Guardians of the Galaxy: The Biggest Oscar Snub.

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Geek Nation it is official: the awards season is over and I cannot help but feel a bit disappointed that a major film was left off the ballot for a number of acclaimed rewards like Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor to name a few.

I’m pretty sure you can all guess the film I’m talking about? Guardians of the Galaxy was the biggest snub from the motion picture academy this year. What James Gunn and team did with this film is nothing short of amazing.

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The film had everything a major blockbuster film is suppose to have as well as more than what many of the films nominated for the coveted Oscar. Now this is not a shot at the film that won best picture Birdman or any of the other films that were nominated and won, but a call out to the awards shows to pull their heads out of their ass and give films like Guardians of the Galaxy the recognition and accolades it deserves.

I have had a chance to discuss this film, and its Oscar snub, with many of the fans and people who have seen the film and the one thing I have come away with is the fact that this film didn’t receive any recognition for what James Gunn and cast were able to accomplish.

“Well, Obiwon what awards should they have been nominated for?” I’m glad you asked! If I was part of the committee for the Academy I would give them there recognition for:

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2014-04Best Director James Gunn
Best Actor: Chris Pratt
Best Supporting Actress: Zoe Saldana
Best Screenplay
Film Editing
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing

I feel these should have been the categories that Guardians should have had been nominated for and not just Visual Effects… Which it lost to Interstellar, and in my opinion did not have better visual effects than Guardians.

If the powers in the Academy want people to find these award shows to be relevant again they need to stop snubbing films just because it is a Comic Book film or a Sci-Fi film. Their reasoning for not doing this is absurd and the way they dissed these films during the Oscars with a song (Jack Black‘s lyrics during the opening of the 2015 Oscars), that goes like:

“Opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Jediman, Sequelman, Prequelman — formulaic scripts!”

This is crap and I’m glad that director James Gunn stood up and said something about it. Check out what he had to say via his Facebook Page,

guardians-of-the-galaxy-director-slams-oscar-snubs-on-facebook“I didn’t really find the Jack Black superhero jokes offensive, did you guys? It was, like, a joke. I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but the writing on the Oscars didn’t seem to be all that well thought out.

As far as Dan Gilroy saying that attendees of the Independent Spirit Awards have survived against a “tsunami of superhero films” – well it seems a bit weird coming from a guy whose wife has acted in two Thor films – really, that seems like you’ve drowned horribly in that tsunami. But I know I just kind of make up stuff as I go along on these awards shows, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite. I’ve already won more awards than I ever expected for Guardians. What bothers me slightly is that many people assume because you make big films that you put less love, care, and thought into them then people do who make independent films or who make what are considered more serious Hollywood films.

I’ve made B-movies, independent films, children’s movies, horror films, and gigantic spectacles. I find there are plenty of people everywhere making movies for a buck or to feed their own vanity. And then there are people who do what they do because they love story-telling, they love cinema, and they want to add back to the world some of the same magic they’ve taken from the works of others. In all honesty, I do no find a strikingly different percentage of those with integrity and those without working within any of these fields of film.

If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we’re dumb. But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a “serious” filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken.”

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I 100% agree with what James says here. It is truly obtuse that the higher ups for the so called Motion Picture Academy can pull something like this and talk down to films that make Hollywood and film making what it is today. If it wasn’t for these films there would be a lot of unemployed film makers out there. So, Academy of Film learn from your mistakes and pull your heads from your ass and give every film the recognition they so well deserve.

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By: Shane Holly/Obiwon

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