This week saw the announcement of the 2019 Academy Awards nominees. Among the big winners were The Favourite (known as “the one with the costumes” by dads) and Roma (“the black and white one”), but a lot of films were snubbed out of deserved spots. Which movies were the most unfairly treated, according to dads?
Best Documentary for Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Dads usually only watch documentaries they found on Netflix, or are about World War II, so the fact that many dads went out to movie theaters to see Won’t You Be My Neighbor can tell you a lot about its appeal. It’s Mr. Rodgers, after all. Most dads haven’t heard of any of the actual nominees in the category, and for that reason alone they’ll be surprised and a bit annoyed that this film was left off the ballot.
No Nominations for Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians is a movie that dads only watched to “see what the big fuss was about.” It doesn’t take place in America, and it’s about weddings, which are two things that many dads can be wary about. However, as evident by its huge cultural role over the past year, and its insane box office totals, dads everywhere were pleasantly surprised by this movie, just as they were a bit upset to see that it’s not gotten a single nomination this year. This is a perfect time for dads to grouse how there are no “fun” movies at the Academy Awards.
Best Actress for Mary Poppins Returns
Dads have a lot to say about Emily Blunt. Usually it’s a combination of, “Oh, she’s great,” and, “Did you know she’s married to Jim from The Office” and just a touch of, “Did you see that Tom Cruise alien-fighting movie she did? She kicked a lot of butt!” Between her work in A Quiet Place and, more importantly, Mary Poppins Returns, many dads were upset not to see Blunt get her due from the Academy.
Best Director for Green Book
Green Book received five nominations including Best Picture, but no nod for Director Peter Farrelly. While the film has been in the news for some controversy, largely aimed at its screenplay, it’s still the kind of movie that dads love to watch, with uplifting themes and historical settings that remind them of their own parents. Plus, whenever a movie is nominated for Best Picture, but not Best Director, dads get a little annoyed, since they assume the categories are basically the same thing. Similarly, they’re annoyed at the snub of…
Best Director for A Star is Born
Dads love Bradley Cooper (largely because of The Hangover), but this omission strikes particularly close to home because dads loved A Star Is Born which in itself is kind of a miracle. If a year ago you said, “Lady Gaga is going to star in a musical, and dads are going to love it” you’d be called a crazy person and shown the door. But Cooper somehow pulled it off, and while the film is getting plenty of recognition, including Best Actor for Cooper, a lot of dads feel burned that he didn’t get a directing nomination as well.
But the biggest snub for dads in 2019 goes to…
Best Picture for First Man
First Man was everything a dad could want in a prestige film. It talked about an American hero. It covered an event that they either witnessed or that happened only shortly before they were born. It has scenes that take place in outer space. And it’s got Ryan Gosling! This movie was dad catnip, but it got all but shut out by the Academy, which to many dads is an outrage.
But still, at least Bohemian Rhapsody got nominated, because every dad in America made a point to see that in theaters.