Oscars Snub Fahrenheit 9/11 and Passion of the Christ
The Howard Hughes epic “The Aviator” led Academy Awards contenders with 11 nominations Tuesday, including best picture, plus acting honors for Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Alan Alda and a directing slot for Martin Scorsese. The boxing saga “Million Dollar Baby” and the J.M. Barrie tale “Finding Neverland” followed with seven nominations each, among them best picture and acting nominations for Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank and Johnny Depp. Eastwood also got a directing nomination for “Million Dollar Baby.” The other best-picture nominees were the Ray Charles portrait “Ray” and the buddy comedy “Sideways.”
Mel Gibson’s religious blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ” missed out on main categories, but did pick up nominations for cinematography, makeup and original score.
Michael Moore’s gamble to hold his hit film “Fahrenheit 9/11” out of the documentary category – to boost its best-picture prospects – backfired. The movie was shut out across the board. Moore won the documentary prize two years ago for “Bowling for Columbine.”
“The Aviator” is the only one of the films that I’ve seen, although I plan to watch “Million Dollar Baby,” “Ray,” and “Sideways” on DVD at some point. “Aviator” was a superb film that, as expected, did well with the Academy.
It’s interesting that neither of the year’s two most controversial films, “Passion” and “Fahrenheit 9/11,” got nominated in a significant category. Given their impact on the public discourse, and the apparent consensus that both films were well made despite objections (political and otherwise) to them, it’s a bit surprising.
(via Kevin Aylward)