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Several top performances get Oscar snub

Film Review The Help.JPG There were a few surprises among the nominations for the “84th Academy Awards” but none bigger than Melissa McCarthy picking up a Best Supporting Actress nod for her antics in “Bridesmaids.” Couple this with McCarthy’s Emmy win and there’s no doubt she’s sold her soul to the devil. McCarthy is funny but not to the degree she’s getting this kind of attention.

She wasn’t the only surprise. Both “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and “War Horse” picked up Best Picture nominations based more on sentimentality than quality. Films like “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Albert Nobbs” and even the animated “Rango” were more deserving of a best picture pick.

I also continue to be amazed by the strength of “Moneyball.” Not only did it get a Best Picture nod but Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill earned nominations. It’s a good film, but really so inside baseball it’s surprising that it had enough general appeal to get such attention.

Academy voters continued to show their hatred for Mel Gibson by completely ignoring “The Beaver.”

It is fantastic that Demian Bichir picked up a Best Actor nomination for “A Better Life” but that meant Michael Fassbender got overlooked for “Shame.” The problem is that this is a tough category and a lot of good actors got overlooked.

The biggest shocker in the animated category was that Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” got snubbed. It wasn’t worth an Oscar nod but we are talking Spielberg. He must have used up his Hollywood magic getting the “War Horse” nomination.

This year’s Best Original Song category is the weakest ever. It’s staggering to believe that either “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” or “Real in Rio” from “Rio” will be an Oscar winner.

Here are my picks of those overlooked in the Oscar nominations:

Best Picture: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Albert Nobbs,” “Rango.”

Actor in a Leading Role: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “50/50″; Paul Giamatti, “Win Win”; Michael Fassbender, “Shame”; Mel Gibson, “The Beaver”; Ewan McGregor, “Beginners.”

Actor in a Supporting Role: Anton Yelchin, “The Beaver”; Ben Kingsley, “Hugo”; James Nesbitt, “The Way”; Seth Rogen, “50/50″; Paul Giamatti, “The Ides of March.”

Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone, “The Help”; Mélanie Laurent, “Beginners”; Jodie Foster, “The Beaver”; Jennifer Aniston, “Horrible Bosses”; Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

Actress in a Supporting Role: Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”; Jennifer Lawrence, “Like Crazy”; Chloë Grace Moretz, “Hugo”; Sarah Paulson, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”; Deborah Kara Unger, “The Way.”

Responses to "Several top performances get Oscar snub"

BJ says:

The biggest snub was leaving Joseph Gordon-Levitt off the list. His was my favorite performance of the year, better than any of the men nominated. Michael Fassbender deserved it as well as Shailene Woodley. I like Melissa McCarthy but that was not an Oscar-nom worthy performance.

Donald Munro says:

Though it’s been a couple of years now, I still can’t get used to the obnoxiously large number of films nominated for best picture. It’s even stranger, this year, with nine, instead of 10. Destroys the nice symmetry of round numbers.

My biggest annoyance with this morning’s nominations? It’s with the Cinematography nominees, of all things. When I watched the final scene of “War Horse,” with its overdone, saturated colors and overwrought attempt at a “Gone With the Wind”-style mood-setting finale, I thought to myself: If this film gets a cinematography Oscar, I’m going to scream. Much of the rest of the film was beautiful, yes. And I understand Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski’s attempt to evoke a fable-like, non-realistic feel to the film. But the final scene’s sunset is over-the-top cheesy.

Kathy Mahan says:

I wish Alan Rickman would have received some love for his “Deathly Hallows 2″ performance. But I’m not surprised that he didn’t.

Stephen says:

Rango?

Amelia Ryan says:

I agree that Shailene Woodley in The Descendants gave a true and subtle performance, but I also agree with the Academy on Melissa McCarthy. I’ve never seen her TV show, but comedy is hard (and usually ignored by the Oscars)and even my hard-to-impress husband was impressed by her turn in Bridesmaids. I would have liked to see Win Win get some love. Haven’t seen War Horse yet, but my non-arty work colleagues loved it–they don’t mind having their buttons pushed. I suspect all the parties involved knew exactly what they were doing. One man’s cheesy is another man’s beautiful, and the Academy often goes for skill rather than taste with the technical stuff. I’m curious to see if it offends me as much as it offended you–I tend to judge shameless crowd-pleasers by a separate standard. And, yeah–Alan Rickman as Snape. That would have been nice.

Ess says:

DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Elizabeth Olsen, Fassbender, Albert Brooks, Gosling, all snubbed. Where’s Warrior? Tinker Tailor? Ugh. Add this year’s show to the exponetially growing evidence pile that says anything can be award winning when the money’s right..