The top movies which missed the Oscars race this year

Rahul Menon02 Mar 2014

86th Academy Awards or Oscars, ‘The Biggest Movie Event of the Year’ is here. Like every year, there are a few heartburns. Here's a list of top movies that missed getting nominations. For various reasons, you may have missed watching them, too.

The top movies which missed the Oscars race this yearThe movies which missed Oscars nominations

Just like last year, here's a list of movies that you might have missed for various reasons (time constraints, the title sucked, the cast was just plain damn boring or Yify didn't upload it on torrents when you checked, etc. etc):

1. Rush - How in the HELL did the Academy snub this one? I have no freaking clue. Daniel Bruhl – Best Supp Actor, Hans Zimmer – Best Music, Ron Howard – Best Director. 'Rush' is hands down one of Ron Howard's best works and I'm talking about a guy who has 'Apollo 13', 'Edtv' 'A Beautiful Mind', 'Cinderella Man', 'Frost/Nixon' in his filmography.

2. Prisoners - The brilliant Hollywood / English debut of Canadian director Denis Villeneuve ('Incendies'). It's sad and partly shocking to think that the script for 'Prisoners' had been doing rounds of various studios since 2009. Aaron Guzikowski's script for 'Prisoners' appeared on the Black List of the best unproduced screenplays of the year in 2009, but it took him and Jake Gyllenhall four years to bring the 2 1/2-hour kidnapping thriller to the screen. 'Prisoners' has a brilliantly written screenplay with hard-hitting performances by Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhall & Paul Dano.

3. Disconnect - Intense and upsetting at times, this multi-story movie talks about the digitally obsessed world we live in. You could even say it's the 'Crash' or 'Babel' for the current internet-crazy generation.

4. Behind The Candelabra - First let me have a go at Steven Soderbergh (Director). Why the hell did you release this directly on VOD (Video-On-Demand) rather than having a theatrical release? You do know that you have robbed Michael Douglas of his 2nd acting Oscar right? Douglas, not just acts brilliantly but he LIVES as Liberace, the flamboyant American entertainer who was renowned for his skills on the piano as well as on vocals. Douglas' performance is so deep and sympathetic that I personally don't think he has EVER done a better role than this. This thoroughly entertaining biopic is unsettling yet lovable.

5. The Spectacular Now – I'll tell you when I kind of knew that this might end up on my personal best list of 2013, the moment in trailer when this comes up "From the writers of '500 Days Of Summer'". Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber together had given us "500 Days…" way back in 2009 but it still and I guess it will forever remain one of those movies that is just too close to my heart. That one, had catapulted the career of a relative newbie (Read: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Alias Robin) and this one I am sure is going to take one Mr Miles Teller to greater heights. It tells us the story of Sutter (Miles Teller), a high-school life-of-the-party who falls for a nerdy nice girl Aimee. I know what you guys are thinking, "We have seen this kind of $**t n-number of times on screen" but trust me on this guys, you'll like it. Screw it, you won't just like it, you'll love it. Let me sum it up by saying that "If you liked 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower' which came out last year and was easily one of THE Best movies of 2012 then you will definitely fall in love with 'The Spectacular Now'.

6. $50K, A Call Girl: A Love Story – These are the kind of movies that give us a reason to believe and have faith in the "Indie Movement" and in independent film making. Story revolves around a man with 30 days left to live, goes on a wild road trip with a call girl his older brother and his fiance, who use their wedding fund to pay for the journey. Very rarely do you come across a film that feels so real with such genuine performances that you start getting a feel that you are watching a documentary instead of a scripted feature. All the main leads involved (who were also the Writer/Director and Producers of the film) seemed so real that if I hadn't read beforehand that they were actors, I would have seriously thought that this was all real. Kudos to the whole team.

7. Mud - Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols ('Take Shelter'), a coming-of-age expressive and adventurous story about 2 young boys who encounter Mud and form a pact with him to find and reunite him with his true love. It's smart, witty, and has a Mark Twain-ish approach throughout, talks about boyhood on the brink of adolescence. Amazing cinematography with spectacular visuals of Mississippi. Oh! ya one more thing, It has Matthew McConaughey playing Mud. Am sure that would get you guys to watch it.

8. The Best Offer – Written and directed by the great GuiseppeTornatore, film buffs all around the world remember him for 'Cinema Paradiso' and tired-teens remember him for making 'Malena'. A truly great writer/director, this time comes up with a truly artistic Hitchcockian caper. The suspense unfolds in a truly elegant way; music by the GENIUS Ennio Morricone is an added advantage which takes the movie to a higher level.

9. The Kings of Summer – An indie coming of age drama about 3 teenage friends. It's a poignant and witty at places and conveys to us the yearning for freedom and independence. This one is the 'Stand By Me' for the current generation.

10. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa – British dark humour and Steve Coogan at its best! Coogan reprising his portrayal of Alan Partridge, a fictional presenter he has played on various BBC radio and television shows since 1991. Alan finds himself at the center of a siege, when a disgruntled fellow RJ (Colm Meaney) decides to hold their station hostage after learning that he's getting sacked by the new management. The characters have great amount of irreverence about them along with that they are just laugh-out-loud funny.

Special Mentions:

Bad Grandpa – One of THE funniest movies to come out in 2013.

The Great Gatsby – Leonardo DiCaprio just owned the role.

Stoker – Hollywood debut of South-Korean gutsy director Chan-wook Park, famous for Old boy, Lady Vengeance, Thirst. Watch it for the amazing acting by the leads and for its Cinematography.

The Art of the Steal – Who doesn't like a fantastic heist movie?

Don Jon – Writing and Directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Need I say more? Well, it also has Scarlett Johansson.

East – Now why wouldn't you watch a solid hard-hitting thriller that's co-written and directed by a guy who's named Zal BATMANglij?

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty- A project that many wanted to try out but eventually was helmed by Ben Stiller and honestly, has done a brilliant job.

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Rahul is a total 'Die-hard' cinephile, an aspiring director who loves reading and writing. Currently stuck in the void among MNC white collars but hoping to jump into filmdom soon. Inspirations include Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and many other geniuses.

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