The 8 "Best" Movies of 2013 Didn't Get Oscar Nominations (Spring Break Forever!)
Say what you will about the Oscar nominations, but you must admit that 2013 was an excellent year for film. That mega actors Tom Hanks and Robert Redford didn't automatically snatch up Best Actor nominations is a testament to the sheer number of bananas-good movies/performances that are out there. THE TOM HANKS AND THE ROBERT REDFORD WERE EDGED OUT!!! But I reckon surprises like that are bound to happen when the competition is stacked. So stacked, that I didn't even try to guess which actors/movies would end up nominated. I might as well draw names and movie titles out of a hat, I thought. Because it really is anyone's game. However, I did have an inkling as to which great movies/performances wouldn't be recognized by the Academy.
I don't want to brag about my future-seeing skills, but I totally predicted that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson wouldn't receive a Best Actor nomination. No, not because I didn't like Pain & Gain or his performance. Au contraire! I loved the movie and everyone in it. I had a goddamned blast. But I could sense that the movie wasn't going to receive any recognition come awards season.
I wouldn't say Pain & Gain was snubbed. That'd be dramatic. But I will say that I wish someone would hand out "THANKS FOR BEING A MOVIE" awards. Because there are some movies/performances out there that I'm just glad happened. And I've created a list of said movies/performances.
The following movies and performances satisfy two tenants: 1) They were some of my personal favorites from the year, and 2) they didn't stand a chance at being nominated for Academy Awards.
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