What the hell happened to The Butler? I thought it was a shoe-in for a few nominations and really thought Oprah was going to get in after getting a SAG nod… I also believed Forrest Whittaker would get in. It seemed like a very “Oscar” movie… What gives? did it simply lose out to stronger films?
The Butler…didn’t do it I guess.
(Sorry for being a pedantic jerk, but everyone is doing it today – it’s SHOO- in, not shoe-in. The word “shoo” has to do with easy passage or movement along without resistance).
Released too early maybe? Oprah backlash? 12 Years a Slave deservedly stole its thunder?
Part of it was the Golden Globes shutout, it was released too early and it wasn’t a good enough film to overcome it. (I didn’t like it, it’s fine if you did)
I haven’t actually seen it, I just really like Oprah and thought that it was the type of movie with the type of director that Oscar would love to honor.
I guess there really were too many good movies this year that they did
not have space for it. I kept it in my predictions through the end
because The Blind Side and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close made it in out of nowhere. The early release date also must have hurt it, but that did not stop The Help
at all, which also had great box office (not quite as good, but I
figured that it compensated for being a better movie). In hindsight, it
did get snubbed by the Globes and BAFTA, but it still got both ensemble
and supporting actress from both Critics’ Choice and SAG, so I was set
on my predictions. Scottferguson, the one that bothers me most is the misuse of “spoiler” (it is not interchangeable with “dark horse”).