Seven of the sibling filmmakers’ 14 directorial efforts have landed major nominations in the last couple of decades, but
Inside Llewyn Davis
was largely ignored at this year’s awards.
Odd, considering the musical drama finds the Coens on top form, creating an urban folktale with heart and style to spare.
Also, we’re gutted that ‘Please Mr Kennedy’ didn’t quality for Best Song (though we accept it wasn’t original to the film. Still. Boo).
One of the year’s most upsetting and affecting documentaries was totally ignored by the Academy.
Depicting the cruel treatment of certain whales in captivity, the doc’s a bracing wake up call and easily one of the best documentaries of the year.
Either the Academy didn’t want to get tangled up in animal rights issues, or it was too busy trying to forget the horrors it had seen to give it a nomination.
Best Actor – Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
It’s a rare film that attracts the attention of Robert Redford these days (he didn’t appear in anything between 2007-2012), but
All Is Lost
is one of those films.
Putting the 77-year-old through his paces, it relies entirely on Redford’s god-given charisma – it is, after all, a one man show set at sea.
And Redford rises to the challenge, tackling one of his toughest roles and coming up trumps. That he didn’t even get nominated for an Oscar feels like no less than a kick in the chops.
Sadly, that title proved prophetic.
Best Animated Feature – Monsters University
Despicable Me 2
As entertaining as those two films were (both nominated for Best Animated Feature this year),
eclipses them both on just about every level - and it’s DEFINITELY better than the previously Oscar-nominated
Most disturbing revelation: the Academy are bigger fans of the ruddy Minions than they are of Mike and Sully…
Best Actress – Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)
Forget Walt Disney (as played by Tom Hanks), it’s Thompson as Pamela Travers who really sticks out in John Lee Hancock’s Mouse House dramedy.
Acerbic to the max, perfectly poised and misty-eyed when she needs to be, Thompson’s a class act through and through.
It’s this kind of performance that often seems like an Oscar shoo-in. They do like to keep us on our toes…
Best Visual Effects – Man Of Steel
Getting pipped to the post by the likes of
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Iron Man 3
is one thing, but
The Lone Ranger
Sure, Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot has its faults, but the visual effects are something else.
They definitely out-dazzle Johnny Depp and his magically-appearing white horse, at the very least…
Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
Spike Jonze’s affecting drama wasn’t lacking nominations at the 2014 Oscars, landing Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Song nods.
Odd, then, that the film’s leading man didn’t get a mention at all.
Is the Academy still recovering from his bizarre industry-leaving fake-out doc
I’m Still Here
Best Supporting Actor – John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis)
He only crops up for a mid-section sojourn, but it’s electric to say the least – and if Hannibal Lecter can win an Oscar for just 16 minutes of screen time, why can’t Goodman?
star is never better than when he’s paired with the Coens, and he’s exceptional as a vile jazz musician in
You won’t be able to get the film’s bathroom scene out of your head for weeks.
Best Actor – Chris Hemsworth (Rush)
Sure, he was reading out the nominations, but we imagine a little piece of Chris Hemsworth died inside when his name wasn’t called out for Best Actor.
was an important film for him, proving that he could do more than just swish around in his mother’s drapes.
And he’s fantastic as arrogant race car driver James Hunt, overcoming the fact that he still sort of looks like Thor to deliver something nuanced and affecting.
Best Director – Ron Howard (Rush)
With two Oscars (and a further two Oscar noms) already under his hat, Howard’s probably not too upset that he wasn’t nominated for
But, dammit, we are. The film’s a petrolheaded dream, Howard lighting a fire under some of the most thrilling visuals we saw on-screen in 2013.
The fact that only nine films were selected for Best Picture noms when the allowance is 10 must be a bit of a dig in the ribs.
Best Actor – Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips & Saving Mr Banks)
If you survived the whole of
without crushing your cinema's seat arms to a pulp, you’re the only one.
Much of Paul Greengrass’ film relies on Hanks’ wordless emoting, and what emoting it is – Oscar-quality, as it happens.
That final scene still gets us.
Saving Mr Banks
is an entirely different performance – less showy, perhaps, but definitely deserving of a little Oscar attention.
star Allison Williams react to Tom Hanks' s Oscar snub, click the video below.
Girls Season Three stars on Sky Atlantic on Monday 20 January
Best Actress – Kate Winslet (Labor Day)
She missed out on a Golden Globe for her performance in this hard-hitting drama, and Oscar darling Kate Winslet’s fared even worse with the Academy this year.
Considering the not inconsiderable competition, it’s not a huge surprise, but when Winslet delivers such consistently exceptional work, it’s sad to see it go unrewarded.
Best Director – JC Chandor (All Is Lost)
JC Chandor was an Oscar darling back in 2012 when he was unexpectedly nominated for Best Original Screenplay for
He didn’t win that year, and it’s a disappointment not see him nominated for his far superior sophomore film.
A taut, intimate drama,
All Is Lost
has been getting rave reviews. Frankly, it’s just odd the Academy completely overlooked it.
Best Actor – Forest Whitaker (The Butler)
Early buzz suggested that Whitaker would be a favourite for Best Actor at this year’s awards.
That’s the problem with coming out all the way back in August 2013 (in the US, anyway). The competition just kept stacking up, and it appears the Academy favoured more recent releases.
Which isn’t really fair, considering just how flippin’ good Whitaker is in
Best Actor – Daniel Brühl (Rush)
was completely snubbed at the 2014 Oscar nominations, with not a single, cotton-picking nod in its direction.
Sadly, Daniel Brühl was part of that unceremonious slight, despite undergoing a subtly-brilliant transformation for the film as racer Niki Lauda.
Best Picture – Before Midnight
won Oscars, and this was the Academy’s chance to –
Lord Of The Rings
-stylee – finally reward the series at its (assumed) close.
No such luck for Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, who’ve had to settle for a Best Original Screenplay nomination instead.
Which, obviously, is lovely and everything, but it’s no Best Picture nod, is it?!
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