– Lord Voldemort
…Â Melissa McCarthy can get a Supporting Actress nomination for playing an obnoxious, disgusting, cringe-worthy piece of trash (yes, I said it! and no I’m not taking it back) named Megan Price in Bridesmaids, BUT Alan Rickman (aka international acting royalty) cannot get a nod for his role as Severus Snape, a character who has officially taken its regal place in literary history as a contemporary Byronic and tragic hero like Heathcliff, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.
Those are some fighting words, I know.
But in the words of Snape,
“Give me a reason, I beg you.”
I fail to see how Bridesmaids, a film which lacks anything of value (besides an ample amount of pink and Rose Bryne,) can represent artistic integrity, incredible visual effects, outstanding makeup, bespoke-worthy costume design and/or good acting.
Much less I really fail to see how it warrants aÂ nomination inside one of the planet’s mostÂ
pretentious prestigious award ceremonies.
I’m not trying to single out Bridesmaids, but rather make a point: Jonah Hill got an Oscar nomination over Alan Rickman.
There is something wrong with that equation.
He’s Alan Rickman.
Just like Meryl Streep is
Anna Wintour Miranda Priestly Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren is The Queen Helen Mirren, Colin Firth is Mr. Darcy King George Colin Firth and Johnny Depp is Jack Sparrow Johnny Depp.
He’s bloody Alan Rickman!
No, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, not evenÂ Cirque du Soleil, Jennifer Lopez’s derriere and a gorgeous Emma Stone wearingÂ Giambattista ValliÂ in cherry accessorized in Louis Vuitton can help you here.
Why couldn’t Alan Rickman get a well-deserved nomination?
Why couldn’t the makeup Potter team win for Best Makeup (The Iron Lady won against creating goblins, removing Ralph Fiennes nose and uglying Helena Bonham-Carter, really)?
Why couldn’t Potter win for Best Visual Effects (need I point out, that for as beautiful as Hugo is, Team Potter made paper fly eight films ago and if you want to tie it back to Alan Rickram –Â Team Potter gave him a virtual facelift in the film)?
I don’t understand this whole let’s-all-hate-on-Harry–Potter party and I’d be so inclined to say that it’s flat out snobbery.
But why should we be surprised?
Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get nominated for his outstanding performance as Jack in Titanic.
I wish I could say it is geeky hatred, but Lord of the Rings did conquer the all mighty Oscar a few years ago.
For you see, this is the issue with the Academy and the Oscar pool in general: they simply don’t get itÂ and ample amounts of hypocrisy sweat from their pores in oversize droplets.
Surely these people mustÂ have realized that Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon had multiple nods… or maybe that slipped their brains when they tripped on the pavement of stars and smacked their heads against some concrete.
Was Transformers well-deserved?
Was it geek?
So what about Potter?
This means that in eight films, the series was unable to garner at least one Oscar win.
Maybe I’d feel differently, if the snooze fest known as the 84th Annual Academy Awards, or a live version of No Country for Old Men as I lovingly nicknamed it, had been better.
But it was sorely lacking where A-list actors (I’m looking at youÂ Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downy Jr.) enacted mediocre skits and the rest, save Emma Stone and spurts of Billy Crystal, were unwitty and droning anywhere they could stick it.
To top it all off, someone needs to explain to me why in the world Justin Bieber was there…
… at least Octavia Spencer won for Best Supporting Actress.
Let’s hope 20-years from now when they decide to remake the films and cast Tom Felton as Lucius Malfoy, a few people in the Academy pool grow some … integrity.
So let me put it to you this way, if the Academy was a student and this was a Potions test at Hogwarts, Professor Snape would have given them a giant T for ‘troll.’
Sasha H. Muradali owns the Little Pink Blog and Little Pink Book PR, LLC. Sasha holds a MA International Administration with a concentration in Intercultural Communication from the University of Miami (’08) and a BS Public Relations and Dance from the University of Florida (’07). She has been featured in Forbes, CNN and Business Week. Sasha tweets fervidly (@SashaHalima), loves Harry Potter and the colour pink. Get a copy of the Little Pink Blog delivered to your Kindle and ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook.
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