The Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced the nominees earlier during the week. It is time to take note of the significant snubs – the filmmakers that the Academy failed to acknowledge their achievements.
“Silence” (Best Picture) – Mr. Scorsese's latest motion picture may not be the best film of 2016; however, there is plenty to admire and relish despite the three hour runtime – demonstrates the correct method to accomplish the faith based film.
Martin Scorsese, "Silence" (Best Director) – Twenty years of devoting oneself to the passion project deserves recognition, regardless of the film. “Silence” will test your faith, but it is difficult to pass Scorsese with a wink and a nod.
Pablo Larrain, “Jackie” (Best Director) – Mr. Larrain removed the typical biopic standards and told his film through the eyes of Ms. Kennedy-Onassis (Natalie Portman). An enriching character study that may or may not leave the audience pondering about the picture – in my case, didn’t feel or resonate with anything. Yes, I admired the picture.
Amy Adams, "Arrival" (Best Lead Actress) – Okay, relish the following fact: “Arrival” received the Best Picture and the Best Director nods and yet, failed to garner the Best Lead Actress nomination. Ms. Adams is the beating heart and soul of the movie.
Annette Bening, "20th Century Women" (Best Lead Actress) – Bening provides one of the best performances that was revealed during the 2016 – easily in the second place behind Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), in my perspective.
Rebecca Hall, “Christine” (Best Lead Actress) – The extremely modest budgeted films appear to be left in the dust during the Awards Season. Hall provides one of the most haunting performances ever and even more devastating – “Christine” was overlooked, in general.
Greta Gerwig, "20th Century Women" (Best Supporting Actress) – Gerwig continues to deliver excellent performances, regardless of the film. It is difficult to realize that she is not a household name yet. Greta Gerwig, Greta Gerwig, Greta Gerwig, drill that name in your brain, people!
Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women” (Best Supporting Actress) – Gladstone provides the quiet yet nuanced performance during the “okay” film. Nonetheless, I adored Gladstone, alongside Laura Dern and Michelle Williams.
Tom Hanks, "Sully" (Best Lead Actor) – Mr. Hanks is a force to be reckoned with – turning in astonishing performances, regardless of the film (good or bad) – heroic in a rather mediocre narrative.
Sunny Pawar, "Lion" (Best Supporting Actor) – Pawar is cute. If you’ve seen “Lion”, he literally carries the film on his shoulders with grace and dignity. However, when the Oscar nominated Dev Patel (also in “Lion”) enters – iffy to the maximum and you may be reminded of “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008).
Joel Edgerton, “Loving” (Best Supporting Actor) – I love Ruth Negga. How about her husband in the film to receive a nomination? Richard Loving once said: “Just tell them I love my wife.” A powerful scene – actually, that’s the scene where he could’ve garnered a nod. Just the fact “Loving” is acknowledged by the Academy is a miracle due to the resonant and relevant narrative.
Thelma Schoonmaker, “Silence” (Best Film Editing) – Scorsese’s longtime film editor did not receive a nomination – just why? The three hour runtime is almost unbearable, but man, the flawless editing, geez, wouldn’t it make Tom Cross (“La La Land”) jealous?
“Another Day of Sun” from “La La Land” (Best Original Song) – Imagine the L.A. traffic: many folks enjoying various pathways in life burst into song and dance. One word: Magic. I could listen to the song and watch the sequence on repeat without a complaint. Everything else in “La La Land” is still magic – but you may yearn to witness the opening number one more time.
“Someone in the Crowd” from “La La Land” (Best Original Song) – The actresses endure endless auditions without one notice. “Someone in the Crowd” acknowledges the triumphs and the tribulations of Hollywood. Not to mention, the complete film sometimes shows the middle finger to the current film industry and whispering – get your act together.
And while I’m discussing the Academy Awards here, why the hell “Nocturnal Animals” receive a couple nominations? I do not understand. “Nocturnal Animals” is meandering bullcrap – meaning I did not resonate with the narrative and plus, tedious and ehh, snooze (zzzzz).
My 89th Academy Awards predictions will be published the week or two prior to the telecast. Hold your horses!
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