4 Of The Best Films That Both You And The Oscars Forgot Released In 2019

14 January 2020
Culture, Film, Oscars 2020, Avengers: Endgame, Apollo 11, The Farewell, Us
Avengers: Endgame feels like so long ago, doesn't it?

It's now becoming increasingly clear that to release one's film in the post-Oscars hangover that occurs between February and May is to doom said film to fall out of the memories of just about everyone that really matters. You could create a modern-day Godfather, but if it's not timed right, you're going to have a much harder time getting it noticed when the next year's awards season.

Once again, this year's nominations have been announced, and the internet is rife with movie fans in uproar about some of 2019's best pieces of cinema being summarily snubbed.

But while some more recent releases made headlines for being left out of the nominations list (looking at you, Uncut Gems), in keeping with what we were talking about before, a fair few earlier releases seem not only to have fallen out of favour with the Academy, but out of our memories too.

These are the best films you completely forgot came out in 2019, and why they deserved just as much awards season love as the Jokers of the world.

Avengers: Endgame

To many, the climactic, epic conclusion of the MCU's main story arc is the ultimate example of a franchise film. But let's not pretend that the Academy hasn't given love to big-budget pop culture blockbusters before. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for instance, earned 30 Oscar Nominations over three films, with each of its instalments nominated for Best Picture. Endgame, despite releasing on an even grander scale and still earning itself the title of the highest-rated film of the year on Rotten Tomatoes, received just one.

Apollo 11

Apollo 11 is widely lauded as the best film ever made about the moon landings, and the most comprehensive, gripping documentary among many that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic event. Yet despite a 99% Rotten Tomatoes rating and many critics calling it one of the most spectacular, inspiring documentaries they've ever seen, it couldn't propel itself into the rarified atmosphere of Oscars territory.

The Farewell

Awkwafina made history with her Golden Globes win for the triumphant turn she made in The Farewell, and just for a brief moment, it seemed like the film would finally be the watershed moment Asian cinema was on the cusp of after the release of Crazy Rich Asians. Not so. Somehow, it didn't pick up a single Oscar Nomination.

Us

It's a crying shame that Us isn't spoken about in the same light as Get Out, because with its deep, deep layers of subtext, it was by far one of the most written about, analysed and pondered on horror movies of the decade. Much has been rightly made of the fact Lupita Nyong'o's triumphant performance didn't earn her a Best Actress nod, but for Us not to get a single nomination on its overall merit also feels like a waste.


Via GQ Australia