Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Snubbed: Oscar Winners and Losers

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony won't be held until Feb. 27, but we already know some of the losers.

Dozens of deserving films, directors, actors and actresses were snubbed by Oscar when the nominees were announced Tuesday morning.

While everyone can't go home with the coveted statue, some of the overlooked films and performances of 2010 are glaring.

First my personal peeve: The best documentary film of 2010, "Waiting for Superman," which details the failure of public schools, was snubbed by far left Hollywood elites who didn't like the message.

It is better than any of the five films nominated, but politics plays a big role in Hollywood and politics did "Waiting for Superman" in. A real shame.

Conspicuously absent from the list of 120 nominees is director Christopher Nolan, who created one of the year's most memorable films, "Inception." Nolan's vision is at the heart of "Inception" and he should have been nominated for Best Director.

Another director snubbed by Oscar is Danny Boyle, who meticulously crafted another 2010 masterpiece, the harrowing "127 Hours."

Turning to performances, Mark Wahlberg is "The Fighter," a film that received well-deserved recognition, but Oscar was remiss in ignoring Wahlberg for a Best Actor nod.

When Wahlberg's co-stars, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, get nominated, and he's not, it's pretty obvious Walhberg was snubbed.

Wahlberg should have been one of the five finalists for Best Actor instead of Javier Bardem.

Also deserving an Oscar nod for Best Actor was Robert Duvall, who was brilliant in "Get Low," but Duvall is one of Hollywood's most outspoken conservatives, so it's easy to see why his performance was ignored by his left-leaning peers.

In the Best Actress category, you could make the case for Lesley Manville in "Another Year" over Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole." Is it just me or does Nicole Kidman play the same character in every one of her films?

The biggest snub in the Best Supporting Actress category was Mila Kunis, who held her own against Best Actress favorite Natalie Portman in "Black Swan."

Perhaps the biggest loser of the 83rd Academy Awards nominations was Ben Affleck, who starred, co-wrote and directed "The Town," a film that received early Oscar buzz and ended up on many critics end-of-the-year Top 10 lists.

"The Town" garnered just one Oscar nomination, Jeremy Renner for Best Supporting Actor.

It appears Oscar has a long memory and still hasn't forgiven Affleck for such stinkers as "Gigli" and "Jersey Girl."

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