As part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon (hosted by Paula’s Cinema Club), I have put together this post highlighting TWO Oscar-worthy nominees that received no such attention this Academy Award season. Be sure to check out all of the other entries in this Award-winning Blogathon (and if it’s not award-winning, it should be).
Every year when the Academy Awards roll around there is cause for much elation along with much disappointment as some of our favorites receive nominations while others get ignored (often referred to as being “snubbed”).
Debates and discussions often arise over the subject of Oscar snubs, from Brokeback Mountain‘s loss to Crash or the loss of Ralph Fiennes’ performance in Schindler’s List to Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive to the lack of nominations for Christopher Nolan’s direction of Inception or Ed Norton’s acting in Fight Club.
Every year, snubs and surprises are expected. This year was no different.
Look up almost any list for snubs of the 2013 Oscars and you will undoubtedly find the names Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, and perhaps even Leonardo DiCaprio on it. Some truly are snubs (such as Affleck), while others, well, the category was so stacked full of great talent that, unfortunately, the line had to be drawn somewhere (such as “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” category…sorry Leo).
For your consideration, the following two exclusions were some of the biggest snubs of this award season that have been grossly overlooked. (hit the jump to see my choices)
2013 Oscar Snubs
- Actor: Ezra Miller
- Category: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
- Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Role: Patrick
Defense: After 2011’s We Need To Talk About Kevin, Ezra Miller showed that he had the acting ability to draw audiences in and believe the capability of his characters. Snubbed for Oscar attention then as well, Ezra received nominations for a Critic’s Choice Award and a British Independent Film Award for his performance as Kevin.
Last year, Ezra starred in the amazing highschool drama entitled The Perks of Being a Wallflower and, once again, displayed his ability to bring a character to life from the pages of a book as Patrick, the gay highschool senior who goes against the grain, is accepting and forges his own way in life. He, along with Emma Watson, plays the supporting role of the lead character’s friend and it is his performance that remains one of the most memorable of not only the movie, but of the year. You can’t help but perhaps to actually miss him as part of your own life after the movie is over.
With such authenticity, emotion and enthusiasm, Ezra brought Patrick to life and made him not only relevant to the story, but relevant to the audience as well. Displaying some amazing acting prowess early on already in his career, look for more from Ezra in years to come. He deserved more attention for this role.
I’m not certain who I would remove from the nominees as the “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” is a pretty solid category with nominees that all deserve to be there, but if I had to, I would remove Alan Arkin (Argo) from the list. He was great and it pains me to say so, but I would replace him and add Ezra before booting any of the other nominees.
- Actress: Samantha Barks
- Category: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
- Movie: Les Misérables
- Role: Éponine
Defense: Samantha Barks played Éponine in both the stage and film versions of Les Misérables. Many consider the latter to be the greatest rendition of the Victor Hugo story to date. She, perhaps, is a bit outshone in recognition due to the included performances of better-known thespians such as Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and even Amanda Seyfried…and that’s to be expected as it is her first big break in Hollywood.
Many people have sadly overlooked her amazing performance as the daughter of a conniving innkeeper. She lives with no other guidance and direction than that which her heart yields, and what a heart of love she has. Held captive by her love for a man whose heart blindly does not see her love, Éponine bares her heart and soul in a soliloquy of song that highlights not only her ability but also gives weight to support the reason for her casting, proving she does indeed belong. Watch in this trailer that centers around her and her character:
Such an amazing performance that carries the same weight throughout (One of my Top Ten Most Memorable Movie Moments of 2012). Yes, Anne Hathaway deserves her nomination for the same movie, but newcomer Samantha Barks does as well. She gave everything and made me not only believe in, but feel for and perhaps even love her character.
Given the choices already for those nominated, I would remove Jacki Weaver. Nominated for her part in Silver Linings Playbook, I didn’t mind her at all and I thought she was good, but not “Oscar-worthy.” Sorry, but nothing stood out about her in the movie. Not like Samantha in Les Mis.
Granted, neither of these snubs are as tremendously horrendous as Saving Private Ryan losing to Shakespeare In Love for Best Picture of 1998, but, it is my opinion, that they are snubs nonetheless and deserve to be named among the likes of Robert DeNiro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anne Hathaway, Sally Field, Amy Adams and more.
Additional 2013 Oscar snubs of mention:
- Cloud Atlas (Writing -adapted screenplay, Visual Effects, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music -original score)
- Looper (Makeup and Hairstyling, Writing- original screenplay)
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Writing- adapted screenplay)
- The Imposter (Best Documentary Feature)
- Moonrise Kingdom (Best Picture)
- The Intouchables (Best Foreign Language)
- Judi Dench in Skyfall (Best Supporting Actress)
What do you think? Do you agree with my snub choices? Disagree? Who do you think was snubbed this year? Congratulations to all of the official nominees. Just a few more days until the awards ceremony!
Thanks for reading and thanks to Paula’s Cinema Club for the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon!
–T, The Focused Filmographer