Though the best picture category this year boasts films that have largely fared well at the box office, arguably the year's most popular film, the Bond flick "Skyfall" (with more than $1 billion in tickets globally) was not among them. It reaped five nominations in cinematography, music and sound categories, but nothing in the above-the-line awards.
The French foreign language submission, "The Intouchables," seemed a sure thing, considering it was one of the biggest hits ever in France. But it came up empty-handed, suggesting the choice was wrongheaded when the country could have instead chose the more critically adored "Rust and Bone" or "Holy Motors." Marion Cotillard's performance as an amputee in "Rust and Bone" was another unexpected snub for best actress.
And then there are countless other quibbles a moviegoer could fairly make. Were Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (handsomely shot in 70mm) and Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" not two of the best films of the year? Wasn't Jason Clarke ferocious in "Zero Dark Thirty"? Wasn't Rachel Weisz dreamy in "The Deep Blue Sea"? How about the wry James Spader in "Lincoln"? Was anyone more fun to watch than John Goodman in "Argo" or Michael Shannon in "Premium Rush" or Javier Bardem in "Skyfall" or James Gandolfini in, well, anything?
And then there's Denis Lavant's hailed performance in off-the-wall "Holy Motors." His character, after all, shared the name of the Academy Awards' statuette.
But this year, even Oscar was snubbed by Oscar.
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