes. Poor Things, Killers of the Flower Moon and Barbie follow close behind, with the first having eleven nominations, the second having ten nominations, and the third having eight nominations. However, regarding the people who are part of the movie-making process (actors, actresses, and directors), there has been quite an amount of controversy on who should have been nominated alongside their coworkers, along with much debate on different subjects of the nominees.

  Taking into consideration the dedication of the moviemakers and the surprise in the nominations, it should be known that such honors should be given to the people who truly deserve it for their work.

  How do the nominations work, exactly? The process is very simple. Of course, there is a wide variety of categories one can vote for online, but there are two constraints: most of them have to be nominated by people in that corresponding category, and there are limits as to how many people can be nominated into the category. However, special rules have to be followed for categories regarding films and other items. Then, when everyone has voted, the results are tabulated and revealed to the public.

  How does the voting process relate to the controversies of the nominations? Think about the Oscar snubs, the surprises with first-time Oscar nominees, and the results in general.

  Typically, Oscar snubs occur when a film, actor, or director is not nominated when they are considered to be deserving of the position. This is based on many factors, such as major competition, genre bias, and the release of the film.

  Focusing on the movies–and the people–with amazing acting expertise, it can be considered a shock to know that Leonardo DiCaprio was not nominated for his performance in Killers of the Flower Moon, along with the actors and actresses for the movie May December. Two supporting actors for Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning were snubbed despite having the perfect execution of their characters. Voice actors for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse were not mentioned anywhere within the nominees, and neither were the directors and producers, as the film only earned a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. Despite all four movies being so critically acclaimed for their stories, none of the main actors who brought them to life were properly recognized for their talent, which is a shame. Most Academy Awards for actors and actresses are based on performance and the energy they present, meaning that everyone listed above should have a nomination of their own with no limitations.

  Two Oscar-worthy nominees have been snubbed of their main roles in the movie they both took part in, and it has very much worked up a storm all over social media. Therefore, it is not really a surprise to understand that Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie were overlooked as nominees for the movie Barbie.

  Two coworkers, Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera, were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Meanwhile, Gerwig was passed over for the role of Best Director, while Robbie was overlooked for Best Actress. Fans were very angry upon this revelation and expressed their dissent on how Gosling was recognized instead of Robbie. It is understandable as to why fans are angry about Gerwig not getting a nod despite directing such a thematic film on feminism. Robbie’s performance as Barbie was also outstanding, so she should have gotten a nomination, too.

  However, upon further inspection, it can be said that the nominations for both women were far from certain and shaky, as both categories were highly competitive this year. Do keep in mind, though, that the categories have limited nominations, meaning that the decisions were incredibly difficult. This is unfair, as it does not allow the potential of the people who are deserving of the category to shine through.

  The 96th Academy Awards show will take place on March 10th and will be hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel. In consideration of the outrage and the controversies surrounding the choices of the nominees, film fans and people alike can only hope that this does not affect the trajectory of the Oscars.

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