Ok ladies and gentlemen. The Academy Awards, aka The Oscars is just over a month away. In the lead up to the grand event on February 28, 2016 we at BTG Lifestyle are predicting some of the big winners but before we get into that we thought we would start off with some of the more obvious snubs. Those who did not even get nominated. The surprising snubs.
Steve Jobs – Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin)
There are very few people in the film industry who have mastered the art of screenwriting quite like Aaron Sorkin. A well-respected veteran in the industry but still the most humble person in Hollywood, Sorkin has an incredible knack for writing amazing dialogue.
2015’s Steve Jobs was no exception. His script was so good that he won at the Golden Globe and even Kate Winslet, who won for best supporting actress at the same ceremony, said she is grateful that she had the opportunity to speak his words. Cut to the Oscars nominations and he didn’t even get nominated.
The Hateful Eight – Best Original Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino)
You would be forgiven for thinking Tarantino was going to walk into the Best Original Screenplay category. He won the award twice before for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. He was also nominated for Inglourious Basterds.
The Hateful Eight, although admittedly not his best work, was still one of the standout screenplays from 2015. Even when the script leaked, it was so good that instead of scrapping the idea, he decided to do it anyway. Slim chance of winning it? Sure. But to not even be nominated? Huge oversight by the academy. This is QT’s bread and butter.
Samuel L. Jackson – Best Leading Actor (The Hateful Eight)
The film got enough buzz to get his co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh a nomination, so why not Sam Jackson, who really takes control of most of the situations in the film? I will admit that Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh’s character) is written much better in that various layers to her character are revealed slowly over time. But Jackson’s Warren is a formidable character who’s in charge of his surroundings, despite being at a disadvantage as a black man; this clearly did not translate to the Oscar nominations.
Lead Actress roles for Women of Colour
Christian Bale: His character in The Big Short was completely unexplored due to the fact that there are about a million characters in this film. I don’t think he deserves an Oscar for pulling off a lazy eye and playing drums.
Cate Blanchett: She seems to be taking the mantel from Meryl Streep where everything she’s in gets nominated. Carol was a mundane film about self-centered people, and the only solid performance (due to the script more than anything else) was from Rooney Mara who displayed exceptional range.
Jennifer Lawrence: A pretty average performance in a pretty average film. I’m really not sure why Joy got nominated at all as the film had zero buzz before the announcements.
Jennifer Lawrence : Hollywood is giving her too much power. She does an average movie then gets all this Awards buzz. Nah! She ain’t a goddess and she is getting away with it because Hollywood won’t green light any other projects for women of minority. It’s starting to get to me and I’m questioning how good Jennifer Lawrence is… or is she just easy to market?