The Oscar nominations have finally been unveiled, and as usual there are a few upsets that we need to talk about. Great movies have been left in the dust, while talented filmmakers, actors, actresses and beyond have been hung out to dry for lesser cinematic efforts. Let’s take a closer look at the 6 most unacceptable Oscar nomination snubs.
Pixar’s Inside Out isn’t nominated for best picture
Inside Out was a heartwarming and wonderfully unique approach to addressing themes of memory, intense emotion and loss. It was wildly praised across the boards by critics and audiences alike, and many people believed this would be the year that an animated feature finally gained a nomination for best picture. Alas, it wasn’t mean to be and Inside Out was left out of the running. If we’re being honest, we would happily have seen Pixar’s beautifully inventive film replace Ridley Scott’s The Martian in the category. Oooooo…
Idris Elba misses out on a best actor nomination
This particular snub is interesting for a couple of different reasons. Firstly, you can’t help but feel sorry for Netflix after all the work they put in just to make sure that their streamed original movie was eligible for Oscar nominations. Secondly, Elba’s omission from the best actor category for his role i Beasts Of No Nation strongly highlighted the clear lack of ethnic diversity that has faces so much rightful criticism and strong comment in the past week. Elba’s performance is incredibly powerful as a towering and terrifying militia leader commanding a group of painfully young soldiers, and It’s a shame that the academy didn’t recognise it this year. If Idris had replaced Matt Damon’s performance in The martian.
Carol gets left out for best picture and best director
Maybe the buzz for this movie just peaked too early, but there was a swarm of industry whispers suggesting that Todd Hayne’s movie was a very strong contender for winning best picture. The film itself did split critics and audiences, but it’s pretty difficult to deny the sheer craft of Todd Haynes’ movie. That’s why it really is surprising to see the cult filmmaker left out of the best director nominations. Oh well, better luck next time, Todd.
The Hateful Eight doesn’t get a look in for best Original Screenplay
There’s a bunch of wonderfully creative writing in this category, particularly including the magnificent narratives of Ex-machina, Inside Out and Bridge Of Spies. But we can’t help but feel that Quentin Tarantino has been wrongly hung out to dry for the work on his most recent film, The Hateful Eight. While definitely not his best film, we think this script deserves more praise than Straight Outta Compton. Although, the N.W.A biopic is so incredibly fictional and far from the real truth, maybe it should win the award for weaving a story so clearly removed from reality. It was like watching a hip-hop soap opera.
Rooney Mara misses out on best actress for Carol
This one seemed to come down strictly to studio politics. Carol is a film anchored by two stand out performances from Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, but it’s clear to se in most people’s eyes that this is really Mara’s film. Many have said that Film 4 chose to put their bigger star (Cate Blanchett) in the running in order to get more publicity for the film, and they’re probably right. While it’s great to see a young talent like Rooney Mara get some credit for a best supporting actress nomination, it just seems bizarre that she and Blanchett couldn’t both battle it out in the main category.
Charlize Theron isn’t nominated for best actress or supporting actress
Don’t get us wrong, we’re glad to see that George Miller’s Mad Max is getting the credit it so thoroughly deserves. With 10 nominations (including best picture and best director), a film that could be labeled within the action genre is set to sweep up a lot of awards often reserved for more serious and dramatic affairs. But it can’t be argued that the Charlize Therone’s portrayal of the fascinating Furiosa was the most interesting aspect of a film that was incredible on many different levels. We think it’s criminal that she didn’t get more attention from the Oscar judges. Shame on you all!