Five 2011 Films the Oscars Snubbed

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 27th, 2012 at 7:44 am, This is a list post.

5 Films that the Oscars Undervalued

The Oscars: 83rd Academy Award NominationsThe Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has a problem. Each year, it neglects or fails to appreciate some of the best films of the year. While it makes a lot of great decisions, often it overlooks certain genres or stories that don't appeal to them.This year was no different. (Check out the 2012 Oscar Nominees.)With that in mind, here are the five major films that the Academy undervalued in 2011. Although many of the films on this list received a few Oscar nominations, overall the Academy did not give them the credit they are due. Instead of a nod or two, these films deserved much greater recognition and appreciation from the Academy.

'The Ides of March'

ryan gosling phillip seymour hoffman marisa tomei and max minghella in ides of marchThe Ides of March, George Clooney's great political thriller only received one Oscar nomination this year. It is vying against The Descendants, Hugo, Moneyball and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for best adapted screenplay. But this film is worth so much more. It was actually my third favorite film of 2011.In addition to the writing, the film deserved recognition for Clooney's steady direction and a best picture nomination. The acting was credible but no one performance stood out in this cast that included Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman. I can understand why none of the performances were recognized - in a lesser year, they would have been - but the film itself deserved more recognition than it's getting.

'Super 8'

Super-8 debuts at number one with $35 millionSuper 8 was an epic summer movie that appealed to both critics and audiences alike. It had a phenomenal cast of young actors and a great story combined with wonderful visual effects. Written and directed by J.J. Abrams, this was a film that showed that summer blockbusters could still be intelligent and exciting, not just one or the other.With no Oscar nods to its name, this film was completely overlooked by the Academy. It wasn't on my top ten list of the year but it should have been nominated for its great visual effects, wonderful score and maybe even its fine direction.


50-50 Movie Starring Anna Kendrick and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Like Super 8, 50/50 received zero Oscar nominations this year. The film tells the story of a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is diagnosed with cancer and given a 50/50 shot chance of surviving. Yes, the film includes some crude humor and off-putting jokes, but it's a great film with its heart in the right place.In a lesser year, Gordon-Levitt would have been nominated for Best Actor for his performance, but the abundance of strong male performances in 2011 ruined his chances. Regardless, I still believe that either Anna Kendrick or Anjelica Huston should have been nominated for their brilliant supporting performances. And without a doubt, Will Reiser - who faced cancer in real life - should have been nominated for his honest and heartbreaking screenplay.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II'

Unlike a few of the films on this list, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II did receive a few Oscar nominations. It was nominated for Art Direction, Makeup and Visual Effects. But this epic finale to the "Harry Potter" series deserved more. It was an elegant and visually-stunning conclusion to a masterful series of films.Many have argued that Alan Rickman deserved an Oscar nod for his supporting performance. His performance wasn't nominated and I can understand why in this year of great supporting male performances. I can't, however, understand why this film wasn't nominated for Best Picture. It was a critically-acclaimed blockbuster that appealed to adults and children alike. To not give it a best picture nod is an insult to those who loved the film as much as I did - and ignores the epic achievement that the series, as a whole, represents. 


ryan gosling drive movieDrive, a dark film about a stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver, was a thought-provoking and brilliant film. Instead of relying on a lot of dialogue, its story was mostly told through great performances and unique direction. Critics will be talking about this movie for years to come. But how did the Academy recognize it? With one single nomination for Best Sound Editing.This is the most surprising film to be on this list because not only did I think that it should be nominated for more awards, I also thought that it should win a few of them. Nicolas Winding Refn directed this film with an awe-inspiring fierceness and intelligence and Albert Brooks delivered a brilliant performance as the story's malicious villain. Both men should have been nominated and in my opinion, both should have returned home with statues. The lack of nominations is beyond disappointing.

Five Films that the Oscars Undervalued

billy crystal oscars 2012I'm looking forward to the Oscars tonight. It should be a great night and a few strong performances will surely be recognized. But as always, the Academy overlooked and undervalued some of the best films of the year. Drive, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, 50/50 , Super 8 and The Ides of March deserved many more nominations than they were given.So applaud the winners tonight but don't forget that some of the best films of the year weren't recognized at all . Perhaps next year, the Academy will be better. Let's keep our fingers crossed...
TAGS: drive, harry potter, ides of march, super 8


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  1. The Artist wasn’t even that good and it won. It disappoints me that 2 years in a row the academy chooses the worst possible choice for best picture

  2. Great list. Throw in The Girl with the Dragon tattoo also that should have been nominated for best picture.

  3. The movies that win in my book are the ones I purchase on blu-ray! Drive is one I own!

  4. Super 8 was okay. I thought the final reel was very weak – as is so often the case nowadays, seemed like the director decided he needed to rush to wrap up the story.

    I am bewildered that Warrior was completely overlooked – other than Nick Nolte’s best supporting actor nom. Best picture I saw last year. One of the best movies I’ve seen in ages.

    An electrifying story, powerful acting all around (including Nolte). Should have been in the pack. And should have made more at the box office.

    • Completely agree. I’m sure that Warrior was snubbed because (on the surface) it drew so many comparisons to last year’s nom The Fighter, but it’s an outstanding film, but the biggest disappointment about it was that Tom Hardy wasn’t nominated. That was one of the most amazing, subtle performances I’ve ever seen. He became the role in ways only guys like Sean Penn and Daniel Day-Lewis do. He’s one of the most promising actors on the Hollywood horizon in years.

  5. I would like to add Win Win. It deserved a screenplay nomination, in addition to lead actor (Paul Giamatti) and supporting actress (Amy Ryan).

  6. Was War Horse on the list? I don’t remember seeing it mentioned. I wouldn’t put it in the Best Picture category but I thought it deserved being mentioned for Cinematography or something.

  7. The biggest snubs in my opinion (for Best Picture) were The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Drive, Warrior, The Ides of March, and Super 8.

    After reading a bunch of Super 8 criticisms, I’m not going to respond. So far it was my favorite, but to me a true “snub” is something that was expected to get nominated, and then didn’t. For example: Leonardo DiCaprio for “J. Edgar”.

    Of the movies I mentioned earlier, I think the only 2 that really deserve to be called “snubs” were The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Drive.

    • … and I supposed some people were expecting or at least hoping for Best Picture nominations for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and Bridesmaids.

  8. It should be no surprise that the peopl ewho vote on these movies are idiots to the highest degree. It has proven itself time and time again that there is bias and really a lack of brains when it comes to the voting. There have been clear cut robberies over the years in terms of winners and losers. Denzel Washington’s lost for Malcom X, Denzel Washington’s lost for the Hurricane. Both were amazing and unreal performances. As bad as those two were and they were horrible decisions by the voting powers. None was more blatant and idiotic than the snub that Djimon Hounsou got for Blood Diamonds. They gave the award to Alan Arkin who screen time only amounted to about 20 minutes total and prize role had him cursing and ranting. Not Oscar worthy at all, he should have never been nominated. No one in their right mind who saw both movies could say the acting in the Little Miss Sunshine was better than the acting in Blood Diamond. NO WAY POSSIBLE!It was because of that show that I decided to NEVER watch the Oscars again. So to the writer who said that other movies were snubbed don’t be surprised that Hollywood is full of snakes…and like a snakes nature, someone has to get bitten.