Reaction to Oscar Nominations: Kubo and the Two Strings and Moana

I was so looking forward to checking out the Oscar nominations when I got back from my trip. In the last couple of years, I’ve gotten more and more into watching the Academy Awards and tracking which films win and which films don’t. And as I stated earlier, I had my own thoughts on who might get nominated for Best Original Score (the Academy Award I pay attention to the most); my favorites included Moana and Kubo and the Two Strings, which are (in my opinion) the best animated films I saw in the previous year.

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Well, the results are in and I am stunned, and slightly disgusted. But let’s start with the good news: Kubo and the Two Strings has been nominated for Best Animated Feature (and rightfully so) as well as Best Visual Effects (also rightfully so).

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Moana has also been nominated for Best Animated Feature (which I agree with) and the gorgeous song “How Far I’ll Go” has been nominated for Best Original Song. This makes me really happy because “How Far I’ll Go” is a great song, it’s the equivalent of “Let it Go” from Frozen, which makes me really confident that it could win the Oscar.

That’s the good news. Now for the bad news….

Neither film has been nominated for Best Original Score. The films that were nominated for Best Original Score are: Jackie; La La Land; Lion; Moonlight; and Passengers. Shockingly (or perhaps not), John Williams BFG score wasn’t nominated either, and Williams has been nominated fairly consistently over his career.But I digress…

I can (almost) understand why Moana didn’t get the Best Original Score nomination; it’s beautiful and amazing, but I can admit (reluctantly) that it wasn’t THE best score of them all. But I cannot accept that Kubo and the Two Strings wasn’t at the very least NOMINATED because…have you HEARD that score?? As I said before, the score for Kubo is refreshing in that it places traditional Japanese music front and center, with the shamisen providing the bulk of the melody. The Academy has made a serious mistake by not considering this film for the award.

And looking back at the ones that DID get nominated…will someone please tell me what is so great about La La Land? For the record, I have heard some of the music in question, and while it is good and serves its purpose, it’s not the BEST music I ever heard. And yet, somehow, this film has been nominated for FOURTEEN Academy Awards.

??????? Really?? I’m sorry, I just don’t get it. Maybe I will understand some day, but right now I’m just upset that a lot of great films are being snubbed by the Academy.

 

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