Four Movies Snubbed By Oscar And Why

Categories: Oscars

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Zero -- count 'em, zero -- Academy Award nominations were given to a quartet of films that made lots of other peoples' lists, and I know exactly why.

The films are Shame, with Michael Fassbender as a pussy hound who can only get it up for quick, anonymous sex;

We Need to Talk About Kevin, with Tilda Swinton as the mom of a murderous kid with a lot of axes to grind;

Young Adult, with Charlize Theron as a woman who cracks up and mentally regresses to an old high school obsession, to the embarrassment of many;

and Martha Marcy May Marlene, with Elizabeth Olsen as a damaged girl who flees a horrific commune.

These films are a little too "edgy" for Oscar.

Their protagonists aren't always protagonists.

There are dirty and/or disturbing scenes.

And they don't offer simplistic, sappy resolutions.

(SPOILER ALERT!)

I mean Fassbender doesn't end up meeting a lady he cares about, suddenly realizing that sex with an emotional connection is so much more fulfilling.

Kevin doesn't silence all the talk with a bevy of good deeds.

The young-adult-fiction writer stays hollow, patronizing, and positively crazy.

And there are no easy answers for the haunted Martha Marcy May Marlene either.

In the post-No Country for Old Men era, Oscar doesn't like that type of thing very often.

Oscar likes War Horse.

And yes, I know they've honored The Tree of Life, but that's an epic-scale film, not a relatively obscure art-house item, and the ending ... well, let me not give it away.

End of lesson.

Except to add that Melancholia, The Skin I Live In, Take Shelter, Rampart, and A Dangerous Method also got zero nominations!



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23 comments
Charlotte
Charlotte

OMG, that penis stole the show in SHAME. He could slap somebody in the face with it.

Fassbender should at least get a AVN nomination for his performance.

MartinNYID
MartinNYID

Hollywood 'royalty' stopped making anything watchable ages ago.  These films, thankfully, aren't royal. They matter.

Thanks for completing my winter viewing list!

Kaylacp
Kaylacp

Fassbender's character does meet a lady he cares about. I also think his character does realize that sex with an emotional connection is much more fulfilling. He's just so messed up that when he does get the opportunity to really experience this, he just can't do it. He can't perform because the real connection itself is too terrifying, no matter how much he wants/needs it.

Biggurl
Biggurl

Fassbender was like a robot in that moralistic, craptastic wannabe art trash Shame. Please, Mr. McQueen, deal with your fetishes and don't just keep vomiting them up on the screen!

HollandReader
HollandReader

I really think Leonardo was snubbed; he was excellent in J Edgar.

Scruff712
Scruff712

Once you realize all awards are bought and sold, it doesn't seem like much of a tragedy. Longevity is what matters. Singing in the Rain wasn't even nominated for best picture, until this year when they remade it in black and white.

jcmiami
jcmiami

glamour doesn't equal art.

Monsieurpatric
Monsieurpatric

Obscure perhaps, but consideration should have been given some of the very best queer films from 2011.  At the wonderful Palm Springs Film Festival in early 'll was the South American "Undertow".  A wow.  No Oscars in sight just this note of remembrance.

jo
jo

Good points and how embarrassing all of this is for the academy...no nominations for Meloncholia for acting and directing and art directing and editing? Are you seriously going to tell us that you think (apart from the genius  Terrence Malick) these other directors even come close to VanTriers........ aaaaaargh!!talk about man on a ledge..thats me!

Musto
Musto

PS: I only didn't include "Drive" because it managed to snag a nomination for sound.

Ladybug
Ladybug

I agree that if the film is dark, it has to have some feelgood angle to it (War Horse, Extremely Loud, etc) to get major Oscar recognition. Dragon Tattoo isn't up for picture or director maybe for the same reason.

Tarantulaarms
Tarantulaarms

You make a very good point! And Fassbender showing his penis probably didn't help either.

Jiquvox
Jiquvox

I don't think the connection is terrifying. It has more to do with the desensibilisation caused by porn. When you see on a daily basis triple penetration, gang bang, extremely violent sex with women that have tan, boob jobs, with make up and lightning to make them look as good as possible and that act like they're sexual sexpot it's hard to get excited on a normal woman with normal libido, defects, worries in a normal situation....In real life Brandon gets excited when there's something forbidden or dangerous to spice it up: sex in a dark street with a stranger, gay sex, hitting aggressively on a girl with a BF etc...At this level it's chemical he needs something much more powerful than casual sex to get excited.

Jiquvox
Jiquvox

It's not moralistic. It looks like a pretty realistic depiction of  the type of sexual addiction a life in a modern big city allows. I don't think it reflects anything about McQueen's own sexuality: he dealt previously with hunger strike , his next movie will be about slavery. Like any good filmmaker he's looking for new angles, new subjects and I think he has been pretty successful so far in that regard.  Now maybe you don't like thinking about sexual addiction but it exists nonetheless.  Honestly your comment comes as off as close-minded like you're afraid of the subject somehow.

Theatricia
Theatricia

About as "excellent" as a granite bust, and as interesting.

Biggurl
Biggurl

If there were no white gay American or European people in the film it doesn't exist to the Hollywood crowd.

Ron Bruguiere
Ron Bruguiere

You mean that shadowy swinging thing between his legs?  How do you know it wasn't just a palm frond blowing in the wind?

Melinda9
Melinda9

I think his penis deserved a nom.

Charlotte
Charlotte

You like them big, right?

Hell, who doesn't?

Biggurl
Biggurl

Do palm fronds have all that foreskin, boo? Gag!

HollandReader
HollandReader

I was thinking more of Theatricia, though I probably shouldn't wish that on her/him.

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