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GHcool 
"Forever a curious character."

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Posted - 24/01/2017 :  13:34:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here are my reactions to this year's Oscar nominations (I'm only commenting on categories where I have a strong and informed opinion):

Best Picture
What Should Win: La La Land
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Lion
What Was Snubbed: Jungle Book

Best Actor
What Should Win: Ryan Gosling, La La Land
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
What Was Snubbed: Tom Hanks, Sully

Best Supporting Actor
What Should Win: Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Dev Patel, Lion
What Was Snubbed: Aaron Taylor Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress
What Should Win: Naomie Harris, Moonlight
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Nicole Kidman, Lion
What Was Snubbed: Tammy Blanchard, Tallulah

Best Original Screenplay
What Should Win: La La Land
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: The Lobster
What Was Snubbed: Tallulah

Best Adapted Screenplay
What Should Win: Arrival
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Lion
What Was Snubbed: The Jungle Book

Best Animated Feature
What Should Win: Zootopia
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: My Life as a Zucchini
What Was Snubbed: Finding Dory

Best Cinematography
What Should Win: La La Land
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Moonlight
What Was Snubbed: The BFG

Best Score
What Should Win: La La Land
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Lion
What Was Snubbed: Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Visual Effects
What Should Win: The Jungle Book
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Deepwater Horizon
What Was Snubbed: The BFG

Best Animated Short
What Should Win: Borrowed Time

So, where does that lead us?

Lion is a decent film that treads water during the 2nd act. The interview on "60 Minutes" with the real-life person that Lion is based on told the story in a concise and emotionally engaging way. It did in 10 minutes what Lion does in almost two hours.

The Jungle Book was among the year's most complex films of the year in terms production values and had a screenplay that really worked, and yet it only got one award nomination.

This is the first year where I felt there was a perfect category: Best Animated Short. Another short by Dreamworks that was really good, but wasn't eligible for a nomination, was "Kung Fu Panda Secrets of the Scroll." It is available on Netflix and is about a half hour long.

On the other hand, I'm glad to see the level of respect La La Land is receiving.

Edited by - GHcool on 31/01/2017 14:50:29

lemmyXIXtion 
"Long mired in film"

Canada

Posted - 24/01/2017 :  14:07:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, GHc.
I look forward to your comments every year.
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w18dheartlivie 
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United States

Posted - 07/03/2017 :  00:59:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My snubbed award goes to Janelle Monae in Hidden Figures. She was the heart of that film and was just stellar!!!
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"Charlie Don't Serf!"

United States

Posted - 09/03/2017 :  11:33:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I also look forward to this list.

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