For 91 years, the Academy Awards have celebrated the very best that the world of film has to offer. Yet every year without fail, the Academy lets so many incredible films pass by unnoticed. It is a thin line, really. Art is subjective, after all, so opinions on which movies are the best will vary from person to person. That is why, no matter how fun the Oscar season is to follow, no award will ever determine how great a film really is. The true test of a films’ greatness is time. The film Crash won Best Picture in 2005, yet no one ever talks about how great the film is. When people bring up Crash, it is usually done so to say that Brokeback Mountain was the rightful winner that year.
Citizen Kane is widely considered to be one of the best movies ever made, but did you know it didn’t even win Best Picture the year it was nominated? It lost to How Green Was My Valley. Singin’ in the Rain, another all-time great, was never even nominated for Best Picture. Both Citizen Kane and Singin’ in the Rain, however, stood the test of time and are now revered as some of the very best examples of cinema at its finest. No award was necessary for those distinctions.
This is not to say that awards are entirely meaningless. Movies have the power to spread important messages, but sometimes those same movies are too small to reach a big enough audience. When those films win an award as big and prestigious as an Oscar, however, their reach is magnified immensely. Even the simple fact of getting a nomination goes a long way in increasing a film’s exposure. Additionally, it is nice to see deserving people get recognized for their hard work. When Guillermo del Toro won the Best Director trophy for his work on The Shape of Water, it felt as if his entire career, which had been largely ignored by the Academy, had been validated.
The list of films that missed out on big awards but turned out to be considered classics anyway is exceedingly long, and it will never stop growing. If a film you loved this year missed out on any nominations, it doesn’t mean the movie is not as good as you thought. It simply means that the people who voted on the nominations had different tastes from yours, and that’s okay. Again, art is subjective. The best thing you can do is to share that movie with people you know. Hopefully, if they feel the same way you did, they will share that film with someone else and more people will appreciate the film that you love.
With all of this in mind, I will now share some of the films that made an impact on me this past year. I urge you to please watch even just one of the films I am about to highlight, and if you enjoy it, then spread the message. If you do watch any of these films, or if there are any others you’d like to highlight, let us know! We are always interested in hearing (or reading, in this case) about what our readers like!
Without further ado, here is my list:
So, if a movie you loved this past year didn’t get the nominations you were hoping for, don’t worry. That alone does not diminish its worth. A great movie will be great regardless of how many awards it does or doesn’t win. Ultimately, the only thing that matters is how the movies you love make you feel. It’s okay to feel disappointed, but don’t let that discourage from spreading the love you feel for those movies. Be proud of the movies you love, and let yourself be heard.