With less than a month to go for the biggest Awards night across the globe, the excitement and thrill that has become an integral phenomenon of the Oscars has reached its climax. Finally, the wild guessing and predictions is over with the declaration of the Oscar nominees for the year 2012. And not surprisingly, the nominations have caused quite a stir within the industry, with many film critics feeling that the selectors have given undue preference to movies that were lighter in tone.
This is because some of the best films of 2011, which so artistically depicted the feeling of undercurrent and tension faced by the American people, have totally been overlooked in the nominations for the best picture. While critics feel that movies like “Take Shelter” and “Melancholia” should have been the obvious choice for the nominations of best picture, the viewers don’t seem to agree with them. How else can one explain a movie like “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”, which received the lowest positive critical reviews on a reputable film review aggregating website, in the last 20 years, making it to the nominations for best picture?
Sadly, the other films nominated for the coveted Academy Award are not much better either as they are also laced with overly sweet storylines and sentimentality, which have made them popular among the audiences. While “The Artist”, is definitely the best in the league, it surly does not match to the class of earlier best picture nominations like “Avatar” or “District 9”. However, with viewer votes having become a deciding factor in determining the nominees in various categories, it is really not quite surprising that nominations are not as per the perception of most critics.
But since controversies, expectations and disappointments have always been a part of the Oscar Awards, we can only wish luck to all the contenders. I will take your leave on this not but will soon return with the latest news from Hollywood. So keep watching this space for more and till then make sure that you pray for your favorite nominees!!!