New Blog Feature: The Ultimate Snub

Okay, so I thought about it and I decided I did want to continue this. You seemed to like my first post well enough, and… I enjoyed it. So I probably would have ended up doing it anyway. So I took a step back and looked at 2012.

And quite honestly, I’m SHOCKED by what I found.

For one, I think we call something a snub if everybody predicted it to get an Oscar Nod and it failed. The one omission that people were going on and on about in 2012 just barely missed the cut here, so maybe we’re more like the Academy than we care to admit.

For reference’s sake, here are some of the blogs I visited.

BEST ACTOR
ALICE IN MOVIELAND
AWARDSNAZI
B + MOVIE BLOG
BREACH AWARDS
THE CINEMATIC SPECTACLE
CONMAN AT THE MOVIES
THE FILM EXPERIENCE
A FISTFUL OF FILMS
GOLD DERBY
LOW RESOLUTION
OSCAR BEACHOUSE
SERIOUSFILM
TIT FOR TAT
This Video
And pretty much everybody on this page.

I would also like to point out that I made sure there wouldn’t be any ties this time. Anyway, prepare to have your mind blown. This is what the people chose.

BEST PICTURE

Amour
Argo
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Holy Motors
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

This matches the academy ballot 7/9. The public seemed to prefer Holy Motors and Moonrise Kingdom to Django Unchained and Life Of Pi. I will admit that Moonrise would have been a worthy nominee, but did it have to come at the expense of my favorite film of the year? I haven’t seen Holy Motors but it sounds kind of interesting. There wasn’t a clear frontrunner that everybody loved this year, but I think most people will be happy with Beasts Of The Southern Wild as the close winner. Just missing the cut were Oscar Nominees Django Unchained and Life Of Pi as well as The Master.

BEST DIRECTOR

Katherine Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Michel Hanake, Amour
Ang Lee, Life Of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts Of The Southern Wild

No, don’t adjust your monitor. You read that right. Ben Affleck isn’t up there. Believe me, I’m just as shocked as you are. And he got close, too! but so many people failed to mention his direction, he simply didn’t male the top five. The public matches the Oscar category 4/5, with only David O. Russell missing the cut. Actually, Kathryn Bigelow seems to be the fan favorite here, I’m surprise that wasn’t the bigger outrage. Among those who missed the cut are Affleck (obviously), Lewis Carax for Holy Motors and both PT and Wes Anderson (for The Master and Moonrise Kingdom, respectively.)

BEST ACTOR

Bradley Cooper as ‘Pat’ in Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis as ‘Abraham Lincoln’ in Lincoln
Denis Levant as ‘Monsieur Oscar’ in Holy Motors
Joaquin Phoenix as ‘Freddie Qiell’ in The Master
Jean-Louis Trintignant as ‘Georges’ in Amour

Ironically, even though this category was a landslide at the Oscars, here it was the tightest race of them all. Day-Lewis just barely musters up a win over close competitor Joaquin Phoenix. Now, people seem to like a certain pair of foreign actors, namely Trintignant and Levant. Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Denzel Washington aren’t far behind, and neither is John Hawkes in The Sessions.

BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain, as ‘Maya’ in Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, as ‘Tiffany’ in Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, as ‘Anne’ in Amour
Quvénzhane Wallis, as ‘Hushpuppy’ in Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, as ‘Maria’ in The Impossible

Hey, the Oscar Five! I didn’t think that would happen! People did show some love for Marion Cotillard, Rachel Weisz, and Jennifer Lawrence, (in The Hunger Games) but at the end of the day, everyone settled on these five. However, they preferred Riva over Lawrence. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert DeNiro as ‘Pat Sr.’ in Silver Linings Playbook
Leonardo DiCaprio as ‘Calvin Candie’ as Django Unchained
Dwight Henry as ‘Wink’ in Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Phillip Seymour Hoffman as ‘Lancaster Dodd’ in The Master
Tommy Lee Jones as ‘Thaddeus Stevens’ in Lincoln

As I said in another post, 2012 was the year Leonardo DiCaprio was robbed of an Oscar. Nobody would have complained if DiCaprio won here. The public didn’t like Waltz’s performance nearly as much, and Alan Arkin didn’t even get a single vote. But the votes were plentiful for Javier Bardem, Samuel L. Jackson, and Ezra Miller.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Judi Dench as ‘M’ in Skyfall
Sally Field as ‘Mary Todd Lincoln’ in Lincoln
Anne Hathaway as ‘Selena Kyle’ in The Dark Knight Rises
Anne Hathaway as ‘Fantine’ in Les Misérables
Helen Hunt as ‘Cheryl’ in The Sessions

Without a doubt, 2012 was the year of Anne Hathaway. The public agreed with the Academy and awarded her Les Mis role, and they gladly nominated her and Judi Dench over Amy Adams and Jacki Weaver, Adams did get votes though, as did Nicole Kidman and Doona Bae.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Amour
Django Unchained
Looper
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

By a LANDSLIDE, Moonrise Kingdom emerges victorious here. People seem okay with the way the nominees turned out, with the exception that many preferred Looper to Flight Just below the line is The Master and Seven Psychopaths

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Lincoln
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Silver Linings Playbook

Ah, the one category that the Academy usually seems to get right. Although you bloggers out there prefer Perks over Pi, you also thought that Lincoln had the best screenplay.

BEST FILM EDITING

Argo
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Ooh, only 2/5. Although the public seemed to agree with the Academy on one point – the editing in Argo was AMAZING.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Life Of Pi
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Again, 2/5. It seems the public is all for giving Roger Deakins an Oscar. Let’s see if he gets any more in this series. Shout out to Anna Karenina, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Lincoln, and The Turin Horse.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
Prometheus

2/5, again! It seems the public was more than willing to give Les Mis the award. Near misses include Oscar Winner Lincoln, as well as Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Django Unchained.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Mirror Mirror
Moonrise Kingdom

3/5. Bloggers agreed with the Academy and awarded Anna Karenina, while Oscar Nominees Lincoln and Snow White & The Huntsman just missed the top five.

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR (?)

Cloud Atlas
Les Misérables
Lincoln

1/3. Let me just go on the record by saying 2012 could be the greatest year for film makeup ever. As well as these three, there was also plenty of love for The Impossible, The Hobbit, Holy Motors, Looper, and The Hunger Games.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Avengers
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
Life Of Pi
Prometheus

3/5. At the end of the day, it’s hard to argue against Life Of Pi, although there was some love for The Hobbit and The Impossible.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Cloud Atlas
Life Of Pi
Lincoln
The Master

Only 2/5. This one surprised me a bit, but bloggers fell head over heels for this music. Although to be fair, bloggers did enjoy the Oscar nominated scores of Lincoln and Skyfall, as well as The Dark Knight Rises and Moonrise Kingdom.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted
“Skyfall” from Skyfall
“Suddenly” from Les Misérables
“Who Did That To You” from Django Unchained
“Who Were We” from Holy Motors

2/5. Hey, academy. This is how you do the original song category. One song that just barely missed was ‘Dull Tool’ from This Is 40

BEST SOUND EDITING

The Dark Knight Rises
The Impossible
Les Misérables
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

2/5. Unlike the academy, bloggers know how to make up their minds. They also liked Life Of Pi and Prometheus.

BEST SOUND MIXING

The Dark Knight Rises
Les Misérables
Life Of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty.

2/5. The trouble with this is that most bloggers put both sound categories together into one category, which is why they’re probably gone end up matching most of the time.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Brave
Farankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Secret World Of Arrietty
Wreck-It Ralph

Oh, come on! I remember thinking that surely the bloggers would recognize the brilliance of Rise Of The Guardians, but sadly no. Come on, a movie with this many stories on fanfiction.com should haver it’s fair share of fans, right?

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Amour
Holy Motors
The Intouchables
A Royal Affair
Rust & Bone

This wasn’t even a competition – for the win, that is.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

How To Survive A Plague
The Invisible War
The Queen Of Versailles
Searching For Sugar Man
This Is Not A Film

And that’s where we end it today. So, what was the Ultimate Snub (TM) of the year 2012?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Leonardo DiCaprio as ‘Calvin Candie’ in Django Unchained.

images-1

It’s funny, because I already made a post that basically explained how Leo had the perfect opportunity to win his Oscar that year. I mean, Christolph Waltz doesn’t really need two Oscars, does he? Perhaps we may never know why DiCaprio failed to get noticed.

So, this is getting interesting. Tune in next time when I prove that truly, the Academy has no Shame. (Get it?)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s