I must admit, it’s hard to believe. From the moment we first screened in Toronto Get Low has generated Oscar buzz. At some point it has been mentioned for just about every category there is. I didn’t expect it to get nominated for all of them, or even most. But surely there would be one, right? Robert Duvall was amazing. Bill Murray was brilliant. Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black, they were all great. It was shot beautifully. The music was spot on. I could go on and on. My opinion is rather biased, particularly about the writing, but I didn’t just make this buzz up. Surely something deserved a nomination.
And yet, there were none.
It’s disappointing. It’s a great movie and I am thrilled to have been part of it. So many people did such amazing work and I remain very proud. I find it hard to believe that the Academy did not find anything worthy of nomination. Not me and the other writers, necessarily. That was a dream, but the fact is this whole thing has been a dream. Casting, shooting, screening, release, they’ve all been a dream come true. An Oscar nod would have been a dream within a dream, and I’m fine with it not happening. I am so thankful just to have been part of this crazy adventure that has been Get Low.
My disappointment is for the others. For Robert Duvall, who I thought was very deserving. For producer Dean Zanuck, who believed for so long and worked so hard. For director Aaron Schneider and cinematographer David Boyd, the two most responsible for the gorgeous shooting. For Alison Krauss, whose version of “Lay My Burden Down” at the end haunts me still. All of you who worked on Get Low did such fine work. I’m sorry for you. You deserved better.