Thousands of films release every year, and yet, only one takes home the coveted Academy Award. The Oscar is the highest form of honor any movie or performer could achieve. No other award can compare to the prestige of this one. Thus, it became imperative for Leonardo Di Caprio to win the award during the 88th Academy Awards after he was snubbed for several Oscar-worthy performances in the past. Losing out on an Oscar does not mean you aren’t good. It simply states that someone or something else was better.
As BookMyShow turns 10 in nine days, we would like to go back to the last 10 years, where some of the greatest films missed out on the Oscar, but still very much managed to impress us. Take a look at our top nine list here:
This film did win the Oscar last year, if only for three minutes. In one of the most embarrassing Oscar goof-ups ever, the wrong envelope was handed to the presenters, who called out to the ecstatic La La Land team, before the real winners – Moonlight – were given the award. While Moonlight did deserve the award, La La Land managed to capture our hearts with music, romance, and jazz.
One of the most haunting thrillers of the year, Room gave us fascinating performances and put actors like Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay on everyone’s radar. Larson did win an Oscar for her performance, but the Best Picture went to Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight. For those who don’t know, Room is a powerful, gut-wrenching film that stays with you long after it’s over.
With a star cast of Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton and Jeff Goldblum, this Wes Anderson crime comedy was an Oscar favorite that year. It did not secure a Best Picture nomination but went on to win four Oscars in other categories. The only movie that won an equal amount of awards was Birdman, which also won Best Picture.
Everyone was rooting for the Martin Scorsese black comedy, and for Leo Di Caprio to win his first Oscar ever, but the awards were bagged by 12 Years a Slave, and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) that year. In India, just like everywhere else, this film was a mega-hit among fans as well as critics, who loved it for its humor, crassness and unapologetic irreverence.
Perhaps one of Quentin Tarantino’s best films, this western flick starred the winning combo of Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Di Caprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Samuel L Jackson. The film received five Oscar nominations and won two – Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz). Argo won Best Picture that year.
Based on the sensational bestseller of the same name, this period drama threw light on the racism in the United States during the 1960s. While The Artist won Best Picture that year, even Viola Davis – who was nominated for Best Actress – lost to Meryl Streep for Iron Lady. Octavia Spencer, however, snatched Best Supporting Actress – the only Oscar the movie won that year.
This Natalie Portman–starrer still gives us goosebumps every time we think about it. The psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky exposes the dark nature of human beings, driven by devotion and passion to an art. No one could stop Portman from winning the Best Actress award that year, but Best Picture went to The King’s Speech.
A slow-paced heart warmer, The Blind Side is nothing like what you expect it to be. Based on true events, this biographical sports drama starred Sandra Bullock, who won Best Actress that year for her marvelous performance. The film stood no chance of bagging the Best Picture award, with the likes of Avatar and The Hurt Locker nominated that year.
This movie gave us one of Brad Pitt’s best performances – yet he did not win an Oscar for it. The awards were bagged by Slumdog Millionaire that year, which greatly overshadowed this fantasy drama. The film had a unique story (based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story), about a man who ages in reverse. The movie also starred two-time Academy Award winner, Cate Blanchett.
In the days before BookMyShow turns 10, we will be giving you the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, regional cinema, and more. So don’t forget to check this space out, and keep counting the days to our big day!