The Oscars will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, and it is one of Hollywood’s biggest nights of the year. Although there are plenty of nominations that deserve them, it never fails that someone gets left out. Looking at the nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards, here are the top three snubs of the year.
1. One of the biggest snubs for the 83rd Academy Awards is no doubt Christopher Nolan for Best Director. Nolan should have been nominated for Best Director for “Inception,” which was one of the best movies of 2010. Anyone who follows Nolan knows that he is one of the most intelligent and gifted directors, and has always been shutout of the Oscar nominations.
Nolan’s rendition of the “Batman” movies was incredible and “The Dark Knight” was one of the most highly anticipated films of 2008. Nolan should be considered one of the top directors of our time, and his vision and creativity shines brightly in all his work. Although Nolan should be nominated for the Academy Awards, it has become an unfortunate reminder that creative minds do not always equal recognition.
2. “The Tillman Story” was also snubbed in the Best Documentary category for the 83rd Academy Awards, and it is really shameful. Pat Tillman was an American football player who played in the National Football League for the Arizona Cardinals. After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Tillman decided he should leave football to serve his country. Tillman gave up millions of dollars in the NFL to do something heroic and brave that many men and women alike could never imagine. Tillman was not alone in his venture however, and his brother enlisted at the same time to support the decision.
On April 22, 2004, Tillman was engaged in war fire in Afghanistan and killed, which ultimately was determined to be a friendly-fire accident, according to the Washington Post. The fact that Tillman gave up his professional career as a football player to serve America in the War on Terror alone should have been enough to get a nomination.
“The Tillman Story” is a story of who he was and what he stood for, and ultimately about the sacrifice he gave to our country. This documentary should have been nominated because of the complexity of the Tillman situation and the fact that a cover-up about the friendly-fire accident took place. Tillman is an American hero and his story was told with dignity and respect, and definitely deserved to be recognized by the Academy Awards.
3. Andrew Garfield should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in “The Social Network.” This film was an exceptional detail about how the popular social networking website Facebook came to be, and Garfield shined throughout the film. Garfield was essential to the plot and story of “The Social Network” and played an intricate character filled with anger and somewhat divisiveness. “The Social Network” was one of the best films of 2010 and Garfield should have had the same recognition of the main actor, Jesse Eisenberg.
Garfield came across to me in the movie as a serious actor who could transform himself into any character he played. He was very professional and his personality shined through the movie. It is amazing to me that “The Social Network” might have been the biggest movie of 2010, but one of the most intricate and important character from the movie was left out of the Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. If it was not for Garfield, then there would not have been an Eisenberg or a movie at all.
Internet Movie Database, “Christopher Nolan”
Internet Movie Database, “Inception”
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MSNBC Staff, “Ex-NFL star Tillman makes ‘ultimate sacrifice'”, MSNBC
Josh White, “Tillman Killed By Friendly Fire”, Washington Post
Internet Movie Database, “The Social Network”
Internet Movie Database, “Andrew Garfield”