Black Twitter exploded with joy when the film 12 Years a Slave won three Academy Awards on Sunday night. Nominated in nine categories, it won in three–Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Motion Picture of the Year.
Often, however, our favorite movies go unnoticed. This year, for example, Fruitvale Station, received no nominations at all. Based on the life of Oscar Grant, who was killed by Bay Area police in 2009, the film stars Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer.
My favorite movie of all time, The Color Purple, was noticed. Adapted from the Alice Walker novel of the same name, it was nominated for eleven Academy Awards in 1986 but won nothing. For me, this was the ultimate snub. Directed by Stephen Spielberg, this movie had so many great artists associated with it–Whoopi Goldberg (Best Actress), Oprah Winfrey (Best Supporting Actress), Margaret Avery (Best Supporting Actress), Menno Meyjes (Screenplay), and Quincy Jones, et. al. (Best Music, Original Score). How could it not win?
Well, I could go on all day, but I’d like to know what you think. What films/actors/actors deserved Academy Awards but got snubbed instead?