I actually think Frances Bay will be honored, but I wanted to include her name here as a warning. If you don’t include Happy Gilmore’s grandmother, there will be repurcussions. You will see a pithy side to me normally reserved only for airport desk agents and the customer service department at DirecTV.
The reason I’m worried she’ll be excluded is due to her famed role on Seinfeld when Jerry stole her marble rye. The Academy snubbed Uncle Leo last year, so obviously they’re not very aware of Seinfeld’s contributions to pop culture. The lady already had her bread stolen, don’t steal her propers.
Primarily famous as an athlete, Bubba Smith carved out an impressive second career for himself as an actor. He was an instant favorite with fans of the Police Academy films. To ignore Bubba Smith would be a case of film snobbery at its worse. If this does happen, I’m replacing Academy president Tom Sherak’s shampoo with Nair and super glue.
Arguably, the Jackass films are modern day classics. They’re more inventive and daring than most of Hollywood’s output and the stars deserve to be treated as the innovators that they are. I can see the argument that Ryan Dunn wasn’t so much an actor as he was a personality, but I feel that’s moot in this argument since Jackass really is a sum of its parts. And you can’t discredit any member as not being part of the trilogy’s creative process.