Five Fave Films Of 2010 NOT Nominated for an Oscar


Let Me In

Scene from "Let Me In"

By my count, there are 41 movies vying for an Oscar on February 27th. This includes all of the award categories such as best picture, best editing, best documentary, best makeup, etc., but does not include short film nominees. (Sorry, I didn’t see any of those.) I’ve listed all 41 of the nominated films at the end of this article. There are many good films on that list, but I wanted to recognize a few of my favorite movies from 2010 that were NOT nominated for an Academy Award.

1. “Let Me In” didn’t do so well in its theatrical release, which is a shame, because it’s so good. Purists will prefer the 2008 Swedish version, “Let the Right One In,” based on the novel of the same name (so did I). But “Let Me In” director Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”) deftly pays homage to and also slightly updates the creepy child vampire tale. I loved the re-setting of the newer film to early 1980’s New Mexico. Great score too.

Ewan McGregor in The Ghost Writer

Ewan McGregor in "The Ghost Writer"

2. “The Ghost Writer” is a delicious mystery directed by Roman Polanski. As I watched this film, I got Hitchcock goose bumps all over. It involves a ghost-writer (Ewan McGregor) hired to write the memoirs of a politician (Pierce Brosnan), but along the way, the writer stumbles upon some dangerous secrets. Good acting. Good writing. Good score. Good suspense. Please make more movies like this, someone.

Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo Dicaprio in Shutter Island

Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo Dicaprio in "Shutter Island"

3. “Shutter Island” had a couple of corny moments, but overall it’s a fantastic thriller-chiller with a devastating ending. The movie’s adult theme may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a treat to see master filmmaker Martin Scorsese direct this twisted story. Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo play 1950’s U.S. marshalls investigating the disappearance of a patient at a hospital for the criminally insane.

Never Let Me Go

The cast of "Never Let Me Go"

4. “Never Let Me Go.” Maybe you’re noticing a theme among my favorite films. I admit I like suspenseful, surreal, futuristic or dark movies. In this case, also add “intelligent” as a descriptor. “Never Let Me Go” follows a group of young people raised in isolation–for some very questionable medical purposes. It’s a slightly creepy but also quiet film that plays a little bit like an episode of Masterpiece on PBS. Its young, attractive and talented cast (including Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley) gives this movie heart, no pun intended.

Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli

Denzel Washington in "The Book of Eli"

5. “The Book of Eli.” Okay, I know. It’s a cheesy B-movie. But I don’t care. I loved it. I’m a sucker for violent, stylishly shot postapocalyptic road trip movies. There’s good action, nice art direction, a desperate Mad Max vibe; plus Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman are good in just about anything.

Here’s the alphabetical list of 41 feature-length movies nominated for a 2010 Oscar on Oscar night:
“127 Hours”
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Animal Kingdom”
“Another Year”
“Barney’s Version”
“Black Swan”
“Blue Valentine”
“Country Strong”
“Exit Through the Gift Shop”
“The Fighter”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”
“How to Train Your Dragon”
“I Am Love”
“The Illusionist”
“In a Better World”
“Inside Job”
“Iron Man 2”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”
“Outside the Law”
“Rabbit Hole”
“The Social Network”
“The Tempest”
“The Town”
“Toy Story 3”
“TRON: Legacy”
“True Grit”
“Waste Land”
“The Way Back”
“Winter’s Bone”
“The Wolfman”

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166 Responses to Five Fave Films Of 2010 NOT Nominated for an Oscar

  1. bleaver03 says:

    I loved Let Me in so much and was also disappointed to see it wasn’t nominated… While I’m not sure it would have won an award I do feel it deserved the recognition of at least a nomination! To anyone that hasn’t seen it yet do yourself a favor and check it out, I’ve reviewed it here
    Thanks for the list!

  2. I loved The Ghost Writer. I agree, it was very Hitchcockian and the cinematography, crisp and stunning. Shutter Island was fantastic too. I think the thing about both these films, they felt like a throw back to the films of yore, reminding me of the golden years of film noir.

  3. Joe Dyke says:

    Can’t believe shutter Island hasn’t got any nominations. Much better than inception!

  4. johnonline says:

    Cheers for SHUTTER ISLAND… i totally agree with you!

  5. marlowesnymph says:

    Very informative. Thanks! I have to agree when it comes to Let Me In. I thought Chloe Grace Moretz was particularly brilliant. It’s hard to believe that she’s a little girl, because she’s just such a gifted actress. I think that film will always hold a special place in my heart because I was proposed to right after we came out of that movie. Not exactly most people’s idea of a romantic date, but it was the perfect mixture of romanticism and the macabre for me. I really need to see the original Let The Right One In. I hear it’s amazing, and you obviously agree.

    Congrats on freshly pressed!

    • filmdrift says:

      Cool story about the proposal. Since at its heart, Let Me In is sort of a love story, I think it was aprapo. 🙂 Saw your blog post about Roald Dahl. Awesomeness. I LOVE James and The Giant Peach, the book and the movie. And yes, Let The Right One is amazing. It and Let Me In are similar in many ways, but different enough that you should like them both. I give a slight edge to the older one.

  6. dardenitaaa says:

    Thank you for this list. I’m actually looking around for good films to review and I think I will try Let me in and Never let me Go.

    Also, can i just say how butthurt I still am that the Japanese Entry for Best Foreign Film didn’t make it to the final list? Here’s my review of it. IT SHOULD NOT BE MISSED, REALLY.

    • filmdrift says:

      The Oscars are a little funky in how they handle foreign film nominees, so don’t be disheartened. Your review there absolutely makes me want to watch it, thank you. I don’t currently see where I can stream it online (from Netflix or Amazon), but I will keep my eyes open for it in the future.

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  8. I like your list except’Let me in’ ,causethe original one is much better than this .

  9. Wow, after I’ve already written about the Best Picture nominees on my blog. Even though I will doing some Oscar predictiong of my own, I will have to say of the five NOT nominated:

    -Uncle Boonmee
    -Despicable Me
    -Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
    -The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
    -Shutter Island

  10. brownposter says:

    i’d like to comment on every film on this list(dont worry, i’ll make sure to keep some decency on the comment and respect your blog, you film buff :> ) definitely is a justified remake. this is obviously a fan paying huge respects to one good film–not just some money making film owning the film entirely, screaming we can do better!

    2. has not seen this, will take your word for it.

    3. hmm

    4.keira knightley may have distracted me for looking 40 in this but the film over-all was gooood. i liked it 🙂 i found the scene where Mulligan’s character was flipping through the porn magazine quick. and in the end found it sad for her and felt embarassed too especially since her character’s love caught her and innocently asked her what she was doing 😦

    5.HAVE not seen this. should i take your word for it?

    • filmdrift says:

      Well, you can take my word for it, but also, read around a couple of other places on the web–or just see the movie and decide for yourself. Everyone has different tastes, so I cannot guarantee you will agree. That’s one of the wonderful things about movies. We each like what we like. 🙂

  11. Iulia says:

    With the exception of “Never Let Me Go” wich i didn’t thought it’s a good movie i think you got the others right 🙂

  12. If you have read the novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro before the film adaptation, you will be greatly disappointed. I have to say that the great cast was wasted.

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  14. Jon Holmes says:

    I so agree with you on the idea that The Book of Eli was not up for it. Though I don’t think this film is in any way a B rated film. I was amazed and so impressed by this film. It could not have been done or casted better. Washington and Oldman were just perfection in these roles.

  15. Tati says:

    Hi. O loved your list, speacially Shutter Island, an amazing movie totally forgotten by Oscar and other awards.

    I have also a movie blog, but it’s in Portuguese, cause I am brazilian. If you have time (and patience), please take a look. It’s called “The nominees” and the idea is to remember movies we love for whatever reason. Shutter Island is also there – for trailer and doubt.

  16. Jo says:

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    I appreciate your concise descriptions in your NOT-nominated-for-an-Oscar list. I’m in agreement with:
    2. “The Ghostwriter”. As you write, “Good acting. Good writing. Good score. Good suspense. Please make more movies like this, someone.” …please make more movies like this, Roman Polanski? (wishful thinking?)
    3. “Shutter Island”. I would also add suspense to it’s description, and yes it is very “twisted”, but definitely a treat.
    After reading this post, I am inclined to see 4. “Never Let Me Go”. Thanks!

  17. westz says:

    I will have to agree that the Book of Eli and Shutter Island were the two movies that I believe needed an Oscar nomination.

    Leonardo Da Vinci’s role in that movie was perfect, on point, and very intriguing. There is no way that movie would have been done better with a different actor.

    I don’t know how TRON: Legacy made it. I guess remakes count as Oscars nominees now. Oh well.

  18. This is an delightful telling about some movies that excepting ‘The Book of Eli ‘ I have not seen, but intend to as soon as possible. I am just sorry there weren’t more mentioned. The writer has excellent taste I would say.
    Here is hoping there will be more updates with more movie titles to titilate us.

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  20. Anna says:

    Salt??? Seriously? that is so disappointing, that movie should be nominated for a worst movie of was so bad.
    I’m sure Inception is going to get a lot of nominations – amazing movie

  21. I would totally agree with Let Me In, except that it was so similar to the original that I would find it tough to nominate. Loved The Book of Eli too!

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  23. saramitchell says:

    I think part of the problem as to why Let Me In didn’t do well is because people automatically judged it with the “Foreign films are better; American remakes are too ‘Hollywood'” attitude and they didn’t even bother to give it a chance. I agree that it was excellent, and I was shocked at how well they created the same sort of atmosphere and feel to the movie because I wasn’t sure if they could do it. I was just so impressed by the remake, and I was very impressed with the young actors as well.

  24. Looking at the list of films nominated, I can’t believe Shutter Island was not nominated. Despite what one person said about it being predictable, I thought it was thought-provoking and suspenseful. I could not be certain just where it would end up; I always give people the benefit of the doubt. I kept working out different scenarios for how things could be accounted for, and liked the way it ended after all. I thought the writing, filming and acting were excellent.

  25. I’m also surprised Dragon Tattoo didn’t receive a nomination, but I suppose that’s because I read the books, and thoroughly enjoyed the writing. As in most movies, a lot was missing from the written story, but I thought it was really well acted, and enjoyed it.

  26. judy haiven says:

    have you noticed these films are about men? they focus on men. women are somewhat incidental….

    • filmdrift says:

      Hi, Judy. Of the five films I mentioned, Never Let Me Go probably focused more on women than the others. The lead actor in that film is Carey Mulligan, and her charcater’s strength really sort of carried the film. Her performance is quite good. Of the other great Oscar-nominated films in 2010 which feature strong leading women or interesting female characters, I recommend Rabbit Hole, Another Year, Black Swan, Blue Valentine, I Am Love, The Kids Are All Right, True Grit and Winter’s Bone. All wonderful films.

  27. inidna says:

    I loved Ghostwriter (the ending was…slightly disappointing but great!) and I loved Never Let Me Go and Let the Right One In (so creepy and I never watch creepy movies but I knew I had to watch this one. Chloe Moretz is fabulous!). It’s truly a shame that they weren’t in the list of Nominees because I think the films really deserve it! I’m also kind of surprised that Tangled is up there on the nominations list. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie… but I thought Despicable Me was better (and I still have to watch Megamind) 🙂 There are quite a lot of good movies on the list of nominees though — Biutiful, 127 Hours, Black Swan–all great! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  28. dude!! despicable me should have been nominated. at least toy story 3 was. i like that movie!!

  29. rrishe says:

    I agree about Shutter Island-nice story twist and mysterious 🙂

  30. rrishe says:

    I haven’t seen Ghost Writer. Thanks for posting. I think I must see that movie.

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