Friday, 17 January 2014

Voice of Reason #15: Oscar Snubs

Award season is well and truly upon us; earlier in the week was the Golden Globes, and last night we saw the unveiling of this years Oscar nominations. And, as is the case with any Oscar nomination night, there was controversy over the films that didn't make the cut.

Here are my thoughts on some of the sickening snubs from last nights announcement.

The Snubs

Tom Hanks missed on a fifth Best Actor nomination after
putting in the performance of his life in
Captain Phillips
Let's start with some of the obvious, glaring-errors on the list of nominations. First off, where's Tom Hanks? His roles in Captain Phillips, and to a lesser degree, Saving Mr. Banks are well-worthy of an Oscar nod and yet nothing came his way. Sure, he's won Best Actor twice before (for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump) but his acting in Captain Phillips was as good as his performances in Saving Private Ryan and Cast Away, both of which received nominations.

Paul Greengrass' sublime direction has been brutally ignored for Captain Phillips also, something which I find hard to understand.

Other films that have failed to make the cut were Fruitvale Station, Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, Prisoners, and All is Lost, particularly the latter not even receiving a nod for Best Picture or Robert Redford's lead performance.

I was surprised that Prisoners didn't get any nominations, other than cinematography. Both Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal acted their asses off in that movie, so I'm disappointed that neither will get any awards.

Despite getting nominations for Best Picture, I was also a bit surprised that Spike Jonze and Joaquin Phoenix didn't get any nominations with Best Director or Best Actor for Her, likewise with the Coen Brothers and Inside Llewyn Davis.

A category that may be overlooked by many, but Best Animated Feature also had one glaring omission; Monsters University. Pixar are usually a shoo-in for at least a tip of the hat in this category but, for some bizarre reason, the Academy decided to nominate The Croods and Despicable Me 2. The Croods. Seriously?

Daniel Bruhl in Rush
Another film that was horrendously ignored was Ron Howard's sublime F1 drama, Rush. Now, regular readers will know that I'm a massive fan of Rush and even said it was my #1 film for last year. So whilst I'll attest that it isn't Best Picture material, why the hell didn't Daniel Bruhl or Ron Howard get an nominations? Bruhl stole the show and was fantastic as the methodical and driven Niki Lauda. Hans Zimmer also deserved some form of nomination for the fantastic score.

Lastly, two films that have been overlooked are The Place Beyond the Pines and Mud. Place Beyond the Pines had amazing direction from Derek Cianfrance and deserved some form of accolade, whilst Mud was one of the best films from 2013, hands down. Had I seen it prior to writing my Top 10 Films of 2013 post, it would've most definitely been in the Top 5, or even Top 3.

The Positives

Anyway, enough with the negatives, let's look at some of the positives. There are still plenty of categories to get excited for; first off, Best Supporting Actor. After looking down the list of nominees, I genuinely couldn't pick a favourite. Not because they are all bad, but because they are all so great.

There's Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (Twelve Years A Slave), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club).

My tip would probably be Fassbender, but after Jared Leto took home the Golden Globe, I'm not so sure. Plus, Bradley Cooper missed out on winning for Silver Linings Playbook last year so maybe he is in with a shot this time around.

Amy Adams is a hot contender for Best Actress with
her performance in American Hustle
Best Actress is also going to be a tough pick between Amy Adams (American Hustle), Sandra Bullock (Gravity) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine). You may think that Bullock is a shoo-in, but I reckon Amy Adams is in with a decent shot also.

Best Actor will most likely go to Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years A Slave), beating Christian Bale (American Hustle) and of course, Leonardo DiCaprio again (The Wolf of Wall Street).

Best Director will also be an interesting showdown between David O. Russell (American Hustle), Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street). If I had to guess, I'd say it'd go to Alfonso Cuaron, with the Academy once again shunning Scorsese. But, O. Russell is in with a shot as well.

I'll have my full list of predictions at the beginning of February so keep your eyes peeled for that. In the meantime, sit back and watch the conjecture and speculation begin!


  1. The Hanks snub was one of the first things that stood out to me, and definitely the biggest shocker to come out of these Oscar reveals. But yeah, upon further reflection, the fact that Inside Llewyn Davis got mostly snubbed across the board was also pretty surprising. And Prisoners getting a cinematography nod, only to then get ignored in every other category makes that decision seem even more baffling (and for similar reasons, Her's exclusion from other categories as well).

    But honestly, overall, I'm actually fine with the nominations this year. Leo, Jonah, Amy Adams, Fassbender, and McConaughey all got nominations, so I'm good, lol. :)

    1. I haven't been able to see Inside Llewyn Davis, none of my nearby theatres are showing it. Same with Spike Jonze's Her which is something I'm really interested in. Prisoners was robbed haha :)

      But yeah, all in all, not a bad list. Probably could have had more variety but ahh well :) Thanks for commenting!



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