Holy Oscar snubs, Batman! You're not up for Best Picture!
The Academy Awards announced their list of nominees yesterday, and "The Dark Knight," Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" and Bruce Springsteen were all conspicuous in their absence from certain top categories.
Batman, which grossed $1 billion worldwide, was not included among the Best Picture nominees.
And its director Christopher Nolan, who garnered widespread praise for reviving a dying franchise, was left out of the Best Director category.
But Eastwood and Springsteen have even larger gripes.
Eastwood, who won Best Actor from the National Board of Review for "Gran Torino," wasn't even nominated by the Academy.
"Gran Torino" is Eastwood's last acting performance ever, and was widely considered one of the four best performances of the year.
"Eastwood the actor is in total command, daring himself to new depths," wrote Richard Corliss in Time. Peters Travers of Rolling Stone all but guaranteed an Oscar victory in his review of the film.
Furthermore, I also find it hard to believe there were five films better than "Gran "Torino" in 2008, which received a grand total of zero nominations.
Not only does Eastwood give an affecting, nuanced, yet explosive performance -- a true valedictory if it is indeed his last film -- it's also a touching, insightful and often hilarious movie.
The last big snub was The Boss.
Springsteen won a Golden Globe for his song, "The Wrestler," for the movie of the same name.
The Academy could have nominated five songs, but only chose to nominate three and not include Springsteen. Bizarre.
Click here to listen to the song "The Wrestler."
On the bright side, there were some nice stories from the nominations too.
Richard Jenkins, a great actor who starred in "The Visitor," a terrific indie film which came out earlier this year, got his first nomination for Best Actor.
Asked how that will affect his career?
"I'm 61; Brad's not going to have to move over," he said with a laugh, referring to one of his fellow Best-Actor nominees, Brad Pitt.