The bad reviews and poor box office is one thing, but when Speed Racer starts getting ignored by the Academy Awards, it's time to wonder just what the Wachowski brothers have done to upset everyone.
I understand that this summer's big screen version of Speed Racer may not have been everyone's cup of tea, but I did think that those who saw it all admitted that the special effects were amazing... until I found out that the movie wasn't on the short list for Oscar recognition in visual effects. The argument that, "well, there were a lot of other movies with great special effects this year, maybe Speed Racer wasn't as worthy of recognition as those" loses all respectability when you see that Hancock and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull are two of the fifteen films up for selection for the Oscar Short List. Can anyone out there really argue that Indiana Jones was more visually impressive than Speed Racer?
15 films on Oscar's visual effects list [Variety]