The Oscars have revealed their nominations for this year’s awards. Read what our opinion writer Rainey Facer has to say about this year’s nominations. Photo by RODNAE Productions courtesy of Pexels
« Belfasyou,” “Coda”, “Drive My Car”, “Licorice Pizza”, “Power Of The Dog”, “King Richard”, “Don’t Look Up”, “Nightmare Ally”, “Dune” and “West Side Story” were nominated for better picture.
Here are some of the nominees who shouldn’t even have been considered.
“Don’t look up”
This movie has a super stacked cast full of former Oscar winners who have the acting chops to be in a Best Picture.
The film tells the story of two low-level astronomers on a media tour to warn humanity of the approach of a comet that will destroy planet Earth.
Heavy hitters Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio, to Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet and Jonah Hill, this film has the cast to get an Oscar nomination, but the movie itself is trash.
Sure, it’s a fun movie, and me had fun watching it, but is it worthy of an Oscar? No it is not. Its plot is weak and the movie had the pace of an ADHD monkey. He is everywhere and relies on social science distrust of science since Donald Trump’s presidency.
This film East one-sided and lacked the dimension that past Oscar nominees had. What made it a “nominee for best picture” is the cast.
“Alley of Nightmares”
In unlucky 1940s New York, Stanton Carlisle ends up falling in love with a clairvoyant and her mentalist husband at a traveling carnival. Using newly acquired knowledge, Carlisle prepares a golden ticket to success by swindling the elite and the wealthy.
Once again, a movie with hard-hitting stars such as Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchet, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe and Oscar-winning directorr Guillermo del Toro. The film is 2:20 long and is an extremely slow burn. In typical Toro fashion, the movie East a master class in the art and beautiful shots, but it’s as deep as the movie goes. Toro relies on big names like Cooper and Blanchett to carry the film and it shows. This is a hour too long and as dry as the Sahara. It’s not memorable, nor Oscar-worthy.
Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his comprehension, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to secure the future of his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict for the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource there is, only those who can overcome their own fear will survive.
“Dunes” is a beautiful film which was not given Justice. Similar to the above movies, this movie has a to throw who could have fit this movie on its own. If the movie wasn’t 2:35, failed to create complex character arcs, and didn’t drop key storylines, “Dune” could have held its own against its fellow nominees. Instead, it follows science fiction tropes which are popular in Hollywood.
It is beautifully shot and its nomination in the cinematography category is justified, Which one is contrary to his nomination in the best picture.
“West Side Story”
“West Side Storyis a modern musical retelling of “Romeo and Juliet.” Conflicting families become two warring gangs in New York City. The White Jets led by Riff and the Latino Sharks, led by Bernardo. Tony, a former Jet, and Maria, Bernardo’s little sister, fall madly in love with each other.
Besides the phenomenal music and musical talent in this movie, “West Side Story” is only on the best picture list bbecause it is a Film by Steven Spielberg. Historically, Spielberg’s films are Oscar movies. With his big influence, Spielberg is of course going to be nominated for Best Picture. How many times does a version of “West Side Story” have to be done before the academy recognizes that just because you press refresh on a classic or an old movie doesn’t mean it deserves an Oscar?
“Encanto” is different from what Disney usually releases in the sense that we have characters voiced by actors from the LGBTQ Community and we see that the film is set in Colombia. “Encanto” is basic, it matches the Pixar and disney movie “formula.” The only thing that sets it apart is the soundtrack, but that’s Lin’s trademark–Music by Manuel Miranda.
This film, although beautiful, is your cookie-vspure Disney movie. Since “Encanto” is out of Disney and has a stacked to throw, which makes it worthy of an “Oscar”. “Encanto” is flawless and that’s what makes it flawed, but where is the humanity in the movie itself?
“Luca” and “Raya and the Last Dragon”
Again we have both a Pixar and a Disney movie which are beautiful to look at but have the same cookiethiswhole post. This is not something new and lacks innovation, which is not Disney’s own fault. This means that Disney and Pixar have no immediate competition to force innovation. These two films follow the style that sells and this works.
When you watch Pixar’s 2020 Oscar-winning film “Soul“, you can see that Pixar has the ability to deliver a beautifully animated film that is both innovative and masterpiece. Where is this innovation that we know from both Pixar and Disney are capable of when it comes to “Encanto”, “Luca” and “Raya and the last dragon?”
It’s been a slow year for movies. Corn, that’s no excuse for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to choose the movies it has chosen, especially those that are clearly Oscar-baiting movies.