My favorite part of the Oscar ceremonies is the red carpet - seeing who wears what and who makes a fool out of themselves by being an arrogant twerp and who seems like a sincerely nice person. But I won't be watching any of it tomorrow night because, as my friend, Pete, over at Blogness on the Edge of Town says so eloquently: this year the Oscar nominating committee really F'd Up.
Why? By leaving off what is CLEARLY one of the best movie track songs of the year. It deserved a nomination (I believe it deserved to win, but I am trying to keep my personal bias out of this as much as humanly possible).
Bruce wrote the theme song to "The Wrestler" after Mickey Rourke talked with him on the phone and told him about the movie. Bruce came through with a song that fits the movie like a glove, its perfect. Why then would the Academy not nominate it? I am not the only one who thinks this was a blatant snub, Rolling Stone agrees with me as do countless others who have seen the film and or heard the song.
Springsteen fan or not - does anyone think this song was not worthy of a nomination? Did you see what WAS nominated? Two songs from Slumdog Millionaire tracks and Peter Gabriel’s “Down To Earth” from Wall-E. (BTW Peter Gabriel is boycotting the Oscars too for his own reasons - you can read that over at Blogness). Obviously once again its all about power and politics in Hollywood and nothing to do with who deserves to win. I wonder if the people who win these awards feel that way? It must be as obvious to them as it is to us, right?
So....therefore, there will be one less person watching their silly show that obviously does not use talent and excellence as a criteria for their nominating process.