Two Cents Worth: 2013 Oscar Snubs

Well, it’s that time of the year again and in light of yesterday’s announcement of the Nominees for the 85th Academy Awards, I thought some of you might have some indignation you’d like to voice.  For that reason, this week’s Two Cents Worth will give you the chance to do just that!

The first part of the question is:

What were the worst Unexpected snubs from this year’s nominations?

WTF, Academy?

WTF, Academy?

My choices would probably be the entire Best Director category, in which Quentin Tarantino, Ben Afleck, and Kathryn effing Bigelow were all ignored.  Now I had a feeling that Tarantino would have been ignored, but nearly every estimate put Afleck and Bigelow squarely in the winners circle.  I’ll be seeing Zero Dark Thirty this weekend so I can’t comment directly on how much it deserved it, but the fact that all three of those directors have been nominated for or won the award in the past AND were all nominated for Golden Globes for directing this year makes it absolutely mind boggling that all three were left out.

The second part of the question is:

What were the worst Expected snub from this year’s nominations?

Not one of the Perks of being a Wallflower:  Oscar Buzz

Not one of the Perks of being a Wallflower: Oscar Buzz

I’d have to say I have three biggest expected snubs this year.  The first is the neglect of Perks of Being a Wallflower for Best Adapted Screenplay.  One of my favorite films of the year, Perks also has the unique quality of having been adapted and directed by the author of the source material, Stephen Chbosky; a combination that is rarely done but in this case most certainly paid off.


An alcoholic falls down a self-destructive spiral?  What the hell is original about that?

An alcoholic falls down a self-destructive spiral? What the hell is original about that?

My second would be the overall lack of love for Looper, but in particular the lack of a Best Original Screenplay nomination.  The fact that Flight, a fairly straightforward Addiction-Centric movie driven by Denzel Washington’s Performance and not by the script itself, received that spot and not Looper is just another sign of how limited the Academy is in its preferences.

I'll take Billions of dollars in the bank over a little golden dude any day

I’ll take Billions of dollars in the bank over a little golden dude any day

My Third is the biggest ongoing expected snub of all, and that is the baffling lack of a directorial nomination for Christopher Nolan.  After all, the lack of The Dark Knight‘s inclusion in the 2008 Best Picture category was one of the primary reasons for the academy’s expansion of the nominees from 5 to 10, but even after such highly regarded films as that, Memento, Inception and more Mr. Nolan has yet to receive any sort of acknowledgement for writing or directing.  I personally think that Nolan’s ability to control a $200 million dollar project and deliver on the expectations for The Dark Knight Rises on nearly every level is much more impressive than David O. Russel putting together a small, character-based film like Silver Linings Playbook.

Well, those are my gripes, what are yours?  Sound off in the comments below.

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23 Responses to Two Cents Worth: 2013 Oscar Snubs

  1. Biggest unexpected snub? Definitely the directors. Also, Leo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard.
    Biggest expected snub? Agree on Perks and Looper. I also would’ve loved it if Matthew McConaughey got a nomination for Killer Joe.

  2. Carter Case says:

    I would have given the best supporting actor to Leo over Waltz for Django Unchained. DiCaprio showed some range in his acting that hadn’t really been seen before the film, and walked the line of villain/good man who was a product of the times extremely well. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Christoph Waltz. His performance to me was vintage Waltz, and nothing that stood out as above and beyond what is expected from him. In other words, Django should have had every nomination for every category.

    • r361n4 says:

      Ermahgerd, Carter! lol, you are only the second person I know in real life to actually comment on my blog. Gracias and as much as I love Waltz, I’ve got to agree with you about Leo getting the diss

  3. Totally agree about Flight, especially because the script goes absolutely nowhere surprising or interesting. It’s totally an performer-driven film.

    But I don’t agree about Nolan. By your logic, Joss Whedon deserved a Best Director nomination, because The Avengers was just as huge a production and also delivered on expectations. Plus, I’m not a particular fan of Nolan’s Batman films, and I thought TDKR was a bit of a mess that didn’t know what it wanted to be.

    Biggest unexpected snub, outside of the directors, was Rise of the Guardians getting passed over in favor of The Pirates! Band of Misfits. I didn’t think Pirates was anything special, and while I had some issues with Guardians, the thing is a creative marvel and deserved some recognition.

    Biggest expected snub is Liam Neeson for The Grey. I think Taken and Taken 2 have kind of wedged him in people’s minds as something that his role in The Grey absolutely was not, and so got it — and the film — overlooked.

    • Omg! I agree with you about Rise of the Guardians. I really enjoyed that animation. Just out of curiosity, what did you take issue with in that film? My problem with it was the whole kids throwing snowballs at each others heads, lol. Not a great idea to plant in a child’s mind.

      • For one, I thought it kind of botched the introduction of the other Guardians. I would have rather been introduced to them when Jack was. His first meeting with them loses a little bit of its wonder because we’ve already seen them for a good part of the film.

        And while it had so many great moments, I don’t feel like those moments all came together as a whole. The climax felt a little flat because I didn’t think they really built to it.

    • r361n4 says:

      I feel like I really need to see The Grey now, it is sad to see Liam get so pigeon-holed as an action hero that he’s incapable of higher recognition. In any case I’m still amazed that 3/5 best animated picture choices were stop motion

      I do think we have a bit of a different definition of Best Director, I guess mine would be more under the description of “Most Impressive” than “best” though. I would have been completely down with Whedon getting a nod though, lol. Plus, we have a HUGE difference in opinion over Nolan’s batman films, but I’m confident that it is possible to agree to disagree on such subjects.

      Interested in what you think about Flight 🙂

    • r361n4 says:

      Nvm, I misread your post, you already saw Flight, lol

  4. Emma says:

    Like I said earlier, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck the worst for me…

    As for Looper – I personally didn’t get it but that is not to say it doesn’t deserve an award. I am seeing Flight soon – but like you say, and from the trailer I have seen, it does seem very simple and driven by Washington’s performance.

    And…… Nolan – he must have really peed someone off at the academy awards!

  5. I reckon Skyfall got a good snubbing. I thought it might creep into Best Picture, again the type of film as to why it was increased from 5 to 10 noms. I also thought Judi Dench and Javier Bardem might have got a nomination in the Supporting Actress/Actor categories. Also, a bit of a picky one, but I would have liked The Impossible to have got a nomination in one of the sound categories; it was one of the best examples of sound i’ve heard at the cinema.

    • r361n4 says:

      Definitely, I noticed that too when I saw The Impossible. It really did a good job of making you feel like you were in their shoes

      Completely ditto on the Skyfall snub, but that’s part of a shameful ongoing bond snub the Academy seems to never be willing tor rectify

  6. I agree with you about Perks. I really enjoyed that film, and I do think that the writer being involved definitely helped more than hurt this time around.

    As for Nolan…hm. While I do think he’s done magnificent work (and I’m actually one of the few that like the thought of him creating a darker Man of Steel), I’m not sure if the third installment was really as amazing as the second. Then again, Heath Ledger had a lot to do with that as well.

    • r361n4 says:

      Definitely not as amazing as the second, I completely agree with you there. I don’t think that ever could have happened though, and all things considered I was still pretty happy with the results. May Ledger Rest In Peace 😦

  7. Mark Walker says:

    From what I’ve heard DiCaprio is a big one but I also really wanted to see McConaghey for Killer Joe involved. That was a great performance. That being said, I’m very happy to see DeNiro included amongst the elite once again.

  8. Mark Hobin says:

    Whether you like his work or not, it’s still mind boggling that Tom Hooper, a director of a movie that got EIGHT Oscar nominations didn’t get recognized. Christopher Nolan was nominated for writing for Inception and Memento, although he didn’t win. But I’m shocked that TDKR didn’t get a single nomination AT ALL. Not even in the technical categories.

    Biggest snub of all for me was The Intouchables didn’t even get a Best Foreign Film nomination. Many had predicted it might actually win in that category.

    Listen to our talk about the nominations here:

    • r361n4 says:

      I forgot about those writing nominations, but completely agree about Hooper getting snubbed. I think it’s almost overkill that TDKR didn’t get nominated for a single thing, more slap in the face than any sort of reasonable ignorance.

      Checking out your podcast now 🙂

  9. The same crap wins every year, it’s easy to predict

  10. Agreed on the snubs for Perks and Looper. However, I can’t say that I think Nolan was snubbed this year. TDKR just wasn’t as award-worthy as The Dark Knight or Inception. (He really was snubbed for Inception).

    Wanted to see Cloud Atlas get some love in the makeup and in the soundtrack and in the visual categories. BOOO to the Academy. Boo I say.

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