For all the pleasant surprises in this morning’s Academy Award nominations announcement — Daniel Kaluuya, Jordan Peele, Get Out, Greta Gerwig — one quickly stood out, inflated our hopes …
and then just as quickly dashed them. I’m talking, of course, about the nomination Logan received for Best Adapted Screenplay (James Mangold, Michael Green, Scott Frank), which was followed by …
… zero other Logan nominations.
Considering this gorgeous, utterly heartbreaking genre movie that was adored by critics and audiences alike was marked not only by its genuinely moving story, but by three exceptional performances, it’s absolutely ridiculous that not a one of its actors was nominated.
Young Dafne Keen impossibly drew me into the X-Men world — one I’d never been interested in before — from that first Logan trailer, and it was no fluke. She practically stole away the film from the moment she appeared onscreen, and considering her costars were Sir Patrick Stewart
and Hugh Jackman,
and both of these actors are clearly at the top of their game, that was no small feat.
It’s huge that Logan is the first Oscar nominated comic book movie for Adapted Screenplay,
Wow. I am thrilled! Thank you all, for the lovely tweets! https://t.co/wyLpzAIpgg
— Mangold (@mang0ld) January 23, 2018
but, this is an acting trio that truly deserved their own nods. From the confused fragility of Stewart’s Charles Xavier
to Jackman’s grizzled, broken and reluctant Wolverine,
and Keen’s incredible, fierce Laura,
these were tour de force performances that left us all in a puddle by film’s end.
It’s a crying shame not a one of these folks received a nomination, but they did win our hearts.
Honorable lost nomination opportunity Mention goes to the fabulous Patty Jenkins, who deserved that Best Director nod.