Not at the Oscars – Never Let Me Go

There was a time when everyone seemed to be excited about Never Let Me Go, but that was a while ago and felt like it ended long before the film actually came out. Maybe if the film had opened in the UK first it could have gained some support before tackling the US. Instead it flopped in the US and then continued to flounder in the UK market.

With no real excitement any more and not much attention the studio seems to have given up on this little treasure. Without an Oscar campaign, something that is depressingly vital for award success, the film that opened the London Film Festival has no Oscar nominations to speak of. Hell, it didn’t even make the Baftas.

Beautiful direction, careful writing and stand-out performances all go ignored. Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan are heart breaking and Keira Knightley is surprisingly good in her unsympathetic role. The film unfolds slowly and manages to not gives itself away in the opening act. Surely something in here deserves a little recognition?

Even a nomination for all the heavy knitwear would have been enough.

3 thoughts on “Not at the Oscars – Never Let Me Go

  1. I thought surely the score would have been nominated. I found it hauntingly beautiful and humming bits of it after the film was over.

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  2. Yeah, no joke. This is why I have no idea what to watch in the USA. I watch a movie every few months. Got this one because I read the book 5 years ago and of course, I cried. I’m someone who cries once every couple years. I don’t watch the Oscars. I’m disappointed to learn that they missed Never Let Me Go.

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  3. @Diane I just looked up the Judy Bridgewater song and it’s on youtube. No wonder I couldn’t find the song when the book came out; it hadn’t been written yet! Kazuo Ishiguro was listed as an exec. producer so I feel sure he must have approved of the song. Same with the boat scene and Ruth’s death. All things I had not visualized as clearly when I read the book.

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