Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a visual masterpiece with raw emotion and powerful performances at its core, and its 13 Oscar nods and box office success reflects that. But not all movies of this rare quality get the attention they deserve.
Some films dazzle the critics but debut to minimal fanfare, their launches overshadowed by the superhero juggernaut playing in the cinema auditorium next door, and that invariably means criminally few moviegoers get to experience them.
Similarly, there are beloved movies which perform well enough at the box office, only to be roundly snubbed during the awards season.
Few films manage to strike that magic balance between widespread acclaim and box office bucks. The Marvel Cinematic Universe titles are examples of ones that do, although superhero fodder is rarely appreciated at the Academy Awards (something that will hopefully change following Logan’s Best Adapted Screenplay nomination).
From indie gems to modern classics that were criminally overlooked by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, here are the films from the current decade that deserved more love and attention.