DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of light-hearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:
"Oscar Snub Movies"
It finally happened. Leonardo DeCaprio finally got his Oscar, and deservedly so. After being snubbed time and again for years of terrific performances, the academy of old, out of touch rich people gave up and admitted that he's a fantastic actor. This triumph only brings to mind other cases of movies and actors snubbed by the Academy Awards, and the frustration that movie-goers have when the obvious choices are overlooked and replaced with obscure niche cinema. It's one thing if you personally loved a movie and wished more people agreed, but there are certain films that the general public rallies around as worthy of award, only to see those hopes dashed. Below are a list of fantastic, ground breaking films and performances that find themselves woven into the fabric of our culture sans little golden man:
1. Michael Keaton from Birdman
This film won almost every single Oscar it was nominated for except best actor for Batman...I mean Birdman. Presented as one continuous shot, the film walks the surreal line between fantasy and reality without seeming pretentious or exhausting. It's almost impossible to not see echoes of Keaton's own personal struggle and career in the character who's worried he's only as good as old superhero performances yet yearns to still create and be relevant. This is one of the finest movies of our generation, and Keaton's performance was one of, if not the best of his career. He should have won, instead of the hyper-weird looking Eddie Redmayne.
The movie is full of emotion sure, but the moment that I cried was actually at the Oscars themselves. Birdman had been cleaning up all night, and it was assumed that Keaton would win best actor. As they announced the winner, you can clearly see him unfolding his acceptance speech, then rapidly shove it back in his coat when they don't announce his name. It's utterly heartbreaking, and I wish the camera hadn't caught it.