The Meat Parade: the 84th Annual Academy Awards

On Sunday the academy awards are going to take place to “recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry.” The only problem there is that the academy is more worried about making money and awarding movies that are content with staying in the safe zone.

The films nominate this year for best picture are either sympathetic nominates such as Hugo and Midnight in Paris or cliché dramas like Moneyball, War Horse and the Help. In a year where so many good and original films came out, why is it that the academy must continual this trend? In my honest opinion I fell as if Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, War Horse, The Help and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close should not have been nominated. I’ll explain why and also include a movie I felt should have been nominated. The only film that I think the academy got right was the Tree of Life but thats probably because I love everything Terrence Malick has ever made.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: this one’s easy; the reason that it should not have been nominated for best picture is the simple fact that it wasn’t very good. As many critics have noted the only reason this film was nominated was because of its relation to 9/11 but the simple fact that this is possibly one of the worst reviewed movies to be nominated for an Oscar is proof of that.

Margaret: this was one of the most fascinating and most troubling films of last year. The film is about a teenager who distracts a bus driver who then accidentally kills a person crossing the street. The acting alone should have granted the film an Oscar nomination for Anna Paquin. The film was cut down to a two and a half hour film (with the help of Scorsese and Schoonmaker) from a three hour plus film in order to appease the studio.

Hugo: Now by no means am I saying that this film is bad, I just think that if it was directed by anyone other than Scorsese, it wouldn’t have been nominated. Instead of looking back at the passed the academy should be looking forward toward the future.

Shame: it is a damn shame that Shame was not nominated for anything. The film is about a man’s life being interrupted when his sister shows up to stay indefinitely. The film direct by Steve McQueen is one of the most brutally honest and best acted film of last year, Michael Fassbender does an amazing job as always. Roger Ebert named this the second best film of last year.

Moneyball: I don’t really like sports, the only reason I write that Is because I did like this movie so the reason I think it shouldn’t be nominated for best picture has nothing to do with the fact that it revolves around baseball. The reason Is simply because it’s been done before and because it’s been done better.

Drive: it’s funny how many good American movies are overlooked yearly while so many people stand around complaining that there aren’t any. This film plays out perfectly the actions is fast and doesn’t skip a beat, the dialog is realistic and is toned down to a minimum and the film has wonderful acting.

Midnight in Paris: say what you want about Woody Allen but you can’t deny that the man has talent and has made many great films. Midnight in Paris is one of them but I think that it seems so much great then it is because of the fact that the last couple of movies that Allen had made were really bad, so this is pretty much just a sympathetic vote by the academy.

Melancholia: Lars Von Trier is another director who you can’t dispute has talent. This is one of the few films that if you play as a slideshow of stills would still retain it beauty. The cinematography is awe inspiring, the acting is terrific notably Kirsten Dunst performance.

War Horse: I really liked this film I thought it was great but we all know that it was a toned down kid’s film from the master of toning movie down Steven Spielberg. The most tense moment in the film was the barbed wire scene and yet that lead to a silly scene of a bunch of soldiers whistling and making horse noises.

We Need to Talk about Kevin: just like Margaret this movie had a long and troubled development but unlike Margaret this movie can be considered a horror movie and we all know horror movies aren’t Oscar material. The movie is about a mother trying to cope with the fact that her son is a murder. The film is one of the most critically praised films of last year but atlas it has horror elements there for is eliminated from contention.

The Help: three words, Driving Miss Daisy. I don’t mean to make this into a race thing but it’s sad really that the only films that involve black people or brown or any kind of race for that matter that get nominated are films that deal with common conceptions of that race. I’ll leave this with a quote from Spike Lee from last year. “In 1989, ‘Do the Right Thing’ was not even nominated. What film won best picture in 1989? ‘Driving Miss Mother Fucking Daisy!’ That’s why [Oscars] don’t matter. Because 20 years later, who’s watching ‘Driving Miss Daisy’? There are many times in history where the best work does not get awarded. And I’m not even talking about my own work. So that’s why [the Oscars] don’t matter.”

Martha Marcy May Marlene: another film that will never get any recognition by the academy because of its horror elements. The movie revolves around a woman who is suffering from delusions and paranoia after returning to her family from an abusive cult. Again this is another one of the most praised films from last year and has one of the best performances by Elizabeth Olsen.


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