March 21, 2018 at 11:00 am #1202516962
Every year we get excited about a handful of films leading up to awards season. We talk for months and months about these contenders, and quite frequently our hopes are destroyed either by poor reviews, horrible box office, weak Oscar campaigns, or simply Academy bias.
There are many of these failures that stick with us because we had such high hopes. One of mine is Saving Mr. Banks. Yeah it’s really fluffy and gooey but I love that film!
I’ll never forget the collapse of Steve Jobs or this years The Post because of their lackluster reception. Other examples are Joy or Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
Then we have films like Deathly Hallows Part 2 which was one of the best reviewed films of the year.
The Hobbit was another example of something I wish had turned out better. It would have been nice to see Middle Earth at the Oscars again.
Any thoughts on failed Oscar movies that still hurt you to this day? Or that you like to laugh about?
“Someone is staring at you in ‘Personal Growth’.”March 21, 2018 at 11:21 am #1202516972
Blade Runner 2049 was disappointing. There’s The Hateful Eight but it’s not as bad since the movie wasn’t that great.March 21, 2018 at 11:44 am #1202517001
Every teen film (majority of which are fantastic and deserve more) and the usually always snubbed comedy performances.March 21, 2018 at 12:16 pm #1202517045
Steve Jobs was disappointing, not because I really loved the film, but because it was so clearly worthy of Picture and Screenplay nominations in comparison to half the eventual nominees. I was depressed that it showed what an influence box office actually had on nominations.March 21, 2018 at 12:44 pm #1202517089
Since I enjoyed Ben Affleck’s other directorial entries, it was a big disappointment to me that Live By Night was such a flop. Though I could unfortunately tell long before its release that it wasn’t going to be good. At least the cinematography was beyond fault.
Good Time and The Killing of a Sacred Deer getting ignored seemed inevitable but didn’t sting any less when it happened.March 21, 2018 at 1:44 pm #1202517168
I forgot about The Counselor. Not really that bad of a movie at all, and Cameron Diaz pulled off a scene that was shown in multiple film classes I’ve attended.
“Someone is staring at you in ‘Personal Growth’.”March 21, 2018 at 1:48 pm #1202517170
Hunt for the Wilderpeople deserved something.
The Hateful Eight was disappointing especially considering how weak the nominees were that year.
Gone GirlMarch 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm #1202517200
Ridiculous that “Gone Girl” only got in Pike. Fincher, Flynn, Score, Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Sounds, and even some supporting nods were viable for Harris and Coon.March 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm #1202517206
I don’t think I’ll ever stop being disappointed that Snowpiercer and We Need To Talk About Kevin were each completely overlooked.
I agree with the OP about Saving Mr Banks, as well!March 21, 2018 at 2:35 pm #1202517211
Prisoners (2013) only walked away with one nomination at the Academy Awards for Best Cinematography. It deserved better, especially with such a stellar cast.March 21, 2018 at 3:54 pm #1202517240
Call Me By Your Name deserved more nominations (supporting actor/s, one more for song, cinematography, director and even production design) and a lead actor win. Really frustrated to read a voter dismiss it because they “did Moonlight last year” on top of other things.March 21, 2018 at 4:59 pm #1202517258
Silence deserved much more than cinematography. Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor x2, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup & Hairstyling.
Also, Blue is the Warmest Colour deserved all the awards ever.March 21, 2018 at 7:22 pm #1202517364
The Florida Project was a viable candidate for nominations in picture, director, and cinematography, and overdue, sympathetic critics darling Willem Dafoe should have been an easy win for supporting actor, but the film got none of those.March 21, 2018 at 10:45 pm #1202517426
The fact that War for the Planet of the Apes got very little love outside of VFX. Very disappointing to watch such a beautiful and well-made film (and Andy Serkis’ arguably best performance yet) get pretty much overlooked, not to mention three whole times for its franchise. However I feel like these films were very easy to dismiss as just “more reboots/sequels,” or “just more Apes films” or something similar, which really is criminal at this point given how stunning the motion-capture/VFX work was in each of them.
Then there’s Blade Runner 2049. It’s recognition in the technical field was very deserved, but I feel like this should have been a nominee for Best Picture. Should have gotten in easily. At least Deakins got his due. I feel the same way about Gone Girl and Logan… they should have also been Best Picture nominees…