By now, “The Artist” and dozens of other different films are celebrating their recent Oscar victories and settling into their places in movie history. But a handful of films from 2011 earned no nominations and still deserve a place among the best of the year.
Here is our list of the top five films of 2011 that weren’t nominated for Oscars.
5. “Attack the Block”
When talking about the films of 2011 that actually had a vision and did something unique with ideas and a genre that everyone is familiar with, “Attack the Block” takes the top prize as one of the most entertaining and original films of the year. Joe Cornish wrote and directed this alien invasion film that looked nothing like an alien invasion film, and one that’s funnier than any other we’ve ever seen before.
The story of a genetically engineered child assassin would make for one hell of a movie, but leave it to Joe Wright to add in the iconography from Grimm fairytales just to add an even weirder element to “Hanna.” The score from The Chemical Brother easily could have earned the film an Oscar nomination, but that would ignore the great performance from Saoirse Ronan.
Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” starts with a very simple premise, “What would happen if a deadly, contagious disease broke out around the world?”, and proceeds honestly from there. What follows is a harrowing and multi-layered portrayal of the modern world and how it handles catastrophe. “Contagion” features some of the most brutally unflinching scenes and character deaths and can make you genuinely wonder how the Academy could overlook a movie of such scale and insight.
2. “Take Shelter”
Take the time to watch Jeff Nichols’ second film, “Take Shelter,” and try to explain how neither Michael Shannon nor Jessica Chastain earned nominations for their incredible roles in this psychological drama. Shannon plays Curtis, a man who experiences apocalyptic visions and must decide whether he’s seeing the future or going insane. Every scene rings true even when the images on the screen show something entirely out of this world.
1. “X-Men: First Class”
This is a film where Magneto pushed a coin through Kevin Bacon’s head in slow motion. How does that not earn an Academy Award nomination? The very least, it deserved an honorary award.
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