7 Great Drama Movies That Should Have Been Oscar Nominated But Aren’t – Collider | Bowluk

It goes without saying that the Oscars are an event of great prestige in the film industry. A few are recognized for their artistic and technical contributions to the film industry. However, the Oscars are also a subject of great controversy. It’s difficult to decide which films deserve to be considered the best film of the year. Drama was the genre with the most wins, but picking one film out of numerous drama films made around the world is difficult.

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As a viewer and filmmaker, it’s a bitter pill to fall in love with a film you’ve just seen and it’s not getting the recognition it should. It happens every year and there are many examples proving that there are spectacular drama films that aren’t even in the Oscars talk.


Don’t worry, he won’t get far on foot avoids all inspirational biopic clichés thanks to the Gus van Sant (director & writer) sensitive and unique approach to filmmaking. An A-list cast also allows the film to reach new heights, most notably Joaquin Phoenix who gives a rollicking performance as John Callahan. This character is a man with a zest for life and a drinking problem who races down the sidewalks in his motorized wheelchair.

As a belligerent alcoholic paralyzed from the waist down it seems like he has a lot on his shoulders and Joaquin Phoenix’s performance shows his struggle exceptionally. As Callahan navigates the long and winding road to sobriety through a 12-step therapy group, he eventually manages to get clean. If Joaquin Phoenix’s performance wasn’t good enough to even be nominated for an Oscar, the screenplay’s originality should have been.

‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’ (2003)

If you know your way around Quentin Tarantino work, the movie Kill Bill Vol.1 is what caused him to explode into the mainstream. This film bears Tarantino’s signatures, from the high quality martial arts to the out of chronological storytelling to the ’70s soundtrack and more. With great ratings, a legendary director and an exceptional cast, this film has never been nominated for a major award.

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On the other handUma Thurmans The performance not only inspires discussion about her acting, but also her physical grace, strength, and personality: all of these elements come together and further enhance her performance. Under the director’s guidance, this character became iconic among fans and filmmakers alike. The costume design of this film is also worth mentioning, as is The Bride’s Bruce Lee-inspired suit is hard to forget. In other words, it’s appalling that this film didn’t get the praise it deserved.

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (2019)

There are obvious biases in nominating a film for an Oscar. Most foreign films (with a few exceptions) were relegated to the Best Foreign Language Film category. Nominated for various awards but won none, Portrait of a lady on fire should have at least been mentioned in the Oscars talk.

This film is about the erotic and deep connection between two women when they find their longing for creative experiences fulfilled in each other. With an almost exclusively female cast, this film is told from a woman’s perspective. It’s a bold approach to a dramatic historical piece because it breaks various boundaries within that genre (previously told through the ‘male gaze’). Viewers and critics are celebrating the film’s groundbreaking achievements, but share a collective sense that it has not been recognized for such achievements.

‘Before Sunrise’ (1995)

The ’90s was a decade of extraordinary filmmaking. Drama and romance were prominent genres at the time, and Before sunrise was a great product of that time. This film tells the story of a young man and a young woman who spend an evening together in Vienna. It’s another brilliantly cast film with outstanding performances from Ethan Hawke and Julia Delpy.

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There is no betrayal, melodrama or false violence in this film. The dialogue is simple, relatable and captivating, making it easy for viewers to immerse themselves in the story. They talk about topics that every listener can identify with. Also, the sexual tension is set from the start and grows exponentially as they spend more time together. That would have been an interesting choice for the Academy Awards.

‘Gran Torino’ (2008)

When thinking of Clinton EastwoodI can think of many films and roles Gran Torino stands out. After all, he was 78 years old when he directed and starred in this film. In this film, Eastwood plays a widowed, racist, and grumpy Korean War veteran who always has a beer and a shotgun by his side. The plot escalates when a teenager tries to steal his most prized possession: the 1972 Gran Torino.

Ultimately, this film is about how an individual can change, regardless of how old or what they have experienced. Eastwood’s performance doesn’t involve major transformations. It’s about seeing people as people, regardless of their skin color, culture or how different they are. This is the most important lesson from Walt Kowalski (Clinton Eastwood) learns, and in a very subtle way. This is a very sensitive subject to portray in a film, so it should at least have been recognized by the Academy.

‘Come on, come on’ (2021)

No wonder Joaquin Phoenix is ​​mentioned again when talking to the Oscar nominees. Let’s face it, he’s been massively snubbed throughout his career. One of his best and newest works, C’mon C’mon didn’t receive a single Oscar nod. Phoenix demonstrates his versatility as an actor by playing Johnny, an uncle who takes care of his precocious nephew during his family crisis.

This film tells the story of love and the inner struggle between caring for yourself and caring for others. If the visually gorgeous black-and-white cinematography coupled with the performance of Joaquin Phoenix aren’t enough reasons to get a nod from the Academy, perhaps the realistic and heartfelt message should be. Film critics and viewers around the world would agree.

‘Breathless’ (1960)

Breathless is a timeless example of how the Academy Awards have always had prejudices against foreign films. If the roles were reversed, the revolutionary director Jean Luc Godard didn’t even attend the awards ceremony. After all, he directed The French New Wave, that was a historical movement in cinema, responsible to the rewrite the rules of filmmaking.

Highly regarded as one of the most influential films of all time, Breathless is Godard’s version of Bonnie and Clyde. With this film, Godard introduced the editing technique known as “Jump Cuts”. The use of jump cuts changes the pacing of the film and it becomes rushed and a bit jittery, making the audience feel jittery all the time (especially during the action scenes). If not for acting Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, This film should have won an Oscar for its technical achievements.

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