This past week the nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced, ringing in the start of the major award season. You may have missed it but earlier this month, in ‘Backwards Land’, the latest Coen Brother’s film “Inside Llewyn Davis” won Best Picture at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, even though it wasn't officially released until just four days ago. Next comes the Papa Bear of film award shows, The Academy Awards. There will be, without a doubt, numerous articles published between now and then that center not on which nominees should win, but which were left out.
The issue of award “snubs” has become a polarizing topic in film critic circles. Many will argue which performances were most deserving, while others will argue whether any of them deserve an award at all. Some critics view award season as a giant ego massage that does little more than give arrogant individuals more justification for their entitlement. However, I highly doubt that any of those writers would turn down a Pulitzer.
Practically every aspect of life has an award from television, music, to sports. Hell, vacuum salesmen have award ceremonies; why not filmmakers?
I find less fault with the ideology of award snubs than the notion that the winners are somehow superior to non-winners.
Film composer Thomas Newman has never taken home a golden statuette despite being nominated 11 times. Does that mean that he’s a less talented musician than rap group 3-6 Mafia who won Best Original Song for the film “Hustle & Flow”? I think Newman would agree that it’s hard out here for a pimp.
There is rarely a time when it is universally agreed upon that one performance is definitively superior to another; everyone’s opinions and tastes differ. There even seems to be varying opinions on what exactly a “snub” is – some view it as being left out of the nominees altogether while others view it as any performance they felt was more worthy than the winner, including those who were nominated.
So we’ll describe a “snub” as any film or performance that we feel didn't get the recognition that it deserved.
That being said, I imagine that you’re reading this article to hear my opinions so I've broken it down by the major awards as to which performances I felt were “snubbed”.
This is the first of a a five-part series of lists covering the past 25 years and they will focus on the following categories: best supporting actor/actress, actor/actress, film, director, and finally, the best from each category that were not nominated at all.
This first list will be the "Michael Corleone Category" for the most underrated best supporting performances .
To the slide show!