Oscar Snubs of 2014 and Updates on what to expect from Stevennix2001 this coming year

Stevennix2001's Prediction Stats for 2014

With Possible Upsets included:

9 / 10

Excluding Possible Upset predictions:

8/ 10


Introduction and Updates

First of all, I'm fully aware that this hub is over a few months late. I just want to take time to apologize to all my readers for the tardiness of this hub, as I've just been busy lately with things in my life that I haven't really had time to publish it. However, I guess like the old saying goes, "Better late than never." With that being said, I just want to say thank you for joining me in this...very late wrap up of the Oscars for this year.

For those of you who read my apology letter explaining why I fell so far behind last year, I did promise you all that i would review "Rush", "RIPD" and "The Butler", as soon as I got back into the swing of things. Unfortunately, those reviews will be pushed off to aside for a later date, while making all the current reviews of this year a higher priority. Don't get me wrong, i still plan on reviewing each of those movies from last year; along with a few others. However, I can't exactly say when I'll have them published, but I do promise you'll see them reviewed by the end of the year, at the very latest.

As I mentioned in my apology letter, I'll still publish a top ten best films of last year, as you can expect that to be released fairly soon. But starting next year, you all should see a return of not only best films of each year, but I'll even start doing top ten worst films of each year like I used to. Another thing that's coming back is Critic's corner. Hooray!

For those of you haven't been following me for that long, I'll briefly explain what Critic's corner was. Critic's Corner was essentially a hub series, where I started analyzing other film critics, and grading them based on their strengths and weaknesses. Some of them were well known critics like Peter Travers (Rolling Stone Magazine), and some were not so well known like HLallen on hubpages.

If you're a film critic on hubpages, then chances are you might get reviewed on critic's corner. If you are reviewed on it, then I'll briefly explain who you are, and what kind of movie reviews you write. And, I'll even leave a link to your account for all my readers to see. Just try to think of it as free advertising.

However, I do have a few changes to critic's corner that's going to be a bit different. Now, I'll still review other film critics, but critic's corner will also serve as an avenue for me to dish into some of my thoughts about the entertainment industry in general. As I get more into movies, I tend to come up with a lot of random thoughts about it that I never thought about before. One of them being about Michael Bay. Some of my long time followers might remember my forum discussing whether or not Bay was an overrated hack, or a misunderstood genius.

I remember in my earlier years, I didn't like Michael Bay at all as a filmmaker. In fact, I used to call him a talentless hack when I first started reviewing movies on hubpages. However, as I've learned more about movies over the years, I come to find out that maybe Michael Bay isn't such a talentless hack after all. That maybe it's me that failed to realize that there might be some genius in the way Michael Bay handles his films. Don't get me wrong, i still think most of his movies are very crappy, but I can't really take away the genius of how the man is able to make money with almost every movie he directs. Granted, box office revenue is not an indication of quality, but it's worth noting.

Plus, I want to write a piece, in critic's corner, that's a direct response to my good friend's hub entitled, "Are Film Reboots Necessary?" In the hub, Nickalooch argues against the idea of reboots and remakes, while implying the possibility that Hollywood might be running out of ideas for original content. Now, to be fair, he brings up a lot of valid points, and I do agree with him that original content is generally better than seeing a reboot/remake of anything. However, as I said in the comment section of his article, I don't think reboots and remakes are necessarily a bad thing.

Now, I'm not advocating for Hollywood to make nothing but remakes and reboots. But, I just don't think it's as bad as people make it out to be. After all, some of the best films of all time were remakes and reboots, when you stop to think about it.

However, I'll delve more into those topics later when I write about it on "Critic's Corner." As far as when you can expect "Critic's Corner" to come back, it won't be back until December of 2014. And like the old days, it'll only be a once a month type of deal. Therefore, you can expect that to be coming soon. Also keep in mind, Critic's Corner will feature me talking about other forms of media as well like TV shows, cartoons, anime and etc. Therefore, don't expect every "Critic's Corner" article to be all about movies.

Another change that's going to happen is that you'll start seeing other hubs that won't be related to the entertainment industry at all. Some hubs might be about my thoughts on the NFL, or the NBA for example. Or hell, I also plan on writing a promotional piece to help out a friend of mine in the coming months. Don't get me wrong, movies will stil be a top priority for me to write about on this account, but all I'm saying is that a lot of my readers should start to expect to see more variety within the coming year.

Anyway, without further delay, I guess it's time we go over this year's Oscar winners, and arguably some of the biggest snubs of this year's Academy Awards. Please, bear in mind that this is all opinionated, so please take these snub listings with a grain of salt. Anyway, it's time to start the show...


Oscar Results for 2014

Oscar Categories
Winners
 
Best Picture
12 Years a Slave
 
Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey
Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress
Cate Blanchett
Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto
Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong'o
12 Years a Slave
Best Animated Feature Film
Frozen
 
Best Cinematography
Gravity
 
Best Costume Design
The Great Gatsby
 
Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón
Gravity
Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet from Stardom
 
Best Short Documentary
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
 
Best Film Editing
Gravity
 
Best Foreign Language Film
The Great Beauty
 
Best Makeup and Hairstyle
Dallas Buyers Club
 
Best Original Score
Gravity
 
Best Original Song
Let it Go
Frozen
Best Production Design
The Great Gatsby
 
Best Animated Short Film
Mr. Hublot
 
Best Live Action Short Film
Helium
 
Best Sound Editing
Gravity
 
Best Sound Mixing
Gravity
 
Best Visual Effects
Gravity
 
Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave
 
Best Original Screenplay
Her
 

This year's best picture: 12 Years a Slave

To be honest, this was something of a no brainer for me. I mean we're talking about a critically acclaimed movie that talked about a touchy issue like racism, so it would've been very surprising to see any other movie take this award. Not saying that "12 Years a Slave" wasn't a great movie, but I'm sure political correctness played a huge factor in it's victory at this year's Oscars.

Although I wouldn't go out of my way to say "12 Years a Slave" was the best movie of last year, but I will admit that it definitely deserves the praises it gets. Granted, the topic of slavery is a bit overdone in Hollywood these days, but "12 Years a Slave" approaches it from a fresh angle about a man who was a freeman during those times, and then finds his life changed when he's forced to become a slave. It's an interesting film for it's unique take on the topic, and it's definitely worth checking out.

Oscar Snubs

To steal a phrase from Jim Carrey from "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective": "In every contest. There has to be a loser." And sadly when it comes to these kind of reward shows, there's always a possibility that someone is going to get snubbed. Now, that doesn't mean that the films/actors/actresses/etc that do get nominated, or win, are necessarily undeserving of their victories/nomination. However, if you look back on the history of the Oscars, there's been quite a few misses in the past that tend to make you scratch your head asking, "What were they thinking?"

Now, before I start naming my Oscar snubs for this year, i would first like to thank everyone who contributed to it. Yes, I'm aware this hub is very late, and I want to apologize to all of you for taking so long on it. The truth is I haven't really gotten a chance to write this article until recently because I've been busy working a lot of hours at my other job. Plus, with recent events, it's hard keeping myself motivated to write these things. Let alone motivate myself to do more film reviews, as I did contemplate the possibility of not writing anymore after me and my ex girlfriend broke up. However, I know that sounds bad, and it does sound like I'm making excuses. But, I'm merely explaining my position, so you all can better understand what's going on.

As promised though, I will mention each person's name who contributed to the Oscar snubs, and a link to each of their perspective profiles. All you readers have to do is click on the name of each hubber mentioned in this section, and it'll take you to that said hubber's profile page. Anyway, without further delay...let's get started.

Blue Jasmine: calculus-geometry brought up the suggestion that "Blue Jasmine" was a snub at this year's Oscar race, and he/she even went on to claim that "Wolf of Wall Street" was a bit overrated this year. To be honest, i couldn't agree more. Although I personally liked "Wolf of Wall Street", I do think that "Blue Jasmine" was obviously the superior film.

"The Wolf of Wall Street" had a lot of strong dramatic themes, but it lacked the dramatic depth that "Blue Jasmine" brought to the table, so I couldn't agree with him/her more.

Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave): cfin mentioned that Michael Fassbender was robbed of a richly deserved Oscar victory best supporting actor this year, and I have to say I agree with him wholeheartedly. Nothing against Jared Leto, who put on a great performance as well.

However, Michael Fassbender brought a certain level of gravitas and weight to "12 Years a Slave" that made it such an interesting film to watch.

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street): lovebuglena believes that Leonardo DiCaprio should've won best actor this year, as she believes he put on a great performance. Although I will agree with her that Leo is arguably one of the best actors in Hollywood today. However, I would have to disagree with her on this suggestion, which brings up my next Oscar snub.

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave): Not only was Chiwetel brilliant in this performance, but he probably put on one of the most emotionally potent displays of acting that we've ever seen in "12 Years a Slave." Capturing all the hardships his character endured, as he displayed a sense of quiet dignity and inner strength; while still showing hints of vulnerability and a strong sense of humanity. Although he didn't win the Oscar this year, but he certainly deserved it though.

The Book Thief: lovebuglena also suggested that "The Book Thief" was robbed of a richly deserved "Best Picture" nomination this year, as she describes it as being a great movie. To be honest, I've never sen the film myself, so I can't really comment about it. However, from what I've heard about it though, I can certainly see why people would feel that way.

Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle): My dear friend Nickalooch came up this suggestion, as he feels like Jennifer Lawrence was robbed out a well deserved victory this year at the Oscars.

And to be honest, I do agree with him to some extent, but at the same time, I also feel like Lupita Nyong'o deserved it as well. In fact, I personally wouldn't have mind if both actresses would've won "Best Supporting Actress" this year. However, I know that probably isn't possible, so one of them had to come out being the loser in all this. However, if Jennifer would've won over Lupita, then I personally wouldn't have minded at all.

Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave): Nickalooch feels that Steve should've not only won best director this year for "12 Years a Slave", but he also feels like "Gravity" got way too many nominations.

He cites that "Gravity" is nothing more than "Phone Book" in space, to put it mildly. Although I do concur with him about the fact that Steve McQueen was obviously snubbed out of a well deserved Oscar victory this year, but I personally didn't mind seeing Alfonso Cuaron take home the Oscar this year.

Granted, I wouldn't put "Gravity" in my top ten movies list of last year, nor would I call it a great film either. However, I will admit that Alfonso does a great job with a lot of the visuals, cinematography and technical aspects of the feature that you can tell he paid great attention to detail throughout the movie itself.

Saving Mr. Banks: Although I haven't gotten a chance to review this movie yet, "Saving Mr. Banks" was arguably one of the best movies that I've seen last year, and it was robbed of a well deserved Oscar nomination for "Best Picture." It centers around the story of how Walt Disney was able to acquire the film rights to the novel, "Mary Poppins." Although that may sound like a generic summary, the film itself is far from ordinary.

Throughout the film, P.L. Travers struggles with the idea of selling the movie rights to her book to Disney, in fear that he'll butcher it on the big screen to be nothing more than a silly cartoon for children.

As a former aspiring writer myself (comic book writer actually), I can understand the notion of being afraid of selling the movie rights on a creation that you put so much effort into. After all, who's to say that the movie studio you decide to sell it to might turn around and turn that creation into a piece of crap on the big screen? Take in mind even if the film is a huge hit, there's no guarantee that you'll find that the adaptation does your work any justice. Just take "Lord of the Rings" for example.

Although I loved the trilogy myself, the reality is that Tolkien's heir didn't like it; which is kind of why we might not ever see a Silmarillion film any time soon.

Anyway, as many of my readers know, I've been trying to get more into the history of movies itself, since I started to review them on hubpages. Therefore, I do hold a lot of respect for the history of movies, and a lot of the old classics. Although, a friend of mine recently did point out that most of them don't hold up well to today's standards, and I have to concur that is the case for most of them. However, that doesn't take away from the impact many of these classics have had on our current generation of films; hence they deserve our respects.

Therefore, a film like "Saving Mr. Banks" has a lot of appeal to me, but there's more to it than that. Without giving away too much, the film also focuses on P.L. Travers' relationship growing up with her father, and how sometimes reality is far more cruel than what we see in films.

But then again, isn't that part of the reason we watch films these days? To get away from reality? Sure, we may not always get the happy endings we desire in real life, but that's why we tend to go to movies to seek out that happy ending many of us enjoy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I would want every film to have a happy ending, nor am I saying that all films should be built around the idea of escapism either. All I'm saying is that sometimes fantasy can help us cope with the sad realities of life itself; which is something "Saving Mr. Banks" touches upon eloquently.

Granted, there have been reports that a lot of the events that "Saving Mr. Banks" is based off of is highly exaggerated. And, that might be true, but you want to know another movie that exaggerated a lot of the facts too? Last year's "Best Picture" winner "Argo." That film exaggerated a lot of the facts, yet nobody held that against the film itself. Therefore, why should we do that against "Saving Mr. Banks?"

Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks): As I watched "Saving Mr. Banks", I can't help but wonder why Emma Thompson wasn't nominated for her role. She gave such a heartfelt performance that it's almost a crying shame she wasn't at least given a nod this year at the Oscars.

The Wind Rises: "Frozen" may be arguably the best Disney princess film in years, while averting all the typical stereotypes and tropes that come with it. However, the reality is it still falls into some cliches, and the romance feels a bit forced. Granted, it's not anywhere near as rushed as the romances you'll see in earlier Disney princess films, but it could've been a lot better.

Whereas "The Wind Rises", it not only manages to tell such a deep heartfelt story about a Japanese boy following his dreams to design planes, but it also tells a sad love story that almost makes your heart ache just from watching it.

The animation was simply beautiful to watch, and the story was probably one of the deepest that audiences will ever find in a movie. Sure, "Frozen" may get all the hype among mainstream moviegoers, but "The Wind Rises" was the superior film that should've won this year's "Best Animated Feature" award.

But alas, the film suffered from it's limited release, and anime still doesn't get the recognition it deserves in the U.S..; hence it's not all that surprising to see "Frozen" walk away with the award this year.

Michael B. Jordan (Fruitville Station): Although the Oscar race was kind of tough this year among actors, there's no denying that Michael's performance in "Fruitville Station" was among one of the best of last year. Sadly, the film lost a lot of steam around Oscar time, so it didn't get recognition is deserved, as Michael B. Jordan definitely deserved a nomination in the "Best Actor" category.

The Butler: Another film that was snubbed out of a well deserved nomination for "Best Picture", as it probably one of the best movies of last year.

© 2014 Steven Escareno

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