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  • Macbeth
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    This may be a bit of a silly thread to start, but I thought considering the season, it would be nice to have a discussion about something that we can’t really ignore – Christmas, and put it in relation to what he all love – awards.

    Now every year, without a doubt, there will be several Christmas movies released. They are usually released in late November up until late December, which we know is prime Oscar season. Of course, these films can’t be released in July, because that’s just silly. But there have been some holiday classics released around this time, but yet, despite hundred of Christmas movies over the last century, only two have ever been nominated for Best Picture – Its A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. Both are excellent Christmas films…but they were nominated in 1947 and 1948 respectively. That’s over six decades ago. Since then, three other Christmas-themed films (that I know of) have been nominated for Oscars – Home Alone (for Score), The Nightmare Before Christmas (Visual Effects) and Die Hard (Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Visual Effects) – but none have ever broken into the acting categories since the previously mentioned Best Picture nominees.

    Now there have been some trashy Christmas films, but there have also been some brilliant ones. Perhaps Christmas films don’t always have the baitiness of some Oscar-calibre material, but there have been so many instances where Oscar-bait is put aside for excellent performances in non-traditional Oscar films (Joan Cusack, Melissa McCarthy etc.).

    So let’s have a discussion – why do you think Christmas movies are off Oscar’s radar? Also, list some Christmas/holiday movies and performances that you believe were worthy of the voters’ attention.  

    And of course, Merry Christmas everyone!  

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    ETPhoneHome
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    You are forgetting about The Bishop’s Wife, which also lost to Gentleman’s Agreement with Miracle on 34th Street. It definitely feels like a Christmas movie to me. The problem is,most Christmas movies are comedies. I love A Christmas Story and Muppet Christmas Carol, but I can’t imagine either movie winning a bunch of awards.

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    TomHardys
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    Love Actually should’ve gotten a Best Picture nomination. Also Best Original Screenplay and perhaps a nomination for Bill Nighy and Emma Thompson, they were both outstanding. And they also should’ve won the SAG for their extraordinary ensemble. A truly outstanding film in all fronts.

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    babypook
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    O I dunno. It’s probably not as hard to ignore for some, being just another day for many…….

     

    Bad Santa got some notice for Billy Bob Thornton, with a Globe nod for starters. But that isnt exactly a film for mom, dad, and the kids. Especially the uncensored version. Coincidentally he’s in The Ice Harvest as well.

    Eyes Wide Shut was mentioned for a Best Score nod from Globes as well, and some International notices.

    Of course, I must mention Black Christmas. Canadians honoured it anyways…..

    Ironman 3 was set during Christmas. Oscar gave that a nod for Vx at least. Typically.

    Then there’s the satirical Gremlins. But a fantasy/horror isnt exactly Oscar’s cup of tea; not on a regular basis anyways and certainly not for a Christmas movie.

    One of my personal favorites is “Elf”. Imo, Will Ferrell is Oscar nomination worthy….and on a different planet at least, could have been a worthy nominee.

    Also Trading Places. Love that movie. Think I’ll watch it sometime today. It is, afterall, Christmas.

     

    So many others I could mention. As for the “why”…..lol. I think I might have touched upon that in my first sentence. Plus, there’s the “commerciality” of it all, and Oscar doesnt exactly want to be associated with that do they…..

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    Denis
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    #170064

    the Grinch movie with Jim Carrey won some stuff.

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    Eddy Q
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    Fanny and Alexander was sort of a Christmas film, or at least the first hour and a half was (if you’re watching the full 5-hour version).
    It won 4 Oscars including Best Foreign Film and was also nominated for Ingmar Bergman’s direction and script, but shamefully received no acting noms for what is arguably the finest ensemble cast ever on film (esp. Ewa Fröling, Jan Malmsjö and Gunn Wållgren). 

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    Sasha
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    It’s not a silly thread to make. Silly thread to make was the Meryl Streep one. Like we haven’t had one hundred of those already? lol

    I fucking love Christmas movies! LOVE THEM! Throw any crappy Christmas movie at me during this time of year and I’ll eat it up. But truth be told some of them are actually pretty exqusite (thank you Anne Hathaway!). Love Actually, The Holiday, While You Were Sleeping, Gremlins or Elf are some of my favorites that I watch every freaking year. And they’re all better than some of the recent BP winners!

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    estherholly01
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    Maybe they are not good enough?? But some Christmas movies are really good.

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    GusCruz
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    Maybe they are not good enough?? But some Christmas movies are really good.

    Would love to hear what were you Googling when you came across this thread…

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    One of my favorite Christmas movies is The Family Stone. Say what you will about it, but it is incredible in my opinion. The ensemble really was a family and Diane Keaton deserved a nomination or even a win because she was so damn good. Also Michael Giacchino’s score was nice too!

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    babypook
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    I absolutely love Funny Farm, with Chevy Chase. Satirical and subversive to boot.
    It wasn’t going to win ANYTHING with Oscar, but I highly recommend it.

    There’s A Christmas Carol (71/72) which jumped from television to film and actually won an Oscar.

    I find it interesting that so many films are set during Christmas, but as a backdrop (Lethal Weapon, et al) and not as a theme.

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    OnTheAisle
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    But there have been some holiday classics released around this time, but yet, despite hundred of Christmas movies over the last century, only two have ever been nominated for Best Picture – Its A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

    I miss Macbeth.

    That acknowledged, he is wrong. Two Best Picture winners are set at Christmas – Going My Way and The Apartment.

    In the 1944 Best Picture winner, Best Actor Bing Crosby and Best Supporting Actor winner Barry Fitzgerald are priests collaborating to save St. Dominic’s, a failing Manhattan parish. The final sequence takes place at Christmas with a touching reunion of long separated family members. Given the numbers of people in the audience in 1944 who were long separated from loved ones by the war and some who would never be reunited, those last moving moments of a tender embrace must have been emotionally therapeutic. For its efforts, Going My Way was rewarded seven Oscars and huge box office receipts.

    In 1960, The Apartment is for the time a cutting edge dark comedy about sexual politics. Over the Christmas holidays, employees of an insurance firm in a New York high rise understand they are merely pawns of thoughtless men at the top. In their despair, these two abused coworkers discover one another and find a new beginning to match the New Year. The film won five Oscars and received additional nominations for three of its actors.

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    Macbeth
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    But there have been some holiday classics released around this time, but yet, despite hundred of Christmas movies over the last century, only two have ever been nominated for Best Picture – Its A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

    I miss Macbeth.

    That acknowledged, he is wrong. Two Best Picture winners are set at Christmas – Going My Way and The Apartment.

    In the 1944 Best Picture winner, Best Actor Bing Crosby and Best Supporting Actor winner Barry Fitzgerald are priests collaborating to save St. Dominic’s, a failing Manhattan parish. The final sequence takes place at Christmas with a touching reunion of long separated family members. Given the numbers of people in the audience in 1944 who were long separated from loved ones by the war and some who would never be reunited, those last moving moments of a tender embrace must have been emotionally therapeutic. For its efforts, Going My Way was rewarded seven Oscars and huge box office receipts.

    In 1960, The Apartment is for the time a cutting edge dark comedy about sexual politics. Over the Christmas holidays, employees of an insurance firm in a New York high rise understand they are merely pawns of thoughtless men at the top. In their despair, these two abused coworkers discover one another and find a new beginning to match the New Year. The film won five Oscars and received additional nominations for three of its actors.

    I stand corrected 🙂 and I agree on both counts. Both are excellent and brilliant

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    Volcarocka
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    I stand by “Elf” as the Christmas movie that should have been nominated for multiple Oscars.

    Other than that, I don’t care much about Christmas movies, and I don’t think very many are Oscar deserving. I don’t think studios want to spend a lot of money or effort campaigning for Christmas movies when they have other more viable contenders.

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