Personal Post: Possible new feature?

Hey, uh… This was an idea I had for a potential new feature on the blog. So, a lot of people like to talk about snubs at the Oscars. But as we all know, everybody has their own opinion on what should or shouldn’t be nominated. Just because you loved something doesn’t mean that Academy voters are going to hell for not nominating it.

But why do we still talk about snubs? Because a lot of people share opinions. For example, many people have the opinion that ‘The Dark Knight should have been nominated for Best Picture. And the more people who share an opinion, the closer that opinion gets to becoming a FACT.

Every year, tons of good movies and performances fail to make the cut. But when is it looked at as an opinion and when is it universally accepted as a snub? What makes a snub a snub?

So here’s what I did. I went to a TON of different movie blogs and looked at their own personal Oscar ballots for last year. And I tallied up all the movies that got mentioned. 1 point for a nomination, 2 points for a win. The nominees below are the ones that got the most points.

So let’s see what the ideal Best Picture Lineup would look like. It’s not going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but if I did my job right then most of you should like it a little better than the actual Oscar lineup.

Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Short Term 12
12 Years A Slave
The Wolf Of Wall Street

Okay, this matches the Oscar lineup 6/9, with Gravity being the one most people liked best. The academy mostly got it right, but hopefully the inclusion of Inside Llewyn Davis, Before Midnight, and Short Term 12 is an improvement to an already strong lineup.

So, do you like this idea? Do you want to see more?

Too bad, we’re looking at the rest of the categories. Now, with the winners, there are a few ties (and one three-way tie) but the focus is mainly on the nominees here. (Note: I fixed the ties)

BEST DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Spike Jonze, Her
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf Of Wall Street

BEST ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf Of Wall Street
Chiwitel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
James Franco, Spring Breakers
Jonah Hill, The Wolf Of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Scarlett Johansson, Her
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupia N’yongo, 12 Years A Slave
Lea Seydoux, Blue Is The Warmest Color

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Blue Jasmine
Frances Ha
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Before Midnight
Philomena
Short Term 12
12 Years A Slave
The Wolf Of Wall Street

BEST FILM EDITING

Captain Phillips
Gravity

Her
The Wolf Of Wall Street
12 Years A Slave

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Prisoners
12 Years A Slave

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Gravity
The Great Gatsby
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
12 Years A Slave

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
Laurence Anyways
12 Years A Slave
Saving Mr. Banks

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
Rush

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Man Of Steel
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

All Is Lost
Gravity
Her
Only God Forgives
12 Years A Slave

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Do You Wanna Build A Snowman” from Frozen
“Let It Go” from Frozen
“The Moon Song” from Her
“So You Know What It’s Like” from Short Term 12
“Young & Beautiful” from The Great Gatsby

BEST SOUND EDITING

All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
Inside Llewyn Davis
Gravity
Rush

BEST SOUND MIXING
All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
Inside Llewyn Davis
Gravity
Rush

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Croods
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
Monsters University
The Wind Rises

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Blue Is The Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past
Wadjda

BEST DOCUMENTARY

The Act Of Killing
Blackfish
The Square
Stories We Tell
20 Feet From Stardom

Now, If I did my job right, then everybody would have been a little happier if these were the Oscar nominees. But one question still remains… according to my research, what was the most inexcusable snub of last year?

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Inside Llewyn Davis

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Sure, a lot of people were gung-ho about Tom Hanks being left off Best Actor, and Her’s omission from Director and Supporting Actress, but it was this film from the Coens that missed an Original Screenplay nomination that really got everybody upset. It got 12 points and was ranked at #2, just under Her.

Now I make a lot of charts related to the Oscars in my spare time. But this one was different. This is something I think a lot of other people would be interested in.

So what did you think? Should I do this for other years? Should I possibly make this a feature on my blog? Or do you think it’s best to just leave these things open for opinion? Let me know in the comments.

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