With only a few days left until the 2012 Academy Awards, now is the perfect time to catch up on movies that did get nominated for Best Picture. But if you’re sick of all the Oscar buzz, there still are some awesome movies released last year that somehow didn’t make the cut for the prestigious Best Picture statuette.
Besides our list of 10 best films of 2011, we think you might find the titles listed below appealing, to say the least.
A Dangerous Method
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis. Intriguing.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. Elizabeth Olsen gives a marvelous performance.
As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter. ‘Young Adult’ is considered ‘Juno‘s’ wicked stepsister, but it was surprisingly ignored by Academy voters.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ scored three Oscar nomination, but not in the Best Picture category. Thank God at least Gary Oldman’s performance was honoured with a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
The Iron Lady
A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power. Viewers who expect a biopic may be disappointed, as the movie focuses more on an elderly Margaret Thatcher who struggles with dementia. Nevertheless, ‘The Iron Lady’ is a beautiful, beautiful movie. It scored two Oscars nominations – for Best Achievement in Makeup and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
The Ides of March
I strongly advise you to watch all amazing three movies Ryan Gosling starred in last year – ‘Drive‘, ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ and ‘The Ides of March’. In this one he portrays an idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate who gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.
In New York City, Brandon’s carefully cultivated private life – which allows him to indulge in his sexual addiction – is disrupted when his sister Sissy arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay. Michael Fassbender also deserved a nomination for his role in this great, dark movie. Mesmerizing performance.
We Need To Talk About Kevin
The mother of a teenage boy who went on a high-school killing spree tries to deal with her grief – and feelings of responsibility for her child’s actions. With an amazing Tilda Swinton.
Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. It moves slowly, but it is worth it.
Do you think any of the movies above should have scored Best Picture nominations at the 2012 Academy Awards? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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