Biggest Oscar Disappointments
The announcement of the Oscar nominations this morning was business as usual, for the most part. A couple of surprise nominees did manage to sneak in, most notably in the supporting actress race. After a decade of fantastic work, it was pleasant to see Maggie Gyllenhaal earn her first Academy Award nomination for her work in Crazy Heart in spite of a slightly bipolar campaign that saw her in both the supporting and lead actress categories at different stages of the race.
That aside, and while I had long given up on nominations for some of my favorite films, there were still a couple of major disappointments. It is only the second day of the month and already I’m threatening to exceed my whining quota, so for my own sake I will cap off my list at three.
Like Gyllenhaal, she might have been the victim of a botched up campaign that ludicrously campaigned her for a lead actress nomination instead of supporting. Unlike Gyllenhaal, she never recovered from it. Oh well.
My opinion of Nine has been relatively generous; I think it is an unfortunately uneven film that nevertheless has its moments. One aspect that was top-notch through and through, though, was Marion Cotillard’s acting. As the long-suffering wife, Cotillard proved she’s the real deal. She also gave the film a much needed emotional center. At least we will hopefully get to see her perform at the Oscar ceremony come March, where “Take it All” will be vying for Best Original Song.
Mary & Max
It was an extreme long shot to begin with, but I held out hope that if enough Oscar voters saw this movie we could have a surprise nominee in the Best Animated Film category. There was a surprise nominee but, alas, it was not Mary & Max. Instead, The Secrets of Kells received a nomination out of nowhere, making Mary & Max’s snub a little harder to swallow. I have not seen Secret, but somehow I doubt it is better than Mary & Max (my #2 favorite movie of 2009). My only hope is that the movie finds the audience it deserves with time. So what are you waiting for? Go see it as soon as you can.
500 Days of Summer
After being THE indie film of the summer last year, 500 Days of Summer found itself without a single nomination this morning. It was a long shot in most categories, but a nomination for its winningly original screenplay was predicted by many. Even Best Picture seemed possible at one point with the field expanded to ten nominees for the first time in over 60 years. Neither materialized. Disappointing, it might be, but after a month of steady DVD rental business following an already healthy box office intake, I somehow think it will be just fine. With or without Oscar.