Snubs And Surprises From The Oscar Nominations
The 86th Annual Academy Awards nominations were announced at the crack of dawn today. Although there were some obvious shoe-ins (like 12 Years a Slave and Gravity got some heavy nods), there were some definite snubs and surprises.
Inside Llewyn Davis: Although the folksy film was talked about all year long, even snagging the Grand Prix award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the Coen Brothers barely got any love this year. It may not be their best film, but seriously, not even one of the nominees for the nine slots in Best Picture? The only nods the film received were in the Cinematography and Sound Mixing categories.
Jonah Hill: We never thought we'd write the words "two-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill," but here we are. His surprising slot in the Best Supporting Actor category for The Wolf of Wall Street is his second Oscars nomination in three years; his other Academy Awards nod was in 2012 for Moneyball.
Fruitvale Station: There was so much talk about Fruitvale Station (especially about the breakthrough directorial debut from Ryan Coogler, who won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at Sundance) that we're surprised the drama didn't get any mentions at all this year. Sure, it may have been early 2013 that it garnered more buzz, but actor Michael B. Jordan was completely robbed from a Best Actor nom.
Philomena: This flick received way more Oscars love than we expected: Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Music, and Judi Dench for Actress in a Leading Role. The film was a bit of an underdog with a slow start in the awards season, but if actor Steve Coogan brings up the real Philomena Lee on stage again like he did at the Golden Globes on Sunday, it might just be the type of Oscar bait to tug at your heartstrings.
Tom Hanks: We're not too surprised Hanks didn't get a nom for Best Actor for Saving Mr. Banks, but surely he would've gotten some love for his brave sea captain portrayal in Captain Phillips. (His counterpart Barkhad Abdi snagged a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.)
The Butler: Wow, The Butler was completely robbed this year with absolutely no Oscar noms. It's shocking Oprah Winfrey didn't get a Best Actress nod for the film (in her first onscreen role since 1998's Beloved) in her amazing performance as the Butler's wife since SAG Awards and BAFTA gave her some attention.
Robert Redford: Cue in witty comments about how "All is Lost" for Redford. Give this man some love, please! The All is Lost leading man may not have said much in the film, but his performance was highly lauded. Redford has sadly never won a Best Actor Oscars and the last time he was nominated for that category was for The Sting—40 years ago...
Best Foreign Language Film: The nominees are a joke this year for Best Foreign Language Film. Where's The Past or Blue is the Warmest Color? Well, we do know why Blue is the Warmest color wasn't eligible for the Oscars, although the film belongs in this list. One of the Academy Awards rules requires a film to be released in its home country by the end of September to be in the running, but the movie opened in France on Oct. 9, missing the deadline, according to the Guardian. It would've been great to see Adele Exarchopoulos of Blue is the Warmest Color get a Best Actress nod for her amazing performance.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa: Did you giggle when you found out Jackass got nominated for Best Makeup and Styling? We laughed even more when we found out the film is pitted against The Lone Ranger in the same category; mind you, this film scored 31 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Must've been a weak year for makeup.
Emma Thompson: How about Emma Thompson for Best Actress as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks? (We just love her so much, especially after her becoming the spirit animal of the Golden Globes, with a martini in one hand and heels in the other on stage.)
Best Supporting Actor & Actress: It was a long shot for both, but we prayed James Franco would get a Best Supporting Actor nom for Spring Breakers and Scarlet Johansson as Best Supporting Actress for her role as Samantha, an operating system in Her. Sadly, the Oscars left us hanging on this one.
James Gandolfini: It's beyond us that the late actor James Gandolfini didn't get a nod for his great performance in Enough Said. Although the Best Actor category already was pretty full with Christian Bale, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern and Matthew McConaughey, it would have been nice to see the head honchos give him a some posthumous nod.
Best Documentary: Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell and the controversial Blackfish documentary about the treatment of whales at SeaWorld should have both been on this list. Enough said.
Best Original Song: Grrr, how did Inside Llewyn Davis' "Please Mr. Kennedy" not get a Best Original Song nomination? Also, Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" from The Great Gatsby didn't make the cut either. Also worth noting is the Christian drama Alone Yet Not Alone received an Oscar nod for Best Original Song even though the largely unknown film has yet to even score one review on Rotten Tomatoes. HitFix says the song's co-composer, Bruce Broughton, just so happens to be the Academy Governor and former chief of the music branch. Interesting.