Does The Hunger Games franchise deserve some major Oscar recognition?

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      I read The Hunger Games the year it came out because I was a fan of Suzanne Collins. These are some of the best written books I have read in a while. Incredibly deep characters, also some incredibly deep thought out ideas.
     
      The first film came out wonderfully with awards worthy cast. Jennifer Lawrence especially. An amazing screenplay was there to back it all up.
    The film, however, not the best of the year was at least worthy for a make-up or costume nomination, but was left with nothing. Catching Fire actually was one of the top 20 films of the year. Jena Malone was worthy of a supporting actress nomination, and the screenplay was incredible making the film 10x the first.

      Besides the annoying fan base, which should maturely be passed on… why has this not received the recognition it deserves? Even in the technical categories?

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    unsunganthem
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    In a word? No. 

    I don’t deny that Catching Fire was an incredibly entertaining film. But let’s be clear, this action/adventure series isn’t on the same level as past Oscar-worthy ones (e.g. Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, LOTR). The writing isn’t great when stacked up against this year’s nominees for Adapted Screenplay. Lawrence will always be good as Catniss, but she’s usually even better in “sophisticated” fare. The supporting cast is largely forgettable. And the direction is usually not great (especially Ross’ attempt with the first installment). The only awards I could see the series getting recognition for is in the tech categories. 

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    Scottferguson
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    Tell me how many major nominations the vastly superior and much bigger grossing James Bond series ever received?

    None.

    Based on history, this one deserves no more.

    Skyfall in 2012 was a much bigger hit worldwide than THG, and received much better reviews. It got no major noms. 

    Its star already won an Oscar significant in part because of the attention she got from those films. And it was a lead Oscar (although in a supporting role), while Sean Connery had to settle for a lesser one.      

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    DominicCobb
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    ^Completely agree. The fact that Bond was overlooked in its heyday (60s) is truly disappointing (I would’ve given some major awards to From Russia with Love).

    Recently Skyfall definitely should have been up for BP (and almost was).

    The Hunger Games? Nope. 

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    delerian
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    Battle Royale, yes. The Hunger Games, no.

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    mse
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    Major Oscar recognition? No. But I did miss it in some of the technical categories, especially in costumes. I guess the Academy will always go to the period clothing over the more outlandish designs. I wish Lawrence would get recognition for CF instead of AH (subtletly seems to be much more of her strong suit and that role calls for plenty of that), but it’s never going to happen.

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    nkb325
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    I would give it the nom, maybe even win for costume design, but that’s probably it. I actually liked the first film more than the second one even though I seem to be one of the few. It’s avery good action/adventure film, but now oscar-worthy imo.
    But I do agree with mse Lawrence is much better at the subtle moments than the big over the top ones. She can be very big and funny but she has the tendency to go to broad and exagerrated. That’s why i felt she was very good (no-worthy but not win-worthy) in SLP when it was like 50-50, but not nearly as good in AH when it’s like 20-80. But while I do think she’s good in HG, not win worthy

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Agreed woth what everyone else is saying, Makeup and costume, but that’s it. Definitely not the major categories.

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    Major? No.
    Minor? Sure.

    The books kept getting worse and worse as the action kept dwindling into Katniss’s endless whining and uselessness.
    And Collins being a merely competent writer meant that the prose couldn’t help distract from the downward spiral of the story. 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I think that if Mockingjay Parts 1 or 2 (most likely 2) just blows everything out of the water, or just knocks it clear out of the park, then some Oscar nominations could follow. But I still have my doubts.

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    nkb325
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    ^I don’t know they don’t ever really seem to give into this genre. The last Harry Potter movie was one of the best reviewed movies of the year (according to metacritic it was THE best reviewed wide release movie of the year), it was one of the highest grossing movies of the year, and it had 8 movies to build up goodwill and it still couldn’t make it into any of the major races.
    Admittedly Hunger Games is more sci-fi action than fantasy which AMPAS is slightly warmer too and Lawrence is definitely a bigger star than radcliffe, but I don’t see it making into any major categories. Maybe a couple of the techs that it already deserved for the last two but nothing above the line.

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    delerian
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    ^I don’t know they don’t ever really seem to give into this genre. The last Harry Potter movie was one of the best reviewed movies of the year (according to metacritic it was THE best reviewed wide release movie of the year), it was one of the highest grossing movies of the year, and it had 8 movies to build up goodwill and it still couldn’t make it into any of the major races.
    Admittedly Hunger Games is more sci-fi action than fantasy which AMPAS is slightly warmer too and Lawrence is definitely a bigger star than radcliffe, but I don’t see it making into any major categories. Maybe a couple of the techs that it already deserved for the last two but nothing above the line.

    This is a really good point. While I’m not a fan of the last Harry Potter film, I do have to admit that its critical reviews are extremely high and that it was exceptionally well received. I think the barrier to entry for young adult fantasy/sci-fi is far higher than something like drama. Looking back, I see a couple of children’s fantasy films that got nominated within the last 25 years (Up, Toy Story 3, Hugo, Babe, and Beauty and the Beast), but no young-adult fantasy/sci-fi.

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    nkb325
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    They just do not seem to like movies about teenagers. Adults: absolutely, kids:once in a while, teenagers:

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    These films are better than they have every right to be. I’m interested in how they handle the last book seeing as its messy as all hell and split into two films. It could really go off the deep end.

    As far as nominations go, I would have given nothing to the first one. But Costumes and Makeup/Hair for the second. Maybe even Production Design.  

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    Renaton
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    No. Just no. Fun second film, but not even remotely special in anyway.

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