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Friday, 17 January 2014

5 Oscar Snubs For 2014 Nominations


The result has finally out and the nominations has revealed. And as expected, leading the pack are AMERICAN HUSTLE and GRAVITY with 10 nominations each while 12 YEARS A SLAVE is a close second with 9 nominations. Meanwhile, NEBRASKA, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and CAPTAIN PHILLIPS has 6 nominations each. For the full list of 2014 Oscar nominations, head over here.

With all the nominations already finalized and announced to the public, it's a pity that some of the movies should be recognized as well. And here are my 5 Oscar snubs below:


1. LACK OF FOLK LOVE FOR "INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS"

This achingly heartfelt and bittersweet drama that revolves around the 1960s folk music scene in New York's Greenwich Village, is easily one of Coen brothers' best movies to date. Despite manage to secure 2 nominations including Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing, it's kind of baffling that the movie fails to pick up some of the more important nominations -- including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Oscar Isaac's breakthrough performance really deserved a spot here) and Best Original Screenplay.

2. TWO VETERAN ACTORS ARE NOTICEABLY MISSING IN THE "BEST ACTOR" SPOT

Before the 2014 Oscar nominations were finally announced, I was convinced that both Robert Redford in ALL IS LOST and Tom Hanks in CAPTAIN PHILLIPS are locked for Best Actor nominations where both of them gave one of their best performances to date. A shame, really.

3. "BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR"... IS MISSING IN ACTION

When BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR made history at the last year's Cannes Festival by not only winning the coveted Palme d'Or but also awarded both Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux as well, most people thought that it would automatically landed the Best Foreign-Language Film category. However, the movie was ineligible to be nominated because it released too late in its native country, France. Even so, at least Adele Exarchopoulos' tour de force performance deserved a Best Actress nod?

4. NO "PACIFIC RIM", "OBLIVION" or "MAN OF STEEL" IN THE BEST VISUAL EFFECTS SLOT

Okay, I was disappointed that MAN OF STEEL failed to make the Oscar's shortlist for Best Visual Effects nomination. But finalizing THE LONE RANGER as one of the 5 nominations in that particular category really baffles me. Sure, the effects in THE LONE RANGER are visually spectacular for a big-budget Western movie. However, either PACIFIC RIM or OBLIVION -- both of which included in the shortlist -- are far more deserving for that coveted spot.

5. NO IDRIS ELBA FOR "MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM"

As the late Nelson Mandela, Idris Elba totally nails the distinctive personality and the vocal pattern with such remarkable flair. It's sad that the Oscar fails to recognize him for securing him a well-deserved spot for Best Actor nomination.

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