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Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday's Top 5... Worst Oscar Snubs (2000-2009)

#5: Jim Carey as Best Actor for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Hi Academy. I get that you don't like Jim Carey and, to be honest, I fully support your decision not to throw him a bone for either The Truman Show or Man On The Moon but, let's be honest, you dropped the ball not nominating him for his wonderful performance in Eternal Sunshine.... And, while we're at it, how could you not nominate the film for Best Picture and instead reward the absolute dreck that is Ray? For shame.

#4: Bruce Springsteen for Best Original Song for The Wrestler

You know how the people who run the Oscars are always saying that they need to cut back on things like acceptance speeches because the audience at home allegedly gets bored and tunes out? A good way to get people to tune in would have been to have The Boss perform. Of course, had he been nominated it would have been last year when the geniuses running the show decided not to allow time for each song to be performed in its entirety so that there would be more time for Hugh Jackman and Beyonce's musical tribute to whateverthefuck, so maybe that wouldn't have worked out after all.

#3: Paul Giamatti as Best Actor for Sideways

So... you liked everything about Sideways except the guy who carried it? A guy who was recognized by just about every other awarding body out there? You'd much rather recognize Johnny Depp's fine but not particularly noteworthy performance in Finding Neverland and Clint Eastwood glowering his way through Million Dollar Baby? Okay then.

#2: 4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days for Best Foreign Language Film

Oh, Foreign Language Film category. Every year you find a way to break my heart. Cristian Mungiu's drama about life in Communist Romania is one of the best of the last decade, got recognition from many other places, but got shut out by AMPAS. As important as I think it is for non-English films to get exposure via the Academy Awards, they really need to fix the many flaws of their nominating system because too many great films have fallen through the cracks.

#1: Naomi Watts as Best Actress for Mulholland Drive

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Renee Zellweger was nominated for Bridget Jones's Diary in the year that Naomi Watts was snubbed for Mulholland Drive. I'm not sure even David Lynch could have imagined a scenario that insane.


Vanessa said...

I fully agree! The academy has their favorites and if you don't fit in - you don't get nominated...what snobs!

blake said...

Good call on all counts. I would also add the snub of Jonny Greenwood's outstanding score for There Will Be Blood.

Candice Frederick said...

i agree with most, except paul giamtti. i thought that movie was grossly overrated, everything about it

M. Carter @ the Movies said...

Paul Giamatti had that damn award LOCKED UP! There was nobody more deserving. Nobody. He was tragic and vulnerable and funny and just brilliant. I am bullish and obnoxious on this point, and I'm glad someone else agrees!

And how oh how did "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days" not win? Anamaria Marinca was astoundingly good.

The Mad Hatter said...

It's amazing sometimes to see how Oscar races shake down with the advantage of hindsight.

The Academy...what a wacky bunch.

PS - If you're curious, I did a similar post a while back...


Norma Desmond said...

@Vanessa: So often it all comes down to having the right campaign behind you.

@Blake: Ooooh, I'd forgotten about that! Another great contender cut due to an arbitrary rule.

@Candice Frederick: I'm inclined to agree with you about the movie itself, but I still think Giamatti was great.

@M. Carter: I totally would have included Anamaria Marinca as a snub if I thought there was ever any chance in hell of her getting nominated. One of the best performances of the last decade but also one of the least appreciated.

@Mad Hatter: Good choices!