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No Oscar nominations for Concussion

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When Sony picked Christmas Day for the release of Concussion, many believed the timing had less to do with making money and more to do with positioning lead actor Will Smith for consideration in the next slate of Oscars.

“Will Smith is poised to return to the Oscars as a nominee for the first time in nearly a decade — and, in a year without a clear frontrunner, he could even take home the prize,” declared The Hollywood Reporter in November.

The movie has neither made much money ($31 million domestically through January 12, less than its production budget, which doesn’t include an extensive marketing campaign) nor will it win an Oscar for Will Smith, or anyone else. The nominations for next month’s ceremony, announced earlier today, include none for the film about the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy by Dr. Bennet Omalu and the NFL’s resistance of it.

Those who envisioned Concussion as a potential mainstream tipping point for the sport of football believed that, even if it got lost in the holiday shuffle (it did), it would get a bump from the Oscar buzz. Now, the movie won’t make a ripple until the DVD is released, presumably as the 2016 regular season approaches.

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47 Responses to “No Oscar nominations for Concussion”
  1. nhpats says: Jan 14, 2016 10:39 AM

    This is truly surprising. Will Smith was fantastic.

  2. scoops1 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:40 AM

    that’s cause he didn’t deserve one…

    will smith’s fake accent in Concussion was almost as bad as Laurence Fishburne’s fake accent in Higher Learning

  3. floratiotime says: Jan 14, 2016 10:40 AM

    But the Steelers got a team nomination for Best Acting.

  4. Florio Believer says: Jan 14, 2016 10:41 AM

    Is anyone surprised? I can appreciate the motive, but frankly without the collisions the NFL just wouldn’t be the same.

  5. genericcommenter says: Jan 14, 2016 10:43 AM

    “Now, the movie won’t make a ripple until the DVD is released, presumably as the 2016 regular season approaches.”

    Probably much sooner. It ain’t the days of delayed home video release on $99 VHS tapes anymore. When movies are DOA in the theater, they might get a few weeks wide release and the DVD/VOD a couple months later.

  6. gohawks2015 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:44 AM

    Its a sad thing that players are getting injured.

    Which of them didn’t know exactly how rough the game is they signed on to play as they cashed checks?

    Which of the players didn’t know after years of playing that the game is dangerous. Let alone at its top level with the very best of the best as opponents?

    I feel badly for those injured but there is no way PLAYERS didn’t know exactly what they were getting into when they agreed to play for pay. That is their choice to make. Offer accepted or declined with full knowledge of the possible impact on their lives going forward.

    GO HAWKS

  7. kerzondax says: Jan 14, 2016 10:45 AM

    So?

    Those noms have zero to do with football. Not sure why this is relevant here.

  8. gronkasaurus says: Jan 14, 2016 10:49 AM

    To me anyway, seeing a movie about concussions and suing the NFL is about as interesting as watching a movie about law firms suing factories for exposing their workers to asbestos. It’s sad and important, but I just don’t want to sit through two hours of it. Something more for 60 Minutes or an investigative piece.

  9. tomtravis76 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:52 AM

    The movie started off with potential. It was actually hilarious that they portrayed Pittsburgh hillbillies exactly the way fans across the country perceive them. But when they made the NFL into some kind of Mafia that was ridiculous. We all know they are greedy and don’t care about fans, but the movie insinuates that the NFL strong arms directly attributed to the miscarriage of the doctors child.

  10. chicagosportsfan11 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:55 AM

    Wasn’t a great movie but an important one.

  11. lionsfan123 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:56 AM

    Since the Roman days people preferred watching the Gladiators fight to seeing the Gladiators healthy in their elderly years.

    Why would this change now?

    “No! Please don’t let the gladiators use real swords. Perhaps they can use Nerf swords!”

    Ticket sales/Ratings = 0.0

    We live in a world of make believe.

  12. grandstandrice says: Jan 14, 2016 10:56 AM

    Did anyone else see the headline and think this was going to be about Adam Jones and Antonio Brown?

  13. metitometin says: Jan 14, 2016 10:57 AM

    Sad that people don’t want to see a movie that shows how the NFL, primarily Pete Rozelle and Roger Goodell, ignored repeated warnings that repeated hits to the head was a life threatening condition. It wasn’t until Dave Duerson committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest that the NFL was forced into action to move toward this concussion protocol. But for a number of players who committed suicide due to CTE, it was too late.

    I can enjoy football for what it is, but we have a corrupt commissioner who has botched repeated things in recent years, from concussions to Ray Rice to DeflateGate. And to me, it’s stunning how the NFL owners don’t really care how they look as long as they’re swimming in money.

  14. laces out says: Jan 14, 2016 10:58 AM

    “tell the truth!”

  15. benchokeshischikin says: Jan 14, 2016 11:03 AM

    I knew Antonio Brown was faking!

  16. arktikman says: Jan 14, 2016 11:05 AM

    Don’t you mean Grammy nominations?

  17. chawk12thman says: Jan 14, 2016 11:06 AM

    I was surprised to hear that it hasn’t covered cost of production yet. Because of the ads and interest in NFL, I thought it a sure fire winner at the box office. However, I am never surprised to hear what has or has not gotten an Oscar nomination/Award. Just never understoodhow nominations/awards occur and why a movie/actor does/doesn’t make the cut.

  18. jdbaker01 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:08 AM

    “They should give him the Grammy for Best Actor” – Pacman Jones

  19. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 14, 2016 11:09 AM

    I clicked on this because I could have sworn the article was going to be about Antonio Brown not being able to play on Sunday because of concussion

  20. willycents says: Jan 14, 2016 11:10 AM

    The real Oscar nomination is more rightfully deserved by the Patriots fans who post here for their pretending that the Pats are not cheaters and how unfair it is that they are portrayed as such. Far better performance than any Oscar winning performer since the award was instituted.

  21. bengalguy says: Jan 14, 2016 11:11 AM

    …..except for Antonio Brown!
    boom.

  22. theghostofberniekosar says: Jan 14, 2016 11:16 AM

    Are you kidding me? A Will Smith movie nominated for an Oscar?

    LOL.

  23. ctiggs says: Jan 14, 2016 11:17 AM

    This movie was great, even my GF who hates football enjoyed it and finally understood how bad corporations such as the NFL are. Smith deserves an award for this, but we all know only certain types win that award.

  24. getthegleam says: Jan 14, 2016 11:18 AM

    Putting that movie up against The Force Awakens was stupid. the second coming could have happened and it still would have gotten less press than Star wars.

  25. Stiller43 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:21 AM

    metitometin says:
    Jan 14, 2016 10:57 AM
    Sad that people don’t want to see a movie that shows how the NFL, primarily Pete Rozelle and Roger Goodell, ignored repeated warnings that repeated hits to the head was a life threatening condition. It wasn’t until Dave Duerson committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest that the NFL was forced into action to move toward this concussion protocol. But for a number of players who committed suicide due to CTE, it was too late.

    I can enjoy football for what it is, but we have a corrupt commissioner who has botched repeated things in recent years, from concussions to Ray Rice to DeflateGate. And to me, it’s stunning how the NFL owners don’t really care how they look as long as they’re swimming in money.
    ____________________________________________

    Maybe it’s because everyone already knew that. We all know it’s a violent game and that repeated blows to the head aren’t good for a person. AND we know that large business figure heads often sweep things under the rug that are considered bad for business.

    Whooptiedoo.

  26. chrisk61 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:22 AM

    how about ANTONIO BROWN for the movie FAKING IT VS BENGALS ?

    pac man nominated him

  27. therealtrenches says: Jan 14, 2016 11:22 AM

    No nominations? That’s probably because the Fresh Prince of Bel Air is not a convincing actor for serious roles…not even close.

  28. taugrim (Ed Park) says: Jan 14, 2016 11:24 AM

    Will Smith shut out of the Playoffs and MVP race again.

  29. rcali says: Jan 14, 2016 11:24 AM

    Can’t wait till “Carpel” comes out this summer. It’s a deeply sorrowful story about the 10’s of millions of office workers who suffer from Carpel Tunnel Syndrome from working on their computers all week.

  30. williamannand says: Jan 14, 2016 11:33 AM

    Movies that have developed from a see of social responsibility rarely arrive as big budget mainstream productions. The anticipation that preceded this movie was driven mainly by NFL talking heads and media scribes — people who themselves make a living exploiting professional football.

  31. honkeyt says: Jan 14, 2016 11:34 AM

    I wouldn’t pay to see this movie. “I told da truth”.

  32. 78deville says: Jan 14, 2016 11:36 AM

    Come on! Everybody knows you win a Grammy for concussions.

  33. dapollock69 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:48 AM

    Will Smith should have smootched another dude. Would have been a lock for an Oscar – that’s how these noms work.

  34. jpaq68 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:59 AM

    I would have nominated “Draft Day” before I would have nominated this turd

  35. dreadnok89 says: Jan 14, 2016 12:07 PM

    How bout a movie on how this guy takes all his nonprofit organization money and funnels it to his own for profit company

  36. patsfan1820 says: Jan 14, 2016 12:13 PM

    Probably because Will Smith’s accent was terrible, they picked Luke Wilson to play Goodell despite not looking anything like him, and the movie overall was boring. As much as it is important to reveal the lengths that the NFL went to cover up CTE as someone said earlier I don’t want to spend 2 hours watching something like that. A one hour documentary or a special 30 for 30 special would have been more effective because this movie was crap.

  37. simplesimon1 says: Jan 14, 2016 12:34 PM

    It wasn’t just the accent. The movie is horrendous…. honestly. I have no idea how so many people liked it. Lets take a movie about concussions in football and make 70% of it a love story with nothing about concussions….bravo.

    Just go watch League of Denial, which this “movie” is based on. Don’t waste your money when actual good movies are out right now.

  38. abninf says: Jan 14, 2016 12:40 PM

    I refuse to watch it. I know concussions could have long term effects when I played pee wee in the 70’s. Roger Staubach retired in 1980 because of it.

  39. rainbowpowerbottom says: Jan 14, 2016 1:16 PM

    Mike brown reportedly voted against his nomination.

  40. surfinbird1 says: Jan 14, 2016 1:30 PM

    Movie never got off the ground after the NFL made sure it was watered down. Roger & the owners chuckle.

  41. romophobic says: Jan 14, 2016 1:31 PM

    What “tipping point?” What did you, and others, hope this movie would accomplish? Educating football fans across the country that bashing one’s head against another one’s head could lead to brain injuries? Did you hope it would end the NFL as we know it and turn it into flag football? I don’t get what the goal is of you and those who think this would be a “tipping point” really is. Yes, football is dangerous. Yes the league could’ve done more to make that danger known (which they have paid a lot of money to correct.) Yes leading with your head is dangerous which is why the league has gone above and beyond to make the game safer (destroying it in the progress.) What else do you want? One can only conclude that you want it banned for good. Pure and utter lunacy.

  42. Deb says: Jan 14, 2016 2:34 PM

    Just bought the book and look forward to seeing the film.

    Not sure why there’s so much hostility about the film on this thread. If you don’t think the league is capable of deliberately covering up traumatic brain injury and a lot of other evil stuff, you should read more NFL history. The new reality is that some parents are pulling their kids out of the sport, but it will continue–for the foreseeable future–because poor kids are willing to risk their health for the rewards football offers.

    The best chance to ensure football will be around two or three generations from now is to better understand traumatic brain injury and how to prevent it without undermining the fundamentals of the game. I don’t know if that’s possible. But sticking our heads in the sand and being hostile to the people trying to save players’ lives isn’t the answer.

  43. antikytheraeagles says: Jan 14, 2016 2:35 PM

    The harder a movie flops, the quicker it is released on home media. Especially these days where basically no one pays for hard copies of movies anymore, the studios want to recoup as much of their money as they can as quickly as possible. Now theybwill be banking on the “well I wouldn’t go out to a theatre to see it but it looks interesting” crowd. Additionally, nowadays buying a dvd or blu ray costs AT WORST a few dollars more than actually going to the theatre, and you get to keep the movie. This film will be on shelves before easter.

  44. dreemeagle says: Jan 14, 2016 3:06 PM

    Will Smith has somehow managed to position himself as Hollywood’s Vanilla Ice–not an easy thing to do in an industry of pathological liars social misfits, amoral recreational deviates and comically naive idealists who not only believe there’s a Walgrensland, but that they’re at the centre of it and so it revolves around them…

  45. mackcarrington says: Jan 14, 2016 5:06 PM

    Would have been better off just making it a documentary. In that category it might have received nominations.

  46. macjacmccoy says: Jan 15, 2016 11:08 AM

    You don’t think Jeffery Lurie has pull with the Oscar committee? You know the one that has already given him 2 Oscars? You think his friends were going to award or even nominate a film that tries to make him and his other friends look like scumbags? Yeah right.

  47. trollkiller55 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:07 PM

    the movie was surprisingly good and Smith was amazing. You really forgot it was him, his accent and performance were so good.

    Yet the Oscars decide to nominate a Bruce-Caitlyn-like transgender actor and leave Smith out. Unreal.

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