With the Academy Awards being handed out on Sunday, all of Hollywood will converge for the industry’s biggest night to celebrate the best work of last year. But are they really?
There’s a handful of movies that didn’t get a single Oscar nomination and it’s kind of criminal that the Academy didn’t recognise them.
So the least we can do is give them a shout out.
From “Wonder Woman” to “The Lost City of Z,” here are 10 movies that should have received Oscar nominations.
“Battle of the Sexes”
A look at the legendary tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King earned acting nominations for Steve Carell and Emma Stone at the Golden Globes, but when it came Oscar time both were snubbed – which I honestly don’t have a problem with.
But the movie should have received a nod in the production design and/or editing category.
Its authentic early 1970s look was spot on and throughout its editing telling the journey of Riggs and King leading up to their big match was perfect. And the way the finale was cut is fantastic. Tennis is a tough sport to portray correctly on screen, and editor Pamela Martin cut the match sequence better than most ever have.
There’s always one actor that everyone gets behind for an Oscar nom and when it doesn’t happen the shock just elevates that actor’s exposure, and Tiffany Haddish is the latest example.
The “Girls Trip” standout star has gone from obscurity to a pop culture household name. She’s hosted “Saturday Night Live” and Paul Thomas Anderson wants to work with her. Yes, it’s a bummer she didn’t get the Oscar nomination, but we think she’s going to be just fine.
The Safdie brothers’ gritty heist-gone-wrong movie showed the mainstream what this duo had been doing in the low budget world for years – and just how great Robert Pattinson is – but where the movie should have found Oscar love is on its music side.
Daniel Lopatin’s (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) trippy score matches the movie’s fast-paced movement and sucks you in deeper to Connie’s crazy night.
“The Lego Batman Movie”
Seriously, Academy? “The Boss Baby” over “The Lego Batman Movie?”
The best animated feature category is going to go to Pixar’s “Coco,” that’s pretty much inevitable. But the snub of Chris McKay’s hilarious look at Lego Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) is puzzling.
The incredible inside jokes and Arnett’s top-notch Batman voicing should have been recognised with the Academy’s top honour for animation.
Yes, the best original screenplay category is pretty stacked, but it would have been great to have seen a longshot like Rebecca Blunt’s script (or whoever it was) make it in. It was definitely the best written movie of the summer movie season, and you could argue one of the funniest Steven Soderbergh movies.
But you rarely get an outside the box nomination like this.
“The Lost City of Z”
This was a movie from last year that I thought at the very least would be recognised for its spectacular look, but was shockingly was shut out.
The production design of James Grey’s look at one man’s obsession to find a hidden city in the Amazon is incredible, especially taking into account how hard it is to make a movie in the jungle. And then there’s also the trenches Percy finds himself in during World War I, which the movie captures in all its ugliness.
Production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos gives the movie an epic feel that just elevates its incredible story, and he should have been recognised.
M. Night Shyamalan’s chilling look at a psychopath kidnapper with split personalities is heightened by the end of the movie when a new personality suddenly appears. It’s the masterful makeup work that makes this sequence of the movie so memorable.
And I know this would have been a major longshot, but I still think that James McAvoy’s performance in this movie was worthy of Oscar recognition. All the characters he gives us, plus his physical transformation at the end of the movie, made this was one of his best works to date.
Talk about an actor who got snubbed. Jake Gyllenhaal’s gut wrenching performance playing Jeff Bauman – who became the definition of “Boston Strong” when he survived the 2013 Boston Marathon and helped identify the bombers, after losing both his legs – once again shows why he’s one of our best actors working today.
One of these days the Academy will recognise that by giving him an Oscar.
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
There are many things you can legitimately not like about “Valerian” but visual effects isn’t one of them.
Luc Bessons’ latest is a VFX marvel. From the opening sequence (which is the best part of the movie), to the worlds explored and the characters encountered, it’s hard to explain why it got snubbed.
This one hurts the most, to be honest.
Patty Jenkins didn’t just pull off a movie that many have failed to get to the screen for decades, but also proved that a good DC movie is possible.
But seriously, the movie was good enough to even be respected by the most snobbish Academy member who can’t stand superhero movies. The fact that it wasn’t nominated for best picture, especially when 10 slots are open in the category and only nine ended up being taken, is heartbreaking.