This year, Oscar did pretty well with its nominations. But it wouldn’t be the Oscars without a couple of snubs. Here’s my take on who should have been nominated.
1) Leonard DiCaprio, Best Supporting Actor, Django Unchained
No doubt DiCaprio had some outstanding villainous work for Django. He’s evil, twisted, and conniving. His performance is one of the best of the year, and perfectly exemplifies a Tarantino film. Granted, Christoph Waltz was nominated and I think his performance was only slightly better, but you couldn’t have gone wrong with DiCaprio either.
2) Kathryn Bigelow, Best Director, Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty will go down as the best movie about the post Bush war era. The hunt for Osama Bin Laden was a great film idea and I’m thankful Bigelow was the one who pulled the trigger on the operation. The film is well executed with some great performances, writing, and cinematography. Without Bigelow, the film would not have been the same.
3) Moonrise Kingdom, Best Picture
Wes Anderson’s gem of an indie was a huge snub. I think it was one of the year’s best films, although its style may turn off some viewers. The acting is superb and combined with beautiful cinematography and a great script makes it one of the year’s best films.