Monday, January 19, 2015

'Glory' from 'Selma' for MLK Day

First, Happy Martin Luther King Day to all of my readers.  For those of you who have the day off, I hope you contemplate the meaning of the holiday as well as enjoying a day of leisure.

Second, I compared my complaints about the Oscar nominations at the end of Nerdist on the Oscar nominations.
Last year, my number one snub was "Blackfish.".  This year, It's probably the paucity of nominations for "Selma."  I'll have more to say about that tomorrow for MLK Day.
That's today.  "Selma" earned four nominations at the Golden Globes, Best Movie (Drama), Best Director for Ava Duvernay, Best Actor for David Oyelowo, and Best Original Song for "Glory."  Of those, it won only one award, Best Original Song.

In contrast, the movie only earned two nominations for Oscars, one for Best Picture and the other for Best Original Song.  The Los Angeles Times considered this to be a slight.
The "Selma" (near) shutout. OK, so it got original song and did squeeze out a best picture nomination. But Ava DuVernay didn’t get nominated for director, and David Oyelowo, regarded by many as giving the best performance of the year for his turn as Martin Luther King Jr., was nowhere to be found amid a strong actor list.  Considering the civil rights drama is one of the most well-reviewed films of the year, its absence in many of the major categories easily represents one of the year’s biggest snubs.
That's the bad news.  The good news is that Glory was the only song among the Golden Globe nominees to also be nominated for an Academy Award.  To celebrate both the day and the possibility that it could follow in the footsteps of "Skyfall" by winning Best Song at both the Golden Globes and Academy Awards, I present it again.

Good luck to John Legend and Common, who wrote and performed this song, at the Oscars.  Stay tuned for another post about the music nominees on a Sunday between now and the award ceremony.

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