Not for their consideration: notable omissions in this year's Academy Award nominations
Friday 05 March 2010
The Academy has always had its blind spots. Over the years, many films subsequently acknowledged as gilt-edged masterpieces have been completely frozen out of the Oscars. The list of omissions stretches from Howard Hawks' 'The Big Sleep' to Charlie Chaplin's 'Modern Times', from the Marx brothers' 'A Night at the Opera' to Stanley Kubrick's 'Paths of Glory', from Orson Welles's 'Chimes at Midnight' to John Ford's 'The Searchers'. Westerns, comedies and gangster films have been especially unfortunate – and you don't find many horror movies in the mix, either.
There are exceptions but as a rule, the Academy tends to overlook genre fare. Some of its choices in the foreign-language category have been erratic, too. Dutch films such as 'Antonia's Line' and 'Character' have been unlikely winners while Fernando Meirelles' 'City of God' wasn't even given a nomination (although it was resubmitted the following year, when it received four nominations). What are the most glaring omissions this year?
'Public Enemies'. Not Michael Mann's finest but this account of the Dillinger era was surely worthy of at least a nomination in the expanded 10-film list.
Actor In A Leading Role
Michael Stuhlbarg for 'A Serious Man'. You won't find many better depictions of middle-aged angst than Stuhlbarg offers here as the Jewish academic whose life is falling apart around him.
Actor In A Supporting Role
Eric Cantona for 'Looking for Eric'. The ex-Man Utd footballer excelled playing a mythologised version of himself in Ken Loach's film.
Actress In A Leading Role
Charlotte Gainsbourg for 'Antichrist'. Lars von Trier put Gainsbourg through the wringer in his controversial horror film. She brought an unlikely dignity and even vulnerability to her role as the grieving mom turned avenging angel.
Actress In A Supporting Role
Kristen Stewart for 'Adventureland'. Stewart is a fast-rising star thanks to 'Twilight'. She surely deserved some acknowledgement for her affecting performance as the troubled teenager/amusement-park worker who takes Jesse Eisenberg under her wing in Greg Mottola's underrated rites-of- passage comedy-drama.
Michael Haneke for 'The White Ribbon'. Haneke's magisterial Palme d'Or winner is already in the running for the Foreign Language Film award. It surely ought to be up for a Best Director Oscar, too.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
- 4 The response to my Pizza Express review has been overwhelming, and taught me a lot about journalism
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams cast in Channel 4 drama about cyber bullying
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' music video is just a load of butts
Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes