Oscars: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director Slams 'Lego Movie,' Jake Gyllenhaal Snubs
James Gunn took to Facebook to share his thoughts on Thursday's Academy Award nominations.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn took to Facebook on Thursday to share his opinions on the 2015 Oscar nominations — and didn't hold back on his thoughts about some notable snubs.
In an open letter to his social media followers, Gunn addressed eight hits and misses he believes the Academy made with its nominations.
"The LEGO Movie was flat out snubbed," Gunn wrote in the first paragraph of the more than 500-word post. "It was one of the best films of the year, not to mention one of the best animated films… Honestly, I don't think there can be any reason it wasn't nominated other than Academy members assumed it was a silly movie (like I did when I first heard of the movie, before seeing it) and didn't watch the screener."
Gunn praised the Academy's decisions in nominating Bradley Cooper for best actor, but believed that Golden Globe winner Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Damien Chazelle each got the short end of the stick.
"Jake Gyllenhaal deserved to be nominated for Nightcrawler. God, he was good in that film," Gunn wrote in paragraph No. 3. "I also think Damien Chazelle should have been nominated as Best Director for Whiplash which is, to me, one of the greatest film accomplishments of 2014."
Though Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy received Oscar nominations for both visual effects and makeup and hairstyling, Gunn expressed disappointment that his film was not recognized for costume and production design, as well as sound effects.
"All three of these departments created looks and sounds from nothing, from cultures that hadn't pre-existed, and created something beautiful that has already shifted the aesthetic paradigm of Hollywood films," Gunn wrote, adding "I suppose they'll just have to be happy having made a film seen by more people than have seen all...of the Best Film nominees combined."
The director also believes that Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, should have been nominated for best picture. "I don't get it. What other department, exactly, was holding Foxcatcher back from being nominated for Best Film?" Gunn questioned. "It really bothers me when awards for Best Director and Best Film go to different movies."
In his final paragraph, though, Gunn defends the Academy's decision-making process, despite their "long tradition of bad choices," while reiterating his support for The Lego Movie: "[The Academy] should have the right to not vote for whomever they want... besides The Lego Movie."