It’s hard to resist the glitz and grandeur of the Oscars. There are the red carpet gowns, quippy cinematographic references, selfies, falls (<3 you JLaw), fumbled lines, the swelling of music when the winner is only one-third of the way through their really quite reasonable list of extended family members and acquaintances. It’s almost as good as Christmas.
In recent years the usual pre-Oscars’ hype has been shaded with controversy over inequalities in the film industry. This year big-name actors and industry leaders have taken to social media platforms to critique the lack of diversity in Oscar nominees.
While some of us agree wholeheartedly with Spike and Jada, we think that these advocates missed another very critical shortcoming of the Academy’s nominations.
None of the films involve ultimate.
In protest of this travesty, we will decline what we can only assume is an incredibly delayed invitation to the ceremony. We also decided to share our picks for shoo-in winners in some of the categories. Which really just gave us an awesome excuse to spend Friday watching ultimate films.
Here are our ultimate nominees in the following categories:
BEST Supporting Actor:
Look at those tears. Those are the tears of every athlete who has ever stood for anything. We love you too, Qxhna.
BEST documentary Short:
Ivan packs you into his saddlebags and carries you with him as he journeys from Seattle to Washington D.C. spreading the Spirit of Ultimate. Disclaimer: watching his video may inspire you to quit your day job and make an expensive bike purchase.
BEST Original song:
Alright, technically this should be up for an Emmy rather than an Oscar, but stop stepping on our dreams! Trotter deserves every bit of that little golden statue for this online mini-series. The fourth installment of Ultimate Globe Trotter, like the episodes before it, is so well done it makes you wonder why Trotter hasn't branched out into full length features.
BEST Video Editing:
If you're wondering how Franklin boys can catch a single disc in that deluge, you're not alone. Luke Johnson gives each raindrop weight in this sweet highlight video of the Franklin High boys. Even though it's already a sick set of plays, Fulcrum's editing elevates FHS to a new level of superstardom.
If you haven’t seen this Mirle and Iyer short, you didn’t do 2015 right. If you have, it is absolutely worth a second viewing. The film is a stunning visual meditation on the 175 gram piece of plastic that changes lives, and unites people all over the world.
Alright, so we weren't nominated for an Academy award this year, but ultimate is on the rise. Join us, spread the word, and soon enough we'll be playing (flat)ball in the big leagues, right alongside Spike.