Birdman and Why Antonio Sanchez Deserves an Oscar Nomination

January 5, 2015 10:26 PM

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Antonio Sanchez is undoubtedly one of the world's best drummers. Although most recognized for his work with guitarist Pat Metheny, his fourth album as a leader, Three Times Three, will be released in March. He teaches around the globe, has won four Grammy awards, received damn near every degree in music and has his own signature stick. He's also created the most captivating score of 2014, for Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu's Birdman, and will not even see his name on an Oscar ballot.

The Academy Awards, like most accolade-based spectacles, is a glorified popularity contest. Though not as mind-numbing as its musical counterpart, the Oscars are more about who you're wearing than what you've brought to the filmmaking conversation. Hollywood is big business, and to ignore the fact t...

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