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This Year's Five Most Egregious Oscar Snubs

 
 
djjd62
 
Reply Wed 3 Feb, 2010 07:01 am
http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2010/02/this-years-five-most-egregious-oscar-snubs.html
This Year's Five Most Egregious Oscar Snubs

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The 2010 Academy Awards were just announced, which means film fans now have the opportunity to engage in their favorite pastime: complaining about and calling attention to the films that have been overlooked by those nefarious Academy elites, ensconced as they are in their Star Chamber of film criticism. And no matter what kind of movies you’re particular to, there’s some grade-A grousing to be had this year.

1. Sam Rockwell (Moon) " Actor in a Leading Role
Leading the pack is Sam Rockwell, for his performance as the curator of an isolated moon base that was equally thrilling and inspired (doubly so because he was pulling double-duty for a large portion of the film). And it was no accident that this sci-fi gem didn’t receive a single Oscar nod; Sony refused to back it with a single screener or press kit over fears of piracy.

2. Anvil! The Story of Anvil " Documentary Feature
There’s no good reason why this universally-loved and critically-acclaimed doc about the Metal Band That Could shouldn’t have at least gotten a nod. Of course, judging by this year’s Best Documentary list, Anvil is in pretty good company as far as senseless snubs go.

3. Clint Eastwood (Invictus) " Directing
Clint probably has had enough Oscar nods for several lifetimes, so we’re sure he’s not losing any sleep over this one. At least this breaks the trend of the last few years where Clint Eastwood’s mere presence in a director’s chair earned him a nomination

4. (500) Days of Summer " Writing (Original Screenplay)
The cast and crew of 500 Days managed to assemble a unique and charming take on a very, very worn-out genre, thanks in large part to the whip-smart script. After earning love and praise from the Writer’s Guild and Golden Globes it was expected to at least snag a nod, but that’s show-business!

5. Ponyo " Animated Feature Film
Yes, it was already a given that two of the slots for Best Animated were reserved for Disney’s much-ballyhooed return to hand-drawn animation, and whatever it was Pixar happened to be putting on film this year, making the odds even longer for this whimsical adaptation of a Hans Christian Anderson story. But considering that Ponyo was one of director Hayao Miyazaki’s finest films, it’s a truly unfortunate exclusion; one reflective of the Academy’s perennial disdain for foreign cinema.
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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 3 Feb, 2010 07:26 am
@djjd62,
I'm waiting for some folk who actually know about these films, to see what they have to say, djjd.
Sadly I don't know a single one of them.
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 3 Feb, 2010 07:30 am
@msolga,
i really want to see Moon

i've seen clips of Anvil and heard some interviews with the guys in the band, it's a pretty interesting story
msolga
 
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Reply Wed 3 Feb, 2010 07:33 am
@djjd62,
Any video clips of some of these titles available, I wonder?
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 3 Feb, 2010 07:39 am
@msolga,

David Bowies son directed Moon

djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 3 Feb, 2010 07:42 am
@msolga,
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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 3 Feb, 2010 07:44 am
@djjd62,
Thank you, possum! Smile
msolga
 
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Reply Wed 3 Feb, 2010 08:02 am
@msolga,

I'd really like to see Anvil.

Though Moon looks good, too!

But then Ponyo looks promising!

OK. All 3 look good, djjd. Very Happy Wink
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 1 Mar, 2010 09:31 pm
I saw Invictus. I had intended to see The Fantastic Mr. Fox but it was sold out. Determined to see a movie, I bought a ticket for Invictus because I have been a fan of Morgan Freeman since his Electric Company days.

I would say the movie was ignored because even Hollywood is tired of the "triumph of the human spirit." Frankly, it wasn't all that good. The film actually broke 10 minutes before the end. I used my free pass to see The Fantastic Mr. Fox the next night.

I told that to someone who said, "Well, that says a lot for Invictus."
Irishk
 
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Reply Mon 1 Mar, 2010 10:03 pm
Ponyo releases on DVD tomorrow!!!!!!!
aidan
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2010 04:16 am
@plainoldme,
Funny - I saw Invictus the other night too because my daughter and I had gone to see A Single Man (with Colin Firth and Julianne Moore) but I'd read the schedule wrong and so our actual choices were Invictus (which I'd read really good things about) and In the Air (which I'd also read really good things about).
So I was equally interested in both. She chose Invictus - I thought it was going to be an in depth look at Nelson Mandela AFTER the whole Robbins Island imprisonment and highlight the cultural shift around the reconciliation after the abolishment of apartheid - there were flashes of that- but basically it was one long rugby game- which bored me enough that I almost came home and put Invictus down in the what movie bored you to tears thread...

I just didn't like it at all. I thought it could have been much more powerfully done. The situations shown were so predictable and formulaic in terms of presenting the situations that arose as apartheid ended.

But if you like rugby - you'd probably like this movie.
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maporsche
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2010 07:51 am
500 Days of Summer was by far the most boring movie I saw ALL year. I hope it doesn't get nominated for anything.
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2010 10:24 am
@djjd62,
Moon was a respectable freshman effort for young Mr. Jones, if a bit predictable. Sam Rockwell's performance was really good.
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wandeljw
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2010 12:34 pm
At the most, only one sports film reaches the best picture nominees. This year, "The Blind Side" (American football) was nominated instead of "Invictus" (rugby).
aidan
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2010 01:50 pm
@wandeljw,
And having seen both - I can say that was the right decision - (if I had to choose between the two... it must have been a pretty slow movie year - I thought the Blind Side was entertaining and heart rending but not what I'd call Oscar Worthy - but I'm over here where I see movies WAY after they come out so I don't really know what else is shaking.)
I'll see the Oscar contenders after the Oscars are over - oh well.

Here was my favorite song in the blind side-

which really can't compare to my favorite song in Invictus:
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2010 02:54 pm
@Irishk,
Quote:
Ponyo releases on DVD tomorrow!!!!!!!

I hope they release the DVD with some kind of commentary if not the director's commentary. Hayao Miyazaki is my all time favorite director.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2010 02:57 pm
@plainoldme,
plainoldme wrote:

I saw Invictus. I had intended to see The Fantastic Mr. Fox but it was sold out. Determined to see a movie, I bought a ticket for Invictus because I have been a fan of Morgan Freeman since his Electric Company days.

I would say the movie was ignored because even Hollywood is tired of the "triumph of the human spirit." Frankly, it wasn't all that good. The film actually broke 10 minutes before the end. I used my free pass to see The Fantastic Mr. Fox the next night.

I told that to someone who said, "Well, that says a lot for Invictus."

That could be good karma rewarding you when you willingly sacrificed your time and money in seeing such a seemingly meh movie that is Invictus.
aidan
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2010 03:20 pm
@tsarstepan,
and I DO happen to believe in karma - or any other spiritual moniker you'd assign it.

Invictus was like a low-grade made for tv movie and I was pretty surprised. I don't like Clint Eastwood as an actor but I've almost always loved him as a director. Million Dollar Baby was one of the most powerful movies I can remember ever seeing. (I also really liked, The Unforgiven and Play Misty for me). I even liked Grand Torino. So it wasn't the Eastwood name that influenced me negatively.
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