When Academy Award nominations come out, there are inevitably some movies that I feel were “snubbed” or “robbed” of nominations.
Even though this year’s Oscars have some really great nominations, with underdog movies like Minari, Sound of Metal and Judas and the Black Messiah, there are still a few flicks I wish had gotten more recognition this year.
Here are some underrated movies that didn’t make the cut but are still definitely worth watching:
Palm Springs – Hulu
I’m actually kind of shocked that this one didn’t get a single nomination at the Oscars. I really had hoped that the brilliant script, written by Andy Siara, would have gotten a nod. It’s a sci-fi comedy film, and the Oscars doesn’t normally give a lot of credit to comedies, so I guess it’s not too shocking that they didn’t. Andy Samberg joins up with Cristin Milioti for a romantic romp through a time loop where two strangers are doomed to live the same day of their friend’s wedding over and over. The characters have great chemistry, and it’s a modern twist on the Groundhog Day effect.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always – HBOMax
I can see why the Academy didn’t nominate this movie; it’s got some pretty touchy source material. However, it is dealt with in such a quiet, but raw way that I couldn’t help but be totally moved by it. In this story, two girls support each other through a difficult decision to end a teen pregnancy, but they have to travel to New York to do it. They’re young, alone and scared, and the only person they have to lean on is each other. It’s an incredible look into female friendships and the power they can hold.
Saint Frances – Kanopy or available to rent
I don’t actually think I consider the non-nomination of this movie as an Oscar snub. It’s not a movie that feels like an Academy Award winner, but it’s so good. I think everyone needs to know it exists. A warm hug in a movie, Saint Frances is about Bridget, a 34-year-old woman who feels stuck in her life. She gets an opportunity to nanny for the 6-year-old and hard to please Frances, and the two form a bond that changes not only their lives, but the lives of those around them too.
The Forty-Year-Old Version – Netflix
In my perfect world, Rhada Blank would be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars for this. She is simply radiant in it. It’s a semi- autobiographical story (also written and directed by Blank) about a failing playwright who refuses to sell out and instead pivots her career into becoming a rap artist. The Forty-Year-Old Version is hilarious and at the same time poignant and heartbreaking, as Blank takes you through her journey to healing and finding herself, despite society’s stigma of her age.
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