It’s the bold news that all of Hollywood is still buzzing about, as well as weighing its implications: 10 movies will be nominated for Best Picture at the next Oscars, double the usual amount. But when I caught up with Zack Snyder this week, he had yet to hear the news.
Yes way. And, since we had the unique opportunity to break the news to one of Hollywood’s top filmmakers, we were also able to get his unfiltered thoughts as he processed the Academy’s bold decision – and what it meant for his profession.
“That’s kind of crazy,” he laughed, still processing the news. “I guess you can’t say ‘It’s just great to be nominated’ anymore. No, that’s interesting - wow I think that…it’s probably cool.”
Once he got over his initial shock, however, Snyder began to imagine how this year’s ceremony will be different than those of years past. “It’s probably better; they could do that properly in the category,” he considered. “The problem is the show is going to be so long that they’ll there will be no clips.”
Earlier this week, the hot rumor around town was that the Academy had decided on its new “10 film” rule because of the key omission of what many consider to be last year’s best flick: “The Dark Knight.” Snyder agreed that such a move will help overcome the “blockbuster” stigma of such films.
“Would it have been nominated? Yes.” Snyder said of the Batman flick, if last year had allowed ten nominees.
“But I think the winner would have been the same,” he added, saying that more nominees may just create the illusion of a more open-minded vote. “It’s interesting. Also, saying ‘I was nominated for an Academy Award’ won’t mean as much as it does now. I mean, it literally won’t.”
Snyder also theorized that the move will put more pressure on art-house films – which have always relied on nominations to validate their quality. With ten nominees, he argued, films that don’t make the cut will have a more difficult time convincing audiences that they’re any good.
“It’s almost like, if you have an independent film, it has to be nominated for an Academy Award. In order to be successful,” he reasoned. “That’ll be a prerequisite for getting [audiences] in the door."
"You know: ‘You made ‘Hush Puppy Bonanza’..and that didn’t get nominated? What was wrong with that movie?’ It’s like ‘Really?’”
And besides the too-awesome revelation that Snyder’s dream title for an independent film is “Hush Puppy Bonanza,” he also made one last statement that should make animation fans smile.
“By the way, ‘Up’ will now be nominated,” he insisted. “It should be.”
What do you think about Snyder’s comments on how the “Best Picture” switch will impact comic-book films, “Up,” and indies? Do you agree or disagree?