I was talking to a friend today about the controversy of no nominations for black actors. That's not a subject I want to address here, because it requires more typing than I have time for at the moment. But he brought up something that had slipped my notice: that Straight Outta Compton didn't get a Best Picture nomination.
I was boggled by that. It was a wonderful film, and while I know that lots of high quality works get overlooked because there are only five available slots, that's not the case here. First, the Academy now allows for 10 films to be nominated as Best Picture. Moreover, only eight movies got nominated, so there were two empty slots.
The reviews of the movie were glowing when it was released, with many suggesting it could win Best Picture. And I'm well-aware that this is all personal taste, but I still don't get it being overlooked. Especially with Mad Max: Fury Road nominated.
I could raise a similar question about the director not getting a nomination for such excellent work, though I'll leave that be since it's a different situation, particularly with only five people eligible in the category, rather than up to 10..
As I said to my friend, my reaction is not about whether a black film was snubbed. It may have been, it may not have been. My reaction is that a really terrific film was overlooked in a category that allows for extra nominations and still had two empty places open.