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.
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From:: Taste Of Cinema