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Top 4 major Oscar snubs for the 2014 Academy Awards

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Meryl Streep was on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Jan. 20 and began to talk to Ellen about the upcoming Oscars. Ellen will be hosting the Academy Awards and Streep earned a nomination for her role in "August: Osage County." According to Streep, there were "a lot of surprises and injustices" in this year's nominations. Here is a look at four of the major Oscar snubs for the 2014 Academy Awards.

Emma Thompson

One of the biggest snubs in Streep's eyes came in her category of Best Actress, where she felt that Emma Thompson deserved a nomination for "Saving Mr. Banks." Streep said that she actually wrote a letter to Thompson, which Streep considered to be long and heartfelt about how she felt about the situation. Thompson portrayed P.L. Travers, the author of "Mary Poppins" and her meetings with Walt Disney about giving up those rights for a movie.

Who she could have replaced: Meryl Streep

Tom Hanks

Thompson's co-star Tom Hanks was also snubbed in this year's Oscars. However, while he was great in "Saving Mr. Banks," it was his performance in the Oscar nomination "Captain Phillips" that he really deserved an Oscar nomination for. Hanks starred as Captain Richard Phillips in this true-life story of a man whose ship was hijacked by Somali pirates.

Who he could have replaced: Christian Bale

Paul Greengrass

Speaking of "Captain Phillips," the movie was one of the most intense, well-crafted movies of the year, and while it received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, its director Paul Greengrass was snubbed in the Best Director category. While this was a great year for directors, this is someone who deserved some acclaim here.

Who he could have replaced: Alexander Payne

Inside Llewyn Davis

The COen Brothers did not make it into the Best Picture category for their latest movie, "Inside Llewyn Davis," which remains a travesty. The movie is just as good as many of their past movies that received critical acclaim, but the biggest Oscar snub has to come in the fact that 10 movies could have been nominated for Best Picture, and "Inside Llewyn Davis" was not, despite only nine movies getting nominated. With one spot still to spare, its omission was puzzling.

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