5. 20 Feet From Stardom’s Win
Okay, I’m not a huge documentary buff, but I thought that some of the others on this list definitely had a better chance at winning. I’m not saying that this film didn’t deserve the win (because in all honesty I haven’t seen it), but it is surprising because the others on this list had really powerful and relevant stories to tell. Now I will definitely have to check out 20 Feet!
4. No love for Prisoners
The fact that this film was only nominated in one category really surprised me; Jake Gyllenhaal definitely deserved at least a nomination for his role, and the movie had an amazingly dark and dreary atmosphere that deserved some recognition. Other movies like Rush, All is Lost, The Conjuring, Inside Llewyn Davis, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and Don Jon were also all unfairly left out.
3. Matthew McConaughey’s Win (and speech)
I’m not saying that I’m disappointed by McConaughey’s win (even though Chiwetel Ejiofor was probably more deserving of it) because he truly gave an exceptional performance. However, there was such strong competition in this category this year. While Christian Bale didn’t really have a shot, Dern, Chiwetel, and DiCaprio all had good (and well-deserved) chances at winning. Overall, I would have bet that Ejiofor would take the win, with my second bet going to DiCaprio (because come on guys, just give him one already).
While I was pleased to see McConaughey win after his strong performance, his dedication to the role, and his character’s message, I was markedly less pleased with his strange acceptance speech. It was touching that he took the time to really express his love for his family, and who doesn’t love hearing his famous Dazed and Confused line, but other than that it was pretty damn weird. It’s great that he has found God, but it was beginning to sound more like a sermon than an acceptance speech at some points. Then there was the “I am my hero” bit. I guess I can see where he was going for with that, but it just came across as being self-involved and unprepared.
On another note, I guess him and Christian Bale prove that if you’re willing to lose 40+ pounds, you’re gonna win an Oscar.
2. Gravity’s Crazy Success
What can I say about Gravity. Firstly, I should note that I am not as head-over-heels in love with this movie as some people out there. Of course I can appreciate the stunning visual effects and the amazing technical accomplishments, but I don’t think that it deserved SEVEN wins.
I can totally understand its victories in areas like Visual Effects and Film Editing, but I was really hoping for some different results in areas like Music and Directing. For example, the music in Her was fresh, beautiful, unique and memorable, which is more than I can say for the music in Gravity. As far as directing, I would have preferred this award go to McQueen or Scorsese.
1. No wins for The Wolf of Wall Street or American Hustle
With a combined 15 nominations, I was pretty shocked that neither of these films won a single award. For many of the categories, it makes total sense (Christian Bale as best leading actor… come on!) but I was expecting at least a few wins for these movies because I do think that they were both pretty excellent. Especially The Wolf of Wall Street. I was really rooting for Scorsese in the directing category because of how original, daring, and unabashedly vile he made this movie. He was not willing to pander to the rules and expectations and that is just so damn cool and that bravery deserved some recognition. Plus, say what you will about The Wolf of Wall Street, but it’s hard to deny that Leo turned in an amazing, emotional, and captivating performance.
Poor Leo… so close and yet so far away from those little golden statues.
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