No Best Director nomination for Ridley Scott for The Martian and no Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin for Steve Jobs this morning? Shockers all round as these guys were seen as sure things for this year’s Oscars. Add to that snubs for Steven Spielberg, Jane Fonda, Straight Outta Compton, Quentin Tarantino and Will Smith and you have an 88th Oscars that is very very white and seems like a bad dream for some.
Sadly, it’s all real and here are some of the biggest snubs of this morning’s Oscar nominations announcement. Tell us who you think was overlooked.
Steven Spielberg – After putting out one of his strongest films in years, Spielberg was snubbed by the DGA earlier this week and now the Bridge of Spies helmer and two-time past Oscar winner has been left out in the cold by the Academy.
Jane Fonda – They say youth is wasted on the young. Well, not giving this two-time Oscar winner a nomination for her admittedly short but brash stint as a superstar in Youth was a wasted opportunity by Academy voters.
Ridley Scott – The Martian got a Best Picture nomination and Matt Damon got a Best Actor nom but the director was wrongly left floating in space.
African-Americans – This is a way too white Oscars. No Will Smith for Concussion? No Ryan Coogler for Creed? No Michael B. Jordan for Creed?No F. Gary Gray for Straight Outta Compton? No Samuel L. Jackson for The Hateful Eight? Hollywood, this isn’t just about diversity, it’s about talent and you missed out on giving a thumbs up to both today. Sadly, it’s #OscarsSoWhite all over again.
Quentin Tarantino – Looks like Academy voters had their hate on for The Hateful Eight director and writer. No Best Screenplay? That’s cold.
Carol – NY Critics loved it, best movie, Academy members ignored it for Best Picture and Todd Haynes for Best Director.
Straight Outta Compton – We mentioned it before but the fact is Universal’s hit biopic of the onetime most dangerous group in the world got its mic dropped hard by Academy voters this morning. Besides getting a Best Original Screenplay nomination, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and director F. Gary Gray deserved better than to be left almost straight outta the Oscars.
Steve Carell – Maybe the Academy has a thing about guys named Steve this year but after getting a Best Actor nomination for Foxcatcher last year the engine in the ensemble of the nominated The Big Short certainly seemed to have rising stock with AMPAS members. Too bad, in the end, they didn’t double down.
Idris Elba – The actor was a beast of the best thespian sort in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation from Netflix. Maybe Academy members were turning away from a new way of putting out films but they shouldn’t have shunned Elba’s performance in the process.
Brand New Testament – This Belgian dark comedy from past Oscar winner Jaco Van Dormael about a very grumpy God living in Brussels has Catherine Deneuve, laughs galore and a whole new take on the Good Book. Show a little faith people.
Aaron Sorkin – Academy members really decided to think different, as the old Apple campaign once said, and deny the Steve Jobs scribe a Best Adapted Screenplay. What was the problem? Too much walking and talking?
Jacob Tremblay – No disrespect to the immense talents of Brie Larson but it was through this 7-year’s old eyes and amazing range that we saw Room. So AMPAS, why did you look away from the future?
Helen Mirren – She was good in Trumbo, but this 2007 Oscar winner was great in Woman In Gold – great enough to get an SAG Award nom but not seemingly anything from Academy voters today.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Not saying it’s Shakespeare or even The Empire Strikes Back but the complete cold shouldering of the J.J. Abrams helmed revival of the beloved franchise besides some VFX and Editing noms and a Best Score for John Williams was a step to the Dark Side for AMPAS voters.
Robert De Niro – Jennifer Lawrence got a nomination but there was no Oscar joy for her Joy co-star this morning.
“Pray 4 My City” – This timely Nick Cannon tune from Chi-Raq is well worth a listen and a nomination.
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief – Alex Gibney’s penetrating profile of the church started by L. Ron Hubbard may not be to everyone’s liking in Hollywood but it suspends belief that this Emmy winning HBO film by the past Oscar winner was overlooked.