Oscar nominations: This was not Apple's year

From Travis Clark's "Streaming services are spending bank on big-budget movies. That's not buying Oscar nods." posted Tuesday by Business Insider:

A year after Apple became the first streaming company to win the best picture Oscar, streamers came up short in this year's Oscar nominations that were announced on Tuesday.

Netflix led the nominations last year with 27 nods. This year, it only has 15 — nine of which were for its one best-picture contender, "All Quiet on the Western Front."

Apple, 2022's big winner, garnered just two nominations: one for the animated short film "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" and a supporting actor nod for Brian Tyree Henry in "Causeway." Its biggest awards-season contender, Will Smith's "Emancipation," didn't receive a single nomination.

My take: I wouldn't have watched "Emancipation" if it hadn't  been on Apple TV+. I stuck with the thing to the end, but I wouldn't recommend it. Jacobin reviewer Eileen Jones nailed it:

There aren’t enough films depicting runaway slaves fighting off Southern racists on the way to freedom. So when that premise is wasted on a terrible movie, as it is in Will Smith’s Emancipation, it’s a great tragedy.

3 Comments

  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    Regrettably I watched EmNcipation. I was totally unimpressed with the movie

    , no one part of it could be considering deserving of the least of awards.

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    January 24, 2023
    • Jonny T said:
      Watched twenty minutes…

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      January 25, 2023
  2. Rodney Avilla said:
    “There aren’t enough films depicting runaway slaves fighting off Southern racists on the way to freedom”

    I am always weary of Hollywood educating me on pretty much any topic. Don’t get me wrong, I have been entertained by many movies touching the good and bad of our American history. But I always walk away wondering what was actually true, and what was artistic license, or what was left out because of ‘editorial’ bias.
    The above statement, IMHO, implies that we have a culture that is dependent on Hollywood to teach us values. And that, IMHO, is scary.

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    January 25, 2023

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