Oscar Snubs?

For me, here are what I consider to be the Top 10 most “shocking” snubs from the Oscar nominations;

1) Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)- Best Actress

I think everyone was surprised that Thompson was the Actress who didn’t make the cut. Most people were arguing about the 5th slot going to either Streep or Adams, and when both made the list, it meant Thompson was omitted. What a shame.

2) Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)- Best Actor

Hanks seemed to be a shoo-in for another Best Actor nomination, especially considering his other strong performance in Saving Mr Banks (which also went unnominated). He lost out to Christian Bale, and a rising support for American Hustle.

3) Absolutely No Nominations Anywhere For Blue Is The Warmest Color

When you think about how well reviewed Blue Is The Warmest Color has been, and how it didn’t receive a SINGLE nomination, anywhere. That’s a pretty big omission. Even Saving Mr Banks and Invisible Woman scored 1 nomination each. Which brings me to…

4) Absolutely No Nominations Anywhere For Fruitvale Station

Also completely forgotten was Fruitvale Station. Maybe having breakthrough awards at the Oscars isn’t such a bad idea. I can’t imagine Ryan Coogler wouldn’t have been nominated for his breakthrough direction, or Michael B. Jordan for breakthrough performance.

5) Absolutely No Nominations For The Butler

Slightly less shocking, but The Butler was shut out. Even in technical races. For such a widely received film, many assumed Oprah Winfrey would make the cut.

6) The Grandmaster missed out on Foreign Language film

It’s bizarre that The Grandmaster received 2 technical nominations, but yet wasn’t considered a strong enough contender for the Best Foreign Language Film award. When will Wong Kar Wai get recognition?

7) Very Little Support for Inside Llewyn Davis

Llewyn managed to get two technical nominations, but considering that the film was a strong candidate for Picture, Actor, Director, and Screenplay… it seems like Llewyn was forgotten a bit.

8) James Gandolfini (Enough Said)- Best Supporting Actor

My personal pick for “awwwwwwww” was James Gandolfini. His last chance to be an Oscar nominee, coming off a career-best (in film at least) performance, in a well reviewed movie. Add to that the fact that Enough Said as a film got zero nominations, and it is an omission that stings.

9) Pacific Rim for Visual Effects

Like seriously. They nominated The Lone Ranger for Visual Effects but not Pacific Rim? What gives?

10) Stories We Tell for Best Documentary Feature

I thought for sure that Stories We Tell was a lock for a nomination (along with The Art Of Killing), and somehow it didn’t make the final cut. I’m less surprised about the controversial Blackfish not making the cut, and still trying to figure out what went wrong with Stories We Tell.

Those are my picks. What are yours?

One thought on “Oscar Snubs?

  1. There are political dimensions to the Oscar picks. And it’s a bit absurd to compare apples and oranges (works of art) to say which is “best”. I think all the nominees were worthy of acclaim, as were the films you’ve listed. But Oscars are usually mostly “safe” choices. Great films with low box office are less likely to get nominations, as are indie vs big budget films. Also, there are (arbitrary) limits on the number of nominations in each category. So then, on to speculating about why some got “snubbed”.

    “Saving Mr. Banks” is a moving film, but in important ways it cheated the audience by fudging the facts. Travers hated the film of Mary Poppins, and never allowed Disney access to the other books. Should lying about real people be rewarded, even though it’s really well-done, professional lying?

    Gandolfini was deserving, but not nominating him in a year with so many great performances allowed room for a living actor to benefit. He will still be remembered fondly, and the tragedy of his early death will remain a cautionary tale.

    “Inside Llewyn Davis” is a wonderful film, and I loved it, but it’s hard for audiences to get dark comedy. The Coens are so brave, and they take big chances with each new film. This is a case where Oscar’s middle of the road bias comes in. Films that are more than two standard deviations from the mean don’t win, and are rarely nominated. That’s also why “Her” won’t win Best Picture, though original approaches do get the “writer’s ghetto” prize – Best Original Screenplay.

    I think “The Butler” didn’t get nominated more or less because “12 Years a Slave” did. I’m not going to step further onto that third rail. You know what I mean.

    If these things were based on merit alone, which they aren’t, I would have nominated George Clooney for Supporting (Gravity) and Redford for Best Actor (All is Lost). It theoretically shouldn’t matter if they’ve won before. Their work fits the definition of the categories. In Clooney’s case, he got on, nailed a performance necessary to balance and support Bullock’s, and got out. That’s what character parts are all about. And in Redford’s case, think how hard it is to “act” without dialogue! Spencer Tracy got a nomination in 1958 for “The Old Man and the Sea” where he acted solo out on the (fake) ocean for most of the film. However, he had the accompaniment of his own narration of Hemingway’s words for assistance.

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