There hasn’t been much good press surrounding the Academy Awards this year and the long-running film festival knows it. The Academy has been working overtime to correct their many missteps, including dropping the ridiculous Best Popular Picture category and backtracking on their previous announcement that only two of the nominated songs for Best Original Song would be performed during the live show. Now the Academy is once again attempting to garner some goodwill, this time in the form of a supercut of filmmakers finding out they’ve been nominated for an Oscar.
If you’re like us and enjoy watching emotional videos online that will make you cry at your desk, we’ve got a clip for you. Our typical sobfests are courtesy of clips showing soldiers surprising their families, babies playing with dogs, and colourblind people getting those special EnChroma glasses, but now we can add ‘people being nominated for Oscars’ to our video rotation.
The new video shows filmmakers and actors from a variety of Oscar categories, including Best Documentary Feature for Of Fathers And Sons, Period., and RBG, Best Picture for BlacKkKlansman, Best Supporting Actor for Richard E. Grant, Best Actress for Yalitza Aparicio, Best Live Action Short Film for Skin, and many more.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 19, 2019
Of course, this supercut comes with the obvious elephant in the room that the Oscars dropped cinematography, film editing, live-action short and makeup and hairstyling from the live broadcast, instead opting to hand out statues during the commercial breaks (a controversial move they’ve since walked back). Looks like editing is pretty important, isn’t it Oscars? Looks like the nominees for Best Live-Action Short are pretty excited to be nominated, aren’t they?
The video has inspired some past nominees to share their stories of the moment they found out they were nominated; we love this kind of thing.
In 2015, my name was the very first name read by JJ Abrams for my Oscar nominated song, #EverythingIsAwesome My mom and I sat together watching the tv and it did not seem real. Incredibly surreal.
— Shawn Patterson (@shawnmpatterson) February 20, 2019
If you’re looking for more warm and fuzzy moments today, and why not, there are the full reaction videos from a handful of the nominees available online.
Richard E. Grant found out about his Best Supporting Actor nomination for Can You Ever Forgive Me? while standing in front of an apartment he rented three decades ago while barely making a living as a struggling actor. He’s the best.
Am levitating at this astonishing news. Thank you to @TheAcademy for this nomination in such incredible company. I’m indebted to so many people but most of all @melissamccarthy & Marielle Heller @cyefm ❤️@SearchlightUK pic.twitter.com/CIdJSMLkj1
— Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) January 22, 2019
Newcomer Yalitza Aparicio was brought to tears with the news of her Best Actress nomination for Roma, which then brought us to tears. Again. The movie made us cry, too.
— Yalitza Aparicio Martínez (@YalitzaAparicio) January 22, 2019
Industry veteran Spike Lee celebrated with his family and a lot of screams for his Best Picture nomination for BlacKkKlansman. The film likely won’t win, but we sure would like to see Lee and co. celebrate like this again.
📹: @sirjacksonlewislee on Instagram pic.twitter.com/0OvhWa3V3n
— BlacKkKlansman (@BlacKkKlansman) January 22, 2019
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