BPM was met with rave reviews upon release, with A. O. Scott of The New York Times applauding “the brisk naturalism of the performances” and John Sherman writing for BuzzFeed that the French film contains “the best gay sex scenes you’ll see all year.”
But apparently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences disagreed! BPM, a.k.a. 120 battements par minute, failed to pick up an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film, a decision that some have characterized as a “shocking omission.”
Well, fans of BPM will be pleased to hear that director Robin Campillo’s film about Parisian ACT UP activists in the early ‘90s will be getting its awards season love elsewhere.
Deadline reports that BPM just received a metric butt load of nominations for this year’s César Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars if you wanna be reductive (I always do). It’s nominated in 13 different categories, as is Albert Dupontel’s Au Revoir Là-Haut, making them the two most nominated films of the year.
BPM’s full slate of nominations is pretty impressive. We’ve got Best Film, Best Director, most of the acting categories, Best Editing, Best Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Costumes, Best Sound, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Well, basically everything except for Best Foreign Film. :]