ByAlisha Grauso, writer at
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By now, you've seen the list of nominees for the 2015 Oscars. And if you haven't, no worries, our own Matt Carter's got you covered. But, as with all arbitrarily chosen lists, there have been some pretty egregious oversights, or, as you know them, "snubs". Oh, those infamous, outrageous Oscar snubs. Arguing about the nominees is as time-honored a tradition as the actual awards themselves, to the point that the official Twitter account for the Academy was already snarking about it a full day before the Oscar noms were revealed.

Nice to see the Academy let its social media manager (read: hapless intern) off their leash this Oscar season.

Many are pointing out the fact that there were 0 women nominated for directing, screenplay, or cinematography, and that 0 people of color were nominated in any of the acting categories, even though there were candidates that were more than worthy in each of those cases. Still, despite the "old white guys only" party this year, there were some fairly surprising names and titles left off the ballot.

So let's take a look at the most disappointed people in Hollywood this morning, shall we?

Jake Gyllenhaal

I mean, on some level, I get this. This is always the hardest category in which to choose nominations. One, the Best Actor category doesn't have the benefit of a larger number of nomination slots, like Best Picture does. And the number of award-worthy roles written for men in Hollywood is a staggeringly higher amount than those written for women, so the competition is always stiffer.

But speaking of stiffed (HAH, get it?), Jake Gyllenhaal had to have been looking at the Oscar nominees list this morning and saying, "Holy sh*t, did they DiCaprio me? They totally DiCaprioed me!" [Nightcrawler](movie:938302) was an incredible movie, and while it was definitely darker than the Academy usually likes, it would have been nice to see an actor in a movie like this nominated over one of the guys in the seemingly endless stream of based-on-a-true-story biopics**.

**4/5 nominees in the Best Actor category, if you're counting.

David Oyelowo

I realize that's the same category as above, but I'm posting it again because predictability, thy name is the Academy voters.

David Oyelowo turned in, as he always does, an incredible performance as Martin Luther King, Jr. in [Selma](movie:1041230). Seriously incredible. Unfortunately for David, he was not informed that while doing a moving biopic of an iconic life is usually a shoe-in for an Oscar, he should have read the fine print on the Oscar checklist: **people of color not included.

If voters needed any proof that Oyelowo absolutely crushed it last year, they should have checked out his IMDB page. Along with Selma, he owned 2014 with [Interstellar](movie:813746), [A Most Violent Year](movie:967523), [Star Wars Rebels](series:965946) - and there are three other projects I left of his list.

He might be the most underrated and overlooked actor in all of Hollywood right now. Seriously, get it together, Academy.

Gillian Flynn

Remember when David Fincher's [Gone Girl](movie:833123) came out a few months ago and everyone lost their damn minds over it? And that most of what everyone was crediting to Fincher's genius was the taut story, with all its twists and great pacing?

Yeah, see, that was actually Gillian Flynn's doing. Not Fincher. He definitely gets credit for pulling great performances out of his two leads, but the story was all Flynn. Not only did she write the novel upon which the screenplay was based, she's the one who took her own novel and adapted it for the film medium, a jump not all novelists are able to make.

What's that? Why no, I'm not pointing with affected nonchalance at Cormac McCarthy, why do you ask?

Everyone invovled with The Lego Movie

Everything is awesome, except if you're almost everyone involved with [The LEGO Movie](movie:376368), which legitimately might be the most mind-boggling snub of the entire ballot this year. With the others on this list, I can at least take a stab at the reasons why Academy voters left them off the list (even if I don't agree with those reasons).

But the insanely excellent, beloved by critics and audiences alike Lego Movie? Are we being punked right now? I think we're being punked right now. On February 22nd, Neil Patrick Harris will reveal that it was all a joke, and then "Everything is Awesome" will play and Legos and confetti will rain down from the rafters and they'll hand the Best Animated Film award to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Luckily, Lord had a sense of humor about the whole thing:

I don't know about you, but that made me do the happysad laugh when I saw it. You know: "Haha-awww..."

Christopher Nolan and the Interstellar crew

Granted, [Interstellar](movie:813746) did garner some nominations in various categories this year, but they were all for sound and effects. It's not like the crew behind the film are going to turn up their noses at these awards, which were well-deserved, but with all the buzz it generated, it was at least a little surprising (picture me saying that with a questioning tone in my voice) that it was left off the list for Best Picture.

That being said, Christopher Nolan's an interesting case. He's been nominated twice in the past for screenplay (never won), but of his entire prodigious filmography, only Inception has ever been nominated for Best Picture (didn't win**).

**The "DiCaprio Curse"
**The "DiCaprio Curse"

Could the issue be that the very set in its ways Academy just doesn't know where to place Nolan's work? They do so love being able to organize projects and people into neat little categories, so Nolan's style very likely throws them for a curveball: Blockbuster production and budget with an indie feel and (almost) always original as opposed to adapted screenplays (excluding his Batman trilogy, naturally).

Also, like 95% chance half the Academy voters were scratching their heads in confusion and going, "But didn't we already have a space movie last year? Pretty sure there was a space movie last year. NO MORE SPACE!"

Ava DuVernay

All due respect to Wes Anderson, who is a great director, but really? I'll accept Richard Linklater's inclusion on the list because of the dedication and vision it took to put together [Boyhood](movie:989626), but otherwise, a very large part of being an exceptional director is wringing the best performances possible out of your cast. It's why directors like David Fincher and Steve McQueen garner so much praise.

And when you can take already fantastically talented actors and actresses and get them to take their game to the next level, you're in rare air. exactly what Selma director Ava DuVernay did with her cast.

So why the glaring omission? Unfortunately, DuVernay seemed to have three things working against her: Being black. Being a woman. And Selma being her first feature length film to really make an impact.

Also, I can't help but think that, much like with the Interstellar space joke I made, the Academy made a pointed decision to not give too much love to a film that highlights the inherent problem with race that still exists in the U.S., not with McQueen's [12 Years A Slave](movie:222641) winning anything and everything last year, and not with the subject matter hitting so close to home considering current events as of late.

Not too much space, but a matter of too much uncomfortable reality.

Jennifer Aniston

Right now, Jennifer Aniston is demanding of her agent, "What the HELL? I even got ugly for this! I mean, you know, not UGLY ugly, I got Hollywood ugly, and by that I mean I removed my makeup and gained, like, maybe ten pounds for this movie, but STILL."

[a pause]

"And my character even had a debilitating disease! GOD. It worked for Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore, what the f*ck?!"

Okay, that probably wasn't actually what happened, but I entertain myself by making up fictional conversations in my head (that are still 110% less confusing than the plot of [Inherent Vice](movie:608094)).

But all jokes aside, Aniston was seriously great in the role, a mix of acerbic and heartbreaking. And while Julianne Moore is now and was always the dead lock to win for [Still Alice](movie:1168550), it's really surprising to me that Aniston didn't get a nod here, particularly after being nominated for a Golden Globe.


So what have we learned today, everyone?

One, that much like mimosas at a Hollywood bunch, there can never be enough biopics.

We've all been there.
We've all been there.

Two, if you're not in a biopic, the next best thing is to play a character with a crippling illness or affliction.

Three, getting DiCaprioed is legitimately a thing now.

"You're welcome, Urban Dictionary."
"You're welcome, Urban Dictionary."

Four, the Academy obviously has a phobia of small, plastic, interlocking blocks.

Five, maybe try not to be a woman or a person of color, yeah?

Six, at least half the comments on this article will disagree with me - hopefully politely.

So who were your snubs? Do you agree with my list? Let me hear it in the comments.


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