Oscars snubs can drive you nuts, upside-down. So much so that a handful of those this year no longer made us cringe- though it sure left us bewildered. Considering that Oscar nominations were declared almost 2 weeks back, this list comes quite late in the day. But it’s here, and it highlights few movies that came after 2005 and became the poster-child of epic-snubs by the academy.
The Man from Earth (2007)
Once in a blue moon comes a sci-fi that makes you wolf-whistle. ‘The Man From Earth’ is that kind of a sci-fi. Alright, this one didn’t make it to the theatres, but I must admit, I am biased. The movie is too good to be missed, it’s too good to be ignored, hell, it’s too good to not make the cut. Blasphemy!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Line-up all the musicals of the last 2 decades and sit your fanny down to choose the best among them- Sweeney Todd will drink them all up. Johnny Depp slays and slashes his way to acting pinnacle in this masterpiece by Tim Burton- the only man who could make this movie as bloody dazzling as it turned out to be. It baffles me to see a not so extraordinary musical like ‘Les Misérables’ getting so much recognition in the award circle considering Sweeney Todd was criminally overlooked by the Academy.
Dark Knight (2008)
This is where the superhero genre draws its force from. *Officially* the greatest superhero movie ever made, it makes everything thing else roaming a similar territory look like ‘made for toddlers’. Watch ‘Dark Knight’ and follow it by another smash hit,’ The Amazing Spiderman’ and you will know why.
I am the last guy on earth to be adrenaline-pumped by flying heroes, futuristic gadgets and all the CGI dump. I have given my taste several chances to have a go at the mindless action flicks, but it just won’t surrender. That was until The Dark Knight came. As far as the Oscars go, the movie deserved at least a nomination for its sheer audacity.
What went wrong with it! Rush was a sure shot contender for the Best Picture until Academy decided it shut it out from the nominations itself. It was the shocker of the highest degree. Aiming to shock us every year, it was Academy’s knockout punch.
There aren’t many who have seen this movie, and of the ones who have, there were few who weren’t moved by it. With its beautiful gravitas, the movie strikes exactly where its’ supposed to. But all discussions on “Get Low” must begin and end with Robert Duvall. Duvall gives an astonishing performance, inside-out. He induces a pulled-back pleasure and an escalated indulgence that sometimes subverts the brilliant story.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)
2014 had its share of snubs, and The Place Beyond the Pines stands pretty tall amongst them. This near-masterpiece by Derek Cianfrance struck all the right cords with the audience and the critics, but failed to even budge the Academy.
Zesty, hypnotic, endlessly surprising and hillarious- that’s what the steady state thriller ‘In Bruges’ is all about. The streak of darkness that runs deep into the trenches of comedy make this movie as transfixing as the Fiennes’ ‘fairytale town’. Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are in supreme form. It was syncretism in Bruges. Masterpiece? I don’t know. Exhilaratingly entertaining? Damn straight.
This hugely underrated film, also acted brilliantly, hasn’t got a mention except for its cinematography, and I am truly surprised considering how taut this atmospheric thriller is.
Yes, I claimed I hate sci-fi, and here I have already done a 2nd round. Well, this statement might make you cringe, but Looper reminded of ‘No Country for Old Men’. No, I don’t say Looper is anywhere as great, as intense, as hazardously cathartic as the 2007 Oscar winner, but there is an air of immediacy about it that keeps you rapt. The humor and entertainment quotient was pretty high on every scale. Thank god for no gadgets and gizmos, no flying machines, no overdose of computer-made imaginary that might make you root for CGI, but it only makes me root for the credits.
Short Term 12 (2013)
There are some say it was the best movie of 2013. And then there is Academy, which vehemently ignore it. The fact that it didn’t make a lot of noise perhaps went against it.
Every movie buff has his share of Oscar-woes, I have mine. The afore-mentioned movies gave me long-lasting jolts of riveting indulgence, and seeing them not getting even nominated was a colossal – I am tempted to say heartbreak – disappointment. Alright, that’s a lot of boohoo for the day!