ReelBob: Oscar nominations — ‘La La Land’ 14 nominations, really?
I am a big fan of musicals and I really, really enjoyed “La La Land.”
It featured some nice songs, imaginative choreography and a contemporary story that, which was a bit edgy.
I was impressed that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone did their own singing and dancing.
And the movie did deserve several of its Academy Award nominations, especially in the musical and production categories.
If I had to choose between Stone and Gosling in the acting categories, I would give the edge to Stone. Her performance seemed more complex and multidimensional.
I would have liked to see Colin Farrell recognized for his performance in “The Lobster” instead of Gosling.
And while I adore Meryl Streep, I would have rather seen Taraji P. Henson from “Hidden Figures” or Anya Taylor-Joy from “The Witch” or Amy Adams from “Arrival” fill her spot.
That “Sausage Party,” one of the funniest movies of the year, was ignored in the best animated feature category, is a disgrace.
Yes, the film was profane and low-brow, but it made several very interesting observations among the noise and nonsense.
That “Silence” was mostly ignored also is puzzling. It was a profound — yes, admittedly, slow — examination of faith featuring sterling performances and a solid script.
That it did not make the cut for best picture, screenplay and director is disturbing. And while I am glad to see Andrew Garfield recognized for “Hacksaw Ridge,” I believe his performance in “Silence” was much deeper and complex.
OK, getting down from my soapbox.
Let me know if you agree or disagree with some of my views.