Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of Tribute To The Fallen, where I discuss films that have been largely ignored by the Academy and go into why I think they should've gotten in or even the categories they might've had a chance in. For this episode, I will go into the 2011 sci-fi cult hit Attack The Block.
Even though Attack The Block had A showing during the awards circuit, it was mostly for a lot of breakthrough and Best First Film awards for director Joe Cornish from the different critics circles, like New York Film Critics Online. It even got a BAFTA nomination for Best Debut Film, but lost.
It is easy to see why it got overlooked or didn't have a stronger campaign, though. It is a sci-fi film mixed with comedy and horror, which is like a triple whammy in terms of what they recognize. But it is also a commentary on the divide between the low-income inner city populace and the authorities or the higher class. With all those elements weaved in, it makes the film what would've been a worthy candidate for Best Original Screenplay. Of course there are also the technical categories worthy of praise like Best Makeup for the creature designs and Best Score from Steven Price and electronic dance duo Basement Jaxx. I would even throw in Best Supporting Actor for John Boyega as gang leader Moses, who undergoes quite a subtle arc as the film progresses from intimidating gang leader to savior of his apartment complex, or "block."
When looking at what films get nominated, I always like to look at not only what films will age well, but what is the most inventive either technically or in terms of the genres it plays with. Attack The Block certainly falls under the latter as it is one pf the most inventive sci-fi films to come out in quite some time. But I'm sure it would have only had a chance if James Cameron or Steven Spielberg were behind it. They're great directors, don't get me wrong. I'm just making a point.
So those are my thoughts on why I thought Attack The Block deserved some Oscar love. Whether you agree or disagree, please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!