Lionsgate’s Contention Detention

So this weekend brings the biiiiig event that everyone in the film industry is always in a tizzy about: The Academy Awards. The Oscars. THE BIG CHEESE.

…Okay, nobody actually calls it that last one. But you get the picture!

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Lionsgate has only two films in the race with 4 nominations total: Excellent drug thriller Sicario and familu fun animation Shaun and the Sheep. That’s all. And frankly, it’s from lack of trying. You see, these films were reportedly the only ones even brought forward for consideration.

Look, we’re realists. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was sure as hell not going to be nominated for Best Picture. WE KNOW THIS. Additionally, Lionsgate’s 2015 line-up was pretty lousy overall. It was absolutely not their year.

But are we saying that The Hunger Games franchise has NO technical value? The costumes! The make-up! Effects and set design! While we don’t know if the film would win, we’d say the technical aspects are nomination worthy. Or at least worthy of freaking consideration for a nomination! C’mon now!

Yes, the film industry didn’t take movies featuring teen main characters and geared toward younger audiences seriously, they really don’t take anything with a fandom seriously. But are they really ever going to if nobody even bothers advertising their eligibility for contention? Did Lionsgate just give up on the biggest and best franchise they’ve had since… possibly ever… at the final bell?

Really, it’s a shame. It feels like the studio is doubt the value of one its biggest successes in recent years, and from a fan’s perspective, that’s pretty heartbreaking.

Well, At Least Jennifer Lawrence Will Be There, Lookin’ Fly,

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The Girl With The Pearl

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One comment

  1. “Yes, the film industry didn’t take movies featuring teen main characters and geared toward younger audiences seriously, they really don’t take anything with a fandom seriously.” I think that’s it right there; they just continue to assume that it wouldn’t even be a serious contender. But ugh, if anything with teenage main characters and/or a fandom is worthy of AT LEAST being considered for a nomination in one of those categories, it’s THG! The technical stuff alone is incredible.
    (And hey, I’d vote it Best Picture, but that’s just me…;p)

    And Shaun the Sheep was a very clever, funny, charming little romp…delightful, really. I’m glad it’s nominated, although Inside Out is probably an even stronger choice. Hard to match Pixar for animation. I haven’t seen Sicario yet because it didn’t look like my kind of film, but now that it’s a nominee and I’ve heard other praise, it can go to the top of my Netflix queue.

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