January 14, 2016 at 9:06 am #209418
We need your theories (legitimate and conpiracy) for why Ridley Scott was snubbed for “The Martian.” He was the frontrunner to WIN this race at the Oscars. Let’s hear it!January 14, 2016 at 9:10 am #209420
He was the front runner from people who don’t vote. In reality, he didn’t have enough #1 or #2 rankings. That’s itJanuary 14, 2016 at 9:13 am #209421
He was never the frontrunner.January 14, 2016 at 9:14 am #209422
Ridley Scott makes a blockbuster like The Martian once a year. His work in The Martian isn’t any better (or worse) than his work in, say, Prometheus.January 14, 2016 at 9:18 am #209423
The Director’s branch is the most complicated branch in the Academy.January 14, 2016 at 9:19 am #209424
Agree with Mr Chaos. Not enough #1/2 votes.
And it is a divisive film.
He’s an old hat with this but it’s got to hurt.January 14, 2016 at 9:20 am #209425
No room for two veterans? The sci-fi bias holds less water nowadays. I see Scott’s snubbing as more of a Director’s Branch quirk than anything necessarily against him. Haynes was snubbed too, and Spielberg. Abrams too for the biggest BO hit of all time. It’s that DGA nod that got people’s hopes up, along with such a clearly positive critical and commercial reception for “The Martian.”January 14, 2016 at 9:46 am #209426
3 adventure/sci-fi movies was never getting in at the same time in Director lineup. Never, with this branch. It was up to you to choose which one of those three(Revenant, MM, The Martian) or more get snubbed and replaced by an indie. I’d personally assumed Mad Max would be the one that get kicked off first solely because it’s a sequel, and a gritty one at that. But no one can’t deny it’s more of a directioral achivement than The Martian could ever hoped to be, so I respect their choices and thank them for not being squemish.
This branch, out of all, rarely care about name recognition as it can be seen from this year.
Academy’s Directing Branch=400 voters.
People like Neil Patrick Harris, Robin Wright and David Boreanaz are member of DGA, because they’ve directed one or two episodes of their own show.
We can’t expect that group to prefer bolder, more niche and artsy things than the Academy.January 14, 2016 at 9:47 am #209427
How was he the frontrunner? What had he won for The Martian? This came from dellusional people who can’t see what’s right in front of their eyes.January 14, 2016 at 9:51 am #209428
He was never the frontrunner going in to this race. People who made him frontrunner based it on the fact that he’s due for one. Pretty sure that’s not how the academy works.January 14, 2016 at 9:52 am #209429
Film was too slight. It fit the captain Phillips, Argo mold to a tee. He needed McCarthy snubbed at DGA to have had a chance.
EDIT: oh yeah, I CALLED ITJanuary 14, 2016 at 9:53 am #209431
I was thinking The Martian would only get 2 between Director/Actor/Screenplay. I thought Actor was a lot more vulnerable.
I guess it comes down to how tasteful the directors’ branch is, although they ignored Todd Haynes so maybe not.January 14, 2016 at 9:53 am #209430
They wanted some new blood in the directing race is my guess. Abrahamson, Miller, McCarthy, and McKay are all first time nominees for best director. InÃ±aritu is a past nominee, but his achievement for The Revenant was too big to ignore.January 14, 2016 at 9:54 am #209432
George Bush did it.January 14, 2016 at 9:57 am #209433
Many on here called him the fronrunner because of the narrative behind it, rather than the directorial achievement itself (which was still good). It’s clear that The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Big Short and Spotlight are the Top 4 this season so it makes sense that all four of their directors made it. Room obviously had a lot of passion votes. Fantastic lineup.