Why The Hunger Games is overlooked by the Oscars

| February 3, 2013 | 9 Comments More

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The Hunger Games didn’t make the Oscar cut.  While we might be huge fans of the movie, I guess it’s really no surprise that it’s not getting recognized.  EW  has decided to break it down for us – exlaining the reasons why The Hunger Games (and other great movies) has been ignored by the Oscars.

The Film: The Hunger Games. This action-adventure teen bait — based on the book trilogy of the same name — takes place in a post-apocalyptic nation called Panem, a dystopia that forces 12 unlucky children to participate in an annual fight-to-the-death competition called The Hunger Games. However, this long-running competition is shaken up when fiery spirit Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) enters the arena and inspires a revolution. Oh, and there’s a love triangle in there, too.

Why it Wasn’t Nominated: Young adult novel adaptations have never fared well with Oscar. (This year, there are three* book adaptations in the Best Picture race: Les MisérablesSilver Linings Playbook, and Life of Pi.)The most often cited example of the Academy’s tendency to snub young-skewing fiction is the Harry Potter films, all of which failed to grab nominations in non-technical categories and never won an award in anycategory. Those staggering stats come despite breaking box office records and gaining heaps of critical praise over the course of an entire decade worth of films.

Read the rest at EW

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  1. Peetaluver77 says:

    This is so stupid… The hunger games is an amazing movie and book and deserves to be recognized. A lot of money and time went into the Movie and now they treat it like trash… I don’t think this is fair at all -_-

  2. HGFan says:

    Uuuuum….. 24 children! Not 12! That’s all I could focus on while reading this article!

  3. Mia G. says:

    Not every movie can be oscar nominated. I don’t really mind that it didn’t make the cut–maybe Catching Fire wil be, who knows?

    Besides, from a technical,critical, comparative standpoint, I’m not sure it deserved to be. Don’t get me wrong!!!! I loved the movie, and I’ll always be a huge fan of it.

  4. Aboo says:

    That’s no excuse. They should be able to nominate ANY great movie. (The hunger games) A Duuurrr

  5. hayla says:

    it is 24 not 12!!!!! and i think the hunger games was an amazing film/books! It should be recognized!

    • hayla says:

      i mean from a critical point of veiw there were lots of thnks wroung that i really hated! I love the books but i wasn’t a fan of the movie, I am a huge fan but the movie wasn’t to good

      • Christine says:

        In my opinion…
        The films nominated for the Oscars are mostly independant movies. Hunger Games is way too popular to be on the list. It’s not about the most-grossing movie of the year but more about how well the movie was made and all. I loved the books and I’m a huge fan but the movie didn’t deserve it very much (at least it won at the People’s choice awards). I hope Catching Fire is going to be good though.

  6. Sarah says:

    I don’t believe that the Hunger Games not being nominated had anything to do with it being popular or aimed at a younger crowd. Life of Pi is about a teenage boy and his epic journey for instance. Argo was not nominated, yet won acclaim and awards that typically predict the award winners for the Oscars.
    It comes down to the fact that the entire production of the Hunger Games was rushed. While the filming may have followed a normal schedule, the script was rushed into development at the very same time. It seemed like the studio was simply trying to fill the coming void of the end of Twilight. The movies nominated all had scripts that were in development for years before the movie was produced, Les Miz for instance had its cast a full year before filming so they could train their voices.
    What does all this mean? Simply put, it was a decent enough flick for mass consumption (and it was fun to watch) but it should never expect to receive critical acclaim.

  7. may the odds be ever in your favor says:


    sort of,yes i agree the book was phenoneminal the movie was a slight dissapointment but isnt that always the case with books made into movies i think liam and jennifer’s talent obviously scould not be overlooked just because it was a young adult movie….

    so basically what you just said is bull #$%^!!!!!!!!

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