ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just announced the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards, and for the most part, their choices do not seem outrageously controversial.

However, as with every year, there are few shocks and snubs that can be identified within their nominations. You can check out some of them below, while you can also head over to here to see the full nomination list.

The Snubs

Idris Elba - Best Supporting Actor

Idris Elba has being touted as one of the favorites for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar thanks to his performance as the Commandant in Cary Joji Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation. However, he was unable to nab a nomination for the 2016 Oscars. The film's Netflix-only distribution could be one potential reason for it not endearing itself to the Academy crowd.

Michael B. Jordan - Best Actor

Michael B. Jordan had a rough early year with superhero flop The Fantastic Four, however he certainly brought it back later in the year with Rocky spin-off Creed. Sylvester Stallone managed to earn a Best Supporting Actor nod, but unfortunately there's no golden statue coming Jordan's way.

Check out the 'Creed' trailer below:

Todd Haynes - Best Director

Although Todd Haynes's Carol was unlikely to earn a Best Film nomination, it is surprising he didn't pick up a nomination for Carol, especially when you consider his direction led to best supporting and best actress nods for Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett.

Johnny Depp - Best Actor

Johnny Depp's return to form — following several damp squibs — in last year's Black Mass also led to early speculation that he could be back in favor with the Academy. Unfortunately, neither he, or Black Mass, picked up a single nomination.

Emily Blunt - Best Actress

Denis Villeneuve's Sicario may have picked up a few nominations, but it seems none of the cast impressed the Academy enough to earn nods in the acting categories. Although not a huge shock, some did tentatively tout Emily Blunt as a contender.

Check out the 'Sicario' trailer below:

Charlize Theron - Best Supporting Actress

Generally, it was a great haul for Mad Max: Fury Road which had a strong presence in the production awards, as well as best director and best film noms. However, there are no acting nominations for the cast, including for a no-doubt disappointed Charlize Theron.

Quentin Tarantino - Best Original Screenplay, Best Director

A Tarantino movie is usually a big deal for the Oscars, with Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained all earning Tarantino Best Original Screenplay nominations. However, The Hateful Eight's lengthy script failed to win over the Academy members.

Aaron Sorkin - Best Adapted Screenplay

Similarly, Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs script, based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography of the same name, also failed to impress the Academy, which is relatively surprising considering he earned nods in 2011 and 2012 for The Social Network and Moneyball, respectively.

Watch the 'Steve Jobs' trailer below:

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Best Film

This is probably not a surprise to those familiar with the Academy, but some fans might be disappointed to see Star Wars missed out on the big awards. Despite this, The Force Awakens did have a presence in the production nominations, including a relatively surprising nod to John Williams for Best Original Score.

The Shocks

Lenny Abrahamson - Best Director

Those in the know have been quietly talking up Lenny Abrahamson's Room for quite some time, with critics suggesting it could be an Oscar contender. Despite this, the inclusion of Lenny Abrahamson as one of the five best director nominees was relatively surprising considering other, arguably better known names, did not make the cut.

Charlotte Rampling - Best Actress

Many feared Charlotte Rampling would suffer an unfortunate snub in this year's Oscars, especially since she failed to achieve a nomination in the SAG or Golden Globe Awards for her performance in 45 Years. However, luckily, she was able to undo her sub-run and gain a nomination for the big prize.

Jennifer Lawrence - Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence, despite being only 25, is now a familiar face at the Oscars, having already picked up three nominations. However, a less than positive response to her latest film Joy, had led some critics to suggest Lawrence would be left out in the cold for the 88th Awards. Well, it seems the Academy just isn't ready to let her go just yet.

Everyone Is White!

Perhaps the biggest shock of all, is that this is the second year in a row in which all the acting and directing categories have received exclusively white nominations!


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