Movies That Got Snubbed In This Years Oscar Awards
The Oscars generally piss me off because they miss out on so much good stuff each year. Every movie is an eye-rolling monument to “Of course that was nominated. Wonder how much the studio paid for that.” They seem to miss that a movie with critical acclaim and a huge budget might entertain more of the masses than a small movie no one really gave a crap about until it was nominated.
I’d like to point out some movies that probably should’ve been nominated for a few Oscars, but got overlooked because of, well, you know, BS.
Do you think you could be emotionally attached to a little girl and her pet pig thing who is the size of a rhino? Yes. Yes you can. If you’ve ever imagined what a live-action Hayao Miyazaki film would look like, I’d like to this this is what it would look like.
The film really took a look at the food industry, and make the audience have sympathy for an animal that doesn’t exist. The point what that it made you think of the actual animals getting butchered everyday. Millions of animals are killed so we can eat fried chicken from a gas station. OKJA tries to show you how terrible it is with a fake animal. It worked amazingly. It should’ve been nominated, but got the shaft.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a man who had his legs blown off in the Boston bombings. Remember that photo of the guy in the wheelchair where the man in the cowboy hat was holding shut his artery hanging out of his severed leg? He’s the guy with the severed leg.
This is a story that needs to be made a lot more. It shows the difficult recovery process after such an major loss is dropped onto someone. How does one figure out where to go in life when that happens? How does it impact the relationships in his life. I feel this movie and Gyllenhaal were robbed from nominations. Gyllenhaal should’ve definitely got a nomination. This is like Nightcrawler all over again. ED Note: Watch Nightcrawler and tell me he wouldn’t be a perfect Joker.
Being from Detroit, I was looking forward to seeing Detroit for a while. I’ve heard stories about the riots for as long as I can remember, but this story was quite horrible in a time where everything was terrible for black people in Detroit.
What it got right was the rampant racism that was, and still is rampant in Detroit and all over the country. Police didn’t give a crap about the rights of black people. During the riots, every black person on the street was basically the enemy. This film showed that mentality flawlessly. If you’re aware that racism and violence are two bad things when put together, then this movie will make you physically ill. It will make you feel worse because it happened. It’s still happening. Detroit should’ve gotten more attention, especially now.
What’s great about a film by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) is that he takes a simple story and makes it dense with storytelling. The characters are put on display to show off their history, motivations, ticks, quirks, and everything else that can make the story even richer.
A simple thriller film that really puts you on the edge of your seat is admirable. How this movie was so overlooked is probably a reason why more of these films aren’t made more.
The Lost City Of Z
I never expected much out of this movie, but watching it took me back to Indiana Jones. The difference is, is that this film is based on the true story, kinda. There is a lot missing out of the known history near the end of the narrative because that is what the movie is supposed to be. It put as much history as it could before diving into the unknown of what happened during the expedition.
The film got amazing rating, it looked great, it tried to do a lot in an environment of sequels, and it really made you feel like you were watching a classic film for the ages. Sadly it got ignored by the Academy. They really screwed up there.
It made hundreds of millions, got great reviews, was one of the only DCEU film that stood out, but it got the shaft at the Oscars. It makes one wonder how many films that make a load of money and get good reviews will get ignored. Is that $500,000 film about a character being poor and working at a restaurant good? Yeah, but sometimes you have to recognize that a big budget film can be equally as good. That’s why the studio might want to to write a huge check for it.
Blade Runner 2049
Was it a bit too long? Probably? Was it an incredible sequel to a 30-year-old movie that no one expected to be so good? Hell yeah. This film was just as good as the original, but it got all but ignored from the Academy besides the totally justified award for Best Cinematography.
The best was that it didn’t beat you over the head with stuff like Star Wars does. You know the universe, you know what is going on, but seeing it recreated on screen brings you back without having to drop references non-stop to remind you where you are. I expected more nominations for this film. Luckily, this movie will be a hit to show friends on your new TV. Trust me.
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