The Oscars are reliably wack: For everything they get right, there’s at least five super-obvious things they get wrong. On the one hand, they did the right thing and nominated “Mad Max: Fury Road” — a legitimately insane action extravaganza-cum-feminist manifesto — for Best Picture, Best Director and a slew of technical awards. (Makeup is particularly earned.) Huzzah! On the other, they failed to fete “Carol” for the same trophies. Boo! A thousand boos!
AMPAS voters weren’t thick enough to snub Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara for the same movie — even if the latter is clearly a co-lead, not the supporting player as she has been classified by most of the major awards bodies. It also justly received noms for Ed Lachman’s cinematography, Carter Burwell’s score, costume design and Phyllis Nagy’s screenplay.
But what else is a pleasant surprise? What else is a forehead-slapping bummer? Let’s find out!