How ‘Selma’ Got Screwed:

SELMA (2014)


At 8:30 this morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 2015 Oscar nominations, and most of them were fairly predictable: Boyhood, Birdman, and Grand Budapest led the way; Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette, and J.K. Simmons, all good nods, etc. But one title appeared early — nominated for Best Song — and then was conspicuous, in category after category, for its absence: Selma. Bypassed for Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Score, and (most noticeably) Best Actor and Best Director, by the time Ava DuVernay’s masterpiece was finally mentioned a second time, in the last announced category (Best Picture, which somehow felt like a consolation prize), the morning had become a repeat of the entire awards season — where the year’s best movie was being shut out at every opportunity.

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