15 Deserving movies that will be overlooked at this year's Oscars
Posted Friday, January 4, 2008 at 11:25 AM Central
by Tim Briscoe
For members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the year begins in October, September at the earliest. Release a movie earlier in the year and the nominators will probably forget it.
Does that mean nothing commendable was released in theaters prior to October? Hardly.
Nominations for this year's Academy Awards will be announced on the morning of Jan. 22. Rather than predicting the nominees like we've done before, we thought we'd highlight the films most likely to get a bum deal with little to no attention. Not because they weren't deserving but because they were released at the worst possible time of the year for the Academy members.
Andrew Dominik deserves recognition as director of this film as does Casey Affleck for his role. Affleck might get a sort-of cumulative nomination for his work here and Gone Baby Gone.
Julie Christie could very well get a Best Actress nod for her performance as an Alzheimer's victim. But why not Best Director or Best Screenplay for first-time filmmaker Sarah Polley?
Viggo Mortensen and director David Cronenberg deliver another critical hit after 2005's A History of Violence. Neither were nominated for that film and they most assuredly deserve it here again.
Tommy Lee Jones and writer-director Paul Haggis nominations it'll probably receive.
Angelina Jolie might get a Best Actress nomination for her performance as Daniel Pearl's wife. She definitely should get one for this forgotten film.
Irrfan Khan. Number of Oscar nominations it'll get: zero.
Christian Bale and writer-director Werner Herzog really should demand attention for this unrecognized achievement. I'm guessing they won't get anything at this year's awards.
Adrienne Shelly will probably get a token nom in the screenplay category but the movie should be up there for Best Picture as well.
Ken Loach and lead actor Cillian Murphy would be the best choices for recognition in this Irish war story.
Mike White some recognition for his brilliant writing. Molly Shannon is a great long shot in the actress category as well.
David Fincher really needs a nomination for magnificently recreating San Francisco in the '60s and '70s. A Best Picture nod would be worthy as well.
One last, bonus consideration: Ratatouille is a gimme in the Animated Film category but why not Best Picture as well? Critics as well as the general public loved it. It's a great achievement in filmmaking and doesn't deserve to be pigeon-holed in just the cartoon list.
So, Academy members, the time is not too late! Your ballots were mailed the day after Christmas and are due back by the 12th. The power is in your hands. Take this virtual time machine and recognize the great films from earlier in 2007. It is your duty to prevent these oversights from happening.