The nominations for the Academy Awards were announced a couple hours ago (see previous report). Although Star Trek picked up four technical nominations, it didn’t get a nod for Best Picture. Although not considered a shoe-in, the film had received a lot of buzz and many are already calling ‘snub’, especially due to one of the films that did make it in. [UPDATE: More ‘Star Trek Snub’ buzz]
No Best Pic for Trek? – Is it a snub?
Going into the nominations, Star Trek had shown up on a number of industry watcher lists for a nomination for Best Picture, including Entertainment Weekly’s and the USA Today. The film was also nominated by the Producers Guild, which usually is a good gauge of the Oscar nods. However, Star Trek and Clint Eastwood’s Invictus were the only films that didn’t make both lists, replaced by The Blind Side and A Serious Man.
|District 9||The Blind Side|
|An Education||District 9|
|The Hurt Locker||An Education|
|Inglourious Basterds||The Hurt Locker|
|Star Trek||A Serious Man|
|Up in the Air||Up in the Air|
The exclusion of Star Trek has got some notice (and even riled some up):
[UPDATED quotes list]
Ten f–king slots for Best Picture, and not a-one of ’em for JJ’s STAR TREK? That list can’t have TWO giant sci-fi movie’s on it?
– Director Kevin Smith (via Twitter)
That a nomination did not go to Star Trek was a shock to many on the Facebook Livestream, which indicates how the public’s going to respond to the news of the list. Moreover, will the Star Trek snub impact Oscar ratings?
– SF Gate
Surprises: Trek got shafted, UP nommed for Best Film AND Best Animated!
– Pop Culture Zoo (Twitter)
In a 10-movie Best Picture field that had room for box office hits as well as indie darlings, I was surprised Golden Globe winner The Hangover, Star Trek, or (500) Days of Summer didn’t sneak in.
– Entertainment Weekly
STAR TREK might have peaked too early; also, it had such a zippy, fleet feel to it that maybe voters didn’t take it as seriously as the others? Honestly I do not know. But I agree that it deserved a nod.
– Washinton Post (critic Ann Hornaday from chat)
"Star Trek" – Did the Academy learn nothing from its egregious omission of "The Dark Knight" last year? The fact that the Best Picture field was expanded to 10 films and included another sci fi film, "District 9," makes "Star Trek’s" snub that much more painful. The clever and entertaining reboot of the popular franchise was crafted well. It deserved better than its handful of technical nominations.
And what about the geek fave Star Trek directed by J.J. Abrams? Somebody at the Academy is not on board the Enterprise for sure.
– Urban Wire
What, no "Star Trek?" The news of today’s Oscar nominations from Los Angeles shot around the world, leaving critics and film buffs shaking their heads over snubs made by Academy Award voters.
More Star Trek exclusion talk from:
- USA Today and again at USA Today
- LA Times
- E Online
- Access Hollywood
- Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Blind Side over Star Trek? Really?
The inclusion of The Blind Side appears to be a total surprise. The Sandra Bullock led film about a family that adopts a homeless teenager has been a bit of a sleeper hit, earning $237M domestically. However, The Blind Side only scores a 58% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (Top Critics), and didn’t appear on any of the critic top 10 lists compiled at Metacritic (Star Trek has a 92% rating and is on 21 lists). Cinemablend called the nomination of The Blind Side for Best Picture (over Trek and other contenders) one of "Five things to be horrified by" with this years Oscars. The Detroit Free Press notes the
Blind Side pick is "a victory for the sort of blockbuster films that ticket buyers embrace more than critics." The Blind Side seems to be benefiting from the performance of Sandra Bullock, who was also nominated for Best Actress and already has won the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for her performance in the film.
"Blind Side" made it onto the Best Pic list, but "Star Trek" did not