Before Dallas Buyers Club caught all the attention, Mud seemed to be a sure thing for Matthew McConaughey to pick up a supporting actor nomination. The film, directed by Jeff Nichols, played at Cannes in 2012 and Sundance in 2013. The problem? It wasn’t a late year release and many people forgot about it. In the end, McConaughey got an Oscar nomination but for a different film.
Frances Ha played the festival circuit in 2012 before getting slotted for a 2013 release date. It’s a solid comedy but the Academy only had one black and white film on their minds and that was Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. It will have to settle on being nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards.
When it comes to Best Documentary, two films stood out to me all year: Blackfish and Stories We Tell. WHAT HAPPENED, ACADEMY?!?
Don Jon was raunchy, yes, but it also was one of the best original films of the year. It was completely shut out but should have contended–at the very least–in the category of Best Original Screenplay.
Short Term 12 is going to be seen in a few years as a film that was criminally underrated. There’s nothing more than to say that Brie Larson was robbed of a nomination for Best Actress.
While I found the first hour to be painfully slow, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty should have been nominated for Visual Effects. At the very least.
The Spectacular Now took home some major prizes during Sundance last year but failed to garner any Oscar nominations. With the acting fields being way too crowded this year, the best they could have hoped for was a screenplay nomination.