Not long after yesterday’s nominations for the Academy Awards were announced, many in the media started calling the omission of a Best Picture nod for Star Trek a ‘snub’ or a ‘surprise’ (see previous report). Now a couple of polls show many movie fans agree. However, Star Trek exec producer and co-writer Roberto Orci doesn’t agree.
Polling for a snub?
Yesterday we ran a TrekMovie Poll on the exclusion of Star Trek, and the results were about 50/50, although most agree the film was more deserving than The Blind Side.
Was Star Trek Snubbed for Best Picture Nom?
* Yes – Robbed! (52%)
* No – but more deserving than “Blind Side” (29%)
* No (21%)
But it isn’t just here that polling here, a couple of other polls show many feel Trek was snubbed
What was the biggest surprise omission from the Best Picture Oscar nominees?
26.3% Star Trek
19.0% (500) Days of Summer
12.9% The Hangover
4.8% Crazy Heart
4.4% The Lovely Bones
4.1% A Single Man
3.2% The Fantastic Mr. Fox
1.0% The Messenger
1.0% The Young Victoria
What was the biggest surprise from the Oscar noms?
* ‘Star Trek’ not up for Best Picture: 28%
* ‘District 9’ getting a Best Picture nod: 23%
* Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Supporting Actress nod: 20%
* No Best Director nod for Clint Eastwood for ‘Invictus’: 29%
Blind Side came out of nowhere
It appears that the omission of Star Trek (or one of the other films considered in contention like (500) Days of Summer, Invictus or The Messenger) combined with the inclusion of The Blind Side is causing most of the scratching of heads. Awards Daily has an interesting analysis chart showing how (unlike Trek and the other films being talked about) The Blind Side came out of nowhere, not being nominated by any of the precursor events (guild awards, critic groups or other awards like BAFTA, Golden Globes, etc). And according to the LA Times, even the Academy wasn’t ready for the nod (shown by not being able to identify the appropriate producers):
…the most likely reason why the movie was stigmatized by being lumped into the "to be determined" purgatory: The academy simply didn’t think "The Blind Side" would earn a best picture nomination, so they hadn’t gotten around to fully completing the vetting process.
Orci says ‘no snub’
Of course there is no rule to say that Academy has to nominate any one film over any other based on past events. Surprises happen and that’s that. Star Trek did pick up four Oscar nominations, which matches the franchise record. Plus it has been nominated by almost all of the Hollywood guilds and picked up many other honors as well. It is fair to say that the 2009 Star Trek film has the most accolades of any film in the franchise, along with it being popular both with Trek fans and the general movie going audience.
Star Trek co-writer and executive producer Roberto Orci dropped by TrekMovie yesterday and commented on the whole ‘snub’ thing, saying:
Agree with those who say Star Trek was not snubbed, but appreciate so much those who feel that way on our behalf.
May we all live long and prosper
Maybe next time
And of course there is always the ‘Star Trek: Something Something’ sequel. According to reports, the Academy’s expansion of 10 nominees rule was made because many felt that last year The Dark Knight was snubbed and the Academy was ignoring popular and genre films. The Batman Begins sequel was a huge success with filmgoers and with critics. People at Paramount and on the ‘Trek Supreme Court’ liked to point at Batman Begins as a model for the first Star Trek. All indications are that they succeeded in meeting (and possibly exceeding) that standard of re-invigorating a franchise. So now the challenge for the team is for them to make that great second movie, like The Dark Knight (or Wrath of Khan, or Empire Strikes Back, etc).
No pressure guys
Can Trek keep the trend?