- We collect some films vilified by critics or the public (or both at the same time) that, even so, managed to sneak into the Hollywood Academy Awards. And even win!
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- Oscars 2022: the nominees for Best Actor
- Oscars 2022: the nominees for Best Actress
Without going into the debate about whether they are interesting or not, it is undeniable that these films surprised by sneaking into the Oscar nominations.. Perhaps they did not come from having much support from critics, perhaps the public did not even support them, but for one reason or another they achieved something that not all films can aspire to: to step on the red carpet of the most important awards of the Hollywood industry and even carry the occasional statuette under his arm. However, the question is: did they really deserve it? spoilers: possibly not.
There are mythical films that were never nominated for an Oscar, and there are also great stars that never won an Oscar (although they deserved it), and there are productions, which we are talking about in this list, that sneaked into the awards due to dubious merits. For example, among the most recent examples we find ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, the worldwide phenomenon based on the novels by EL James and that raised the temperature in movie theaters. The temperature also rose in the press reviews, but in the worst of ways: his arrival on the billboard (after passing through the Berlin Festival) was surrounded by disastrous reviews that criticized everything from his bad script to the sentimental toxicity of his story. Now, did you know that the film was nominated for an Oscar? The film starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan had the song on its soundtrack love me like you dowhich was nominated for Best Original Song, although it did not win.
A similar case was that of ‘Suicide Squad’ (David Ayer’s from 2016, not the reboot/remake of 2021, ‘The Suicide Squad’ by James Gunn), which quickly became one of the great disappointments of the year, far from the best superhero movies in the history of cinema. Well, far away. As it turns out, the DC Comics movie, with all its questionable aspects and Jared Leto’s Joker sending dead rats to his co-stars, is actually an Oscar-winning movie: won the award for Best Makeup at the Oscars. Curious things of fate that a production harshly criticized and considered a failure has a statuette and others, from ‘Life imprisonment’ to ‘Fight club’, no.
While we wait for next March 27, when we will meet new winners of the Hollywood awards in categories such as Best International Film at the 2022 Oscars, Best Documentary at the 2022 Oscars, Best Original Song at the 2022 Oscars or Best Special Effects at the 2022 Oscars , we review 20 movies you won’t believe were at the Oscars, and even won. What is the most incredible case?
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Suicide Squad (2016)
The rejection of this film by David Ayer about the most thuggish anti-heroes of DC Comics was almost unanimous. Almost as much as with ‘Batman vs. Superman’. And yet, while the year’s biggest movies battled it out for the 2017 Oscars, this movie quietly took the stage to pick up its Best Makeup statuette. And without messing up.
Fifty Shades of Gray (2015)
The sadomaso love story between an aspiring writer and a sexy billionaire written by EL James jumped to the big screen in 2015 with a unanimous reaction of embarrassment.. And she hit it at the box office. And also at the Razzies, where it was crowned worst film of the year. But, oh, random things, it had on its soundtrack a song that we heard over and over again on radio stations around the world and that ended up being nominated for an Oscar for Best Song. love me like you dobut don’t go overboard.
So Strong So Close (2012)
You can still hear the echo of the blows that gave this film of stephen daldry at the time. Few dared to defend the indefensible, and even so, it was nominated for the Oscars, and not for any category: Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Max Von Sydow). If it is that the 11-S always strains.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Than any movie in the saga transformers being nominated for the Oscars is already a surprise, but you will have to get used to it: as long as its special effects are so colorful and noisy, there will be no one who will take it out of the technical categories. This second installment earned a nomination for Best Sound, which it combined with its three Razzie Awards (including Worst Movie of the Year).
It seems impossible to believe, but this critically panned comedy that marked the beginning of the end of Eddie Murphy was nominated for an Oscar. It makes sense: it went to Best Makeup, where the film does a remarkable job. The curious thing was that, that same year, the same film got eight nominations for the Razzie awards (the anti-Oscars) and even took three.
Why, Adam Sandler, because? Who in their right mind decided to nominate this movie for Best Makeup? To any category? As a tabletop movie it’s not bad, but as an Oscar nominee… We all got Sandler’s face in this image.
The Grinch (2000)
Yes, the Grinch of Jim Carrey He also walked the red carpet at the Oscars. Who was going to say it, to him, who hates massive celebrations. The film was received with great coldness and bad reviews, but it got up to three nominations for Hollywood awards, of which -attention- it ended up taking the award for Best Makeup.
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Jar Jar Binks? At the Oscars? What nightmare is this? George Lucas received the recognition he deserved in the technical section, with nominations for Best Sound, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Effects, and later received the other recognition it deserved at the Razzie: nine nominations, including Worst Movie of the Year. Of course, the film featured one of those Oscar-winning actresses: Natalie Portman.
With Air (1997)
Nicholas Cage he is already a legend in the art of memes. This film is plagued by them, and surely that led to it being a blockbuster (although the critics did not like it that much). Surprisingly, it made it to the Oscars with two nominations, for Best Sound and Best Original Song. But for colorful tastes: it was also nominated for Worst Original Song at the Razzie.
Batman Forever (1995)
Although it was its sequel, ‘Batman and Robin’ (1997), which received the harshest criticism from the public and the press, this one also received quite a few blows. The most curious thing is that, in the same year, it was nominated for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes and for Worst Original Song at the Razzie. Paradoxes of destiny. And all in all, so that at the Oscars they didn’t give a damn about her song: they nominated her for Best Sound, Best Sound Editing and Best Photography.
Beware: this was the most expensive film in the history of cinema until 1995. It is said soon. Perhaps that is why the academics, ignoring the devastating criticism from the press, decided to nominate it for the Best Sound category. Or maybe because he deserved it, although many also believed that he deserved all five Razzie nominations. Kevin Costner he knew how to play it all or nothing.
Ivan Reitmann has a big name in the industry, and in our hearts. He gave us ‘Ghostbusters’ and that is priceless. But what was he thinking when making this movie? And even more, what was the Hollywood academy thinking when including it among its nomineable films? He ended up opting for the Best Original Song award.
Death Becomes You (1992)
Let’s see, Robert Zemeckis, that we love you very much for creating ‘Forrest Gump’ and the ‘Back to the Future’ saga, but this film was not your best work. Even so, the Oscars recognized his work in the field of special effects, while the Globes recognized the demonic interpretation of Meryl Streep, the most nominated actress at the Oscars.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Yes, he had some wonderful performances by Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. And yes, we all get excited about it. But was it a movie to sweep the Oscars? It was the big winner in 1989 with four statuettes, which included awards for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay. The truth is that that year he did not have much competition.
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
After sweeping Australia and becoming an absolute classic around the world, it seems almost logical that it would have some awards season presence. But nominate her for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay? That her nomination partners were ‘Hannah and her sisters’ and ‘Platoon’.
Hollywood Super Detective (1984)
Iconic ’80s movie, and springboard from Eddie Murphy (who couldn’t be further from making the list of Oscar-winning black actors), but, come on, this is not ‘The Godfather’. Who would have thought that he could sneak into the Oscars? And with what? Well, surprised or not, it was because of the script written by Daniel Petrie Jr. and Daniel Bach.
One, Two, Three… Splash (1984)
Once upon a time there was a mermaid who saved a human when he was little, and who many years later saves him from drowning again. This short encounter causes a crush on the mermaid, who comes out of the water for the first time in her life to find him and make him fall in love. This plot received warm applause at the 1984 awards, even being nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay. See if it was good that a few years later Disney used it for ‘The Little Mermaid’.
We all love the final scene of the dance of Jennifer Beals, and the bucket of water moment, but let’s face it: it’s a rather mediocre movie. Even so, he managed to sneak into the Oscars that year, and it is not very difficult to guess why: What a feeling!
Of course, whoever had the idea of bringing together in the same film glories of cinema such as burt lancaster, jean seberg, Jacqueline Bissett or Dean Martin for 137 minutes inside a plane it was a highlight, although the final result of the film was… well, a bit unstructured. However, it was well received and, although it is debatable that it was among the best of 1970, it was nominated for Best Picture (along with 9 other nominations).
The Extravagant Doctor Dolittle (1967)
Yes, we prefer Rex Harrison (one of the Oscar-winning actors) before Eddie Murphy (complaints welcome), but was this movie good enough to get 9 Oscar nominations? Including Best Picture! Yes, academics were dazzled by Dr. Dolittle’s animals. It ended up taking two: Best Song and Best Visual Effects.
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