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What Movies Did The Academy Awards Missed In 2019

What Movies Did The Academy Awards Missed In 2019

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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:

 

 

List Of Movies That The Academy Awards Missed In 2019

Blindspotting

I spent all of 2018 proclaiming my love for this film, and I won’t stop now. Tackling topics such as racial profiling, police brutality and gentrification, Blindspotting is, without a doubt, one of the most important films of 2018. While it focuses on very important topics, it does so in a way that is easily digestible. At the center of the film is the dynamic duo of Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal who are poised to become huge stars in the near future.

A Quiet Place

As I mentioned on my original review of the film, A Quiet Place is on its way to become a horror legend. It has one of the most unique concepts I have ever seen in a film, and it works flawlessly. For as terrifying and suspenseful as A Quiet Place is, it is also an incredibly moving story about how far someone will go to protect their family.

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On the Basis of Sex

2018 was big for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as she had a documentary AND a feature film about her life released within months of each other. On the Basis of Sex is an inspiring look at the early life of Ginsburg, long before she became known as the “Notorious RBG”. It will anger you because you will learn just how deeply rooted discrimination is in our society, but seeing what Ruth Bader Ginsburg did to change that will leave you feeling empowered and inspired to make a change.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins brought James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” to life in a major way. Not only is Beale Street one of the most beautifully shot films of 2018, it is one of the most thoughtful ones. It is a love story in every sense, one that examines just how far we are willing to go for the ones we love.

Mary Poppins Returns

There has not been a better time for a new Mary Poppins movie than now. In a time where the entire world seems to be in disarray, we need a film like Mary Poppins Returns to remind us that there are better days coming. Filled with vibrant imagery and wonderful music, Mary Poppins Returns will fill you with joy and make your heart soar.

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Love, Simon

The first mainstream teen rom-com to feature a gay lead, Love, Simon was a groundbreaking film that will hopefully lead to more stories of its kind being told. Charming and witty, and packed with surprisingly good performances, Love, Simon is one of the most endearing films you can see from 2018.

Crazy Rich Asians

Speaking of groundbreaking films, Crazy Rich Asians was the first film in 25 years to star an all-Asian cast and became the highest grossing romantic comedy of the last 10 years. Crazy Rich Asians is truly one of the best romantic-comedies to be released in years and all the success it achieved was well-deserved.

Beautiful Boy

The harrowing true story about Nic Sheff’s struggle with addiction, Beautiful Boy is a heartbreaking film led by two amazing performances from Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell. It is an intense look at what addiction does to a person, and the people around them.

First Man

Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling re-teamed after La La Land to make First Man, a very intimate look at Neil Armstrong and everything he went through in the lead-up to him becoming the first man to step on the moon. Ryan Gosling and co-star Claire Foy give two of the best performances of the year, in this very emotional and thrilling look at one of the most dangerous missions in U.S. history.

Anna and the Apocalypse

Destined to become a Christmastime classic for horror fans, Anna and the Apocalypse is an immensely fun mash-up of various genres that adds up to one of the most fun horror-musicals you’ll ever see. The film is filled with various catchy songs, wonderful choreography and inventive kills, making this a must-see for anyone who loves horror films and musicals. As someone who has had his fill of zombie movies, this one single-handedly revitalized the genre for me.

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. 

 

Eddie Lopez Eduardo Lopez grew up in the hot deserts of the Imperial Valley (El Centro, CA) but now resides in San Diego. Eddie is a recent graduate from San Diego State University with a degree in Television, Film, and New Media. He grew up on classic horror movies but loves movies of every genre and every decade. Aside from talking about movies, Eddie enjoys writing screenplays and hopes to one day have one of his scripts made into an actual film.