The 2013 Oscar nominations for Best Director had just been announced — the words were still hanging in the air in a cartoon word balloon — when Steven Spielberg announced his plans to suspend production on Robopocalypse.
No doubt she and Spielberg — both frontrunners for their work in Les Miserables and Lincoln respectively — remember what happened to Eddie Murphy a few years back.
He was considered a sure thing for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the movie Dreamgirls…and then Norbert happened.
And the Academy said, “No way, no how.”
The nominations this year have shown what a old group of fuddy duddies the Oscar voters can be. (No Best Director nod for Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow — are you serious??)
Steven Spielberg is just playing it safe.