Every year, a bunch of movies are considered for nominations for Oscars. The production companies as well as Academy members rely on late year releases, critical reception and reviews and festival accolades to pick their favorites.
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There are movies like Star Wars that come in with a swoop and create buzz on its own. Then there are movies that require the critical acclaim to make it to the nominations like Mad Max: Fury Road this year.
That might be a good deliberation technique but the problem sometimes remains that many movies that audience might think should qualify as a nominee don’t.
This year, many movies that were released separate from the Oscar cluster or earlier this year are likely to be left out of the race, according to NYTimes. Even though they excel in all departments including writing, directing and acting as well.
This year many movies that might have made it into contention but did not because they weren’t released post November or are being heavily campaigned.
Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren as a dressmaker teams up with a polite lawyer played by Ryan Reynolds to reclaim a Klimt painting, a painting from the Austrian government, on the claim that it was a part of the loot that the Nazis stole from them during the World War.
Both actors delivered adequately brilliant performances. Directed by Simon Curtis and scripted by Alexi Kaye Campbell, the movie is a joy to watch and is the epitome of middlebrow moviemaking. It was released far enough outside the scrum that that classification wasn’t worth making.
The Al Pacino starrer “Danny Collins” with a stellar performance from the actor which some defined as “shameless piece of acting” as a still-vital pop-star super-stud who moves into a hotel and reconnects with a long-lost son and his family is an embarrassing idea.
But everything about this movie, which Dan Fogelman wrote and directed, is legendary. Mr. Pacino’s acting is driven by so much confidence, so much sexiness, that all that’s really embarrassing is how you ever doubted that he could still teem with this much louche charisma.
Golden Globe has nominated the actor for his performance but whether the movie will be picked by the Oscars is a big question mark.
A loose, idiosyncratic, uncommonly warm romantic comedy “Results” from late spring with credit for the crispness of the comedy goes to the writer and director, Andrew Bujalski.
A story about two personal trainers in Austin, Texas, and the miserable New Yorker they can’t get into shape. Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce play Kat and Trevor, the romantically dysfunctional trainers; Kevin Corrigan is Danny, the client; and none of those three have been better.
Creed is a compliment to Rocky that the Academy awarded the Best Picture to in 1977. Director Ryan Coogler did not take away anything from the story, he did not over do or underdo it.
His intelligent adjustment of the racial temperature is the rousing fact of his skill. The script takes the simple premise of an underrated light-heavyweight and doesn’t oversell melodrama.
Adonis is the son of Rocky’s late foil-turned-friend, Apollo Creed. And there is honour in his compulsion to box. Mr. Coogler gives the compulsion emotional contour.
Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone complimented each other beautifully and where the Best Supporting Actors can accommodate them, the movies like the Big Short ensemble will dominate and eventually knock off competition and even cancel each other out.
So the many movies that get left out of contention are a hard burden to bear for the fans that support the movies for their excellent quality and content even if they don’t make it to the Oscars nominations.
The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.