We’re not saying that someone who worked on one of these films won’t walk away with a golden trophy come Oscar night, but we are saying it won’t be an award category anyone is talking about the following day. We’ve got a list of six films that simply possess too much badassery for the aging Academy voters to get behind. And it’s a shame. There are two–possibly four–films on this list that should be nominated for Best Picture, and they didn’t seem to scratch the surface.
6. Straight Outta Compton
To begin, let’s address the film that has stirred a pot of controversy, and reignited the cries for diversity in Hollywood. Truth be told, there was a lot more diversity in films and television last year. That stated, there was less diversity in terms of the films and actors nominated for Academy Awards. Regarding Straight Outta Compton, it was a good film. Scratch that. It was a badass film about some badass black fellas with chips on their shoulders. They called themselves N.W.A. It’s only appropriate that the movie about music that was not accepted by old, white America, was not accepted by the old, white, male Oscar voters who still comprise the vast majority of the Academy. Unless, of course, you’re one of the two white screenwriters who wrote the screenplay, and are nominated. The script was arguably the weakest aspect of the film.