It is that time of year again! It seems like only yesterday that I was whining about Mila Kunis not getting a nomination for being the only bright spot in Black Swan, but alas, it is now 2012 and we have new snubs to whine about. Who threw their cellphone against the wall yesterday?
1. David Fincher/The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Sure, Rooney Mara snagged a nomination for Best Actress for her work in this film, but what about the important categories?! (Kidding, sort of.) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is beautifully shot, like all of director David Fincher’s films. He is a completely thorough and honest director, and I am insistent that no one could have walked the fine line between dark and sensationalistic with this film like he did. When you’re handling material as sensitive as serial killers and very graphic rape, you want a director who is truly an artist. Fincher was that artist, and a director nomination certainly should have gone to him. It is truly bizarre that he received a nomination for the Directors Guild of America, but not a director nomination for the Oscars.
In that same vein, this movie didn’t get a Best Picture nomination. Nine nominees under the new, wacky system, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wasn’t one of them. This movie was definitely in my top five for last year, let alone my top nine. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close? The Help? I mean, The Help was pretty good, but it isn’t really even on the same playing field as this movie. Sure the last fifteen minutes of this movie dragged, but other than that, there is no reason why it should not have been nominated for Best Picture.
2. Shailene Woodley
OK, this one I just don’t understand. Maybe the Academy didn’t want to give a nomination to the little girl from that horrible ABC Family show. Maybe they didn’t think a 20-year-old deserved a nomination (scratch that, Jennifer Lawrence got it last year). Maybe they’re all drinking the Bridesmaids Kool-Aid in their nomination room, because there’s no reason this girl should not have received a nomination. She had to cry underwater. She received a Golden Globe nomination. She outshone George Clooney in every single scene she had, and I expect big things from this girl in her future projects. I can’t even LOOK at you, Melissa McCarthy. And her aside, Woodley’s performance was infinitely better than Jessica Chastain’s respectable but nothing special role in The Help. Better luck next year, Shailene. Mila is standing in the corner with Kleenex to help you dry your tears.
3. Alan Rickman
I’m hesitant to give my thoughts on this one, because it’s not legitimate like my genuine rage for poor Shailene or David. Alan Rickman, for ten years of his career, has been nearly flawless as Severus Snape. The Harry Potter franchise has not been under appreciated–I’m not under the delusion that they deserve Oscar nominations like the Lord of the Rings movies or something. But when the final movie came out this past summer to reviews better than Harry had ever seen before, there was a tiny bit of buzz over Rickman’s performance. I have only seen two of the five performances nominated for Best Supporting Actor at this point, but I can say that Rickman was not so far behind those two that he did not deserve consideration or recognition. Still, I love you Alan Rickman.