I had only two Oscar dreams today. And they both came true.
Bravo, Academy. Bravo for finally not awarding the mediocrity personified Amy Adams for doing nothing for yet another time in her career. Still, it would have been better if her terrible movie didn't score 8 (undeserved) nominations nor that the nomination for Best Actress went to Meryl Streep for her silly little Globes tirade (no one actually thinks it's just because of the performance, right?) but her missing out is glorious. Of course I cannot truly enjoy it because I keep seeing people whining about this 'snub'. How many times did someone get snubbed because of this basic blandness getting in? 2? 3? 4? 5?
Spare me the pity party - she has FIVE nominations. Five. Charlize Theron has 2. Ralph Fiennes has 2. Gary Oldman has 1. Ed Harris has 4. Ed Harris has one less nomination than this woman. During 40 years of his career. And if he won for either of his nominated performances, no one would complain. Because he is deserving. What if this chick won for American Hustle, huh?
It's an outrage. She doesn't deserve half of the nominations she actually got, so hallelujah. Never again, Academy. She is already the most overrated actress in the history of these awards and that's really saying something.
If there is one performance I truly loved in 2016 - yes, I truly love only one - to the point it would make me rewatch the movie (and that movie sucks) - it's Michael Shannon in Nocturnal Animals. We saw HFPA make another ridiculous decision by giving not just a nomination but a win to Kick Ass so Shannon actually getting nominated is a fantastic surprise. Shannon is of course not winning, since he is a white man (go on, tell me Ali would still win if this year didn't follow last year OscarsSoWhite hysterics), but it's still nice he got nominated. His performance carries that film and I cannot wait to watch his scenes again. Shannon is one of those actors who never gives bad performances. He is consistently amazing. And Man of Steel doesn't count because I'm convinced he just consciously went full on camp because he knew what a disaster the film is going to be anyways.
I have no favorites in this race - Jackie is the movie I admired and Shannon's is the performance I love but there is no chance he is winning. I didn't love any of 2016 Oscar movies like I loved Gravity, Birdman or Fury Road, to just name my winners of the recent years. In 2016 no actress was as fierce as Theron as Furiosa and no one was as breathtaking as Fassbender in Shame. I'm not rooting for anyone in particular but seeing those surprises made me so happy because it's so rare when the Academy actually surprises in a fun way.
And I haven't seen his movie but fuck, yeah Viggo Mortensen, baby!
Also holy hell Reynolds must be BAD at giving head...