Of all the Academy Award nominations and snubs for 2018 (hello, Tiffany Haddish), none appeared to inspire more heated debate than The Boss Baby's 2018 Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. People's reactions to The Boss Baby's Oscar nomination range from shock to anger to genuine happiness, though that last reaction may simply be a contrarian take on the matter.
While perhaps not the worst film of 2017, The Boss Baby ranks nowhere near the top, not even among animated films, making The Boss Baby's Academy Award nomination all the more jarring to many people. As numerous reaction tweets about The Boss Baby's Oscar nomination point out, quite a few animated films deserved more shine than one about an animated, infant version of a 30 Rock character. Films such as A Silent Voice and The Lego Batman Movie scored high among both critics and filmgoers alike, yet The Boss Baby walked away with the nomination, likely because it netted over $400 million at the box office.
And remember, these angry tweets about The Boss Baby are just about its nomination. Imagine the outrage that would happen if this film somehow unseated Coco for Best Animated Feature.
I seriously doubt that any of you chuckleheads groaning about "The Boss Baby" getting an Oscar nomination have actually seen it, because if you HAD you'd be much, much angrier.— The Tony™ (@TweetsByTheTony) January 23, 2018
The Boss Baby has more Oscar nominations (1) than The Big Lebowski, Groundhog Day, The Long Goodbye and The Shining combined (0)— Mark Berman (@markberman) January 23, 2018
MY THERAPIST: How are you feeling?— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) January 23, 2018
ME: I just think it's funny how The Boss Baby got an Oscar nom for best animated feature and The LEGO Batman Movie got snubbed I mean LEGO Batman was the first film in years to truly capture Batman's identity and internal struggle and—#Oscars
if the boss baby can be nominated for an oscar i can do anything— Mollie Goodfellow (@hansmollman) January 23, 2018