Joss Whedon‘s adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing” was a critical success when it was released over the summer, but it seems to have been overlooked on the awards circuit. Whedon took to Twitter to lament the fact neither the Spirit Awards nor the SAG Awards honored the flick.
“Now that Independent Spirit and SAG have announced, I can give up hope my Much Ado troupe will be recognized… On another topic, hope sucks,” he tweets.
“Much Ado About Nothing” features many of Whedon’s favorite TV actors, including “Firefly’s” Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher, “Angel’s” Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof, “Dollhouse’s” Fran Kranz and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’s” Clark Gregg. Considering they all went very method for a modern take on Shakespeare and made it work, it’s hard to deny that at least one of them deserved an award nomination.
At least one fellow creator who makes frequently critically acclaimed but under-awarded flicks empathizes with Whedon. Simon Pegg tweets back, “I hear that. We never get the shiny statues. Nobody thinks funny is serious.”
Well, there’s always hope for the Golden Globes, whose separate comedy category makes it possible for a wider range of actors to be recognized. Fingers crossed.