It is uncommon for a film to get full on disqualified from the Oscars, but it appears to have happened this year. The film in question is “Mandy,” a psychedelic horror film that has become a rallying cry for many. Featuring one of the strongest Nicolas Cage performances in recent memory, the movie was unconventional to say the least. The film also stars Andrea Riseborough and notably serves as one of the final scores from Jóhann Jóhannsson. Sadly, the disqualification has taken it completely out of the race.
According to Indiewire, the disqualification happened recently. “Mandyreleaseded to the video-on-demand market before it had completed its one-week theatrical run. It opened in theaters and on VOD on September 14, 2018. It held a one night only event the day before. However, the requirement for Oscar submission a one-week theatrical run in Los Angeles. Additionally, the film needs to show at least three times a day during that theatrical run. The news now means that not only Cage and Riseborough are disqualified, but saddest of all, Jóhannsson.
Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away in February 2018, just a month after the film’s release. Many have been very vocal about the score for “Mandy” potentially making the newly created shortlist for the Oscar category. The composer became a surefire choice for any directors looking to have strange or odd scores in their films. His work on “Mandy” certainly qualifies, but he also worked on higher budget films as well. Jóhannsson received a pair of Oscar nominations for “The Theory of Everything” and “Sicario” in back-to-back years. His disqualification for “Arrival” shook up the season. It remains unlikely that “Mandy” would have made the Oscar five, but it would have been a beautiful narrative for the season.