Every year organizations and academies in the entertainment industry come together to honor the best of the best in their field, and every year when the nominations are announced there is wailing and gnashing of teeth among the movie-going and TV-watching public. Given that so many movies and television shows are made in a single year, it only stands to reason that some really fabulous productions, actors, directors, and screenwriters won't make the cut. But that doesn't it make it any easier for the people watching at home who feel like some of their favorites were snubbed!
While there is some amazing work being recognized by Hollywood and the film industry this year, there are unfortunately a few truly fantastic productions that weren't even nominated.
The Academy Awards, more colloquially known as the Oscars, are given to honor those with the most artistic and technical merit. This award is, at its core, a way for the industry to recognize the types of films they want to make as opposed to simply those that will turn the highest profit. This year, two films were notably absent from the nominations.
Best Costume Design and/or Best Visual Effects - Wonder Woman
While Wonder Woman absolutely counts as a blockbuster movie, that certainly never stopped any of the other superhero films that took home an Oscar. Everything from the original Batman to Suicide Squad have taken home Oscars for cinematic effects, hair and make-up, sound editing, and a host of other categories. Wonder Woman had exquisite costumes that included armor based on top-of-the-line motorcycle gear, which is what professional riders use to protect themselves in a fall or an accident. The accuracy of their design was simply stunning! If that isn't enough for you, the No Man's Land sequence should have put it squarely at the top of the list of visual effects nominees.
Best Animated Film - Despicable Me 3
Though the films nominated for the animated film category were all outstanding, there is one movie suspiciously missing from the list. Despicable Me 3 might not have been on the radar for anyone who doesn't have small children in tow, but that didn't stop them from coming up with the very best cartoon villain I've ever seen. Balthazar Bratt was their 80's themed bad guy who made you wonder why nobody before had ever thought to use a keytar as a weapon. His character alone should have put the film on the list of nominees.
Where the Academy Awards focus solely on the film industry, the Golden Globes have been designed to honor excellence in both film and television. This means that they have a much larger body of work to sift through and they are faced with twice as many opportunities to miss out on a stellar production or performer:
Best Picture - The Florida Project
This film has been given tremendous acclaim, earning a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and receiving praise from everyone from actor and comedian Patton Oswalt to actor and musician Drake. Addressing poverty, childhood innocence, income inequality, and a number of other serious issues, The Florida Project brings you into an entirely different world and connects you with the characters in a way most films can only try and fail to do. The depth of the characters alone should have been enough to put it on the list of Best Picture nominees.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role on Television - Timothy Olyphant, Santa Clarita Diet
The last few years have seen a significant number of amazing shows produced specifically for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. One of the best shows on Netflix right now is Santa Clarita Diet and, though Drew Barrymore and Liv Hewson both give incredible performances, Timothy Olyphant is clearly the breakout star of the series. Simultaneously funny and endearing, he makes Joel Hammond a joyful and sympathetic character when he could easily have been nothing more than a terrible human being.
Where the Golden Globes focus on both major visual media industries, the Emmys focus solely on recognizing excellence in the television industry. They haven't yet announced who their nominees will be in 2018, but for the 2017 ceremony there were two shows that were sorely missing amongst the other nominations:
Outstanding Comedy Series - The Good Place
The Good Place is, without question, one of the best shows in modern television history. Hysterically funny and thought-provoking all at the same time, the show has raised the bar for all other television shows that follow. It is something that simply cannot be explained in words; you must watch the show to understand just how brilliant the writers and actors truly are. This show not being nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series last year is the television equivalent of not nominating Citizen Kane for Best Picture at the Oscars. Here's hoping they rectify this one in 2018!
Best Children's Programming - Just Add Magic
Children's programming is a difficult category for the Emmys. Because the category is so broad it covers things that really don't compete with one another in any real way, which means that last year's nominees covered everything from Star Wars Rebels to Sesame Street to The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Overlooked in the jumble of shows aimed at children, however, is Just Add Magic, an absolute gem of a show broadcast on Amazon. Fun for kids and adults alike, this one will bring girl power and a little bit of magic into your living room.
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