Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda – Who didn’t make the Oscars ballot?

Image courtesy of ABC

Image courtesy of ABC

Image courtesy of ABC

Looking back at all of the movies that came out in 2012 we’ve realized a couple of things. First, there were a lot of terrible movies that came out this year, like “Rock of Ages.” Enough said.

But there were also some really fabulous ones. Quite a few of these were nominated, and some unfortunately weren’t.

The Golden Globe Awards combats this a little by having separate categories for drama and for comedy and musical, which can largely be ignored by the Academy Awards.

This year, we’ve decided to argue with the big time movie experts that make up the Academy Awards. As a whole, “The Metropolitan” staff took a look at the nominations, and added a few of our own.

For the most part, we loved “Django Unchained.” In our vote for best picture, it was second only to “Lincoln.” But that’s not all — several people on the staff felt that Quentin Tarantino not only should have been nominated for best director, but that he could have won if it was based on fan decision alone. There was also a staff nomination for Samuel L. Jackson for actor in a supporting role for his part in “Django Unchained.”

In the last decade, comic book movies have seen a huge surge in fan bases. This is a category of movies that the Oscars often ignore. After the original “Spiderman” trilogy and the abomination that was “Green Lantern,” even the comic-book geeks in this office can understand the experts turning their noses up to the comic movie. But the newer flicks based off of graphic novels have really turned around, with Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, and even more so with this year’s “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

In my opinion, “Marvel’s The Avengers” had it all. There was comedy, tragedy, action and damn it all if audiences didn’t want those misfits to work together as a team. It deserved not only a best picture nomination, but Joss Whedon deserved one for best director as well.

“Looper” was another blockbuster that was snubbed. With an engaging story that demanded the viewer’s full attention, the plot explored the classic concept of time travel, but in a more novel way. The film was dark and edgy, and it’s complicated storyline prompted stellar performances. Some of its young stars, namely Joseph Gordon Levitt and Emily Blunt gave Oscar-quality performances, and both should have been nominated respectively.

“Cloud Atlas” appeared in trailers and theaters as a visually stunning epic tale. The mere fact that they could take such a complex story line, and make it work, deserves a best picture nomination.

Although the film may not have been worth the cost of the ticket price script wise, one of our female writers feels that at the very least, “Magic Mike,” could be nominated for sexiest flick.

The 85th annual Academy Awards show will air at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC. With famed funny-man Seth Macfarlane at the helm, at the least, the gala should provide a few laughs.

Check out The Metropolitan’s staff picks at , and share your choices with us on our Facebook page. You can find the official Oscars ballot at http://oscar.go.com/mypicks.

Check out our post with our Oscar predictions.

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Kailyn Lamb

Kailyn Lamb

Kailyn Lamb has contributed to The Metropolitan as a features reporter since May 2012. She is majoring in convergence journalism and plans to graduate in 2013. Her dream job: writing or shooting photos for Rolling Stone.
Kailyn Lamb

Kailyn Lamb has contributed to The Metropolitan as a features reporter since May 2012. She is majoring in convergence journalism and plans to graduate in 2013. Her dream job: writing or shooting photos for Rolling Stone.

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