Looking Back: Oscar Snubs

Written by Josh Litman March 21, 2011

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to…oh, let’s say about a month ago.

Every year, the Oscars come around like it’s a holiday. People build drinking games, bets, and dates out of the event. But even before the big show arrives, there are the nominations. Naturally, people expect that the topmost, superlative films for each category will be listed, appropriately. So why, then, are there such glaring SNUBS?

Sure, opinions vary. But I’m not talking about what films should have WON the awards; I’m talking about what films should have, at the very least, been NOMINATED. I can’t help but wonder what went on behind the scenes to warrant the following errors/omissions in the nominations. Maybe you guys can figure it out.

BEST PICTURE

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

Who/what’s missing: KICK-ASS

Kick-Ass got snubbed all over the place. It’s like everyone forgot about it by the time the Oscars came to town. Not only was it a great movie, it just so happens to be my favourite film of the year. I’m not saying it had to win Best Picture, but come on; it could have at least been nominated.

BEST DIRECTOR

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

David Fincher, The Social Network

Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

David O. Russell, The Fighter

Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, True Grit

Who/what’s missing: CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, INCEPTION

What’s most frustrating of all is that Nolan would have been my choice to WIN Best Director. That he wasn’t even nominated is sad, indeed.

BEST ACTOR

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

James Franco, 127 Hours

Jeff Bridges, True Grit

Javier Bardem, Biutiful

Who/What’s missing:

This is more an issue of opportunities lost. While Jesse Eisenberg was excellent in The Social Network, did he really deserve a BEST ACTOR nomination? He simply played within his small range to very good effect. There were plenty of other, better choices to fill that spot, in my opinion.

BEST ACTRESS

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Who/What’s Missing: CHLOE GRACE MORETZ, KICKASS & HAILEE STEINFELD, TRUE GRIT

Despite the controversy surrounding Moretz’s super-profane language/sadistically violent role in Kick-Ass, her performance in the film was nonetheless critically lauded across the board. Her talent far exceeded her young age, not to mention she kicked sooooo much ass (hah!) in the film. And yet, she was completely overlooked come Oscar time. The girl deserved better.

And sure, Steinfeld was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. But if she was a supporting actress in True Grit, WHO THE HELL WAS THE LEAD ACTRESS? That’s right, Ms. Steinfeld was.  On top of that, she was the lead actor in the film, regardless of sex. facebook down . It could easily be argued that Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon were supporting cast relative to her. Does the Academy have something against young people — girls in particular? Stupid Oscars.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christian Bale, The Fighter

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Jeremy Renner, The Town

John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Who/What’s Missing: ANDREW GARFIELD, THE SOCIAL NETWORK

Garfield was better than Eisenberg and yet didn’t even get nominated. Pfft. He was also the only actor in the film that could make me emote.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech

Amy Adams, The Fighter

Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Who/What’s Missing:

Yeah, I’ll say it again. Get Steinfeld off this list and into the ‘Best Actress’ category.

BEST EDITING

Black Swan

The Fighter

The King’s Speech

127 Hours

The Social Network

Who/What’s Missing: INCEPTION & SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

I don’t know if they had actual, real-life editors choosing the nominees for this category or not. But if so, they were on crack. The two BEST edited films of the year were Inception and Scott Pilgrim…and neither got nominated. What. The. Hell.

And Scott Pilgrim just got snubbed all-round. Seriously.

Best Visual Effects

Alice in Wonderland

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

Hereafter

Inception

Iron Man 2

Who/What’s Missing: TRON: LEGACY

When the first Tron came out, it was considered groundbreaking for its visual effects. Sadly, it wasn’t nominated for best visuals at the time because its CGI was considered “cheating.” But hooray! Now Tron: Legacy has finally been given the nomination it deserved! Not.

Please, let me be clear: Tron: Legacy was not, in my humble opinion, the best film of the year — not even close. But I’m not saying it should have been nominated for Best Picture. Dammit, Tron was the best-looking movie of the year! (…Okay, Inception was a fair contender.) But finding out Tron wasn’t even nominated just about gave me an aneurism. The movie was freakin’ made out of special effects.

And Hereafter for best visual effects? Seriously? Aside from that beginning Tsunami sequence, the film was bland-looking. Stupid, stupid Oscars.

I can’t wait to see what will be snubbed next year.

 

 

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Josh Litman

Director/producer/writer/actor/editor/cinematographer/musician/neuroscientist… Josh prides himself on being simultaneously awesome and modest. In addition to We Eat Films, Josh also produces his own work (films, writing) under the banner of Action Potential Productions and has his own website, too, where his handiwork can be viewed: www.actionpp.com -- or www.joshlitman.com (if you prefer).

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