Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Middle Children Snubbed at 2024 Oscars!

          All the statuettes have been handed out and the Red Carpet has been rolled up. Now it’s time to talk about who got the Middle Child treatment this year from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For months now, all everyone’s been talking about are the two big snubs:Barbie Director Greta Gerwig was overlooked for Best Director  and no Best Actress nomination for Middle Child Margot Robbie. Of course, Margot should be used to this. After all, when it comes to being snubbed, who knows better than a Middle Child? And this year, Hollywood’s biggest night did not disappoint.
          The 96th Academy Awards were truly a Middle Child Snub-fest. Not a single winner in the four acting categories was a Middle Child. I guess that shouldn’t come as a big surprise when you consider out of the 20 nominees in those categories, only three were Middle Children: Colman Domingo (Rustin),  Sterling K. Brown (American Fiction), and Emily Blunt (Oppenheimer). That’s a measly 15%! Talk about being overlooked and underappreciated.
          The truth is, on Oscar night you don’t have to be a Middle Child to get a taste of what it feels like to be a Middle Child. Take Martin Scorsese, for example. His Killers of the Flower Moon
had 10 nominations and zero wins. And that’s not the first time Marty went 0-10 on Oscar night, either. It’s actually the third time. Yikes. Gangs of New York came up short 10 times in 2002, and The Irishman did the same in 2019. Oh, and The Wolf of Wall Street went 0-5 in 2013. And what about Bradley Cooper? His second film as a director, Maestro,” went 0-7 this year while his directorial debut, A Star is Born,” didn't fare much better at 1-8. Bradley has also come home empty handed each of the 12 times he was personally nominated. Ooof.
          So I suppose if misery loves company, at least we’re in pretty good company. 
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