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‘Gomorrah’ Rubbed Out, ‘Right One’ Wrong One

'Gomorrah' Rubbed Out, 'Right One' Wrong One

Gomorrah, Matteo Garrone’s epic and atmospheric Italian mafia tale, was mysteriously and unjustly snubbed by the Academy Awards. Not by the final nominations, but by the shortlist of potential nominees. Lame! The Academy announced the nine “finalists” for the five nominations, and it’s a weak list. The biggest contenders remaining, would be Israel’s Waltz With Bashir (the favored winner), France’s The Class, and Turkey’s 3 Monkeys. A frustrating addition to the list (given what was left out), is the critically-mixed German production, The Baader Meinhof Complex. And, for those wondering where Let The Right One In is, that Swedish vampire masterpiece was not the nominated film from its country of origin. That honor goes to Oscar vet Jan Troell’s Everlasting Moments (despite Right One being a unanimous critical favorite in America). Evidently, Let The Right One In was not as big a local favorite, and that’s what counts here, as Moments. The absence of Gomorrah is a major snub, as the IFC Films release was working its way through a terrific Oscar campaign (complete with a Martin Scorsese endorsement and a Golden Globe nod). Lame.

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