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12 films that don't deserve their 2019 Oscar nominations ' sorry

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 23 Jan 2019


The nominations for the 2019 Oscars were released on January 22.The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air February 24 on ABC.Some of the films nominated do not deserve their nominations and those spaces should have gone to other movies that received less recognition.Award season is truly upon us, and therefore so is award season disappointment. Presenters Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani announced the 2019 Academy Award nominations at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater early Tuesday morning. Some are groundbreaking, like superhero standout "Black Panther" and Spanish language Netflix-distributed "Roma," while others like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Vice" are movies that received mediocre reviews only months ago. It's a truly confounding year. The winners will be announced on February 24, when the 91st Annual Academy Awards air on ABC. For now, here are 12 of the worst nominations and how the Academy should have voted instead. "Bohemian Rhapsody" should not be in the best picture race.To even begin to argue over whether or not "Bohemian Rhapsody" deserves its best picture nomination you have to ignore the Bryan Singer sexual assault allegations (it's worth noting he was let go from the project but still took credit for its Golden Globe win on Instagram) and the accusations of straight-washing and lack of conversation around Freddie Mercury's death from AIDS, which Rami Malek admits is a problem. Even if you can get past these critiques and simply view the movie on its own merit, there isn't too much there. The Queen biopic garnered some pretty harsh criticism. New York Times critic A.O Scott wrote,"You can do better with YouTube and a stack of vinyl records." Indiewire film critic David Ehrlich panned the movie, writing "Queen's music may have been unclassifiable, but their movie is as trite and textbook as it gets." While only eight of 10 possible slots for best picture were filled, "Bohemian Rhapsody" should be nowhere near in contention. The lack of films like "If Beale Street Could Talk" and "Paddington 2" in this conversation is disappointing, especially in light of this nomination. There were much better original screenplays in 2019 than "Vice" and "Green Book."Best original screenplay is a category where films not recognized for much else in a yearin recent history movies like "The Lobster" and "Moonrise Kingdom"are typically nominated. This year, however, we have two films that are not especially original or even that good, according to critics."Vice" scored 64% on Rotten Tomatoes, a result of extremely mixed critical reviews, many of which critiqued the movie's jokes and writing as a major contributor to overall messiness. The acting was praised, but the writing of "Vice" is where it seemed to fail. So why is it nominated in this category'Then there's Don Shirley biopic "Green Book," which was criticized as inaccurate and dishonest by the Shirley family. On top of its regressive "Driving Miss Daisy" era views on race relations, "Green Book" is this year's most controversial best picture pick, and a great deal of that is focused on how the screenplay was written and whether or not it's true to life. These two screenplays could easily be cut and replaced by extremely fresh debut scripts like Bo Burnham's coming of age story "Eighth Grade" and Boots Riley's bizarre yet pointed critique of capitalism and racism in "Sorry To Bother You."Ethan Hawke was better in "First Reformed" than Viggo Mortensen in "Green Book."Plenty of the best actor nominees this year gave flawed performances. But in the cases of "Vice" and "Bohemian Rhapsody," it is at least safe to say Christian Bale and Rami Malek respectively were the best parts of their movies.Whether it was Viggo Mortensen's weak accent as Tony Vallelonga in "Green Book" or the problematic storyline, his performance didn't shine. Ethan Hawke in "First Reformed" would have been a better pick. Hawke's performance as a Protestant minister struggling with his faith as a direct result of confronting climate change extremists was a standout from 2018. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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