2012 Oscars: Who Got Snubbed

Posted: January 26, 2012 in Movies

The 84th Academy Awards will be held next month and just this week the Oscar nominations were announced, and to no one’s surprise the Academy snubbed some very deserving actors and films.

Best Picture Snubs

50/50

What’s amazing to me is that this film got two (2) Golden Globe nominations (for what it’s worth) for Best Picture Comedy/Musical and Best Actor (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), so it’s amazing to me that it got snubbed in this category.  Films such as Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (RottenTomatoes 47%) and War Horse (76%) got in over 50/50 (93%).  Neither one of those movies that got in over 50/50 had the writing, direction, or emotional level that 50/50 has.  Neither one of those films had the leading performance as strong as Gordon-Levitt’s.  It baffles me how the Academy loves to pander to the political side of things and give out nominations as life-time achievement awards.

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

David Fincher’s remake was extremely well done and incredibly well acted.  It was supremely shot and the cinematography was top notch, so why wasn’t it nominated?  Let’s see, it has a RT review score at 87% and has been touted as being better than the Swedish original.  There’s really no reason that it wasn’t nominated.  David Fincher has an extremely good track record with his films (The Social Network, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).  So why wasn’t this film nominated?  I’ll tell you why, because it was a remake.  But wait, you say, wasn’t a True Grit remake nominated last year?  Yep, which is why this is so mind boggling.

 

Best Actor

Ryan Gosling (Drive)

Gosling had probably the best year of his career in 2011 but wasn’t rewarded in the least bit.  His 2011 films included Crazy Stupid Love (78%), Drive (93%), and The Ides of March (85%)…all excellent films where Gosling gave excellent performances.  However, his performance in Drive was heads above Demian Bichir (A Better Life), even though I think his nomination is awesome.  You could also argue that his performance in both Drive and The Ides of March were better than Gary Oldman’s in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.  No doubt that the Academy gave Bichir his nomination as a good faith gesture to the Hispanic acting community (note that I think Bichir is a wonderful actor) and Gary Oldman no doubt got his nomination as a life-time achievement award, as he’s never been nominated before (as hard to believe as that is).  Gosling deserved recognition for his tremendous year and he didn’t get it.  I call bullshit.

 

Michael Fassbender (Shame)

This is a shame, no pun intended.  Fassbender also had a tremendous 2011 and didn’t get jack for it.  His 2011 included the leading role in X-Men: First Class, and while it was a superhero movie his performance as Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr was incredibly grounded and down to Earth.  Last year also included the tour-de-force performance by Fassbender in the film Shame but he didn’t get recognition mainly because the film was rated NC-17 as Fassbender swung around his man junk for half the film.  It should be noted that his nickname across the internet is Michael Fasspenis.  Take that for what it’s worth.  Fassbender is a relatively new leading actor in Hollywood but that doesn’t mean he didn’t give one hell of a performance.

 

Supporting Actor

Albert Brooks (Drive)

Albert Brooks has been around forever, and forever he’s been giving excellent acting performances.  His supporting role in Drive as the evil-crime lord was simply perfect for the largely silent film.  He fit right in as an 80’s crime boss trying to get over on a small time criminal in Gosling’s character.  Brooks likely got over looked (even after garnering a Golden Globe nomination) due to the fact that Drive was a pretty small indie film with a limited release.  In my opinion, Jonah Hill, while joining the ranks of the big boys and giving a superb performance in Moneyball, doesn’t hold a candle to Brooks.   For shame.

 


 

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