Why Didn’t ‘The Butler’ Land a Single Oscar Nomination?

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The Academy ignored all summer releases in the best picture race

In another year, “The Butler” would have been a shoo-in for multiple Oscar nominations, but it was completely shut out by Academy on Thursday morning. Not only were Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker and its director Lee Daniels all snubbed, it didn’t even show up in categories like makeup (despite the impressive aging of its actors) or costume design.

The historical drama is the kind of film that the Academy usually celebrates, based on the little-known story of an African American man (Eugene Allen) who worked at the White House for 34 years. It was directed by Daniels, who became an Oscars darling with “Precious.” The cast included Academy-friendly actors like Jane Fonda, Robin Williams and Whitaker.

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Not to mention that “The Butler” was one of the year’s big success stories, earning $116 million at the domestic box office. It was backed by Harvey Weinstein, who is as good as it gets when selling sentimental material to Academy voters.

But its August release window, which allowed “The Butler” to dominate a traditionally slow month at the movies, turned out to be a major hurdle for awards season.

As many pundits have already observed, this year’s Oscar race was extremely competitive. There were just too many well-reviewed movies, including “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Philomena” and “Nebraska.” The final month of the year also saw late surges by “American Hustle,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Her,” all films that landed best picture nominations.

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The Academy traditionally has a short-memory–that’s why movies released earlier in the year have a harder time getting awards attention. That changed somewhat in 2010 when the Academy decided to add up to 10 films in the best picture race (which resulted in the inclusion of titles like “The Help, “Up” and “District 9”).

This year, however, the Academy went back to its old ways. Of the nine best picture nominees, the one with the earliest release date is “Gravity,” which opened on Oct. 4. In other words, all of the movies they honored came from the last three months of the year.

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“Fruitvale Station” and “Blue Jasmine,” two other criticially acclaimed summer releases, were also shut out of the best picture race.

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  1. Debbie Heddle says:

    I saw this film last night. Googled it to find out a few things . I was shocked, as usual by the way the colored people were treated,as was well portrayed early in Cecil’s life, and the Apartheid too!! I WS truly overwhelmed to find the decades go by, all that came went with them, and all that was lost, including Cecil’s son in Vietnam. To think one could be so revered, respected and might I say loved, by so many presidents is amazing. Mr Reagan, and hi wife’s closeness to Cecil was the ultimate of humanity and humility shown by one in a higher position to one subservient. All performances were brilliant, in my opinion, with Oprah Winfrey at her finest. This film deserved many awards, I believe, in all major categories and the snubbing by the academy was a great wrong

  2. Cathy Riccio says:

    Finally watched the movie The Butler and I am appalled on why this film and their acting wasn’t at least nominated for something. Forest Whitaker should have landed at the very least a nomination for Best Actor. Sad.

  3. WHY does it have to be about race? I am sure there are many movies that felt deserved of an award or nomination. People thought Eastwood should have gotten a nod as well for director- you just cannot nominate everyone, and last I heard there was no affirmative action at the Oscars. But my favorite is Pimp Daddy Sharpton looking to shakedown the Oscars, because due to ferguson and the Garner case there should have been black nominees?

    Folks- this as well as the current leaders are the only ones spewing the stupidity and creating this racial problem. Did you forget about “12 years a slave” in 2014 or “Django Unchained” in 2013- they took 3 major awards the last 2 years- I mean seriously ENOUGH already.

  4. Felecia Vescera says:

    Due to my career, I don’t have much time to sit and watch through a movie. I’m astonished and absolutely upset that this movie “The Butler” only get an award but at least get nominated. This is history my friends. Poor judgement to the academies. I will make a comment, I feel There should have at least been a handshake at the end by Barack Obama.

    Again this is terrible.

  5. It is too convenient to say that the Academy has a short memory. “The Butler” is an excellent, historically important, relevant film – not many films like The Butler get to the green lit stage so when a film this well done is produced and distributed it is not a surprise that it gets snubbed. Hmm it took just 15 years for CBS, ABC and NBC to understand what their cable and later internet competitors AND their Indie sisters and brothers learned: People want to see films about people of color. People want to see films about people of color which were made by people of color nominate and win awards – a sure sign the Academy wants this too and is confident the public will agree.

    There are several film and television franchises that remain year after year in the black with little or no black people cast ( or behind the scenes ) could it be because the New Hollywood caters to the ( ever increasing ) “Dumb and Dumber” ticket holders – those fans who watch the same film over and over and over again during any given holiday? ( after they have seen it in the theatre and purchased the DVD ). Why “The Butler” was snubbed is a mystery and not worth the analysis paralysis but If I may quote loosely from the film: “Blacks were living in concentration camp like surroundings for 200 years” This fact needs to be remembered and re told on film every year like other horrific events of international proportion seem to be. Could this addition to the film archives be the key? A Middle Passage film each and every year?

    BTW Black people love, want, desire, think, laugh, play, figure, make love, eat ice cream, plan weddings, garden connive, invent, plan and imagine just like and with the same frequency as their white counter parts surely there is room in Hollywood to make more films which include Black people as multi-dimensional human beings?. The Academy is replete with talented, imaginative, powerful, intelligent, well educated individuals. “The Butler Snub” is not a formula one can figure out ,it is if I may steal a title from another important film: “An Inconvenient Truth”

  6. I thought it was interesting that the presidential term of Jimmy Carter was omitted. I wonder why. Jimmy Carter was president before Ronald Reagan was, so was Ford, right? I really liked the film alot though. Especially, seeing Cecil and Lewis reunite after their long lasting feud. They both eventually learned to respect each other, come together, and love and support each other; that was quite beautiful.

    If you really think about it, Cecil and Lewis both really wanted to the same thing – equality, justice, fairness and all the things that America stands for and assures for all of its citizens. They just went about achieving those goals with different methods. Both sets of methods had pros and cons, but both sets of methods were needed to achieve the goals of racial improvement, equality, and upward mobility…not just for African Americans but for all Americans, as a whole. We are only a strong as our weakest link. Eventually, we will figure it out once and for all that “Divided we fall, but together we stand.” TOGETHER, LET’S MAKE A DECISION TO STAND!!!!!

  7. Buck Ranger says:

    I believe the reason this film was not nominated is because, some academy officials (hollywood) still prefer to see black people as perpetual victims in films.

    In this movie, although the odds were competely stacked against Cecil, his family, and the African American staff at the white house, They were still triumphant, in their own way, able to create positive, effective, and longlasting change that impacted the entire nation. Even though the system that Cecil and them were rigged against them to keep them down, they still were able to WORK the system and prevail. I also believe that some warped people would like to perpetuate certain myths about black people to make the nation at large believe that African Americans are not intelligent, and are unable to overcome these types of situations and can never really achieve true equality. Well, guess what; they are wrong!! i’ve got news for you, African Americans are overcomers, and are quite able to be triumphant even in the face of blatant unfairness and injustice. It’s time for us as a nation to celebrate the concept that we all are americans, no mattter what the color of our skin is. Whether we are European-American, Asian-American, African-American, Native-American, etc., we are still AMERICAN, and deserve to be treated with fairness, equality, and with all that America stands for. Remember the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution (Bill Of Rights), and the promise of “liberty and justice for all.” SHAME ON HOLLYWOOD. It’s time for film accolades to be given without the shameful stain of racial biggotry and prejudice. I love it when Hollywood rises to the higher level of humanity, justice, and truth. I think America loves it too. Hollywood, rise to the occasion of promoting racial harmony and American greatness promoting unity.

  8. maria says:

    Gravity, Blue Jasmine, August, wherever, etc., vs. The Butler?! Are you kidding me?!
    I am a Caucasian, naturalized American from Eastern Europe. So nobody thinks, I am bios. For whatever reason. People get paranoid. This was the best film I have seen this year. A real life film. Superbly made and acted. What is the matter with the ………. INDUSTRY?! And more, what are the motifs for not nominated this film for an award? Many awards. Not that I am going to find out. Shame Hollywood!

  9. tadpole55 says:

    It was bottom line wrong! there is no excuse for this kind of behavior. That movie and its actors should have been picked. i wish there was something i could do. Goes to show you nothing absolutely nothing has changed!!! I am appauled

  10. Derrick says:

    It is apparent that many people that are commenting here still harbor racial animosity towards blacks. There are sadly many comments with overt or veiled dislike for the black actors or the subject of the civil rights movement. It’s clear that parts of America simply don’t want to ever confront the crimes of themselves or their forefathers.

    • Jay's Carney says:

      Yes, that must be it…there could be absolutely no other reason possible…Good job…wow…incredible analysis…they should be arrested for all those past crimes other people did lifetimes ago…I can’t wait until we go after the Romans and the Mongol Hordes…You are absolutely brilliant…can I borrow your pitchfork?

  11. Bernadine Rideau says:

    It is a shame, as soon as I think the academy has gotten their act together, it’s true colors show up. This should’ve been the most diversified awards ever. Instead it has reverted back to type. If there had been no 12 Years, The Butler would have been a shoe in, and that’s the sad truth.

  12. Susannah says:

    Why “The Butler” film, Whitaker and Oprah did not get nominated for awards? First is the so-so plot unadorned with any new socio-political insight during the Civil Rights movement. Cecil, the lead character, is equally as tiresome, and there is little unique or interesting about him save his exceptionally long tour in the White House. Moreover, his personal interaction with U.S. Presidents does not infiltrate and satisfy the viewer’s curiosity – only to a minimal degree. In all, it is really difficult to believe that Cecil’s role at the White House, in any form, swayed policy-making before and during the Civil Rights movement (a not-so-subtle hint that was poorly introduced too).

    Secondly, “the Oprah effect” was really hard to overcome this time. Oprah’s performance in “The Color Purple” (a far, far superior film, in my view) was fabulous because her character was extreme, vibrant, changeable, and gave her more latitude to act which are generally much better roles for Oscar contention.

    Lastly, there was a hint of sarcasm to the film that toyed with and accentuated all the negative stereotypes of the U.S. Presidents – even Kennedy got a slam for his excessive pill-taking due to war wounds. Also, the film was too fragmented – we were “stuck” in sixties decade, then somehow swept through time and our current presidency.

    In closing, don’t expect to further impress Hollywood when the script suggests slavery and the deaths as a result of the Civil Rights movement be compared with the Holocaust . While both were distinctly evil and immoral,, there were fundamental differences in the treatment and regard for U.S. slaves vs Jewish slaves during the Holocaust. The comment was thought-worthy, but not without risk.

    • Derrick says:

      The movie didn’t compare the deaths of the “civil rights movement to the holocaust” it compared the concentration camps of slavery and sharecropping to the concentration camps. He made a very appropriate point to your comment and that was that America refuses to acknowledge that they engaged in a far bigger concentration camp in this country for 200+ years i the form of slavery and labor camps. You’re very comment is exactly who that was aimed at: people that deny they past based on ignorance. That don’t know the death and destruction it brought. But finally you mentioned comparing slaves vs the holocaust. The holocaust killed 6 million Jews. What you ignore is conservative estimates of the Atlantic slave trade put the killing at at 10 million people. The top end estimates are 90 million people killed by the slave trade. So even the bottom estimate is well over the holocaust death. That is a fact ignored by America and the world because unlike the holocaust they are the perpetrator.

      But the damage is not simply death. Slavery was not just death but torture as well. It also resulted in the destruction of family as children were sold from their parents never to be seen again. Wives were raped impregnated, raped again. That destroys familial relationships. Could you imagine having your daughter taken from you and raped in front of you. Resist and they’ll castrate you our cut off limbs. Slaves denied the right to speak their language, use their given name, to read, to learn to read. No what slavery and Jim Crow did was far for destructive than the Holocaust. It destroyed a civilization while rendering them cattle. Then the very people that perpetrated that post civil war were given their land back, their political power in the south back and were allowed to institute segregation laws. The perpetrators of the holocaust were given not power and land but trials. So what was done in America was even worse because there was no punishment. Lastly, they were allowed through Jim crow to structure society through redlining to force blacks into living only in certain impoverished areas, funneling business and thus jobs away from those areas and into suburbs. They implemented laws against renting or selling to blacks. And in a country where education and home ownership is the avenue out of poverty American specifically instituted laws to deny blacks education and home ownership effectively continuing the destruction of black American society. No in fact the Slavery and following Jim Crow segregation society killed monumentally more people and did vastly more damage to than the Holocaust. And that comment was aimed squarely at you because you simply turn a blind eye to.

  13. I truly was moved by “The Butler” and Forrest Whittaker’s performance. I do not watch, nor give credibility to this popularity feast as it has become fake and phony as hell. I’ll pass again this year. Also, I am sick and tired of the yearly deification of Ms. Streep. All she has to do is fart and she gets a nomination. The Oscars have become stale and boring.

    • Jay's Carney says:

      If it will make you feel better, if you aren’t politically connected or pay to play, then you can join the resto of us on the 2st Century version of the “old Plantation”.

  14. Martha P says:

    I enjoyed it, but don’t think it is Oscar worthy, compared to the other films this year. Interesting story, but the pacing dragged, and I thought the sub plot of Gloria’s affair added nothing to the story- was a distraction really. It seemed the purpose of the movie was to cram as many big name stars as possible into cameos playing historical figures…and it plodded through the 60’s, and rushed through the 70’s forward. Not bad by any means, but I don’t think it was snubbed.

  15. Dennis says:

    While The Butler was certainly a fine movie, could it be that The Academy penalized it for representing itself as being based on a true story when, in reality, it was almost complete fiction?

    • Tradien says:

      Two words to remember about the making of this film, “Inspired by”. The truth of the actual events should be based off from the time it happened. At the time the main character was born, could his mother be rapped by a white man and get away with it? Answer yes. Could his father be shot by a white man and get away with it? Answer yes. It’s historically accurate within regards to the life of a black person for the time. This is why it is inspired by and not based on. It is not trying to make people feel guilty or bring tension into society, it is a film for dramatic affect. Movies, like music or books are artist forms of expression. Not everyone will like it. I, however did thoroughly enjoy the movie and felt connected to all the characters.

  16. Mark Panther says:

    The “Academy” lives in a bubble not worth our time to try and figure out. Her gets a Best Picture nomination? In what world do I care about a relationship between a man (and I use that term extremely loosely on Joaquin Phoenix) and his OS? Not even the most twisted Geek Squad member could feign interest. The Butler was a poignant look at our national history, with spot on performances by Whitaker and Winfrey. It chose not to dwell on the brutality of slavery like 12 Years did and had an awesome supporting cast with Kravitz Gooding, Jr. The argument of too abundant competition doesn’t hold up for me when films like Her and Capt. Phillips make the cut. Hanks had some intense moments in Capt. but overall it fell flat for me. The same tired union crony and military heroism themes are in my opinion used up. The Academy blew it on this one in a big way. I’m glad the film did reasonably well financially as at least in Oprah’s case she can give away a few more cars, maybe to an unsuspecting audience in a second run movie house near you or me showing The Butler, definitely among the top 3 movies of 2013 !!

  17. American Hustle is the best picture of the year, hands down!

  18. Mrs. Cory rochon-Ratko says:

    My family and I just watched the Butler. Yes, there were several good movies out there this year, but this one just embodied so much and like never before the rise and pride of black people. My husband and I were just young kids in the 1960’s and when my aunt married a black guy, I really didn’t get what the trouble was all about. He was funny and liked us kids. There was “no colour’ to see.

    To me at the time, ‘black skin’ was like having blonde hair or green eyes for being short, tall, thin etc. -just a physical characteristic. Note that we were in Canada so we are very proud of our association and history with assisting Slaves with achieving freedom. My husband lived in Windsor at the border of Detroit, the day before the riots, his mother had taken he and his siblings to the Detroit Zoo.

    We young kids were all stuck in the middle and not understanding this crazy discrimination going on in the USA. It was the same for the Butler, he was confused and didn’t know which way to turn in order to improve the situation for other black people.

    The montages with actual film, the acting,especially by Forrest Whittaker was amazing. The best actor should go to him. Acting without saying much but through expressions on his face and body language took MORE acting ability than those actors who put it out there verbally. He was amazing because of what he DIDN’T SAY not by what he DID say.

    This movie made me clutch at my heart, completely immersed me not in just the movie for its own sake, but I felt inserted iNTO the movie as to MY place and time in this era. My husband and I were just saying “wow” as the credits rolled. It was one of those things that you read or see and know your mind is more expanded and how you think with your mind. You know that your understanding has been incredibly impacted.

    Entertainment is one thing, but The Butler was life altering. Shame on the Academy for even daring to not include it in its nominations. That was the point of the movie! Black people are still breaking “the glass ceiling” in this Oscar Winning World. This would have been a chance for the Academy to break that barrier and they dropped the ball here big time!

  19. Nick Heyward says:

    Maybe because it was the “Snakes On a Plane” of 2013? Sounded better than it actually was. Besides “Backstairs at the White House” had already been made and told in a 9-hour format. Maybe people would have preferred a true story like this to be TRUE-er,or else just wholly fictionalized. Well anyway, at least we now have “Ride Along” to return black cinema to it’s Stepin Fetchit comedy norm.

  20. Rob says:

    Because it was a piece of garbage. Melodramatic drivel, poorly acted, awful direction…but at least it was boring.

    • You sound angry and ignorant. Perhaps you may have been one of those hateful people that held mean things or you might be someone who’d love to set a Freedom bus afire. I detect lots of latent hate. The Butler was one of the most moving films I have seen in years. This country has a shameful history when it pertains to the vicious treatment of black folks. We need to be reminded from time to time. Also, it was a good mini history lessons for these young punks with their pants hanging down. The young African-Americans are totally cocky and very ignorant of the hardships and struggles of their antecedents. The film deserves recognition for that reason. No way can it be compared to Forrest Gump. So what if the butler may not have been a real person? The historical facts are what is important, and has anyone forgotten about artistic license to get a point across? I can say the same for Fruitvale Station criticism. Why is it that films dealing with African-American history are dissected with a microscope and a stupid flick like American Hustle has people drooling? America is still a racist land. The disgraceful treatment of our President reinforces this viewpoint. Have we forgotten what an idiot we had in the White House named George W. Bush? It’s all political, even in filmland.

  21. mememe says:

    The Butler….

    Forest Gump butler style minus cohesiveness. Horrible movie. The movie lacked chemistry between the actors, and suffered from it’s attempt to politicize party lines. It was a poorly executed fable at its best, and a horribly inaccurate pile of nonsense at its worst. Hats off to them for snubbing the film at the Oscars, which would have clearly been more of a political statement over anything vaguely resembling deserving. The basic concept was plagiarized from Forest Gump. The acting was anything but cohesive. There was no chemistry. And, for a story supposedly based on a true story, was really nothing more than a misguided and politically motivated fable.

  22. D. Hughes says:

    A pure shame. The Butler was the best movie of the year, better than 12 years by a long shot. They gave 12 years the award because it showed true slavery, not because it was the best. 42 was the second best movie of the year. Can’t remember if Beasts from the Southern Wild was last year or before, but it was excellent as well. So to conclude, the best 4 movies from the last 2 years were all black films.

  23. 42 – Film about baseball player Jackie Robinson was not included in the pool of contenders for Oscar Award wins.

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you. I agree. That movie should have been at least rereleased later In the year. Harrison Ford gets absolutely no respect. It is so frustrating.

  24. fxtrot2000 says:

    The Butler did not campaign to get nominated.These days it is about campaigning and Hollywood politics.
    Obviously,it is all about the time of year the comes out in theaters . Oprah is nominated for a Critics choice award.

  25. Nanny Mo says:

    Note to planet: “It’s because other shows were better!!!” In reality-world we don’t all give awards to women, minorities or shows just because it’s their turn, we give them because they are superior forms of art. It’s wonderful when the two come together like they did with “Hurt Locker”. But often they don’t come together. The fact the Hollywood mostly still sees that, keeps the award pure and makes the win mean something in “reality-world.”

    • Cammy says:

      The Butler was a great piece of work of art. In all aspects. I can’t believe that the academy didn’t nominate it in ANY category. It was such a remarkable film. I guess they can’t take a dose of reality of the civil rights movements. What a disgrace.

      • Brasher says:

        really? pulling the civil rights hater card?
        maybe its because oprahs star power doesn’t save her mediocre acting and the fact that that civil rights, though itself an interesting time in history that all americans should be aware of, is one of the most overdone premises and subjects in movies this point. its important but after a while people stop getting as interested about how awful some white people are.
        besides. hollywood and the academy are a hell of a lot more liberal than not, so to imply that they “can’t take a dose of reality of the civil rights movements” is almost as ignorant as any racist or bigoted statement.

    • Zaidi says:

      The dumbest thing I’ve ever heard! What planet are you from: ABSOLUTIA!!

    • Smooth says:

      You would know.

  26. Tom Snyder says:

    What about 42??? That was a much, much, much better movie than the PC BUTLER and 12 YEARS A SLAVE, the story of a black man as victim, not hero.

  27. Timmy says:

    I agree. But the SAG awards remembered it, and aren’t the actors nominated by the Acting branch in the Academy the same members of SAG? So how come one and not the other?

    • Crystal says:

      But the Actors in the Academy are only a part of the group – not the whole enchilada. When you factor in ALL the other industry Academy members, the voting can change dramatically – as exemplified by the nominated parties.
      It’s why there are so many different awards, just as different critics view works differently, so do the different industry groups.
      What I find more problematic is the ongoing trend of heavy consideration of projects only released in the last months of the year. It’s not best pic of the quarter, it’s best pic of the YEAR. Maybe the Academy should pick at least one candidate from each quarter, then an additional one from each half, and finally some wild cards from anytime during the year. THEN let the chips fall where they may in the final voting.
      I just find it gratifying that we’re having discussions about so many quality films and performances instead of nominating films, actors and other “achievements” that aren’t even worthy of consideration as BEST of anything just to fill categories.

  28. FTCS says:

    The Butler was simply not in the league of the stiff competition it faced this year. Perhaps, if 12 Years A Slave were released another year, The Butler might have squeezed out a few nominations…but, they would have been at the bottom of those categories. Omissions from the Butler are much easier to accept than the omission of Tom Hanks and/or Daniel Bruhl and/or Paul Greengrass.

  29. Jon says:

    It was simply an okay movie. Horribly inacurate and manipulative.

    And regarding the aging, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I kept thinking whenever I saw anyone other than the lead actors that they didn’t seem to age at all. So, make-up didn’t deserve it, either.

    It just wasn’t worthy of nominations. Let this one go.

    • Cammy says:

      How was any if the information presented inaccurate?

      • mememe says:

        @Cammy… are you kidding? The real life Butler grew up in Virginia, not Georgia. His mother was not raped by a plantation owner. His father has not shot to death. The real Butler had only 1 son, who didn’t go to Vietnam, and certainly wasn’t killed in action. The entire story line was a complete fabrication, and more akin to political propaganda then reality. The only basis of truth in this story is that the White House hired Black Butlers.

    • Liz says:

      Yes, Jon, I will “Let This One Go’. I’m referring to your comment by the way.

  30. Roxanne Santoro says:

    oprah fatigue.She need to go away for a few years-Damn let us miss her!

  31. ovillegator says:

    I think the overt and blatant homage to Obama towards the end hurt it — it didn’t fit with the tone of the rest of the excellent film.

  32. Joey Locognato says:

    WHO THE HELL THINKS THAT OPRA IS REALLY A GREAT ACTRESS? The movies nominated were deserving ! There are only five spots! Every year we here crying !

  33. John Freimann says:

    I enjoyed ‘The Butler”, but never found it to be award worthy. It’s what movies are about, something you like, something you’re not bitching about because of the cost, and something that you probably forget about after awhile. It’s a momentary pleasure, worth the time and the money; but, that’s about it.

  34. rick ferrera says:

    Because it was not a very good movivie!

  35. Annie says:

    It would be naive to not admit that many voters would have a problem recognizing both 12 Years A Slave and The Butler.

  36. Michael Anthony says:

    The total snubbing if Fruitvale Station is a worse omission. Its better and more powerful than 3/4 of the best pic nominees.

  37. Glenn C. says:

    Because it simply didn’t deserve it! Why did it need to be nominated?! Just because of Winfrey in it!? So what. After her foolish remarks about whites and racism etc along with the director agreeing, maybe that didn’t help things too! 12 years is a better film. In all areas. So that deserved it! Simple.

    • Smooth says:

      What does remarks have to do with the movie, you’re hating personally. “12 Years a Slave”, like that I see, especially the first half I’m guessing.

    • Troy Milsap says:

      I totally agree. It was a Lifetime TV movie with a cavalcade of white stars to bring in the crowds. And I thought Oprah was, well, Oprah. Over acting, not very good , but never really is. As an actor. It was mush, and undeserving of Best Pic, Directing, or acting except MAYBE David Oyewelo. Makeup, sure, costumes, OK maybe. But not Best Pic. But there are plenty of other films overlooked or wrongly praised. But the academy has its’ categories voted on by members who work in those categories. You’d hope they knew what they were talking about and watching but I think they rarely get it right.

  38. bluetowers says:

    Could be because it wasn’t a great movie, long, uneven, Forest W wonderful but in the same year as Idris Elba and the magnificent Chewitel Ejiofor ? Oprah terrific but again a very strong year.
    I don’t think there’s any great mystery here

    • Smooth says:

      I agree. You’re the first comment that I’ve read that didn’t have personal hate, racism, or jealousy in it. Good job.

  39. Personally I think the film was fantastic. The problem is that it wasn’t funded BY a studio. This was one of those movies where the financing came from private donations. Hollywood has a system. You play, you pay. *Shrugs.* It is what it is. =/ The only people that know if the system is outdated are the same people at studios that won’t retire because having power is all that keeps them alive.

  40. Jg says:

    Maybe even the oscar committee had problems with this re-write of historical facts? Maybe?

  41. Joey says:

    It wasn’t as good as the other nominees, simple as. It skipped forward decades without notice, felt rushed in more, it was a good film, but not much else

  42. Because are two different movies in one combo. Same thing happen with the French submission Renoir. Father and son are competing against each other in screen time. Means not a character driven story.

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