The nominations for the Academy Awards were announced today and with every delight came a snub. Some of this year’s front runners will not competing for Oscars.
Perhaps it’s because some movies were released just too long ago the Academy doesn’t remember them (“42” and “The Butler”). Some movies just didn’t make it because they didn’t pass the selection committees final choices (“The Past”) or worst yet, their country didn’t put them up for consideration (“Blue is the Warmest Color”).
To give the overlooked talent their due for being ignored by Oscar, I have made the first ever Snubby Award nominations – for the buzzed about movies and performances that surprisingly didn’t make the final cut.
And the Oscar doesn’t go to…
Place Beyond the Pines
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Robert Redford, All is Lost
Oscar Issac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Bernenice Bejo, The Past
Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Harrison Ford, 42
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
David Oyelowo, The Butler (a personal choice for me)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Oprah Winfrey, The Butler
Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station
Scarlett Johansson, Her (I don’t agree personally but there was lots of buzz)
God Loves Uganda
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Blue is the Warmest Color
I’m So Excited
Best Picture "42"
Perhaps if "42" didn't come out in April, it might have received some deserving Oscar nominations. Instead, it's SNUBBED and receive no nominations.
BEST PICTURE "The Places Beyond the Pines"
"The Place Beyond the Pines" has an all star cast - even Bradley Cooper got an Oscar nomination this year (but for a different movie). Alas, this film never caught fire with the "for your consideration" crowd of Oscar voters. SNUBBED!
BEST ACTOR Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks can feel two snubs as he also was ignored in the supporting category for "Saving Mr. Banks" as well as (pictured) Best Actor for "Captain Phillips." His "Phillips" work ranks among his best work. At least he has two Oscars to go home to. (And he was last snubbed for "Saving Private Ryan" so maybe he just stay away from "Saving" movies.)
BEST ACTRESS Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson's omission in "Saving Mr. Banks" is quite evident and seems to have overshadowed the film being totally ignored for the most part.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford's work in "42" is exactly what the Academy likes and, alas, their short term memory totally forgot this movie came out this year. So "42" strike out with the Academy. SNUB.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Oprah Windrey
The complete omission of "The Butler" is a definitely slap in the face. But no one felt it more than the wonderful performance of Oprah Winfrey as supporting actress. This seemed to be a very tight race between six actresses so it's likely that the film coming out months ago sealed her fate. SNUBBED.
BEST DOCUMENTARY "Bridegroom"
"Bridegroom" captured my attention on every level and seems, for some reason, wasn't even on the list of possible nominees for Best Documentary.
BEST FOREIGN FILM "The Past"
When the committee made a shortlist of nine foreign films, "The Past" wasn't in the finals, even though it received high praise and it's director previously directed an Oscar winning foreign film.