Oscar Nomination Snubs: Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Jane Fonda, Aaron Sorkin & Black America

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 ComptonQuentin 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.

ConcussionAfrican-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 2Straight 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?

Woman In Gold Helen Mirren Ryan ReynoldsHelen 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.

    1. I totally agree! Happy it got Screenplay nom — but deserved more recognition. Sometimes the early year releases get overlooked. Uggh.

      1. I’m so tired of getting told by awards which movies are the best when most are disappointing when eventually the majority of people attend it would have had bigger box office if it’s so great, Small movies that are great and deserve awards. Not an award just because a movie is strange and weird.  

    2. Agree. One of the best films of the year–but I liked The Martian best of all. But Ex Machina was so interesting and original–it deserved a nomination.

  1. Tarantino wasn’t a snub. He didn’t deserve it. EVERY scene was much longer than it needed to be. There might have been a really good 2 hour movie buried in those 3 hours. He desperately needed a script editor.

    1. I don’t know… I felt that the screenplay was incredibly thoughtful, with wonderful, complex and thought-provoking dialogue. It’s true, some may argue that it was too long, but of what was actually said in the film, it trumps Bridge of Spies, Ex Machina, and especially Straight Outta Compton. They all have cool stories, but really, the most outstanding dialogue this year came from Hateful Eight and Steve Jobs, both of which were completely snubbed this year.

  2. Before all hell breaks loose on Twitter I just wanted to say that Straight Outta Compton was not worthy of best picture. It was entertaining but it wasn’t what I consider quality filmmaking.

    But that’s just me and most others.

    I’ll see what Melissa Harris Perry has to say on tv and Ava DuVernay has to say on Twitter I’m sure.

    1. Yeah Compton was fun and successful, and I even liked it, but I never sat there thinking “Best Picture nomination” while I was watching it. I’d say Creed was more realistic and more deserving of a nomination than Compton.

  3. Having seen most of the eligible films this year, I am stunned by the lack of recognition for “Carol”. A superb adaptation by Phyllis Nagy, pitch-perfect performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, gorgeous cinematography, set design, costuming, and brilliant, sensitive direction by Todd Haynes. Did the film’s subject matter turn Academy voters off? In 2016? Despite the Academy’s short-sightedness, this movie will definitely endure.

    1. Yes, I do realize that Cate, Rooney and Phyllis were, in fact, nominated (haven’t had my coffee yet). My reaction was to the lack of a nomination for Best Picture and Best Director.

    2. I couldn’t agree more. One of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Todd Haynes should have been nominated. Sorry, but much better than Straight Outta Compton.

    1. The MetLife™ Peanuts Movie is to Sparky’s classic comic strip is like what the new Muppets Show is to what the franchise was under Henson and Oz – In other words, it lacked heart. The Peanuts TV holiday specials were much better than the recent film. Plus, the characters looked really weird in 3D.

    2. I thought the Peanuts movie was just dull. i appreciated that they stuck close to the comics’ roots – and kept it old fashioned – but it just felt like a re-hash of the old cartoons. No great new story telling – cobbled together script. Blah.

      1. The Peanuts Movie was ok. But Sparky used to say that ONLY HE could do Peanuts properly and the movie really proved this.

  4. See You Again was snubbed hard in the Best Song category. By far the best original song of the year.

    Straight Outta Compton should be up for Best Picture, in a world of bio pics, where something made so terribly like Selman gets nominated, Compton deserved that nomination, especially after grabbing a best screenplay nom.

    1. If Straight Outta Compton was fiction, then maybe. But as a bio pic, no. They white-washed (no pun intended) the story. Since Dr. Dre and Ice Cube were Producers, some of their nasty behavior was left out. It was sanitized for their protection.

      1. The criterion isn’t “film that stuck closest to real events” but “best picture.” If the movie is good, it’s just plain good. Lots of biopics have issues hewing to the absolute truth, but they don’t all get shot down for it.

    1. Straight out of Compton was good, but could have easily been a movie of the week….Not Oscar worthy.

    2. Actually, the voters consist of everyone in the Academy, which includes all of the actors, directors, etc…

        1. WRONG. Its a mix of all races and ethnicities, Get your facts correct instead of making up percentages purely for reaction. lol

        2. 92% actually. and a majority are over 50.

          white males over 50 are one of the lowest demographics of people who actually go to movie theaters.

          there’s a huge disconnect between what these old white men nominate and what ACTUAL movie-goers want to see.

          1. The majority of audiences are still white, though. Without any surprise, the numbers are almost exact to America’s racial percentages.

          2. Not ageism, just facts. People over 60 only make up 11% of the people who go to the movies.
            And no, America is not 94% white, 77% male, with an average age of 63.
            The demo of the academy is very different than the demo of America. I’m not saying that ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ — I’m saying its out of touch with the majority of actual movie-goers.

        3. The subject matter of NWA treating females like garbage isn’t racist. Any group black, red, yellow, or white doing that should be out of consideration for the academy. Shame on you people.

    3. You’ll be old one day. But you’re right, black people should get an award every time they make a movie.

    4. Nice try MSNBC viewer, but most Oscar voters are LIBERALS of every age and stripe. Maybe, like the rest of America, they’re tired of all the self-pity and phony victimization.

    5. Actually, The “Voters” are all the actors , directors and people you see at the Oscars , The Academy is made up from its peers/Winners.. Not sure where you get your information, you are wrong, That Simple :)

    6. WHAT!!!!???? What???? Are you Insane? “Oscar voters are all old white conservative peeps who are bigots”???? Brother, what the hell have you been smokin’? Have you really been paying attention to the Oscars in the last ten-fifteen years? Yes, there IS a huge disconnect between what these people like and what people want to see but for years now, if anything, Oscars have been given more for political causes and agendas than for performances. Grow up.

  5. The fact that two of the most violent movies of the year — The Revenant and Mad Max — are the top Oscar nominees says a lot about how lowbrow these Oscars have become. At least they spared us from The Hateful Eight and Straight Outta Compton, two mediocre movies that could have been good if the directors and producers had a clue about quality moviemaking.

      1. Have you seen either of these movies you’re slamming, Giovanni? Doubtful. Both are beautiful, eloquent and philosophical. The so-called violence in both (and MM is bombastic yes, but hardly “violent”) are means to very metaphysical ends. You should see movies before commenting on them — much less disparaging them.

        1. MM wasn’t violent? Don’t get me wrong, I loved it — but it was violent as hell. the most violent movie to come out of hollywood in years.

        2. Mad Max was violent. It was all one scene, one note and there was virtually no dialogue. A nice piece of art and maybe movie of the month so calm down.

    1. THE REVENANT and FURY ROAD are just conventional three-act movies and have little to no character development per their running times to boot. As you said, they are just a series of violent encounters and are considered “art” because they are not as bad as, say, a Michael Bay film. Lol. Hollywood does not reward truly experimental, daring films anymore, let alone make them.

      1. Enjoy snooze fest like Carol and Brooklyn, JC. Fury Road was fantastic. Revenant I can’t say the same for.

  6. If white or non-white people do work worthy of nomination, they get nominated. We’ve seen it again and again with people of all races. There is no “you must be nominated because you’re not white” rule, and there shouldn’t be.

    1. It is much more complicated than that. There were most definitely performances and movies by non-white actors that were worthy of nomination. However, Hollywood and the Oscars are a system – a system which privileges on race over another. When the majority of the actors and actress in ‘Oscar worthy’ movies are white and when the majority of the voters in the Academy are white, this is an inevitable outcome. It’s sad for a community that should free thinking, open and progressive.

      1. Not sad at all. The object is to recognize good films–so the solution is simple: make better films.

      2. Well, 80% of US Population is white. If Hollywood had grown up in Japan, the Academy would be mostly Japanese.

        1. Actually no. If you are going to give out data…at least be correct. As of the latest U.S. Census, America is 75% White.

  7. Congratulations to all of the nominees for this year’s Oscars. Steven Spielberg wasn’t technically snubbed. For best director, yes, but at least he’s nominated for Best Picture for Bridge of Spies. Still, it was a great year for movies. Once again, I extend my congratulations to all of the films nominated.

  8. I’m proud of the Academy. Those of us who are voting members continually listen to the PC versions of what should be nominated, and it get’s old. It’s truly unfortunate that the general public doesn’t understand that receiving an Oscar is not a popularity contest, and the recognition has nothing to do with ticket sales. The People’s Choice Awards are ‘the’ popularity contest, not the Oscars.

    Good luck to all of those who were nominated!

    1. If that were true, The Danish Girl Would have gotten the nod over Mad Max. I suppose transgender issues are more “popular” than gratuitous violence and action scenes these days.

    1. Right. “Mad Max Fury Road” *sucked*? It only changed the game for the future of all action movies from this time forward. It will only be a benchmark that action films will be measured against for decades to come.

    1. It is getting very old isn’t. One thing Hollywood can do is shut their mouths regarding politics and focus on acting. I and many others are boycotting actors. Samuel Jackson comes to mind immediately.

  9. Really? De Niro was “snubbed”? Really? Here I thought that De Niro played a one-note boring naysayer and found little to differentiate his paternal performances in the Russell films but I guess he was “snubbed”.

    1. For all of the click bait headlines of oscars so white bs- many of the “snubs” mentioned above are for white folks!!! Stop with the white guilt, remember peers vote for who they think did the best job- and it does come down to differences of opinion. HOWEVER… Idris is the one snub that is an actual snub. His acting was superlative. The film was very good and Eddie Redmayne, Stallone and Ruffalo- no matter how much I love his work- all could have been replaced by him. Most deservedly.

  10. When you do a story like this, you should be required to also say what your substitution would be. Who would you take out to put Helen Mirren into the Lead Actress list? Who comes out of Supporting Actor to add color to the list? etc..

  11. The progressive left is always screaming about equality, I’m sure Hollywood wouldn’t mind changing the Oscars to Selfies… where everyone gets a participation Oscar.

  12. What a bunch of hooey. Thought the award nominations are about what board member experts determine if it’s about diversity then change the selection process. Bet you could have listed many, many other white actors/actresses who could have but didn’t get nominated.

  13. Meh … I simply could not care less how these people go about patting themselves on the back. I watch movies on a streaming service and generally the effective ticket price of $0.70 is about commensurate with enjoyment. I did pay $5.99 for The Martian and it was worth that.

  14. Honestly, I do not see Jane Fonda’s 2 minute performance in Youth Oscar worthy, not because she isn’t excellent in those 2, short minutes, but because I do not think 2 minutes should qualify ANYONE for a best ANYTHING, unless it’s best 2 minutes in a film. I think that a best supporting Oscar nom should go to people who had more time in the role in the film, like more than a few minutes.

    1. Judi Dench won for her eight minute role in Shakespeare in Love so that set an unfortunate precedent. A cameo is NOT a supporting role.

      1. Beatrice Straight won an Oscar for her performance in NETWORK and her screen time was around five minutes.

      2. Ditto with Marlon Brando in a Dry White Season. However, we have the reverse this year with Vikander and Mara being nominated in the Supporting category when they are obviously leading actors. Vikander probably has more screen time than her co-star. Why is she considered supporting? Because she’s a woman? That’s overtly sexist.

        1. Indeed, I’ve heard several reviews positing that the “Danish Girl” of the title is Vikander, not Redmayne. And Mara being Supporting is dumb, but did the film producers covertly play for that (to avoid Mara and Blanchett splitting the vote)? Reminiscent of Johanssen being a Supporting in “Lost In Translation”, tho.

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