Completing Oscar: The Missing Nominees of the Last Nine Years

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I wrote the original version of this article in early 2016 without giving much thought to updating it, but in retrospect – duh – of course it’s a natural subject to review, at least as long as the Academy continues to leave their Best Picture category short of ten participants. So, if you read the article when it was first posted you can feel free to skip down to where I cover the last couple of years. Obviously, I’ll be super happy for readers new or old to take in the article in its entirety.

Back in 2009 the people who run the Academy Awards decided that in the interest of widening their net and drawing in a greater variety of nominees and television audience members they would increase the number of motion pictures nominated for the Best Picture category. For sixty-five years the Academy had been nominating exactly five movies for this greatest of all film awards, but there had been complaints about the accessibility of the nominees from laypeople. And let’s face it, studio executives had no problem with the idea of promoting a few more films or having a better chance of getting their names attached to something as prestigious as an Oscar nominated film. So it was all systems go. But have they succeeded in transforming the award in the way they’d hoped?

The rules change that took effect for the 2009 awards expanded the number of nominees to ten films for Best Picture. Let’s see how that looked the first couple of years that rule was in effect.
In 2009 the Best Picture nominees were:

Actress Anne Hathaway and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announce the Best Picture nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 82nd Academy Awards will take place March 7, 2010 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The Hurt Locker
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
Inglorious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up in the Air
Based on a cursory look at this list of nominees, the new rule appears to have done the intended job. There’s a great variety of films represented, including serious dramas, science fiction, small character studies, and big visual feasts. These were at least a little inclusive, with a nominee featuring an African-American cast, another set in South Africa, and a third that was focused on Jewish characters and ideas. The number one box office hit of all time was nominated and so was a popular animated film. Okay, so a pretty typical Oscar nominee focused on the tribulations of people in the armed services won, but at least these other films got a little publicity, right?

Let’s see what happened the next year.
In 2010 the Best Picture nominees were:

The King’s Speech
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids are All right
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone
This list is not quite as immediately audience-pleasing, but the expansion to 10 nominees still seems to be doing what it was designed to do. We’ve got the number one box office movie of the year in the animated film Toy Story 3 and we’ve got a big effects picture that was also a winner with audiences in Inception. We also got introduced to a big new star in Jennifer Lawrence in a gritty small budget film from an independent production company. This is a pretty darn legit list of nominees.

Then things started changing. Somebody at the Academy thought that 10 nominees might be too much some years, so they changed the rules again. This change said that the number of Best Picture nominees would be somewhere between five and ten. Academy shill Bruce Davis snorted, “A Best Picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit. If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn’t feel an obligation to round out the number.” Try reading that back in Dame Maggie Smith’s voice and see if it acquires the desired quality. Anyway, the Academy no longer had to nominate ten movies. So in 2011 they didn’t. And apparently it felt so good that they haven’t since then.

And that’s where I come in. since the Academy has seen fit to honor fewer films than they could have for the last five years, I’m going to step in and declare enough additional Best Picture nominees to fill out those ballots. So if you were involved in one of the movies I add in this article, I hereby give you the right to declare yourself part of a film that was nominated for Best Picture. See if anybody calls you on it.

Here we go.

In 2011, nine films were nominated, including:

The Artist
The Descendents
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
In order to bring the list to ten, I am adding:


This is a wonderfully moody and unique movie with one of the most artfully planned and executed getaway scenes ever put on film. It not only stars up and coming star Ryan Gosling, but also features Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks, and Ron Perlman. That’s some cast! This is a movie that not enough people saw, but a whole lot of people would love if they did see it. I can’t think of a better reason to add a nominee than that…and we’re not even breaking any rules to do it!

The following year, the Academy came up one movie short again.
Their nominees in 2012 were:


Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les miserables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
I like round numbers, so why not add:
Marvel’s The Avengers


I went back and forth between this and the sex therapist movie The Sessions, but in the end I decided to go with the number one box office hit of the year that was so much fun and had such a good cast. These folks will not only bring eyes to the party, but several of them had already been guests as nominees, so they’d have no trouble fitting in. Heck, Pepper Potts is actually a winner.

In 2013 the Academy continued with its very comfortable habit of leaving us wanting more by nominating just nine films.
The movies they nominated were:

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American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street
As it turns out, I didn’t have much trouble at all finding a tenth member of this team. I could have gone with Woody Allen’s excellent Blue Jasmine, or August: Osage County, or even the biggest animated film in box office history, Frozen and I wouldn’t blame anybody who thought one of those was the right choice. But I’m a pretty big fan of the very underrated Cohen brothers film…
Inside Llewyn Davis


It’s a circular story about a talented folk singer who is still reeling from the loss of his former partner in music, but who just can’t seem to get out of his own way. Oscar Isaac is on a hot streak right now and in my mind it really started in earnest here with his amazingly nuanced and natural performance that included playing and singing the music himself. While we’re at it, he really should have been nominated for Best Actor in 2013.

Apparently the Academy wasn’t satisfied with stiffing just one potential Best Picture nominee, so starting last year in 2014 they began to double their pleasure by leaving two slots blank. Let that be a lesson to you, boys and girls. Nobody gives you anything in this life. If you want that Best Picture nomination you have to pay somebody for it.
Let’s have a look at the list of movies whose producers signed the right checks. They were:


Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
The Academy was telling us there just weren’t two more films that would have looked good on that list. Let’s take up that challenge, shall we?
I found seven pretty good candidates. The five that didn’t make my cut were Foxcatcher, Wild, Unbroken, Gone Girl, and Interstellar. Those are all pretty good and I doubt anybody would have objected too hard to their inclusion, but I decided on:
Nightcrawler and Guardians of the Galaxy

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Here we’ve got one bracing character study that not enough people saw and one absolute crowd pleaser that represents the best of what a “popcorn” movie can be. Nightcrawler is worth seeing just for Jake Gyllenhaal’s nervy and haunting performance. Yet another guy who could have easily been given a Best Actor nomination, too. If you haven’t seen it, go pick it up and then wonder why it didn’t get more attention.

Oh, and if you’d just nominated the director and lead actor from Selma, your life would be a lot easier right now. Yes, they were plenty good enough. You want me to do this job too? Okay, kick out Bennett Miller and Bradley Cooper and you’re golden. There, that was easy.

Guardians of the Galaxy rounds out the list pretty nicely with some really excellent work put in on all counts in what is a gloriously goofball sic-fi romp. Attention DC: your movies should be fun, like this.

It was then time for 2015‘s ceremony, and yet again we were facing just eight nominees instead of the full possible ten. I’m starting to think this is just a gambit to try to make the show a little shorter. In 2015 they nominated:


The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
What did they ignore? Well, there are very good arguments in favor of both Inside Out and Straight Outta Compton, but two of my personal five favorite movies of the year have been:
Ex Machina and Carol

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Why these two? Well, both films feature excellent casts telling interesting stories about fascinating people in extraordinary circumstances and they do it truthfully. Both of these films use sound and the absence of sound very effectively, heightening the pull on the audience, and both boast some fantastic design and technical work. Both movies have something to say about the freedom of individuals and the unjust positions some women find themselves in in our society. I like both of these films better than at least three of the standing nominees, so yeah, they belong.

The following year, the Academy nominated nine films again, and maybe 2016 did look a little more culturally inclusive, but I’m not sure the overall list of nominees did much to draw in a mainstream audience for the televised ceremony. They Nominated:

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
There are certainly some other films that are deserving of a spot alongside the nominees of 2016, including Best Animated Feature winner Zootopia, the lovely period character drama Loving, and the expertly plotted and paced 10 Cloverfield Lane, but I decided to go with the audacious, violent, and fascinating Nocturnal Animals featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, and Michael Shannon. You may not be as fond of it as I am, but you’re not likely to walk away and forget it.

To be fair, this might not do much to draw more eyes to the ceremony, but the choice I listed that would have done that job best would have been Zootopia, and there was at least a little uncertainty about it winning in the Animation category over Moana and Kubo and the Two Strings at the time.

2017‘s nominees came up just one film short again, but gee whiz did they come up short overall as far as I’m concerned. The Academy nominated:

– Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
– Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
There are at least two films here that could easily be removed in favor of more interesting and/or better executed fare. And there’s a pile of movies which match that description, including I, Tonya, Coco, The Big Sick, and Ingrid Goes West. But when push comes to shove I have only one spot to fill here based on my own established rules, so I can only offer The Florida Project to round out the Academy’s list.

Seriously, if you remove The Post and Darkest Hour and then add The Florida Project, I, Tonya, and Coco as Best Picture nominees, I think you’d get to feel really good about your choices this year. As it is, it feels like something is missing.

Well, these are just my opinions. Does anybody else have a film from the last nine years that you feel would round out the nominees smartly? Tell me in the comments section.


Posted on February 16, 2016, in Awards, Movies, Oscars, Top Ten and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.

  1. I’m going to have to check out “Drive” someday; honestly, I never heard of it until this writeup.


    • I enjoyed Drive quite a bit. Albert Brooks should have been nominated.


    • When it came out the marketing wasn’t very good, so what happened was a lot of people that went thought they were going to see a traditional action car chase movie sort of like The Fast & The Furious. For that very same reason, lots more people didn’t bother with the movie at all. Had they been able to convey that it was a slow paced mood film with fairly minimal dialog that is something of a deconstruction of the anti-hero trope then it probably would have better found its audience.


      • You are, of course, right Carl. But I can’t help trying to picture:
        “A Slow Paced Mood Film with Fairly Minimal Dialogue That is Something of a Deconstruction of the Anti-Hero Trope!!!!!!”
        on the posters and billboards for the movie.


        • Haha! Very true. That’s always the problem movies like this have. While I still feel they marketed it badly, I admit I’d have a heck of a time trying to properly convey that movie in a 2 minute trailer (much less a 30 second ad) in a way that would make the right audience want to go see it.

          Not sure if you heard about it or not but some woman was so mad about being “deceived” by the marketing that she tried to sue the producers of the movie for false advertising!


        • You two should start a marketing firm.


      • Yeah the marketing could’ve been better. While it did have action, it was more of a thriller. If it had been marketed at the crowd that usually goes to see films by the likes of Michael Mann and Walter Hill, it might have found an audience, since Drive was in the style of those directors works (it had the nighttime vibe that’s prevalent in most of Mann;s films and the conflicted hero with a moral code is like many of Hill’s protagonists). Drive got my vote as best film of 2011.


  2. You make a good case for all of your picks, although I don’t necessarily agree down the line.
    Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” was better than several of the films on that list for sure.

    Missing: 2011 left out “Bridesmaids.”
    2013: ‘Last Vegas.”

    TFA, all the way baby!


    • You had me until you through out TFA. I still haven’t seen Last Vegas, but it’s on my list once the cable guy comes and gets the new house connected (today! YAY!). But I liked Blue Jasmine and Bridesmaids quite well. I’d have been okay with either being nominated.

      The Force Awakens is adequate as popular entertainment. I’d say there is nothing great about it, but that is being a bit unfair. The cast is great. I will give it credit for introducing non-white-male protagonists, but not too much because that was long overdue. A Best Picture nomination would have been blasphemous. Even sticking to last year’s popcorn movies, I can think of a half dozen that are more deserving.

      TFA got exactly the nominations it deserved.


      • I agree. I loved TFA but I wouldn’t call it a Best Picture nominee. Honestly, if the Academy was going to only nominate one big budget action film, they picked the right one, Mad Max.


        • I know it won’t happen, but I would honestly be happy if Mad Max won Best Picture. It is a near-perfect action movie. How many of the other nominees represent their respective genres so well? I haven’t see all the nominees, but I would say the quality of filmmaking in Fury Road rivals or tops anything I have seen in the other Best Picture candidates so far.


        • Yeah Fury Road was the best choice. If it does win, good for it, as it’s still my top pick of 2015. The one I’m relieved didn’t get nominated was Jurassic World.


        • I’m curious to hear more. I was lukewarm on Jurassic World. I considered it more or less on par with The Force Awakens. Both traded heavily on nostalgia without bringing much of anything new to the party.


        • It was okay. But I felt that it got way more adulation than it truly deserved. I agree with your statement that it traded on a lot of nostalgia without really offering anything new, at least when compared to Fury Road which delivered more than it promised. You could say TFA also got more adulation than it deserved. But I enjoyed it more than I did JW. Not that I would’ve given it a BP nod. No way.


        • I preferred TFA to JW just because I like Star Wars more than I like Jurassic Park. They were both examples of how movies have become very expensive fan fiction these days.


        • Look, I love Star Wars. I’m a lifelong fan of the series, and there’s probably few here that are bigger fans than me. I even like the prequels – hey, who threw that egg at me?? But to be completely honest, while I found TFA to be very entertaining on a certain level, it was not a great film. I love Star Wars but I’m being honest.

          One interesting thing I discovered as TFA was racing to box office supremacy was that since the Oscars’ inception in the late 20’s, every single film to take the crown as “biggest blockbuster of all time” had been nominated for Best Picture. Gone With The Wind, The Sound Of Music, Jaws, Star Wars, E.T., Titanic and even Avatar nabbed Best Picture nominations – a couple even won. That’s more than 80 years of Oscar tradition at play. What makes TFA unique is that it handily claimed the title of biggest grossing film of all time, yet for the first time ever the Oscars did not nominate it for Best Picture. And truthfully, it didn’t deserve a BP nod. There were two potential spots open and even then TFA doesn’t deserve either spot; I’d rather Hateful Eight have gotten that extra nod if it were possible. I’m not ripping on TFA, I found it very entertaining. But it doesn’t have much depth to it, and in a ploy where Disney played it super-safe they even copied and pasted the original Oscar-nominated film (and Empire) to turn out a sure-fire audience pleaser. That’s not Oscar worthy. There, I feel better now.


        • A well-deserved thumbs-up for you. Keep keeping people honest.


        • I’m not disagreeing with the statements that have been made about TFA here, but I will point out that critics have complained in the past, about other blockbuster movies nominated for Best Picture, as also not having depth. Depth can be in the eye of the beholder to some extent. I just happen to think that a movie that is so beloved by such a wide audience, should be a contender if not a winner, and that is in keeping with tradition.


        • The problem is that most movies beloved by a wide audience are crap.

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      • We can’t all be so enlightened. I’m shallow, and like crap.


        • I won’t lie. I like crap too. I’ll advocate for popular entertainment at the Oscars. But not TFA. TFA is a fine nominee for The People’s Choice Awards. Nominations for technical categories are fine. But that’s where it ends. I get that fans love it irrationally, but you have to be at least somewhat objective when you are talking about Best Picture nominees. A nomination for TFA would be nothing short of an outrage. there were dozens of better movies released last year.


        • Which is why I wouldn’t even advocate for The Avengers being nominated for Best Picture. I’ve enjoyed several of the Marvel movies, and Avengers is one of the better ones, but I’ve never loved any of them. Besides, Avengers kind of falls apart a bit towards the end: basically you have a gathering of all these superheroes for the first time, and they are battling……. generic space aliens? That’s ok for some mindless popcorn fun but there’s no way the Oscars should be rewarding that with a Best Picture nod.


  3. The picture at the top appears to be a reference to The Lego Movie and yet there is no mention of the movie in the article. What gives?


    • Ha! That didn’t occur to me until I looked at it again this morning. I went looking for a picture of an Oscar statue being finished as a puzzle but when I found this I felt like it filled the bill. The Lego Movie fits as a nomination that should have been but I don’t think I would nominate it for Best Picture.


  4. I’m just scanning movies released in each year, so I may miss some. But here goes:

    2011 – Drive
    2012 – Skyfall
    2013 – Frozen
    2014 – Any combination of Guardians, The Lego Movie and Nightcrawler
    2015 – I haven’t seen Carol, so I will go with the Hateful Eight and Steve Jobs


    • I didn’t realize that you liked Skyfall quite that much.

      You know how I feel about the Hateful Eight but I’ll admit there was some individual work in it that is awards worthy. Steve Jobs is the last major nominee I still haven’t seen, but I’m hoping to rectify that tonight. One person I talked to derided it as a “play that was filmed”


      • I don’t love Skyfall. But when I looked at mainstream entertainment options from that year (which as I said was not a comprehensive search), Skyfall jumped out at me as the most nomination-friendly. I liked The Avengers better, but Skyfall has a little more Oscar sheen to it.

        I don’t disagree that Steve Jobs is a play that was filmed. But I don’t object to that either. It’s stagey, but that didn’t negatively impact my enjoyment of it. I found it to be a fascinating character study.

        I am very far behind in my Oscar viewing, sadly.


        • Dialogue movies can be absolutely the best. To that end, I recommend “She’s Funny That Way.”
          Steve Jobs flopped at the box office, probably not due to the play effect, more likely because the character study was more character assassination, and maybe because audiences felt the story has been told enough times (and with better context). I have no intentions of seeing it.


        • I didn’t really have a lot of interest going in. I don’t own any Apple products and I have never understood the fascination with Jobs. His story has definitely been told. But from the reviews I have read, previous versions of his story weren’t all that compelling. This one is admittedly stagey, but it’s extremely well-written, directed and acted. So that was enough for me.

          As I was watching the movie, I did some fact checking. Changes were made in order to make events fit within the movie’s dramatic structure. Mostly, this involved moving some dates around slightly or having characters in attendance at events they didn’t actually attend. I’m totally fine with that sort of thing since this is a movie and not a piece of journalism. It’s a dramatization that captures a piece of Steve Jobs’ essence. Is it a character assassination? Having seen the movie, I say I don’t think so. It presents Jobs as a very complex figure with tremendous gifts capable of great generosity and casual cruelty. His relationship with his daughter is the most damning aspect of the story and that is largely based in fact. But even there, the movie ends on a note of redemption. I would say anyone who complains the movie was unfair to Jobs probably wasn’t paying enough attention. While far from a white wash, the movie does present Jobs in a positive light ultimately.


        • I’ve never owned any Apple products, not because I have anything against them (never cared much for Nike though), I’ve just never had a burning desire to own any of their products.
          I haven’t viewed “Steve Jobs” yet, but I plan to someday. Most of what I learned from him came from learning about the history of video games, so I know a decent amount of his years at Atari, like his trip to India and how he commissioned Steve Wozniak (an invaluable partner to Jobs) to reduce the chip count on the “Breakout” circuit board per request of Atari (apparently Jobs didn’t tell Wozniak how much he was actually paid by Atari, and that burned Wozniak pretty bad, not because of the money, but because they were friends). At any rate, I think Job is a pioneer figure.


        • I haven’t actively avoided Apple products. But whenever I have sunk money into something like a smart phone, I read the reviews and chose another product.

          Just how many times did Jobs burn Wozniak? He seems like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown.


        • Of all the burns, the one with the “Breakout” board seemed to bother Wozniak the most, as he said (paraphrasing) that he knew Steve would lowball anybody for money, but he just didn’t think he would do it to his best friend. I guess he never fully trusted Jobs after that, so you could say it was a turning point.
          I’m really not one of those types that’s in it for the brand , since I’ve seen some brands go sideways through the years (Dodge, Nintendo, Time Warner cable, and the family doctor are just a few off the top of my head).


        • Great! I was just left no choice but to switch from Dish Network to Time Warner Cable. At least they seem to be making an effort to change their brand image.


        • I’m teed at Time Warner because they left the building in our area that was here since the 1980’s (back when the building housed US Cable, well before the Adelphia scandal; the building they moved to is quite far from here, so service calls are a crapshoot), the recent cable receivers/modems I’ve handled were unresponsive and felt cheap, and they keep on hiking up the price. They were good though, up until say, 2012. Maybe in your area you’ll have better luck with them.


        • One hopes as I have no alternative. They bought the only other cable company in our region and apparently my new house isn’t located properly for satellites unless I want to hack down some trees.


        • How many trees and what kind? While it would be expensive it might be worth it.


        • I’m hoping not to explore that avenue.

          So far, my experience has been that Dish Network offered superior hardware. The Hopper 3.0 was an amazing device. What I am getting from Time Warner pales in comparison, but it does do everything I need it to do. It could be my mind playing tricks on me after 6 weeks of watching TV in my parents’ basement on a TV from the 1980’s, but the picture seems clearer on TWC than what I am used to. The big advantage for me was that in our area, Dish does not offer the CW. That used to be a minor shortcoming, but these days I love The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. Being able to watch those three shows on a TV instead of a laptop is an improvement.


        • Yeah, supposedly due to people getting on their roofs and adjusting their own satellites. the placement of the dishes are now more towards the corner and lower on the property, which changes the strength of signal; at least that’s what I was told a few years ago.


        • Crazy! I did not know that.

          So far, I’m relatively happy with Time Warner. I miss my Hopper, but I like having the CW shows. And TWC offers a lot more On Demand options than Dish Network did. So it’s a trade off.


        • Hmm. Interesting. How do you not have any Apple products?


        • I don’t buy them.

          The girls do have some old iPhones they got as hand-me-downs from my sister. But my phone is a Samsung and my computer is a PC. I’m no expert on devices but my observation has always been that the Apple name is more of a status symbol than anything. I have never felt compelled to be part of the iClub.


        • I try to avoid Apple products too. They are incredibly controlling about their products and operate under the belief that you don’t really own their products, you just pay to use them for a while. Sure, Google and the cell phone companies are like that to a degree, but Apple is in a class all by itself when it comes to the way they treat their customers.


        • I have heard this about Apple products. It doesn’t mean much to me as I am not technologically savvy enough to take advantage of the freedom their competitors offer. But Apple products do have a way of making me feel boxed in. And then there’s the constant updates, rereading the terms and conditions and changing passcodes. It seems like every time one of my daughters wants to download an app, I have to change my password because Apple has added new requirements. For a lot of years, Apple products also seemed to be more fragile than other manufacturers. It seemed like every single iPhone I saw had a cracked screen. Most of my friends looked like they could slice a finger swiping something on their phone. People love their iStuff and that’s great for them. But I know too many people who are just in it for the brand. A coworker enthusiastically told me she was getting the new iWatch on the day it was announced. I asked her what it did. She said she had no idea but she was sure it would be great.


    • Also a PC user. But I’ve become a recent convert to the iPhone 6. Actually… I’m somewhat deeply ashamed to admit how far out of the modern tech revolution I’ve been. After being the recipient of (mostly) friendly ridicule for having a flip phone, for years, and barely even using that, I finally decided it would be feasible to absorb the monthly bills and got my first “real” phone a few months ago. At first I hated it and griped to anyone who would listen how it was nothing more than an expensive camera that had monthly bills. But I’ve grown to love the apps, and the texting, and let’s face it, if you want to communicate with your kids, you pretty much have to embrace texting. Or at least tolerate it!


      • Nothing to be ashamed of there. I made the smart phone switch a couple years ago but still relatively recently. I didn’t start texting until about a year or so ago.


  5. Pretty good list! I’d have to go over each year’s films one by one to see if I’d disagree, but there is nothing I’d object to in your list offhand. Despite the controversy about this year’s nominees, I think your additional two choices (with their mostly white casts) are the best additions. I think the problem with diversity goes far beyond the Oscars themselves. The real problem is at the studio level and what projects get greenlit and what ones don’t. If they start producing more films that better reflect society as a whole then I think the Oscar issue will largely fix itself.


    • I have been kicking around the idea of doing a write up on the Oscar boycott issue. But mostly, it boils down to what you said. The problem is bigger than the Oscars.


  6. Goslign was snubbed for dirve. He evocked so much emotions wiht facial expressions less words. It is what makes golsing amazing actor. We should mentions travesty costner gettign snubbed for captain Phillips . Or costner brilliant turn in Black or white.


    • 2011 wasn’t a particularly strong year for lead actors, so it wouldn’t have bothered me if Gosling had been nominated, but considering how off the radar the film was it would have been a surprise.

      When you mention Black or White…are you talking about the movie with a 39% “Rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes?


  7. Hanks gettign snubbed cpatian phillips


  8. I agree with most of your additions for sure (especially Ex Machina & I’m sure I’ll agree with Carol too once I’ve seen it). I think it’s weird to be able to nominate ten now then not actually nominate ten. Seems a bit “screw you – we won’t even bother to include you in a list of ten!”


  9. For 2011 I agree with Drive as I noted before. I’d also add the Iranian film A Separation.

    A few years ago I would’ve agreed with The Avengers/ But that one, to me anyway, seems to lose something with repeated viewings. It’s still fun. But not quite as high as I rated it back in 2012. Whereas at the time I thought Skyfall was being somewhat overpraised. But to me, that’s one grown the more I’ve watched it. it’s not on the same level as Casino Royale. But it’s close. So I have no problem adding it to the list.

    For 2013, I choose the underrated drama Fruitvale Station.

    Either Nightcrawler or the satiric film Dear White People.

    2015: Straight Outta Compton or The Hateful Eight.


  10. I would replace the actor in 12 years slave to get hanks nominated. I love the imataiton game but felt costner was stronger i would give kevin his spot


  11. This is what the runner ups probably looked like.

    2011 – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
    2012 – Moonrise Kingdom
    2013 – Blue Jasmine
    2014 – Foxcatcher and Nightcrawler
    2015 – Carol and Inside Out


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