Well, another year, another Oscar Season upon us and the nominations were just announced in Los Angeles. For the most part, the nominations went as predicted, but there were certainly some major surprises and snubs.
SURPRISES AND SNUBS
Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor – I honestly didn't think they were going to nominate Leo. I thought Redford and definitely Tom Hanks would be ahead of him in the pecking order but I guess Leo's Golden Globe win and SAG nomination did mean something.
Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST ACTOR and Paul Greengrass NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST DIRECTOR: Wow, I really didn't see this coming. Everyone basically said this was a guarantee, but I suppose maybe because Captain Phillips, though nominated for many awards, hasn't won any so far. That left room for other momentums and trends like Leo being nominated. I really can't believe Tom Hanks didn't get nominated.
Inside Llewyn Davis got SNUBBED: This was one of the most celebrated films of the year going all the way back to it's premiere at Cannes. Also, the Academy usually loves the Coen Brothers, who are multiple Oscar nominees/winners.
Saving Mr. Banks and Lee Daniel's The Butler with NO NOMINATIONS: This is kind of surprising because these films sort of fit the Academy mold. Well liked, respected films that audiences enjoy. Personally I am very glad indeed that the overrated Saving Mr. Banks did not get any nominations. That's a big middle finger to you Disney!!
I also thought Robert Redford might get a lot of sympathy votes for Best Actor. I think he definitely deserved a Best Actor nomination. I would personally take Bale off the list. Though I like his performance, I just thought Redford was incredible.
I'm also happy that Her ended up with a Best Picture nomination as well as Philomena. The Academy could have been safe and went with Saving Mr. Banks and Lee Daniel's The Butler, but I'm glad they went with these two instead.
Finally, I'm glad after all the hoopla and backlash against Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, the Academy paid no attention to that and the film's nominations are all deserved. Great to see Leo and Jonah get nominated for acting, two really brave, brilliant performances. Great to see Marty get nominated again, as well as Terrence Winter, and Best Picture.