Why should the Oscar add nominees to the acting categories?

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I’m a big fan of the Oscars or also called The Academy Awards as they are commonly known. This award ceremony celebrates the best in cinema through each calendar year. The ceremony is usually held around late February or early March the next year. The Academy Awards usually have 5 nominees in each of the 24 categories. This awards ceremony is up to its 87th year in existence. Many of the awards in the show have been given out ever since the beginning. The number of nominees have been the same as well. During that time the number of film that have came out during a given year more then tripled. In 2009 the nominees of the Best Picture category were raised from five to ten nominees. This was largely in turn because quite a few people were upset that The Dark Knight, the second film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, didn’t get nominated for Best Picture the year before. Heath Ledger would win the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his riveting portrayal of the sadistic,psychotic arch nemesis of Batman,The Joker.

I’m just gonna use the last two years as an example of why I believe that the acting nominees in the Best Acting categories should be raised to six or more nominees. Last year the nominees in the Best acting category were Steve Carell for Foxcatcher, Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, Michael Keaton for Birdman and Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything. Eddie Redmayne won the award. I believe two of these nominees shouldn’t have been nominated. They are Bradley Cooper for American Sniper and Steve Carell for Foxcatcher. In my opinion David Oyelowo should have been nominated for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma. Steve Carell was more of a supporting role as John Dupont in Foxcatcher. He didn’t need to be in the Best Actor category. Last year there could have been up to eight nominees in my opinion. Ralph Fiennes definitely should have been nominated for his role in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

This year we have already had at least three or four actors who probably deserve a Best Actor nominee. Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, Matt Damon as Mark Watney in The Martian, Joeseph Gordon-Levitt as Phillipe Petit in The Walk and Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs. A fifth nominee could easy be chosen from from any of the performances coming out in the next three months or from Jake Gyllenhaal from South Paw or Tobey Maguire from Pawn Sacrifice. If you do the math before the end of the year there are easily five more legitimate performances that could or should be nominated. Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Tom Hanks for Bridge of Spies or Tom Hardy for Legend.

Just using the last two years is enough to see that there are just  to many films and to many actors who deserve nominations. These awards have been around for to long and as time goes bye things change and the Academy Awards should be able to change with the times. If they can add five nominees to the Best Picture category then they should def add one of more nominee to the Best Actor or another acting category. If one category has a lot of great performances that year then make that category more that year and other categories less that particular year.

Dan Skip Allen

My 30 Most Anticipated Films of the Fall and Winter 2015 Pt. 1

30: 99 Homes

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A desperate construction worker (Andrew Garfield) reluctantly accepts a job with the ruthless real-estate broker (Michael Shannon) who evicted him and his family from their home.

29: Mississippi Grind

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Convinced that his new found friend (Ryan Reynolds) is a good-luck charm, a gambling addict (Ben Mendelsohn) takes the man on a road trip to a high-stakes poker game in New Orleans.

28: I Saw A Light

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Born in Alabama in 1923, Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston) rises to fame to become a musical legend.

27:Sleeping With Other People

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Twelve years after a one-night stand, a man (Jason Sudeikis) and a woman (Alison Brie) run into each other and try to maintain a platonic relationship despite their mutual attraction.

26:Freeheld

FREEHELDPOSTER-SMALLimages (68)rs_634x1024-141022095645-634.Ellen-Page-Julianne-Moore-JR-102214                                   Diagnosed with terminal cancer, decorated New Jersey Detective Lt. Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) wishes to leave her pension benefits to domestic partner Stacie Andree (Ellen Page). Denied by local county officials, Laurel receives welcome help from hard-nosed colleague Dane Wells (Michael Shannon) and activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell). Together, the men unite to rally fellow police officers and ordinary citizens to support the couple’s fight for equality.

25:The Good Dinosaur

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A young dinosaur (Raymond Ochoa) named Arlo develops an unlikely friendship with a boy.

24:Crimson Peak

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Dark secrets haunt a mountaintop house where a man (Tom Hiddleston) lives with his sister (Jessica Chastain) and new bride (Mia Wasikowska).

23: Carol

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Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences.

22:Pawn Sacrifice

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American chess legend Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Soviet Grandmaster Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) enthrall the world with their intense battle of wills and strategy during the 1972 World Chess Championship.

21:Steve Jobs

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A dramatized account of events surrounding the Apple co-founder’s launch of a number of iconic products, beginning with the iMac in 1998. (Michael Fassbender) Steve Jobs,(Seth Rogen) Steve Wosniak, (Kate Winslet) Joanna Hoffman

20:Macbeth

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Macbeth, a duke of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. (Michael Fassbender) Macbeth, (Marion Cotillard) Lady Macbeth

19:Brooklyn

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An Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) in 1950s New York must make a difficult choice when her past rears its head.

18: In the Heart of the Sea

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In 1820, crewmen (Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy) aboard the New England vessel Essex face a harrowing battle for survival when a whale of mammoth size and strength attacks with force, crippling their ship and leaving them adrift in the ocean. Pushed to their limits and facing storms, starvation, panic and despair, the survivors must resort to the unthinkable to stay alive. Their incredible tale ultimately inspires author Herman Melville to write “Moby-Dick.”

17: Snowden

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16:Spotlight

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In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter “Robby” Robinson, reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. Determined and committed, the group makes it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. (Michael Keaton) Water “Robbie” Robinson, (Rachel McAdams) Sasha Pfeiffer

This is the first 15 films on my 30 Most Anticipated Films of the Fall and Winter. Keep a look out for Pt 2 of my article out very soon. Thanks!

Dan Skip Allen