This year's Oscar nominations are out, and while most of the time, the awards are spread out to give as many good movies some love as possible, there are always those films that seem to be overlooked in a key category or two. However, sometimes it seems that entire movies get forgotten about. In a year when Suicide Squad can call itself an Oscar nominee, there are several great films that didn't receive a single nomination.
Some of these certainly seemed to be awards contenders. Others were just great movies that should get more credit than they do. Regardless of the situation, these were great movies that will go without any recognition at this year's Academy Awards.
Sing Street made a lot of end-of-the-year top ten lists in 2016, including more than one here at CinemaBlend. However, when the big awards are handed out in February, none of them will go to Sing Street. It may be that one of the film's biggest strengths ended up being a problem when it came time to nominating it. It's a small movie that doesn't have any established names in major roles. It's part of why the movie works, but the lack of name recognition may have kept some of those that do the Oscar voting away, and it may have also kept the movie out of the memories of others, since it didn't come out during "awards season." Still, NONE of these great songs deserved recognition, Academy?
Everything about The Founder seems tailor made to be an Oscar movie. It's a biopic starring a popular and talented actor in the midst of a career resurgence. It screams Oscar nominee. If The Founder was just a bad movie, then that would be one thing, but the film is getting praised by most critics and Michael Keaton is the primary reason for that. The fact that he didn't get a Best Actor nomination at minimum is a bit surprising. There's also a strong argument to be made for the screenplay. We're wondering how many different ballots saw this one as the sixth choice in a five film race.