After the absolute travesty that (once again) was the Oscar nominations, it is time for the first annual Sharpies to step in and show ’em how it’s done.
As always there has been a vast array of films released this year, and working 40 hours it’s hard for me to around to seeing them all (unlike those lay-abouts at the academy) so there will be some noticeable omissions from my nominations. I was intent on having a best TV show category, but having only been able to watch Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, it hardly seems worth it. The same goes for the documentaries category, of which I have only seen one, Blackfish (which probably would have won anyway). As for motion pictures, looking over the oscars nominations, there only seems to be one notable omission, August: Osage County. I will get round to watching it soon and may edit my nominations accordingly at a later date (but probably not).
Anyway, without further ado, lets get to the nominations…
As often as we hear of the evils of slave trade, it is truly hard to comprehend millions of people living a life that is so different to that of our own, so many years ago. The depiction of slavery in film has not done much to help us really understand the suffering that slaves endured. Up till now slaves in film have always been portrayed as noble and brave (no doubt in an attempt to show respect), and their slave masters as inhuman and inherently evil. This pantomime has not given us any kind of understanding of slavery, but instead easy catharsis, as our hero always triumphs (at least in some small way) against their slave masters. In truth slaves were ordinary people trapped in an extraordinarily cruel trade. 12 Years a Slave is perhaps the first film to show us exactly that. As a result it is one of the most disturbing films ever made, and also one of the most important. Continue reading