Always a bridesmaid. While it would be unfair, and quite frankly untrue, to say that Bridesmaids got ignored by the Academy (Melissa McCarthy‘s hilarious, star-making performance earned her a deserving Best Supporting Actress nod, while Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo landed rightfully among the Best Original Screenplay nominees for their relatable, infinitely quotable smash comedy), there’s still one big rejection hanging over the film’s head: A Best Picture nomination for the 84th Academy Awards.
Because of the Oscars’ new rule, anywhere between 5 and 10 films could have filled the Best Picture slots. (A movie could only get a nomination if it secured a minimum 5 percent of first-place votes.) This year’s Best Picture race has nine nominees in total, and, unfortunately, the comedy — which will likely be heralded as this year’s Dark Knight, the hit tossed aside for the likes of The Reader and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close — just missed its shot. But that’s just my opinion. Which film do you think deserved the 10th spot on the Best Picture list?
The omission of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 might be just as surprising for some as Bridesmaids‘ snub, especially since it was passed over for a nomination not only in the Best Picture race, but in most major categories. While 2003’s The Return of the King, the final installment in the Lord of the Rings saga, was rewarded with the Best Picture statuette, it seems there will be no lifetime achievement award for the beloved and wildly popular Harry Potter series.
While many expected, or at the very least hoped, Bridesmaids and Harry Potter would become Best Picture nominees, the same could be said for David Fincher’s take on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Though Rooney Mara earned a surprise Best Actress nod, the film itself was snubbed. (The Academy also didn’t seem to feel the need to make things up to Fincher in the Best Director category after he lost last year for The Social Network.)
Not even the power of George Clooney and Ryan Gosling (perhaps the Academy’s biggest acting snub this year) could earn the political drama The Ides of March a Best Picture nod, despite nabbing one for Best Adapted Screenplay. Other long-shot, albeit deserving, Best Picture candidates that missed out on the possible 10th slot: A Separation, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Drive, and Melancholia.
Vote in the poll below to pick which film you think should have been the 10th Best Picture nominee and then sound off in the comments section below. The Oscars will air live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26.