With an imperious inevitability largely calibrated on their ability to crush nerd dreams and hopes, Andy Serkis‘ excellent motion-capture performance in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was today overlooked by the halfwits by apparently comprise the acting division of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as Hollywood’s shadowy nominating committees announced the nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards.
Still, Serkis’ snub isn’t the only face palm moment. No “Drive”? Check. Eleven nominations for a Scorsese movie that – whilst glorious – it’s target audience found eminently skippable? But, of course. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross score for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” totally ignored? You got it. It’s like the Academy hates Geek Culture or some shizz?
Perhaps if he were, you know, a ratings-boosting, honest-to-goodness, proper movie star such as Brad Pitt or George Clooney (both nominated this year – what are the odds?) we might not be having the same discussions. But as Hollywood seems utterly unable to create new stars, it’s probably understandable that they’ve chosen to nominate what they can understand and what they can market rather than performances which are too complex or too unfashionable for their delicate artistic brains to fully grasp.
Gizmodo has a piece today whose headline sums up my feelings quite nicely, thank you very much…