We all know how this goes: As soon as the Golden Globe nominations are out, the Oscar nominations come out in January, and in both cases, most of the talk is about what is/will be around both. does not Be a candidate.
It has to do with the fact that some popular blockbusters have been recognized in anything but a few technical categories (“How did they get Jurassic World: Domination? people ask). But there are many reasons why films are overlooked by award bodies — genre among them. Horror films rarely receive criticism, for example (from not at all This year may be different) and the same goes for science fiction movies. There’s always been some stability to the Oscar nominations (though less so these days, now that the voting body has been made more inclusive), so anything weird or experimental is less likely to make the cut. Likewise, obscure indies rarely attract attention, especially in the streaming era (of which there are many).
But genre, weird, experimental and obscure films (or all four) still deserve some love. Here are 22 films from last year that deserved award recognition but probably didn’t. (If any of these films are nominated for a major award, it’s not because this list is inaccurate; it’s more likely because voters were swayed by the film’s positioning.)