Eppler: Five crimes committed by Oscar voters

Eppler: Five crimes committed by Oscar voters

One of the best things about the Oscars is complaining about who wasn't nominated. Here are the top five crimes perpetrated by the Academy this year:

5. Ben Foster for Best Supporting Actor
 Jeff Bridges is great in "Hell or High Water" as a Texas ranger out of Lubbock working his last case. But his Best Supporting Actor nomination really should have gone to Ben foster as an unhinged outlaw with a fearsome dedication to his family.

4. "Sausage Party" for Best Animated Feature
 The R-rated comedy is a brutally funny take-down of class and religious structures, and it's directed by a Lubbock guy: Conrad Vernon.

3. "Sing Street" for Best Original Song
The Oscar voters were so busy falling over themselves to give "La La Land" every nomination that they forgot about another movie with tons of original music this year. There are so many good songs in "Sing Street, could they not have picked just one to nominate?     

2. "Silence" ignored
There are so many brave choices by Director Martin Scorsese in his passion project about Christian missionaries in 17th century Japan. But for some reason, Academy voters chose to nearly ignore this movie entirely. "Silence" is only the second movie in nearly 20 years that Scorsese's directed that wasn't nominated for best picture - the other being "Shutter Island."

1. Amy Adams for Best Actress
The greatest crime committed by the Academy this year is nominating "Arrival" for eight Oscars, but stiffing Amy Adams who's the soul of the movie. On top of that, some fool running the Oscars web site erroneously posted a nomination for her that was incorrect - adding insult to injury.
Adams should have been recognized instead of maybe Meryl Streep for her twentieth nomination in "Florence Foster Jenkins." Look, we all know she's great, but do we have to nominate the woman every time she has a hot meal? Adams may be her generation's Meryl Streep. Let's start treating her like it
 

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