It’s hard to remember an immediate and universal piling on of an Oscar nomination announcement like the one that happened this morning. It was well-earned, as there was no shortage of snubs, from Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers to Awkwafina in The Farewell to the all-male director nominees conspicuously missing Greta Gerwig of Little Women.
The most obvious conclusion is that the Academy is reticent to acknowledge the achievements of women and filmmakers of color. This is undoubtedly true, but a rich, famous, white, male movie star also has a legitimate gripe with being shut out of contention.
Adam Sandler‘s performance in Uncut Gems has been widely celebrated, earning him Oscar buzz when it was still on the festival circuit, yet he somehow failed to secure a nomination for Best Actor.
Sandler himself doesn’t seem too upset, pointing out on Twitter that he gets to stop wearing suits on the awards circuit and congratulating the wonderful Kathy Bates, Sandler’s co-star in The Waterboy, for her nod in the supporting actress category for Richard Jewell.
Bad news: Sandman gets no love from the Academy.
Good news: Sandman can stop wearing suits.
Congrats to all my friends who got nominated, especially Mama. pic.twitter.com/o1Ep3E7GRB
— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) January 13, 2020
But instead of simply taking his lumps, Sandler could follow through on a promise he made last December during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show.
“If I don’t get it, I’m going to fucking come back and do one again that is so bad on purpose just to make you all pay,” Sandler (jokingly?) threatened. Now that his Uncut Gems performance is officially ignored by the Academy, is there a chance Sandler follows through?
We could be looking at Jack and Jill 2, Grown Ups 3, or a brand-new monstrosity. This is the guy who produced Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo, so his capacity for putting garbage on screen should not be underestimated.
Sandler has made boatloads of money and developed a loyal following, but mainstream prestige has eluded him despite solid performances in movies directed by Oscar favorites like Paul Thomas Anderson (Punch Drunk Love) and Noah Baumbach (The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)).
So Sandler’s out there, armed with plenty of money, a deal with Netflix, and his own production company, fresh off a public snub from the Academy. If he wanted to, he could make the worst movie of all time. Consider yourself warned.