When the Academy Awards announced the nominations yesterday, many were stunned that they only nominated two songs in the Best Original Song category, when they could have nominated a max of 5 songs. Needless to say, Mary J. Blige was pretty stunned too, citing she was “saddened” by the Oscar snub, she took to twitter to vent her true feelings.
“I’m so thankful for true fans like you all. It saddens me & feels like the Academy is being mean. 2 only nominate 2 of the 5 slots is…..” says Blige.
Very true. Not only did Mary J. Blige get a Golden Globe nomination for her song “The Living Proof,” but the ballad she wrote was for the movie, “The Help.” If I know anything about Hollywood, it’s that everyone loved “The Help.” Octavia Spencer is sweeping every awards show and people just like to see Emma Stone on the red carpet. So how could Mary J. Blige not get nominated with the force of the “The Help” behind her? Verdict: The Academy is “mean.”
Blige woke up bright and early expecting to hear her name called out at the live announcement of the nominees but was sorely disappointed to hear the news.
Since that tweet she's been posting links to articles speculating as to why the Academy seems to hate contemporary songwriters. Someone needs to cool it with the haterade.
The only songs nominated this year were Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown for “Real in Rio” from the movie Rio and Bret McKenzie was nominated for his song “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets.
In the Academy’s defense, “Man or Muppet” is an excellent song. However, what is up with the Academy having a preference for children and family films? Both nominated songs were from “kids” films.
Oh well, at least Madonna wasn’t nominated or I’m sure that would have caused a major upset with Elton John too.