Like most years, Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards celebrated some of the best films and performances of the year. Again, just some of them. Opening to rave reviews can help a film earn an Oscar nomination, but it isn’t a guarantee. Should your film also make money, you’ve likely eliminated any shot of your film getting a shout out on nomination day.
Comedy trio The Lonely Island, composed of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, were asked to put together an opening number for this year’s Academy Awards. According to the “Dick In A Box” writers, their idea was ‘financially and logistically impossible.’ Thankfully, that didn’t stop them from sharing a rough cut of their musical number.
The SNL Digital Shorts creators opened the video, titled “Why Not Me?”, with a title card that reads “For fun we thought we’d share the rough storyboards of what would have been a fully shot, star-studded music video of exorbitant cost. All vocals and visuals are temp, so please use your imagination and enjoy!”
As usual with The Lonely Island’s work, which includes the hilariously underrated Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, not much imagination was required to see how brilliant the musical number would have been if financed. Beginning with Thor, Wonder Woman and Pennywise from It, the three characters sing about their sadness over earning amazing reviews and making huge money at the box office, but failing to receive any recognition from the Academy. After Thor sadly sings about his film being for the whole family, Wonder Woman chimes in “Why not me? I left my family to fight for what’s right/ Saved the world from the devil below/ But I’m sure it was hard for Sir Daniel Day Lewis to learn how to sew.” Preach!
In addition to fake Thor, Diana Prince and Pennywise, the video also includes sad Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish and sad Fast and the Furious actor Vin Diesel, who peed on a zipline and blew up cars (respectively), seemingly for nothing at this point.
“Why Not Me” also asks why there’s no category for all the Chrises, including Pine, Pratt, Evans and Hemsworth (and Rock). Again, fair question!
While the video is a funny take on the Oscars ignoring big budget films, it does also have a point. Wonder Woman (92 per cent), Thor: Ragnarok (92 per cent), and Girls Trip (90 per cent) came in at ratings above Darkest Hour (86 per cent), which earned Gary Oldman a Best Actor win. Most of this year’s Best Picture nominees were in the 90s, with the above three high-earning films easily in the same ratings category. So, other than being snobby, what excuse does the Academy have for ignoring these flicks? We know the members saw them, because everyone saw them!
Of course, one of the positives of high-earning movies being ignored by the Academy is that is gives independent films some much-needed publicity to get people to the theatres. As an aside, we’re also fine with the Fast and the Furious being shut out once again.
Either the Oscars need to make more categories for big action flicks and comedies, or we just have to start giving more respect to the MTV Movie Awards.