February 16, 2017 at 4:21 pm #1202013653
This young boy was excellent. Why no nomination??February 16, 2017 at 4:29 pm #1202013655
Because he was campaigned lead to make room for Dev Patel’s fraudulent supporting campaign. This was totally ludicrous; while both could (and, I think, should) be considered lead, Patel was definitely more lead.February 16, 2017 at 4:31 pm #1202013658
Well, define “excellent.”
No, I’m just kidding. Maybe because he’s not in the entire film, like most children who are nominated for such awards?February 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm #1202013662
Except that Patel wasn’t in the entire film either, and yet he is nominated for ‘Supporting Role’. I’ve seen the film three times, and each time I am amazed at the talent of one so young.February 16, 2017 at 4:46 pm #1202013664
The film is already campaigning for Dev in supporting actor and also Nicole in supporting actress, it would be difficult to campaign for such a young actor.
Being nominated means interviews, photo shoots, attending multiple premieres and also attending award ceremonies and boosting the role and also film. An actor as young as himself would find that very difficult.
Just look at Jacob Tremblay in Room, I though he should have been supporting or even lead but they were already campaigning and putting all focus on Brie.February 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm #1202013667
True. But, a child performance usually has to be exceptional and span the length of the entire film. All of the ones that come to mind do (Paquin, Tremblay, Breslin, Wallis, Osment, Attah). But, the simple fact is that The Weinstein Co. just didn’t want to campaign for two actors from the film. I mean, the same could be said about Moonlight. Why are none of the actors who played Chiron nominated anywhere?February 16, 2017 at 4:56 pm #1202013671
Weinstein totally thought he could pull a Keisha Castle-Hughes by throwing the hail mary for Pawar in Lead. Never came to fruition, of course, and it’s a real shame, since he’s vastly more interesting in the film than Patel.
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To me, the two performances are incomparable. Keisha Castle-Hughes is the lead in Whale Rider. She isn’t swapped out for another actor in the second half of the film.February 16, 2017 at 6:19 pm #1202013721
I think that for kids, things are not just about how good actors they are, but also the cute kid, amazing kid, how did he do it angle, and you get that by campaigning and being everywhere so “the media” can repeat that for you over and over again and you become a thing. Even if it’s just a 15 minutes of fame situation. But something has to happen. Was Pawar really that active? I don’t believe he was.
Jacob Tremblay was EVERYWHERE, he did it all. The whole angle worked. Of course he ultimately didn’t get nominated, but he couldn’t have been that far. I also don’t think Lion ever became a thing, wasn’t really a hit, it’s up to 30 million now post nominations. So when you don’t have one thing, or the other, how do you get nominated?
I don’t recall what Keisha Castle Hughes did, but at least she got a SAG nomination which means she was seen, heard of, campaigned.
Then there’s the whole issue with Dev Patel being campaigned supporting. So Pawar, who could’ve also been supporting, wasn’t allowed to, pushed to lead, but without a real “be everywhere and campaign” campaign. He’s a foreign kid, the visa issue he had, it’s not going to go that well in interviews without the language, maybe he’s not as up to it as Tremblay, Steinfeld, Osment, Breslin, Ronan, Wallis once were. For all we know, he was just the cute kid that showed up at the Globes and a premiere or two.
He also disappears from the film, and the guy who’s actually campaigned and has been nominated everywhere takes over. If I remember correctly, every kids who’s been nominated since forever, from Tatum O’Neal until now, has been the lead, or almost a lead of the film, they never disappear or have competition in the same category where a nomination could’ve come easier.
I think it’s pretty understandable.
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