Another year has passed and again we find ourselves pining for recognition for films that should have been in the race, yet found themselves on the outside looking in. This is certainly not a new development, but here is a look at a few of the most notable snubs in Oscar history.
Today's nominations came with some surprises (Bale and DiCaprio both getting into the Best Actor race) and some snubs (Inside Llewyn Davis getting shut-out of the Best Picture race and Original Screenplay). The big players going into the race are American Hustle and Gravity, who lead the pack with 10 nods each, and 12 Years a Slave trailing one behind with nine.
Middle America is often lost in the heap of locales depicted in movies. These places don't have the famed skylines of a New York City, but they are valuable in their own right. Mud and Fargo pleasantly changed that course, portraying regionals as people with stories of their own rather than serving as plot devices.
2013 was indeed a great deal of fun for fans of the science fiction genre. Gravity re-defined the visceral experience, The World's End capped off the Cornetto Trilogy perfectly, Hunger Games had its Empire Strikes Back moment and Her changed what a romantic comedy could be. Looking forward to 2014, sci-fi looks like it will only get better. A new Christopher Nolan film set in space, a sequel to the 2011 surprise hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a new effort from the Wachowski brothers and more.
Here are six films to put down on your social calendar.
"We thought that 2012 was a fantastic year
for film, but 2013 turned out to be even better. Not even 50 places
seems like quite enough to recognize every great movie that hit theaters
over the past 12 months, but we’ve done our best to narrow it down.
Nearly 30 staff writers submitted their picks for the top 15 films of
the year of the year, and we aggregated the results to come up with the
following list. We hope this serves as a reminder of some of the great
cinema that was released in 2013 and also lets you know what underseen
gems are worth your time to check out."
War films that don't star John Wayne typically do not do well in cinemas. Scratch that, with the exception of Saving Private Ryan, these movies don't do well. Whether it's just too soon or depicting an unpopular war, war films are not something audiences clamor to see. Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker took a step in a different direction by aiming at recreating a soldier's experience rather than shaping a political slant out of the story.
2015 is the year major studios are releasing all of their biggest blockbusters in hopes that their hundred million dollar babies (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, Star Wars: Episode VII, Hunger Games: Mockingjay and Bond 24) fight to become the movie that earns all the money there will ever be. Not to be overlooked in all the CGI-aided assault is 2014. Next year plays host to many original stories by big names such as Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky, Wes Anderson, and Paul Thomas Anderson. Before audiences start wishing for it to be 365 days from now, let’s take a look at the best and brightest coming attractions.