All right, so the Golden Globes have been canceled, but maybe that’s not really such a bad thing after all. It’s almost like our waitress forgot to bring out the cheese dip appetizer before she delivered the sizzling steak fajitas. Perhaps this way we won’t eat up too much of the extraneous filler before we reach the heart of our endeavor, the main course. Yes, the Academy Awards, the delicious fajitas entrée that is more than capable of filling your belly on its own, well, assuming that the entrée even makes it to the table this time around. Of course, it is quite possible that the Academy Awards will share the same fate as its counterpart—who knows what the future may hold—but we’ve already got our margaritas, so let us dig in my friends. If my memory serves me correctly, ten years ago I looked on as SAVING PRIVATE RYAN—unquestionably the best movie of the year as far as I was concerned—fell to the likes of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE for best movie. For some of you cinephiles out there, this may not even have been a small pothole on the long highway of Academy Award f*ck ups, but for a young me, it was like finding out that no one can actually tell you “how to get to Sesame Street.” What I mean is, the Academy makes mistakes. I, however, am always right. So for the enjoyment, or shall I say, enlightenment of you dear ladies and gents, I will now list out the Top 5 Oscar snubs for nominations most likely to take place at the 80th Annual Academy Awards… if the show’s not canceled.
5. I Am Legend
Horror films appeal to your most simplistic and base senses and therefore do not deserve consideration amongst higher-brow formats like the historical drama and political thriller, right? Sometimes. But not in this case. Because it has been categorized as a “sci-fi-thriller” you won’t see it in the list of noms, but “I Am Legend” is much more than your standard horror fare. This film would be more aptly labeled an “apocalyptic suspense thriller”, or some such previously uninvented category. With little to no gore at all this film manages to literally keep you on the very razor edge of your seat the whole way through. While the occasional, psyche revealing flashback lets you breathe a little easier from time to time the screenplay rips you back in at will with moments of gut twisting, sweat soaked, anxiety, masterfully created in a frighteningly real way. This film crosses the boundaries of its category in a way that would make Hitchcock, the master of suspense, proud, but it won’t be enough to convince the Academy that there’s enough meat in a “horror” film for an Oscar nod.
4. The Darjeeling Limited
So, who of you didn’t like 300? I know that you haters are out there lurking in the shadows, just waiting for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN to take the third nomination for the franchise in visual effects. And you know what? The Academy will be one of you haters, I’m sure of it. TRANSFORMERS, THE GOLDEN COMPASS, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END will get the nominations this year. Politics as usual perhaps, but 300’s gritty and surrealist presentation provide it with an epic passion that would be difficult to provide in any other way. 300 is 300 because of the work done by its visual effects crew, the result is a storytelling that is tragic and classic and of its own genre, nevertheless, 300 will get snubbed.
1. Judd Apatow
There is no doubt that Judd Apatow has had his fair share of accolades this year — with both KNOCKED UP and SUPERBAD premiering in the same summer, what would you expect? In fact, some might even say he’s had more than his fair share. But screw everything else; I’m talking about Oscars here. Regardless of the props Apatow has found elsewhere, he will be snubbed at the Oscars, all around. This shouldn’t be surprising, comedies are consistently left out, but both KNOCKED UP, and especially SUPERBAD are spot on, relevant and just plain well-made movies that simply will not get any love from the Academy. And that, my friends, is a shame
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