So the list of the Oscar nominations is out. I think that we can agree for the most part the nominations are quite difficult to argue with, barring a few exceptions. Below is a list of films released in the UK in 2010 that weren’t nominated, but that we feel deserve some sort of recognition. From blockbusters to horrors, these are the films and people that made an impression in 2010.
Best film that wasn’t nominated for Best Picture: SHUTTER ISLAND
Martin Scorsese’s Gothic horror throwback was far superior to The Departed, boasting a stunning cast, beautiful photography, and a brilliant soundtrack. Yes, it was a bit silly, but that was part of the fun. It also rewards repeat viewings, which is more than we can say for a lot of twisty movies.
Runner up: Another Year
Best comic book movie: KICK ASS
Matthew Vaughan and Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Mark Millar’s honestly not-that-great comic book was violent, crude, and it’s got a little girl cutting people into pieces and saying the dreaded “c” word (no, not cancer). It was also one of the best times to be had at the cinema all year. Funny, subversive, and unashamedly entertaining.
Runner up: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Best horror: RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS STORY
Jalmari Helander’s Finnish comedy horror is frankly the clear winner in a disappointing year for the genre. Funny, scary, and completely mad, this is an oddball treat.
Runners up: Splice, Black Death, Heartless, We Are What We Are
Best guilty pleasure: PIRANHA 3D
It was a completely tasteless, crass and exploitative piece of trash. It was also damn good fun.
Runner up: Daybreakers
Best actor not nominated: LEONARDO DiCAPRIO for Shutter Island and Inception
DiCaprio’s sterling work seems to have gone generally unacknowledged this year. He was the compelling centre of Christopher Nolan’s summer smash, and gave a perfectly judged performance as the troubled Teddy Daniels in Shutter Island.
Runners up: Jim Broadbent for Another Year and Ryan Reynolds for Buried
Best actress not nominated: NOOMI RAPACE for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.
Rapace is probably the best single thing about the three adaptations of the Steig Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. She gave a performance that will be almost certainly impossible to top, and she’s made us all very interested to see how she fares in English-language movies.
Runners up: Tilda Swinton for I Am Love, Rebecca Hall and Catherine Keener for Please Give, Rachel Weisz for The Brothers Bloom
Best double act: TOM HARDY and JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT as Eames and Arthur in Inception.
In a film that could be accused of taking itself too seriously (and was certainly taken too seriously by its fans), Hardy and Gordon-Levitt added a much needed sense of fun as the bickering Eames and Arthur.
Runners up: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine
Best heroes: CHLOE MORETZ and NICOLAS CAGE as Hit Girl and Big Daddy in Kick Ass
The father-daughter vigilantes are the clear winners here. They’re well-trained, well-armed and handy with one-liners. Good call, baby doll.
Runner up: Timothy Olyphant as Sheriff David Dutten in The Crazies
Best villains: CHRIS EVANS and BRANDON ROUTH as evil exes Lucas Lee and Todd Ingram in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
It’s impossible to choose between these two douches. Arrogant, self-centred, with a stunt-team and vegan super-powers respectively, they’re both perfectly played by Captain America and Superman.
Runners up: Danny Huston as The Colonel in The Warrior’s Way, Peeter Jakobi as the evil anti-Santa in Rare Exports
Best film stealer: KIERAN CULKIN as Wallace Wells in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
Culkin was hilarious as Michael Cera’s gay roommate, providing unconditional support and seducing his sister’s boyfriend. “Guess who’s drunk!”
Runners up: John Malkovich and Helen Mirren in RED
Best delayed UK release: THE BROTHERS BLOOM
This sadly neglected con man caper, starring Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weisz, from Rian Johnson (Brick) was filmed in 2008 but was released here in June. Funny and touching, it’s worth tracking down.
Runners up: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, The House of the Devil
Most lavishly beautiful film: I AM LOVE
Slight on story but loaded with sets, photography and costume design, this Italian melodrama deserves kudos for its easiness on the eyes, as well as a great performance from Ms. Swinton.
Runner up: Shutter Island
The Enjoyably Forgettable Summer Movie Award: THE A-TEAM
It’s loud. There’s manly banter. Stuff blows up. Sharlto Copley from District 9 is the best thing in it. It’s not great, but it’s not bad.
Runners up: Iron Man 2, The Losers
The Nicolas Cage Award for Omnipresence: ADRIEN BRODY for Splice, Predators, The Experiment, and The Brothers Bloom (admittedly filmed in 2008).
Best animated character: CHUCKLES the sad clown in Toy Story 3.
Best reveal of a clown with a frown in cinematic history.
Best scream: ELIAS KOTEAS in Let Me In
Don’t go in there, don’t go...
Runner up: Nicolas Cage in Kick Ass (Runner up because hey, it’s not like it was his first scream)
Welcome back: MICHAEL KEATON (Toy Story 3, The Other Guys)