6 Oscar nominated films that didn’t win any awards

By Nathally Marques

When the Oscar comes to mind, one immediately remembers a night full of glamor and movie stars, where every self-respecting moviegoer goes crazy to be on top of the best movies of the year that have been. selected by members of the Academy of Arts. and cinematographic sciences. However, not all nominees receive the famous and coveted award. There are those films which, even if they are great, leave empty-handed despite the many indications. Wrong or not, the following list proves that an Oscar doesn’t have to be an incredible cinematic experience with a lot of quality. Check!

Great classic of suspense, considered one of the best films of the career of famous director Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho was nominated in 4 categories in 1961: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Janet Leigh, Best Cinematography, Best Artistic Direction and Best production.

The plot full of twists and turns first introduces us to the story of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), a secretary who steals $ 40,000 from her boss to settle her lover’s debts. In the midst of her escape, she needs to stay at the decadent Motel Bates. With one of the most iconic scenes in cinema, Psycho made its mark in history due to the bloody scenes of the time and the unpredictability of its events.

While the film didn’t bring home any statues, it ended up delighting a legion of fans of the genre for generations and still remains significant today.

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A 1969 western remake at the hands of the Coen brothers (Ethan and Joel) was yet another Academy snob. Bravura Indomita tells the story of Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), only 14, who seeks to find the person responsible for the murder of her father. For this mission, she hires the ruthless gunman and drinker Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), in order to hunt and kill the murderer, but he is not very satisfied when the girl decides to accompany her on this hunt.

With plenty of pursuits in the wilderness, the film made its mark in 2011, garnering a total of 10 Oscar nominations. Among them they included: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (Jeff Bridges) and Best Supporting Actress (Hailee Steinfeld). However, despite being a good movie, it lost the main awards for another great movie which is The King’s Speech.

Where to find: Netflix, Google Play, and Youtube.

One of the biggest and most important films in national cinema, with great international fame, Cidade de Deus left his mark at the Oscars with 4 nominations: Best Director (Fernando Meirelles), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best mounting. The problem with this film was the competition of one of the all-time biggest winners in the award, the famous Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, winner of 11 statuettes in 2004.

The film is set against the backdrop of one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest and most violent communities, Cidade de Deus, illustrating the growth of organized crime in this region. The plot develops its story from the point of view of Buscapé (Alexandre Rodrigues), a young inhabitant of the favela who grows up immersed in this universe of a lot of violence. Using his talent for photography, Buscapé analyzes all daily events through the lens of his camera, transporting the viewer to this reality.

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The first dramatic film by famous director Steven Spielberg and with strong names in its cast such as: Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey, we find perhaps one of the greatest injustices of the Oscar, the classic The Color Purple. In 1986 the film received 11 nominations including: Best Picture, Best Actress for Whoopi Goldberg and Best Adapted Screenplay, but lost in all categories.

Based on Alice Walker’s book, the feature film set in the early 20th century introduces us to the moving story of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a harsh depiction of the hardships of a black woman’s life, as well as sexual abuse and racial discrimination itself. Celie wrote letters to share her experience, in order to alleviate the sadness due to the terrors she was going through.

Where to find: Google Play and Youtube.

Leo: a trip home

In a gripping factual story, a 5-year-old Indian boy gets lost in front of his brother at a train station in the interior of India. Having gone through several difficulties, he ended up stopping in Calcutta until he was adopted by an Australian couple. At 25, Saroo (Dev Patel) decides to go in search of his roots and with the unexpected help of Google Earth, he will finally be able to find what he is looking for.

This touching drama received 6 nominations in 2017, including: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Dev Patel and Best Supporting Actress for Nicole Kidman. However, one of the performances that caught the most attention was that of young Saroo (Sunny Pawar), who mixed a great charge of expressiveness and emotion, touching many people at the start of the film.

Where to find: Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Youtube.

A forbidden and period novel is the premise of Carol, the drama starring the very talented Cate Blanchet. Carol is a strong and elegant woman going through a difficult divorce. During this process, she meets Therese (Rooney Mara) and ends up falling in love. When her husband finds out, she ends up using it as blackmail, threatening to go public with her and give him custody of the couple’s daughter.

In addition to the well-deserved 2016 Best Actress nomination for Cate Blanchett, the novel also received 5 other nominations: Rooney Mara for Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Soundtrack, Best Design. of costumes and the best photography.

Where to find: Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Youtube.

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