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10 Great 2010s Movies That Received No Oscar Or Golden Globe Nominations

By Greg Smith

There are only so many Oscar and Golden Globe nominations to go around, meaning that each year there are exceptional films that go completely unrecognized regarding major awards.

Below are ten great films that were completely shut out of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.

1. Take Shelter


Jeff Nichols has directed five movies, including this one, and all of them have been excellent. The common feature of all five films, aside from excellence, is the presence of the great Michael Shannon. Here he plays Curtis, a man whose world and behavior completely unravel as a result of apocalyptic visions he has had.

Jessica Chastain plays his wife Samantha, who watches in horror as her husband appears to mentally disintegrate. What was once her contented family now teeters on the verge of collapse. With his marriage in chaos and his community relationships strained to breaking, Curtis depletes his family finances to build a fallout shelter that he believes will protect his family from the looming disaster.

Throughout the film we are asked to consider whether Curtis is truly going insane or actually knows something others don’t. Director Nichols does a tremendous job of creating and maintaining a sense of unease and discomfort. His efforts are aided greatly by Shannon, who is brilliant in the role. He takes us inside the mind of this man and shows us the world through his eyes.

It’s an intense and gripping performance. Chastain, as well, is very good as his supportive yet worried wife. This is filmmaking of the highest order and was one of the best films of 2011, registering a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes and an 85 on Metacritic.

2. Melancholia

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MUAHS Guild Awards Feb. 24, 2018

By Olivia Gleichauf

The MUAHS Guild returns to the NOVO by Microsoft in L.A. Live for the Annual Awards Gala. Hosting this black-tie event is comedienne Loni Love. This will be her third year in a row she has hosted this gala. Academy Award nominated actress Lily Tomlin joins Grace and Frankie co-star and animal advocate, Ernie Hudson to be […]

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Top 10 Failed Oscar-Bait Movies of 2017

By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

There used to be a time when you could spot a Best Picture nominee from a mile off. Big studios, big names and big dramas were usually a shoe in, and yet in recent years the Academy’s nominations have been far harder to predict.

Last year a low budget independent drama took home the big prize. And so it looks as though the Academy is diversifying, and it may well be time for the studios to reconsider their big bets.

With that in mind there are an excess of films that didn’t meet the expectations of their initial hype and failed to catch the attention of the Academy. Whether they didn’t meet the mark critically, financially or just didn’t capture the voters’ imaginations, the following films had all the makings of an Oscar nominee but just didn’t gain the all-important nomination.

10. Last Flag Flying (Directed by Richard Linklater)

Larry, Sal and Richard served together in the Vietnam War. Thirty years later they come together again, but this time it is to bury the son of Larry – a young Marine who has been killed in Iraq. The three friends decide to take the casket on a road trip along the coast to New Hampshire, where they relive their memories of fighting together and reminisce on the war that continues to shape their lives.

Last Flag Flying is based upon Darryl Ponicsan’s novel of the same name, and he and director Richard Linklater wrote the screenplay for the film together. Academy Award nominees Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston were cast and there were expectations that between the strong casting, Linklater’s vision and the film’s current subject matter, Last Flag Flying would catch the attention of the Academy. The film had its premiere at the 2017 New York → continue…

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2018 Scientific and Technical Awards

By Eli Williams

Scientific and Technical Awards – February 10, 2018 The Sci-Tech Awards presentation has become a highlight of the Academy’s Award season. This awards show honors the men, women, and companies whose innovations and discoveries have contributed in significant ways to motion pictures. Honorees are celebrated two weeks prior to the ceremony. This year, it is […]

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5 Reasons Why “Frances Ha” is One of The Best Indie Movies of The 2010s

By Hannah Sayer

Greta Gerwig has had quite a year. Her solo directorial debut Lady Bird (2017) became the best reviewed movie in Rotten Tomatoes history while passing last year’s Best Picture winner Moonlight (2016) to become A24’s highest grossing film. Gerwig has also made history by becoming only the fifth woman ever to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, where she was also nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category.

Reflecting on this pivotal and groundbreaking moment in Gerwig’s career, it is the perfect opportunity to revisit the film she co-wrote with her frequent collaborator and real life partner, director Noah Baumbach: Frances Ha (2012). Gerwig plays the titular role in the film: a twenty-something woman living in New York whose ambition it is to become a dancer.

It is easy to fall in love with the infectious and endearing spirit captured in Frances Ha. It is an absolute joy from start to finish. Repeat viewings of the film, which at first could be dismissed as light and cliché, reinforce the complex character study which Gerwig and Baumbach have created. The film is about friendship, love, being young and having ambitions but it also explores themes of loneliness, failure and betrayal.

This list will demonstrate the ways in which Frances Ha is successfully crafted and how this makes it one of the best independent films of the 2010s.

5. New York, New York

From Manhattan (1979) to the HBO series Girls (2012-2017), New York has become a city regularly captured in film and television. In Frances Ha, New York becomes an integral part of Frances’ narrative as she struggles to stay afloat in the city.

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Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards Announces President’s Award Honoree, Meryl Streep

By Staff

L The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) announced the Lifetime Achievement Awards President’s Award Honoree, Meryl Streep. The Society is honored to be presenting the President’s Award to Meryl for her extraordinary body of work, and her commitment to the craft of Camera Operating. Streep has been nominated a record breaking 21 times for an Academy Award, […]

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