'Tis the season! And no, I don't mean the Christmas season, I mean the Oscar season! The nominations are out, and although I'm proud of this year's contestants, I can't help but notice the films that were left out - or surprisingly left in. Here's my list of films that should've been recognized at this year's awards. NOTE: This is my personal opinion, and not everyone has to agree with it. :)
1. Snub: "Southpaw" (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Song)
This was a phenomenal film. One of the few films this year that made me actually stand up and cheer. That being said, I was both confused and a bit upset that the film wasn't nominated for Best Picture. Jake Gyllenhal and Forest Whitaker's performances were spectacular, which I thought would garner some gold. This also goes for the song "Kings Never Die", which, written by Eminem, is a hard hitting musical depiction of the film.
2. Surprise: Jennifer Lawrence in "Joy" (Best Actress)
This came as a surprise to me. I believe that Jennifer Lawrence is a phenomenal actress. But this film truly undermines her talent. Obviously David O'Russel's weakest venture, Lawrence didn't pull through (in my opinion, at least). I feel there were better performances this year, light years ahead of what she put into this film.
3. Snub: "Mad Max: Fury Road" (Best Original Score, Best Actress)
One of the wildest rides of the year just raked in 10 nominations at the Oscars, but I felt it should've gotten at least two more. The pounding, grating, ear shattering score (composed by Junkie XL) is in every way perfect. It captures both the chaos and elegance of the film, but also proves that action movie soundtracks can be different. And of course, I am definitely disappointed that Charlize Theron wasn't offered a chance at the golden statue for her bad-a$$ portrayal of Imperator Furiousa.
4. Snub: Ridley Scott, "The Martian" (Best Director)
This amazing film is nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Visual Effects, but is surprisingly not being recognized for the amazing Directorial feat of the 78 year-old legend Ridley Scott. Why nominate a film for Best Picture but not directing? This is one of the more obvious but disappointing snubs of 2016.
5. Snub/Surprise: "The Hateful Eight" (Best Original Screenplay/Best Cinematography, Best Director)
This film isn't Tarantino's finest achievement, but it certainly packs a classic Tarantino punch. That's why I was surprised at the fact it was nominated for Cinematography, but not Screenplay or Director. As flawed as this film was, it was definitely well made and consistent in it's goal.
6. Snub: "Ant-Man" (Visual Effects, Sound Editing/Design)
Ant-Man took us into a whole new level of the Marvel Universe: A level never seen before. The effects were astounding, mostly because there's never really been anything like it. That's why I felt it deserved a nod in some of the technical categories, being that the effects and sound work were vastly different than any other Marvel film's (the typical explosions, buildings falling, Iron Man suits, etc.). Obviusly the Academy has a grudge against Marvel.
Snub: "Deadpool" (Everything)
Okay, this one is a joke. The movie hasn't even come out. Haha. But I will take the opportunity to say that I feel Deadpool WILL change the game for superhero movies, and it might possibly garner Ryan Reynolds a nomination at some smaller awards (i.e. Golden Globes, SAG, etc.). Just sayin'.
That's all I've got. From what I've seen, I'm pretty happy with this year's picks, although they could've used a bit more fine tuning (as always). If you think of any more, leave a comment with your thoughts!