As virtually every cinephile on this planet, I choose to keep a rather close look on the awards and film festivals seasons, for it is then that a lot of gems surface and gain their much warranted time in the sun, both in terms of a wider audience and better recognition. The Academy announced the competitors for the Oscar race earlier this evening, almost as if inverting a sand clock until the coveted ceremony takes place on the 24th of February this year, and naturally the internet has been abuzz with possibly everything related to the announcement of the nominations: who remains the frontrunner, who got dethroned, who might be the ace in the hole, and who might get to take home the golden statuette after all.
While speculations are rife with ‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ tying at the top for 10 nominations each, we, at The Cinemaholic too, made a list of our own predictions for the nominations, and despite close to 85% of them sticking, a fair share of them obviously did get snubbed in the process, much to our disappointment. Contrarily though, a few surprises and a few nasty shocks awaited us as we glossed through the list of nominations that did make the cut, and the following list is a resultant of the emotional rollercoaster that the nominations were. Without further ado, we list the following films, performers or technicians who got unrightfully snubbed from a deserved spot atleast on the nominations, and on the other hand, choices we didn’t expect but do deserve a lauding. Read on.
A case may be made for ‘First Man’ being snubbed from the coveted Best Picture nomination, following Damien Chazelle’s golden run with ‘Whiplash’ and ‘La La Land’, but having steadily plotted the graph for First Man’s decline following its release, no major surprises or snubs here. The category was completely as predicted. However, that doesn’t mean that even the predictions were true to intent or in simple terms, as we would have wanted them. A number of factors work in tandem to ensure that a film is even shortlisted for nominations, leave alone being nominated as one of the 8 best made films of the year, or that is what I thought the Academy celebrated and awarded until I saw ‘Black Panther’ on the list.
Even ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’s rise to the scene could easily be predicted following the film going on to win the Golden Globe despite a lukewarm critical reaction. This particular sequence of events has plunged ‘Black Panther’ to be the only Superhero movie with an Oscar nod, and while the resultant buzz that will follow might just prove to be its unbecoming, I sincerely and unapologetically believe it to be not just the weakest contender in a list of otherwise superbly crafted films, but completely out of place too. I am a huge fan of superhero movies myself, and while I seriously wish that the fan in me sees a year where a well-made superhero movie bags a deserved nomination or win, this is just not it. Seeing ‘Roma’ and ‘Black Panther’ competing for the same title just blows my mind in all the wrong ways. ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’, a far superior film tackling similar issues with poise is a worthy contender that comes to mind, but alas.