The Oscar Nominations

OK so here we go. I’ve only been an avid fan of all things film for the last three or four years and last year I lost my Oscar virginity by nearly killing myself staying up around 48 hours in order to watch it in between work and school. After an agonizing day trying to get it clear in my head what films, actors etc deserved at least recognition for their work this past year. And so at 1.30pm GMT (5.30am in America. Why? Just Why?) I made sure I was sat in front of a computer watching the nominations being announced live.

So here’s just a selection of nominations the Academy got wrong this year:

Best Film

No Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Although this wasn’t my favourite of 2011 it was bloody well worth a nomination at the very least. If not for Rooney Mara’s incredible performance as Lisbeth Salander or Trent Raznor and Atticus Ross’ equally invigorating score then at least for Fincher’s superb directing. Here is a man who’s bought us such delights as Fight Club and The Social Network and with TGWTDT he proves yet again that he is one of the greatest directors of our time.

And please somebody explain to me what the fuck is The Tree Of Life doing in this category?

Best Actor

Where are Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling? Fassbender was phenomenal in Shame. Words cannot describe how great he was. And Gosling… while I confess I’m not a fan of Drive, it is clear to see that he has become one of the most talked about actors of 2011. I mean if the American Press Association can nominate him for a Golden Globe then why they hell can’t the Academy? And where is Dominic Cooper? His performance in the Devils Double was so utterly powerful that I have since forgiven him for annoying me for a whole year with Mama Mia. And so was his other performance. He did double the amount of work any of the nominated actors did in one film and yet doesn’t even get a mention!

Best Director

Again, were is Fincher? And again, why is Terence Malick getting praise for the pretentious piece of crap that is The Tree of Life?

Best Documentary

Senna. Where. Is. Senna? Why has the academy failed to notice such an awe inspiring film and such an interesting documentary? The sheer time an effort that went into making this is unimaginable. Going through literally tons of archive footage and recordings to mash together a film that will delight, inspire and entertain as well as keep you on the edge of your seat should surely get a nomination?

Andy Serkis

This is meant for the Best Actor section but in all honesty it needs a section of it’s own. In 2001 Serkis shyly approached audiences around the world starring as Gollum/Sméagol in the first intstallment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Except in the first film he only really has a cameo. The tiniest taste of what was to come in The Two Towers and The Return of The King. Ever since, his career has jumped higher and higher later playing King Kong and most recently in 2011 playing the role of Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, one of the best series reboots of recent years. And yet with these roles and more in his catalogue of character roles he has never yet recieved any recognition from the Academy. With no Golden Globes, no BAFTA and still no Oscar he is on his way to becoming one of the most underappreciated actors in the awards season. It seems that just because Serkis hardly speaks in RotPotA he is unworthy of a nomination for best actor. This is a horrible mistake. Serkis was one of, if not the best actor in that whole film and he did it all by playing an ape. This deserves recognition.


Anyway that’s me done for now. I’ll report back next month when hopefully all my angst will have died down and I will be able to appreciate the fact that Hugo received 11 nominations and that in 2011 a silent black and white film can still get 10 nominations.


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