Michael Bay Wants an Oscar Nod for Transformers 4
Expects stiff competition from A Million Ways to Die in the West and Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
What do The Godfather, Casablanca, Silence of the Lambs, Schindler’s List, and Transformers 4: Age of Extinction all have in common? Michael Bay thinks they all were—or are—deserving of an Oscar for Best Picture. And what do they not all share in common? Only the first four should ever be remotely associated with the Academy Awards. But that hasn’t stopped Transformers director, Michael Bay, from attempting to get an Oscar nod for Transformers 4.
To be fair, it was actually Paramount Pictures that put out the “For Your Consideration” ad (pictured above) for Transformers 4, but we’ll be damned if Michael Bay didn’t wet himself with excitement when the idea was tossed around. The problem with Transformers 4 being considered for an Oscar, however, is that Transformers 4 is horrible, and horrible movies don’t tend to win Oscars, let alone get Oscar nods.
They do, however, frequently win MTV Movie Awards and, if they’re lucky, maybe even a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award. Bay would probably have better luck there because, unfortunately, the only cool things about this movie are the Chevy cars themselves: a modified 1967 Camaro SS, a futuristic Camaro concept, a Corvette Stingray, a Trax, and a Sonic RS. If these cars—and these cars alone—had comprised the cast of Transformers 4 (and, you know, Michael Bay had stayed just as far away from the project as Shia Labeouf), then maybe, just maybe it would be deserving of some kind of recognition.
But alas, that was not the case. Even still, Paramount Pictures hopes for a wide range of awards, everything from Best Director to Best Adapted Screenplay, and, of course, Best Picture of the Year. But we get it, Paramount. When you put out films like Noah and Hercules, you really do begin to believe that Transformers is good, quality cinema. You are forgiven.
Instead of laughing at Bay’s Oscar dreams, let’s instead marvel at the only good things to come from the film: the cars.