Some nice words from a film critic about Jennifer's Horrible Bosses role and awards consideration/politics:
Oscar Nominations 2012: 5 questionable calls
By Ethan Drew
The Academy Awards, also known as "the Oscars," is an annual awards show that I have come to love over my years as a film fanatic. Unfortunately in recent years, this love has been tested by the Academy's—let's just say—"questionable" calls when it comes to certain nominations and winners.
In "honor" of the upcoming 84th Academy Awards, I have created a list of the Academy's five most questionable calls (including snubs and nominations) of this season:
5. Snub: the horror genre.
With the exception of "Silence of the Lambs" back in '92, the horror genre has generally been shafted when it comes to the Oscars in the past two decades. I'm not saying that every horror film should be held up to the same standards as some of the greatest films of our time. I just think that it would be nice to get a little love from the Academy for my genre every once in a while.
4. Nomination: Best Supporting Actress – Melissa McCarthy for "Bridesmaids."
Though I hate myself for including this due to my love for "Bridesmaids" and love for McCarthy's role, I do not think that her performance warranted an Oscar nomination. Here's how I see it: McCarthy's obvious talent aside, why should she land a nomination when other great, comedic supporting actors in R-rated raunchy comedies like Zach Galifianakis in "The Hangover" or Jennifer Aniston in "Horrible Bosses" have gone unnoticed though their performances were just as popular and hilariously impressive? I hope the Academy is prepared to handle the can of worms they have opened by allowing this kind of popularity-based nomination.
3. Snub: Best Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio for "J. Edgar."
While I've heard that "J. Edgar" isn't the best film to come out this past year, I still think that DiCaprio is long overdue for an Oscar nomination/win. The fact that he wasn't even nominated for his role in "Shutter Island" last year still makes my blood boil. It's time for the Academy to recognize his talent and versatility, if you ask me.
2. Nomination: Best Picture – "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" & Snub: Best Picture – "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
Though I have not seen "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," I do know that it is the worst reviewed film to get a Best Picture nomination in over 10 years. My question is why did a film that is generally disliked get nominated while a well-made, well-reviewed film like "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" didn't even get a nod?
1. Ultimate Snub: Best Supporting Actor – Alan Rickman for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."
Could someone please explain to me how an actor as brilliant as Alan Rickman didn't at least get a nod for his brilliant, emotional turn as Severus Snape in the final film in the Harry Potter franchise? Granted, Part 2 did earn itself three Oscar nominations this season. I think it was completely robbed of the category for which it most deserved a nomination.