Some Oscar dreams flourished and some were dashed with this morning’s announcement of the 85th annual Academy Award nominations. Academy voters can be as harsh as they can be predictable, and some snubs seem designed to sting. Thankfully some take it with a degree of humor. “I just got snubbed for a flu shot at CVS,” tweeted Prometheus co-writer Damon Lindelof today. Here are some of the directors, films and actors who got left out today even though they might have deserved better.
Kathryn Bigelow – The Zero Dark Thirty director was the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker– she won’t be repeating that feat this year even though her film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden was nominated for Best Picture. “Kathryn Bigelow was robbed. So f—ed up. #recount,” tweeted ZD30 producer Megan Ellison after the nominations were announced Thursday.
Leonardo DiCaprio – He got a Supporting Actor nomination from the Golden Globes for his Calvin Candie in Django Unchained but nothing today — cast mate Christoph Waltz got the nod.
Marion Cotillard – No Best Actress for her Rust and Bone performance?
The Intouchables – A big hit at home and France’s submission for Best Foreign film, this comedy-drama Weinstein released movie got treated like an untouchable.
Ben Affleck – No Best Director or Best Actor for Argo. Really? Even though it got a Best Picture nomination?
Skyfall – Yes it’s a James Bond movie. But, as the PGA recognized, it is a Sam Mendes-directed Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem. It would have been a nice addition to the tribute the Academy plans for the Bond movies’ 50th anniversary during the Oscarcast, but Oscar himself was neither shaken nor stirred beyond Adele’s best song nom.
Cloud Atlas – Not even a technical nomination? The Academy must have really hated it.
John Hawkes – His performance in The Sessions made this past nominee seem a sure thing for a Academy Award nomination – what happened Oscar?
Rise Of The Guardians – That must have really hurt over at DreamWorks Animation this morning.
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Quentin Tarantino – The Golden Globes gave the Django Unchained helmer a nomination and the Academy gave the movie itself a Best Picture nomination today but no Best Director for Quentin? Too much controversy?
Perks Of Being A Wallflower – If any movie called out for Best Adapted Screenplay, it was this coming of ager directed and written by Stephen Chbosky based on his own acclaimed 1999 novel. And yet Oscar offered no perks at all.
Christopher Nolan – Holy Oversight, Batman! Even though Inception was nominated for Best Picture in 2010 and he’s picked up a pair of writing noms, The Dark Knight Rises director has never received a nomination for his helming work — including on the hugely successful Batman franchise. And just like with 2005’s Batman Begins and 2008’s The Dark Knight, Nolan was again left off the Best Director list.
Matthew McConaughey – His compelling performance as male strip club owner Dallas in Magic Mike was overlooked for a Supporting Actor nod from SAG and the Golden Globes. Now the Academy has brought the curtain down altogether.
Samuel L. Jackson – His turn as Candyland’s head slave Stephen in Django Unchained really did deserve better from the Academy.
Tom Hooper – The Les Miserables director and 2010 Best Director Oscar winner for The King’s Speech was passed over by the Golden Globes but landed a DGA nomination. Guess Oscar decided it liked the first tune more than the second.
Helen Mirren – Nominated for a BAFTA for her role in Hitchcock, this past Oscar winner’s turn with a Hollywood icon just didn’t get the love from the Academy this year.
The Dark Knight Rises – No even a single technical nomination? The Academy’s prejudice against superhero movies is a joke but the shutting out of TDKR is no laughing matter.
Moonrise Kingdom – It got a Best Original Screenplay nomination but what about directing, the actors, the design? …this is a Wes Anderson film after all.
Paul Thomas Anderson – Yes The Master got three big Actor nominations for Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams but no Best Director or Best Screenplay for Anderson?
Flight – No visual effects nominations? That plane crash was amazing and deserving.
Marvel’s The Avengers – Only one nomination? The public flocked to see this film. You’d hope the Academy would get pasted its superhero bias and recognize that — or at least Joss Whedon, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. or Disney itself.