On Thursday morning, the nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards were announced and there was one huge snub that shocked movie critics world wide … Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
Not only was the civil rights biopic not acknowledged for “best picture,” but the film’s actors were snubbed as well. Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, two actors who critics were sure would be nominated for their outstanding roles in the drama, were completely shut down by the Academy.
Among some of the other films that received no love, Michael B. Jordan’s Fruitvale Station and Idris Elba’s, Mandela.
“2013 turned out to be a great year in Black cinema, it faded away,” film critic, Shawn Edwards told HipHollywood. “Part of the reason why the movies got snubbed is because there’s not enough Black people voting, the ratio is still off. The majority of the voters don’t like Black films.”
Edwards, the pride and joy of Kansas City then posed this question. “How do you have the greatest year ever in Black film, but none of these movies got nominated?” (Of course with the exception of 12 Years a Slave)
The nine films nominated for best picture were: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street.
The Academy Awards will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and will air Sunday March 2, on ABC.
Sound off: Are you surprised with some of this years snubs?
Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First
If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.
Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.
And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.
What I also loved were the new editions. Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman – and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.
Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.
Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne). But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.
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