Ten Sci-Fi and Fantasy Oscar Snubs Comments - Mania.com


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hanso 2/21/2013 9:25:40 AM

 Tosh is awesome.  Check Tuesday's ep for his spoiler alert bit on the Oscar noms.

hanso 2/21/2013 9:30:06 AM

 Wise, I agree aint no mofo with motion cap gonna win no acting award.  They be enhanced like Lance Armstrong.

wish 2/21/2013 10:14:35 AM

HA Lance Armstrong actually has a case to win an oscar!  More claim than some of the nominees!

Keanu is an enigma to say the least, and though I agree that his delivery as an actor has certainly raised questions about how and why he's famous, the fact remains that I populate my all-time favorite lists with a lot of his films.  Directors and other actors always heap the praises on him for the kind of soul he is so it goes to show that being really good looking and a pleasure to work with often trump the sheer skill to read a line and sell it like you actually thought it up in your own head!  AND he actually learned martial arts and performed a lot of the stunts in the Matrix films, up to that point almost no actors were committing so strongly to the physical side of performance so kudos to him for making that just as important as reading lines!

I agree with some, but not all on this list.  But that's the point, when awards are given based on opinions and blatently disregard hard facts such as financial success or overall popularity amongst critics and fans then why even bother disputing them?  It's clear to me that The Avengers should be the winner of Best Picture since it made the most money AND has hardly any critical opponents from fans or the most famous of film critics........not even a single nomination in a category that'll get TV time...........how the oscars hope to maintain validity with that kind of mistake I think is the question I'd be asking if I didn't know any better.........

but I do know better, and I'm sure most of you agree with that so why don't we all make sure we are watching The Walking Dead on Sunday and NOT the hand-job awards.

shac2846 2/21/2013 11:38:57 AM

 Has anyone here seen Keanu's doc film side by side about film vs digital. It is really great especially if you are a cinephile geek. One thing struck me outside of the doc being good was that it came out at the perfect time when now hollywood has gone almost completely digital. It was a good decision by of all people keanu reeves to document this. 

As far as being a good actor that is really debatable with him. But he has made a successful career out of taking roles that everyone else in hollywood passes on and for that alone I think he deserves success. One man's trash is another man's treasure.  I mean the role of neo was offered to will smith, brad pitt, and many others before they finally came to Reeves. Same for speed he was the last choice. 

LadyBrowncoat 2/21/2013 12:28:47 PM

 How about Peter Jackson NOT getting nominated for The Two Towers?  That was a slap in the face.  

Kaziklu 2/21/2013 12:52:35 PM

 Blade Runner is a horrible movie that is loved by a very small number of people. I know almost know one in real life that can stand it. It's unbareable.

ddiaz28 2/21/2013 1:10:24 PM

"CGI will only continue to get better and at some point make motion capture obsolete. You will not need a motion capture actor potrayal to get a realistic CGI character on screen."

I've gotta disagree with you there DarthBob.  Without the current motion capture technology, all these amazing cg performances would have to be animated completely by hand.  I myself am an animator professionally.  Now while I primarily work on television cartoons, I can still tell you that in order to get the kind of nuanced performances we see in films like Avatar, Planet of the Apes, and Lord of the Rings, an animator would have to spend an exhorbitant amount of time creating these performances completey from scratch.  And because the mo-cap technology is so sophistacated these days (and only getting better and more detailed), directors are getting 80% to 90% of a performance from the mo-cap that an animator will have to just go in and clean up.  This way most of the money can go to making the CGI look as flawless as possible.  And the production companies can still advertise there films using big stars.  You are right that CGI will continue to get better, but I think a big part of that growth will be due to motion capture growing along with it.  And don't even get me started on the video games industries' use of mo-cap.  Suffice to say, I don't see why motion capture woud ever become obsolete.

Now regarding snubs.   One snub that alway rankled me was The Matrix Revolutions in the VFX category.  It wasn't even nominated!  Now I do think Return of the King still would have won.  But to not even be nominated when films like X2 and Pirates of the Caribbean were, was ridiculous.  Regardless of how it was received critically, it's effects were insanely awesome.  I can't think of anything in X2 or POTC that could rival the end battle sequence or the slow-mo face punch.  Grrr, it still pisses me off thinking about it!  LOL

freestrike 2/21/2013 2:08:05 PM

The only ones I agree with are Dark Knight and Khan.  Looper?  Fun movie, but the plot had more holes then swiss cheese.  And I don't even think King should of gotten best picture.  I never watched it but the first two were so horrible I can't believe the third one was good enough to even be nominated.  Kevin Smith's description of the rings saga in clerks 2 is spot on if you ask me.  I tried watching Dark City a couple weeks ago and could only get through about 15 minutes.

ddiaz28 2/21/2013 2:10:40 PM

First two LOTR's horrible?  Wow.  Anyone else in Mania land agree?

SarcasticCaveman 2/21/2013 2:29:44 PM

 I'm sure somebody will, ddiaz28.  I LOVE the LOTR, but the bit in Clerks 2 was pretty insanely funny.  That said, I'm not so sure that was Kevin Smith's actual thoughts about it, freestrike.  I could be wrong, since I've never heard him talk about the movies, but consider this:  It was Randal who give that whole speech.  Randal is the "wrong" character, the "Cartman", if you will.  I know that Kevin Smith thinks in terms like this after watching the first "Evening With Kevin Smith"...a lesbian got mouthy about "Chasing Amy" saying that all lesbians need is a little "deep dicking"...Kevin responded by pointing out that was said by Banky, the stupid character, the one you're not supposed to agree with.  Randal is the character we're not supposed to agree with.  How do I know this?  Because he likes "Jedi" more than "Empire."  LOL

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