At exactly 12:30 this morning the nomination list for the 88th Annual Academy Awards (or the Oscars) was released to the public. And at exactly 12:31 this morning the internet started complaining about it. And since I’m a regular user of the internet (or an interteneur as I like to think myself), I shall be participating in this damning of the Academy’s opinions. Here are the 6 films that I felt should’ve been nominated for Best Picture.
Creed (dir. Ryan Coogler)
As much as I support Sylvester Stallone being nominated for this film, I’m surprised that the film itself wasn’t nominated for anything else. Michael B. Jordan was unexpectedly great in this as well as his on-screen love interest Tessa Thompson and the film itself was extraordinary. I thought the original Rocky film had some great cinematography and a story that was inspiring yet simple and could’ve been much more developed. Creed reached that full narrative development and kept everything that made Rocky great. How Rocky won Best Picture in 1977 and Creed didn’t even get nominated in 2016 is baffling.
Far from Men (dir. David Oelhoffen)
I know it’s uncommon for foreign films to be nominated for Best Picture unless they’re of particularly high esteem but looking at the list for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and not seeing Far from Men makes me question the selection process over at the Academy. Far from Men was the only foreign film I saw in 2015 (I’ll grant you that) but it was still one of the most impacting narratives in film I’ve seen since The World’s End.
Love & Mercy (dir. Bill Pohlad)
The Beach Boys were undoubtedly one of the greatest rock and roll bands of the 1960s if not of all time and to see the untold story of their genius songwriter (Brian Wilson) and his dive into a terrifying endless after-party was truly a powerful experience. Paul Dano and John Cusack should both be nominated for Oscars for their dual-performance as Brian Wilson (young & old) and the screenplay should’ve been nominated as well.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl did itself a massive disservice by advertising itself as a generic teen romance. It was a teen movie but it wasn’t a romance and it definitely wasn’t generic. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was an incredibly well-written, enjoyable, cryable, watchable experience that should’ve at least been nominated for Best Screenplay.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (dir. J.J. Abrams)
It’s no doubt that the latest installment in the mega-franchise known as Star Wars was the most anticipated film of the year and for many, it was the best film of the year. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens was nominated for some awards (Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Film Editing and Visual Effects) and rightfully so, but it should’ve been nominated for Best Picture. Not only was it the highest grossing film of the year and the most culturally impacting, but I believe that it was also the best written film of the year. Staying true to a 40 year-old franchise and satisfying millions of die hard fans ain’t easy.
The Walk (dir. Robert Zemeckis)
Before The Walk, I thought that Robert Zemeckis was only successful because he picked good scripts (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, etc.) but The Walk has proved me wrong. The Walk‘s story is entertaining as well as thrilling, the performances and casting are brilliant, the visual effects (A.K.A. The Twin Towers) are elegant and the general feel of The Walk is enthralling thanks to Robert.
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