Nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards were announced Jan. 10 live online and on television, including on morning show “Good Morning America.” The Oscar nominations were then posted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website.
ABC News posted a list of the Oscar 2013 snubs and surprises compiled by Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers and New York Times film critic A.O. Scott. Here is their rundown of the top five Oscar snubs for 2013
Kathryn Bigelow: Though “Zero Dark Thirty” was received an Oscar nomination for best picture, Travers is calling sexism in Bigelow’s lack of a best director nomination the Academy’s number one snub. A.O. Scott was similarly shocked, and said, “That movie is such a piece of directing. It seemed like something everyone would agree on.”
Peter Travers said, “Do they think that because they gave it to her for ‘Hurt Locker,’ they don’t have to give another woman best director for another 100 years?”
Bigelow was the first woman director to win an Academy Award for “The Hurt Locker” in 2009. She was up against ex-husband James Cameron’s “Avatar” for best director.
Ben Affleck: Was not recognized in either the directing or acting Oscar categories for “Argo” though, like “Zero Dark Thirty” the film received an Academy Award nomination for best picture.
Travers said, “His [Affleck] was one of the most acclaimed directing jobs of the year. It was a film that was intelligent, adult, and made money
Scott said, “Sometimes directors have a grudge against actors who direct.” This would account for Ben Affleck’s snub in the director category, but not in the acting category.
Quentin Tarantino: The director of the most controversial film of the year “Django Unchained” did not receive an Oscar nod for directing, but the film has been nominated for best picture and received an Academy Award nomination in the acting category.
“He’s sort of a maverick and a bit of a loose cannon. If you look at that nomination as the club of directors voting for who they like, they might now want him in the club,” Travers said.
Leonardo DiCaprio: As the “Django Unchained” villain, DiCaprio could have finally clinched the Oscar for best supporting actor, but the Academy left him out, instead nominating co-star Christoph Waltz.
"If they were thinking of ratings, they probably should’ve nominated Leo. But I think Christoph Waltz does have a better performance,” Travers said.
Travers said the biggest surprise was the nomination of “Amour” for best film. Though the French drama won the top trophy at the Cannes Film Festival, it was not expected to get any type of mainstream recognition.
“Winning that prize [best film at the Cannes Film Festival] usually means nothing [in mainstream Hollywood],”A.O. Scott said. “But this one, it’s really touched a chord. It’s a really tough movie. It’s very sad, it’s very emotional, but really, extraordinarily well made.”
Peter Travers said, “If you consider that the average age of an Academy voter is 127, they’re going to be really interested about a couple in their 80s dealing with death.”
The 85th annual Academy Awards will air Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC. The Oscars will be hosted by Seth McFarland and is broadcast to 225 countries.
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