February 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm #218748
Having been looking over the Gold Derby Film Awards in order to update its IMDb page, I’ve come across some stuff that surprised me. Now this is all personal opinion, and some of the movies described I haven’t even seen, but I think that these snubs and surprises are pretty shocking.
TOP 8 BIGGEST GOLD DERBY FILM AWARDS BLUNDERS
8.) Snubbing The Big Short for Major Awards (2015)
Let’s start with the most recent. The Big Short is the underdog champ for this year’s Oscars, with an almost certain lock on the Adapted Screenplay category and a possible shot at the top prize. So how come it only receive Adapted Screenplay and Film Editing nominations this year? Though winning the former category, the film ended up missing its chance at a Best Picture nomination, along with director Adam McKay and cast member Christian Bale.
7.) Snubbing George Clooney for Syriana (2005)
2006 was he year of Clooney. In addition to being named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, he received plenty of Oscar nominations for his triple-threat work on Good Night, and Good Luck, and won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Bob Barnes in Syriana. However, he did not receive a nomination for the latter film. His only acting recognition that year was part of the ensemble of Good Luck. Oh well, looks like he was the acting nominee the GDFAs didn’t deserve, but what the GDFAS need.
6.) Only 2 nominations for True Grit (2010)
The Coen Brothers’ remake of the 1969 classic was a hit at the 2010 Oscars, nabbing ten Oscar nominations (though winning none), including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. However, it seems that Gold Derby didn’t feel the same way, giving only two nominations to the film for Cinematography and Makeup. At the very least, it did win the former category. Considering how the duo’s last big hit, No Country for Old Men, sweeped the major categories at the 2007 GDFAs, it’s shocking how their next western barely did anything.
5.) Giving Rosamund Pike the Breakthrough Performer Award (2014)
Now, I won’t deny that Rosamund Pike’s performance as Amy Dunne wasn’t award-winning, but it’s certainly not her breakthrough role. When Pike took home not just the Best Actress ward for her role in Gone Girl, but also the Breakthrough Performer award (over actual breakthrough performances from co-star Carrie Coon and David Oyelowo), it seems that Gold Derby had forgotten about her more-than-a-decade-long career before the David Fincher mystery. Despite noteworthy supporting performances in films like Barney’s Version, Die Another Day, Pride & Prejudice, An Education, and The World’s End, apparently this was when her career truly began. If that’s the case, then why wasn’t J.K. Simmons up for this award as well?
And now for the trolling portion. While the Oscars have not been doing minorities any favors the past two years, there have been three years where the acting nominees (excluding Breakthrough Performance) were all Caucassian. The most recent year was 2014, in parallel with the Oscars, where performances from David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo in Selma were overlooked by Gold Derby (Oyelowo was still nominated for Breakthrough Performer). 2010 had a year of very white Oscar-contending pictures, so it comes as no surprise that Gold Derby’s acting nominees were all white, despite the Oscars giving Javier Bardem a Best Actor nod for Biutiful that year. The third year, and this is somewhat insulting, was the GDFA’s first damn year. Ignoring performances from Salma Hayek in Frida and Dennis Haysbert in Far from Heaven led to the first-ever twenty acting nominees at the Gold Derby Film Awards being twenty young actors. Derek Luke, however, nabbed a nomination for his title role in Antwone Fisher in the Breakthrough category, losing to whatever Smeagol is supposed to be.
3.) Snubbing The Aviator for Best Picture (2004)
One of the few personal gripes I have is how one of my favorite films, The Aviator, received a nomination for Best Director, as well as numerous other nods, but failed to get a Best Picture nomination. While I haven’t seen Closer, I don’t remember anyone remembering that film as much as people remember The Aviator.
2.) Forgetting that Kyle Chandler was in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
This genuinely ticked me off. While not the winner of the Ensemble Cast award, The Wolf of Wall Street‘s phenomenal cast was still nominated for the award. However, one of the more substantial roles in the film, Kyle Chandler’s role as FBI Agent Patrick Denham, is left off the list. Ignoring the fact that many of Jordan’s coworkers are also left out (instead giving mention only to P.J. Byrne and the guy who couldn’t see a sailboat from Mallrats), Chandler received fifth billing and was still ignored for more minor cast members. This is only more proof on how underrated Kyle Chandler is as an actor.
1.) Giving only one nomination to The Pianist (2002)
Again, I haven’t seen this film, but I remember it killing at the Oscars. Roman Polanski’s critcally-lauded Holocaust drama about Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman trying to survive his people’s persecution is in the Top 50 of IMDb’s Top 250, and received Oscars for Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for Adrien Brody’s portryal of Szpilman. At the inaugural Gold Derby Film Awards… one nomination for Best Actor. I do’t know if Gold Derby just brushed it off as “Oscar bait” at the time or not, but how come it only received that one nomination? Ironically, despite not winning the GDFA for Best Actor, Brody was still ranked as the Third Best Actor of the Decade for his role in The Pianist, most likely because Daniel Day-Lewis trumped his winning performance as Bill “The Butcher” Cutting with a much meatier role as Daniel Plainview.
Alright, that took a long time to write. Hope it turns out fine when I post it. What are some GDFA snubs that I missed or you feel strongly about?February 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm #218750
I didn’t see The Pianist, even though I still mean to. I think Matt Damon and Jeffrey Wright gave better performances in Syriana than Clooney did, esp. Damon. Other than that, this list is pretty spot on. I completely agree with 8, 6, and 2 as being totally inexcuseable atrocities. Even if the Oscars shut out True Grit in every category, 10 nominations is still pretty amazing, serious bragging rights for all involved with that masterwork!February 27, 2016 at 6:12 pm #218751
What the hell, The Pianist with only one nomination? A beautiful film!February 18, 2017 at 8:10 pm #1202015354
The Gold Derby Film Awards didn’t nominate The King’s Speech for Best Picture or Best Director. They also snubbed that film in Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter and most of the technical categories.February 18, 2017 at 8:28 pm #1202015362
I am still very surprised “Argo” won best picture and director at the Goldderby Awards. That was a film widely derided by regular posters as mediocre. I believe there was a big divide that year between posters who actually write commentary, who likely supported “Zero Dark Thirty”, and members who just visit the site without writing about films. The irregular poster often seems to want our awards to mirror the Oscars rather than have us go our own way.February 18, 2017 at 8:53 pm #1202015370
I am still very surprised “Argo” won best picture and director at the Goldderby Awards. That was a film widely derided by regular posters as mediocre. I believe there was a big divide that year between posters who actually write commentary, who likely supported “Zero Dark Thirty”, and members who just visit the site without writing about films. The irregular poster often seems to want our awards to mirror the Oscars rather than have us go our own way.
As a regular poster who writes regularly about films, I think the Goldderby Awards got it exactly right with not giving Zero Crap Thirty any major awards. Argo was a deserving winner in my opinion, although I would rather “Skyfall” or “Wreck-it Ralph” win instead. We gave Wall-e Best Picture, so why not go for another truly extraordinary animated film? 🙂
HOWEVER, I do agree that the Goldderby awards tend to try to copy the Oscars too much overall. No awards are perfect.February 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm #1202015377
I don’t remember any regular poster at the time writing about loving “Argo”. A lot of people wrote about their complaints that it was the Oscar front runner though. That is why I was very surprised, and a bit disappointed, when it won best picture here.
And I am not writing as a “Zero Dark Thirty” lover. At least it was on my top ten list for the year but I voted for “Lincoln” as best picture at the Goldderby Awards and “The Master” was my #1 film of the year.February 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm #1202015387
I would also add there was a time the Goldderby Awards were quite different from the Oscars with winners like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “WALL-E” and, of course, our snubbing of “The King’s Speech”. Giving best picture to “Argo” even though it had very little visible support on the site seemed a move away from that fierce independence. I would not be surprised if that is the first year members could vote without ever posting anything at all. For several years, I was around for the first Goldderby Awards ever, there was a minimum of 100 posts before you could vote in it.February 18, 2017 at 9:21 pm #1202015391
The gold derby awards are especially inspired on the TV side- with nominations more than wins.February 19, 2017 at 5:56 am #1202015649
It’s strange with the TV side. Many posters complain about Modern Family but they have nominated it just as many times. Claire Danes gets her complaints and the bitch is still nominated.February 19, 2017 at 6:05 am #1202015652
Who actually votes for these things?February 19, 2017 at 9:43 am #1202015773
Goldderby members do. You can vote for the Goldderby Awards right now. I think it is the last day to do so.February 19, 2017 at 2:41 pm #1202015891
I would also add there was a time the Goldderby Awards were quite different from the Oscars with winners like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “WALL-E” and, of course, our snubbing of “The King’s Speech”. Giving best picture to “Argo” even though it had very little visible support on the site seemed a move away from that fierce independence. I would not be surprised if that is the first year members could vote without ever posting anything at all. For several years, I was around for the first Goldderby Awards ever, there was a minimum of 100 posts before you could vote in it.
The shift came exactly when voting changed from voting by private message with posting minimums to the predictions center with no posting minimums and any riff-raff off the street allowed to vote, and for the worse, in the majority of cases.