How about those Oscar nominations, huh? Yeah, I didn’t care much for them either. No nominations (or not enough of them) for movies like Drive, Shame, Carnage, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Muppets, Contagion, Warrior, Bridesmaids, Hanna, etc.
Really, this is nothing new. Here are a few films from past years that I thought deserved more recognition.
Children of Men (2006)
Nominated for: Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing
Should’ve been nominated for: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Michael Caine), Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón)
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Nominated for: Nothing
Should’ve been nominated for: Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress (Keira Knightley)
The Contender (2000)
Nominated for: Best Actress (Joan Allen), Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges)
Should’ve been nominated for: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Gary Oldham), Director (Rod Lurie)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Nominated for: Original Music Score, Visual Effects
Should’ve been nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón)
That’s four off the top of my head, so there have to be more. Obviously, I have a bias for political thrillers and mild sci-fi, but I think it’s hard to put down any of those.
This year, the omissions are a little more surprising. I really thought we’d see more of Shame and Drive.
Oh well, Oscars. At least you tried. Just don’t get as terrible as the Grammys.